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Skull Candy Chops by mtnweekly.com

Skull Candy Product Review : Chops Green/White
By Soren McCarty
Skull Candy Ear Phones for use with Smartphone/iPod/MP3 players

First Impression: I needed a new pair of ear buds and everyone told me I should get a pair of Skull Candy headphones. I wanted something small enough to fit under Snowboard and Bike Helmets.

I had a pair of Skullcandy Smokin Buds, ear buds , but one of the cords blew out only allowing sound in one ear, I liked the sound quality Skullcandy products offer . I chose the Skull Candy Chops for their audio quality and it wanted to see if I like wearing the speakers slightly outside the ear. I like ear buds but sometimes when I snowboard the ear buds can get pushed into my ear because of my helmet. I also sometimes like to use one ear to listen ,or use part of my ear to hear things around me while still listening to the music.

Fit: The outer loop of the speaker fits snuggly around the ear without digging or pinching the ear. It hangs down easily and comfortably while offering great sound quality. The rubber coating of the audio wire is durable and easy to untangle, the Chops are also available with a microphone for the iPhone and Droid. These can clip around the outer part of you sunglasses, they fit great around both my Oakley and Von Zipper glasses while bike riding of hiking.

Specs: 15mm Speaker Diameter , Cable Length: 1.2m , 3.5mm Gold Plated Plug , Frequency Response 18-20k Hz

Performance: I was amazed at the sound quality when I first used these speakers; the sound quality was noticeable compared to my previous ear buds. I also noticed that I needed to set my volume slightly higher on my iPod to hear my music , but I could pop up my speakers a little to hear peripheral sound. I think that option is perfect for city bike riding or distant tree runs, where you want to hear your friends if need. The Chops also work well with my Blackberry Curve when listing to Pandora Radio.

Colors: Various available :White and Green used for Testing

Overall Impression: I have been really happy with the sound quality; they have been durable, comfortable and have enhanced my music experience. I look forward to listing to new music with my Skull Candy Ear buds and Headphones. I look forward to testing other audio devices in the future.