Skullcandy iCon 2 headphones review: Skullcandy iCon 2 headphones

3 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good The Skullcandy Icon 2 headphones offer a unique style and have interchangeable earpieces. They're inexpensive, lightweight, and include a durable cord and an inline mic with a call answer button for use with music phones.

The Bad The Skullcandy Icon 2 don't fit particularly securely, and bass is anemic. Overall sound is weak.

The Bottom Line Skullcandy Icon 2 headphones are a decent option for teens who prefer on-ear models with a splash of style and a built-in mic for music phone compatibility.

6.0 Overall
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 5.0

Some people prefer earphones that blend in so much no one can tell they're even being used, while others like their ear cans to stand out from the crowd. If you fall into the latter crowd, the Skullcandy Icon 2 headphones will probably be right up your alley. This on-ear model lists for $29.95 and features Skullcandy's typical eye-catching design. The earphones offer a couple of fun and useful extras, but the sound quality won't impress many users, and the fit may prove to be an issue for active pursuits.

As for the style of the headphones, it's clearly aimed at a younger audience and is much more likely to appeal to teens than their parents. What is certain is that the Icon 2 earphones are far from boring-looking, with seven loud color options to choose from, including a rather soothing Aqua Print model and the death-metal-appropriate Able Black. The prints may be loud, but they were also clearly done by some talented design folks, and they even include some snap-on earpiece "plates" for changing up the look a bit from time to time. There's also Skullcandy's signature black-and-gold bandanna, purportedly for keeping your face toasty on the slopes (though we much prefer a soft fleece for such things).

Unlike the Icon Soft headphones, the Icon 2s don't have the leatherette pad wrapped around the headband, opting instead for a rubberized inner lining. This is actually a blessing in disguise as it keeps the band from sliding around as much during activity. That said, the earphones still don't feel secure enough for their active ends (namely, snowboarding), though having a beanie on over or under them might help some. Really, though, it's the skull-embellished nylon earpads that are slippery, so keeping the music port in place could be a challenge. On the plus side, they don't exert much pressure on the head, so they're fairly comfortable.

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