Skullcandy Navigator headphones review: Strong design, decent sound for $99

A cloth carrying case is included. Sarah Tew/CNET

As for sound, it's pretty decent. I didn't find the Navigator quite as aggressive a headphone as the Aviator, so it's slightly warmer and serves up a good amount of bass without completely over-accentuating it. Detail is good but not great.

It's hard to pinpoint exactly what's missing from the listening experience for me, but there's a weird little hole in the top end of the bass, so I didn't get that loving feeling. That said, I was willing to put up with it because I liked the fit and finish of the headphones.

If you're looking for something that sounds better in this price range, there's the Audio-Technica ATH-WS55. Also, the over-the-ear Creative Aurvana Live is a notch up in the sound department. However, neither of those models has a built-in remote/microphone.

The headphones fold up. Sarah Tew/CNET

Conclusion
While I've heard some very good headphones for $99, I usually don't expect too much from sub-$100 models. The Navigators sound decent for headphones in this price range; they're just not up to the level of the aforementioned Audio-Technica and Creative headphones.

But the Navigators are more comfortable than the Audio-Technicas and have an arguably slicker design. They also have a smaller form factor than the Creatives, which will be a plus for some people.

In short, though the Navigators allude greatness; there's enough to like here to make them recommendable.

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Skullcandy Navigator

Part Number: S5AVDM-161 Released: Oct 8, 2012
MSRP: $99.95 Low Price: $27.99 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Oct 8, 2012
  • Color black
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Additional Features adjustable headband
  • Type headset
  • Headphones Form Factor Over-the-head
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm 4-pole