Where to begin? Obviously, the Ruffian Skull Earphones are only for the truly hardcore. They don't just have skulls on them, these are intense-looking human head bones. We're not talking Skullcandy icons here.
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The box--which, naturally, is shaped like a coffin--includes three sizes of silicone sleeves as well as a soft carrying pouch.
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These earphones are constructed out of solid metal, which gives them a nice, high-quality feel. It also makes them quite heavy for earbuds, though their long apertures and smallest silicone eartips provided me with a secure fit. However, they did put some uncomfortable pressure on my ears after less than an hour of wear.
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The eartips of the Ruffian earphones are a little unusual in that each size comes in two different colors: black and gray. I presume this is to help the wearer determine which is the right and which is the left. It's an interesting method that I'm surprised I haven't seen employed before.
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Subjekt promotes the Skull earphones in four color varieties: copper, gold, chrome, and black nickle. However, only the dark silver version is currently available for sale.
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The earphones come in two models: a standard model with a regular cable; and the Tech N9ne, which has the black and red braided cable. It's tangle-prone but extremely flexible and seems like it would hold up well over time.
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Perhaps surprisingly for a model that appears to be a bit of a gimmick, the Ruffian Skull Earphones offer good audio quality. Its mids are nice and rich, and its low-end is pronounced without being overpowering. High-end clarity isn't spectacular but neither does music sound muffled. Overall, an impressive sound space for the money.
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