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Skullcandy Grind: An excellent on-ear headphone for the moneyThe Grind is a well-designed on-ear model that sounds surprisingly good for $60.
[MUSIC] Hi, I'm David Carnoy and this is the Grind, Skullcandy's new on-ear headphones that sells for a reasonable $60. It comes in multiple color options including some translucent versions that I like. Truth be told we haven't been too impressed with Skullcandy's headphone offerings in recent years. We finally found one we like in this Grind. It's lightweight but seems sturdily constructed with a metal headband and it's very comfortable to wear, particularly for an on-ear model. It also sounds surprisingly good for the price and comes with a couple of interesting features. Instead of having the remote and microphone integrated into the detachable cord, they're integrated into the left earcup, which is nice. A button on the outside the ear cup, Skullcandy calls it Tap Tech. That you take calls, play or pause tracks and skip them forward and back. Its compatible with both iPhones and android phones, but doesn't have any volume controls. For $60 you're not going to do much better for sound. A touch of bass and treble push, a little dip in the mid-range, but overall it's a well-balanced headphone that offers decent clarity and is pleasant to listen to. We've heard other on-ears that cost significantly more that don't sound this good. You're not going to get quite the richness and refinement you get from a higher end headphone, and the on-ear design doesn't seal out ambient noise as well as an over-ear would. But for on-the-go and office use it's good for someone who doesn't want to spend a lot of money for a quality headphone. I'm David Carnoy and that's the Grind, a Skullcandy headphone that we can finally recommend without reservations. Thanks for watching. [MUSIC]