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Old Sat, Jul-29-2017, 06:29:19 PM   #241
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Update on the Skullcandy XTfree




I've used them daily for the last 10 days and here are my thoughts...

+ sound is GREAT for my tastes
+ pairing is extremely easy, remembers my phone etc
+ controls are nice
+ really stays in my ears during running, lifting, casual use
+ battery lasts pretty long, charges quickly
+ nice value


- BT was HORRIBlE when I put it in my Rhone shorts pocket and was walking to the gym and lifting. Constantly cut out, but never disconnected. I was so let down. Called Skullcandy, was in touch with a live American human within 10 seconds, and she told me to plug into a computer for 15 mins then hold the ON switch to update the BT. That worked, kind of. For some reason if it's in my pocket it would be a dodgy connection with movement especially, armband was fine, on the table 15 yards away was fine.

Now, it's 95% solid - but there are occasional bits where it cuts out for a 1/2 second.... and I've never had this happen with a modern pair of BT headphones. It's ONLY when it's in my pocket and I'm jogging, moving while working out. I don't get it. That update surely improved it drastically - but this is the Achilles heal of this pair.


- After an hour they can begin to be uncomfortable near the ear hook part - it REALLY keeps them in place - so that is the trade off.





Overall - I may try to return and get a replacement pair via Amazon, which is what the tech lady at Skullcandy said (free replacement), since they shouldn't be cutting out.

I'll likely do that and the minor inconvenience of a bit of soreness on the ear is no biggie for me since I'm not running marathons with these.


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Update after... however many months,
Using them 3-5x per week for 1-1.5 hour work outs or ~30 min runs.


The right ear constantly is falling out now when lifting. Side note: the Mecca has no AC and is essentially a metal box so it's HOT AF and sweat is at a max there, but still... even running these things are not as Uber secure as before.

The rubber ear "hook" has weakened twofold, the "serrated" texture has worn as well as the "tension/springyness" has decreased.

These are now annoying to wear with constant adjusting.







Battery life, still excellent.
Charges fast af.
Pairs excellent.
Some minor cut outs as described above.
Awesome sound.




Too bad tho, I'm dumping these. Can't have them falling out on me.


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Just got a set of Jaybird X3... took me a while to figure out how to use the foam plugs and get them set up, but the sound quality is good with the app and EQ. Looking forward to working out with them.

Edit: just realized these are going to be great for those drives to the track in the gutted car.

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Old Thu, Aug-03-2017, 08:19:44 PM   #243
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BeyerDynamic MMX 300 for gaming and primary desktop use. Got them on Ebay, brand new in box for $229 shipped back in March 2016. Just used various burn-in "videos" from youtube for about 12 hours after I got them, running overnight, and have been fantastic ever since. Very comfortable after pads break in, mic is high quality, generally neutral-to-warm tone (my previous sennheiser's were cold tone to the point of having almost metallic high's and mid's).

Koss KSC75's with slight modding (quarter modded and drilled as per headfi forum). I have a few pair floating around in different places (laptop bag for travel, nightstand for listening before going to sleep, and a backup pair that are slightly older in worse condition) all modded identically.

I'm not going to say much more for sound as my hearing sucks a bit, but overall happy with everything I've purchased. I'm also a member of the "earbuds cause excruciating pain after 10-15 minutes" club, FWIW.
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Old Tue, Nov-14-2017, 02:16:28 AM   #244
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Just snagged these puppies to go with my new iPhone X at the gym... first pair of truly wireless I've owned. And ah, they were only $33









I've heard "MEH" things from the new truly wireless Bose and the truely wireless Jaybird Run's..... and they are both pretty pricey. For the price, there was no reason for me NOT to take the gamble, and free returns via Amazon Prime.... so no gamble at all? I use my (still nice) Sony MDR-1A's for everything else aside from work outs.

WOW. No-name brands FTW. These have good bass; stay in my damn ears; and no wires what-so-ever (including behind your head) is a game changer.






I think they sound better than the Jaybird X2s, Sony MDRXB50BS/B, and SkullCandy XT Free's... each of which I owned... and honestly better bass than my roommates Bose SoundSport Wireless that I tested.

iPhone X comes Friday, so the sound quality will be even better: I'm still running a 6 and my buddy who had a 6 and now has an X said the sound quality and overall volume output was a big upgrade, with using the same headphones (aka because of newer BT).







Will update after a few weeks in the gym & running (been going 5-6 days per week now). Hopefully they don't crap out; have pairing issues; lose connection; etc............ I'll likely get an Apple Watch Gen 3 - now that I can stream BT music, track runs (time and distance)... all without the phone in my pocket. Will be a nice completely cordless/clutter/bulk-free system.





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I picked up another pair of Bose quietcomfort 25 at $179 shipped from B&H. My kids always fight over the pair we have now when we travel. It does a great job of noise cancellation, great for flights. It was $179 at Amazon a few days ago, looks like the price jump back to $279.
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iPhone X comes Friday, so the sound quality will be even better: I'm still running a 6 and my buddy who had a 6 and now has an X said the sound quality and overall volume output was a big upgrade, with using the same headphones (aka because of newer BT).
what happened to your skullcandys? I think mine have finally fully broken in and sound great.

-edit-duh, guess I could scroll up- sucks about the falling out problem. try rubbing viagra on them?

also, I agree, that jump from Bluetooth 1.1 to 2.0 is a game changer
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what happened to your skullcandys? I think mine have finally fully broken in and sound great.

-edit-duh, guess I could scroll up- sucks about the falling out problem. try rubbing viagra on them?

also, I agree, that jump from Bluetooth 1.1 to 2.0 is a game changer



I have a return thing printed out - will ship them back tomorrow - but yeah; the BT cutting out, just momentarily, and them falling out of the ears, was enough to bug me.


Absolutely no cord is awesome. No matter what; having a cord behind the neck on bench, especially incline and decline, would tug at the ear pieces. Same with a variety of other exercises... smith machines...


It's the future, especially for work out headphones. These headphones are BT 4.2 - the iPhone X has BT 5.0... pretty schweett
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I have a return thing printed out - will ship them back tomorrow - but yeah; the BT cutting out, just momentarily, and them falling out of the ears, was enough to bug me.


Absolutely no cord is awesome. No matter what; having a cord behind the neck on bench, especially incline and decline, would tug at the ear pieces. Same with a variety of other exercises... smith machines...


It's the future, especially for work out headphones. These headphones are BT 4.2 - the iPhone X has BT 5.0... pretty schweett
I'm not sure you'd hear any sound difference with the phone upgrade unless you have a pair of BT5.0 headphones.
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I'm not sure you'd hear any sound difference with the phone upgrade unless you have a pair of BT5.0 headphones.

My friend has a pair of PowerBeats 3ís and like I said had a iPhone 6.

Went to an iPhone X.

Said they got *noticeably* louder and sounded better.





Probably has a more powerful amp / BT module is more powerful. Donít think PB3s are 5.0.
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I've been using the Yamaha EPH-100 for about 2 years now. I like the metal build and they sound nice too.

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