Everyone loves a good pair of headphones, but in most cases you’re forced to spend big bucks to get one. You have plenty of options in the form of Sennheiser, Audio Technica and even Skullcandy. But which one should you choose?
Skullcandy’s latest is the Grind 2.0 that is looking to change the image of mid-range gear with quality performance that everyone strives for.
Key Highlights: Skullcandy Grind 2.0
- Type: On-ear wired with Microphone
- Weight: 399 grams
- Price: Rs 2,899
We’re talking about headphones that center around comfort and of course, audio quality. Skullcandy Grind 2.0 on-ear headphones come with a detachable cable that misses out on the volume controls for some reason. Instead, you get a button called the Tap Tech on the outer layer of the headphone that can be used to answer calls, and even manage music.
The cushioning of the earbud is comfortable to wear and most of you should be able to adjust the fitting of the Grind 2.0 to your requirement. We also like the fact that Skullcandy has made sure you will never feel the weight of wearing the Grind 2.0, extremely beneficial if you use the headphone for a while.
The brand is renowned for its bass-heavy products but much to our surprise we found these cans more suited to the classical genre that partakes high-level audio clarity. In addition to that, the Grind 2.0 manages to be good with noise-cancellation, something that most mid-range headphones are missing.
We touched upon the comfort factor earlier, but there’s a flip side to it. The headphone may have the sound clarity that you desire, but the bass effect is clearly lacking over here, something which may not be to everyone’s liking. We’ve known Skullcandy for dishing out the thump and Grind fared much better in the department than the Grind 2.0.
Also, we expect better comfort level with a headphone that costs as much as Rs 3000. While you won’t be complaining about the discomfort initially, things become prominently painful wearing the headgear for more than half an hour.
The cushioned ear buds fit tightly onto your ears making it unbearable to wear them after a while. Not what you need from a mid-range headphone. Another big miss with the Grind 2.0 is the lack of volume control on the cables that may not last for a long time. Thankfully the cables are detachable, and thus changeable.
Why Buy It?
Skullcandy Grind 2.0 fails to live up to the hype of the Grind. While the headphone has the portability factor covered, you still can’t fold it, unfortunately. Audio levels are crisp, but the bass factor is a big miss. For headphones priced around Rs 3000, we expect more than just being a sound option. Music is a priority for everyone these days but sadly, the Grind 2.0 isn’t the one to look at or buy. Skip this one for better options in this price range.