Skullcandy G.I Rasta Stereo Headphones

Introduction & Specifications

Introduction

When it comes to headphone styling, most manufacturers hardly ever venture outside the safe confines of either a plain black or white headset. After all, misjudging the market and producing headphones that nobody would be seen dead wearing will hardly do sales figures any good. However, for a Swedish based company aptly named "Skullcandy", breaking this bland headphone 'code of conduct' seems to be the very roots on which their company is based upon.

Today I've been given the opportunity to take a look at their immensely colourful "G.I Rasta" Stereo headphones. Featuring a 41mm driver and 90° swivel speakers, the specifications certainly seem impressive and may even appeal to budding DJ's. However, before we get started, let's get acquainted with Skullcandy the company:

Launched in January, 03, Skullcandy is the fastest growing and hottest new brand of consumer electronic and audio products. In a category dominated by decade old companies, Skullcandy is a fresh, new brand built on cool design and unique products.

Skullcandy is the result of a bunch of snowboarders, skaters, surfers and x-pro athletes getting together to create products that work for their personal lifestyles. The people behind Skullcandy have been involved in product development for over a decade. Beside Skullcandy they have developed a host of other snowboard related products including gloves, outwears, backpacks etc. Riders that support our work are among many, Terje Haakonsen and Mark Frank Montoya.

Our products feature a full line of unique specialty headphones, such as our bass amplified Skull Crushers, Stereo Headphones, and Noise Canceling headphones. The line also includes a unique series of Audio Link Packs. These bags are specially designed to use while performing extreme sports and listening to music. To the most impassionate riders the new Skullcandy Hydration Pack includes an inbuilt water tank. As we continue to expand our line for 2007, it’s time to take the brand to the next level.


Specifications

Heading over to the G.I Rasta pages of the Skullcandy website provided us with the following details on the headphones:

Arm yourself with the G.I DJ style headphones from Skullcandy. Designed for those who demand the most from their gear, the G.I's premium quality 41mm drivers and super stealthy paint will keep you tuned in and out of sight.

• 41mm superior driver.
• Soft leather touch earpads.
• Extra earpad set.
• 90 degree swivel speakers.
• Leather headwrap.
• Home stereo adapter.
• In-line volume control.
• Travel bag.

I found it quite funny that Skullcandy call the colour scheme of the G.I Rasta's "Stealthy". As you will see over the next page, the Rasta's are quite possibly the most lairy set of headphones you're ever likely to encounter, and certainly won't do you any favours if you're trying to blend in with the background (unless you're on the set of Rainbow).

Skullcandy G.I Specs

The above picture taken of the G.I's packaging provides us with much more information on the technical specifications of the headphones. As you can see, the G.I Rasta's have a frequency range of 100-18,000Hz, an impedance of 50ohms and a maximum input power of 400mW. On paper this seems to make the headphones sound quite restrictive, especially when you consider that the headset we are comparing the G.I Rasta's today has a frequency response of 10-27,000Hz and a maximum power input of 1000mW. However, let's save the analysis for the testing phase of the review, and move on to the appearance of this funky headset.
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Most Recent Comments

23-07-2007, 06:41:37

JN
"What do you get when you cross a pair of DJ headphones with Joseph's technicolour dreamcoat? The G.I Rasta headphones from Skullcandy of course! Read on to find out more..."

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...201751424s.jpg

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23-07-2007, 07:50:57

llwyd
Shame, you would think something that oddly coloured would have something up its sleeve. Companies just dont seem to know what good sound is these days!

23-07-2007, 07:56:18

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='llwyd'
Shame, you would think something that oddly coloured would have something up its sleeve. Companies just dont seem to know what good sound is these days!
Yeah, after reading a bit about them I had quite high hopes. If they had decent treble then they'd be a lot more bearable as the bass does indeed cave your head in.

23-07-2007, 20:59:06

PinGu^
The colour is the main issue with it.

I like all my items to be black/silver, lookin very sylish,

but i suppose its something different

24-07-2007, 05:04:50

Mr. Smith

As you can see, the G.I Rasta's have a frequency range of 100-18,000Hz, an impedance of 50ohms and a maximum input power of 400mW. On paper this seems to make the headphones sound quite restrictive, especially when you consider that the headset we are comparing the G.I Rasta's today has a frequency response of 10-27,000Hz and a maximum power input of 1000mW.



Once I read that, I pretty much guessed these would fail to impress... The words steaming and turd spring to mind!
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