Skullcandy G.I Rasta Stereo Headphones



If Skullcandy's primary objective with the G.I Rasta's was to produce a set of headphones that could literally blow your eardrums with excessive bass, then there's no doubt in my mind that they've achieved this task. However, even with bass heavy tracks, the G.U Rasta's manage to miss out on the whole top end of the frequency range, leaving vocals and treble sounding like you're listening to your music with earplugs in.

The G.I's do however feel quite sturdy, and despite being made from plastic, have no parts that rattle during use. The removable ear pads are certainly a good idea too, considering I've banished many sets of good earphones to the dustbin after the earpads started to fall apart.

Priced between £18-32 depending on the site you visit, it's certainly hard to comment on the price of the headphones compared to others in a similar price bracket. However, when put side-by-side to the Technics RP-F290 test headphones, priced at just under £25 around 2 years ago, the Skullcandy's just don't even come close in terms of audio quality.

• Solid construction.
• Unique looks. Also available in other colours.
• If you're only interested in bass, these may appeal to you.
• Able to handle low frequency tracks at high volumes without distortion.

• Looks may not appeal to some (or many?).
• Totally unable to reproduce any high frequencies.
• Vocals and Treble muffled.
• Not very comfortable.

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Most Recent Comments

23-07-2007, 07:50:57

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!Quote

23-07-2007, 07:56:18

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.Quote

23-07-2007, 20:59:06

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 Quote

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!Quote

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