Skullcandy make a wide range of headphone products, and work hard to cultivate its ultra-hip and edgy image. Indeed, it sponsors a wide range of extreme sports teams from snowboarders to wake boarders. Don’t be fooled into thinking they can’t make headphones that sound good too though. They can.
The Aviator is Skullcandy’s first effort at building a very high-performance, over-the-ear, audiophile-grade headphone, yet one that preserves a good measure of the attitude and style that are part of Skullcandy’s brand image.
The Roc Nation Aviator is designed with “superior metals, polycarbonate headphone cups, plush memory foam ear cushions and materials previously used in designer eyewear”.
The headphones are equipped with drivers that feature large-diameter, 40mm Mylar diaphragms, which are housed in earcups that, by design, resemble the bold, oversized lenses of Bausch & Lomb/Ray-Ban-style “Aviator” sunglasses. Other small but tasteful detail touches, such as the leather earcup and headband pads reinforce the upscale image.
Jay-Z himself sounds very pleased with them, saying: “Our passion is creating amazing music. We’re dedicated to delivering the best in live performances. Now with the Roc Nation/Skullcandy partnership, we’re offering the best way for people to experience the soundtrack of their lives.”
Whilst Jay-z’s exact involvement may be debatable, what isn’t is the styling and sound quality of these gorgeous headphones.
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