Headphones Heads-Up: Urban Thrifty

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Skullcandy Hesh 2: $59.95 (no mic), $69.95 (mic); Wicked Audio Evac: $49.99

To help wade through the seemingly countless options on the market, two Discovery colleagues share their insights on 20 new and relevant headphones. Taking on a pair at a time, Scott Tharler and Alice Truong will each evaluate how these contemporary cans match up in a dueling series called Headphones Heads Up.

We love a good buy. If you’re looking for a pair of headphones that won’t break the bank, good news: Today, we’re reviewing Wicked Audio’s Evac and Skullcandy’s Hesh 2 headphones. Both are geared toward urbanites on a budget, but how do they stack up?

Head over to Discovery.com for Alice Truong’s review of these cans.

I wasn’t quite as disappointed as Alice in both of these (because my expectations were already low going in), yet it was still a struggle deciding a clear winner. The Hesh 2 definitely seemed urban in their big, bulbous shape; plasticky exterior; and color options. They were sufficiently comfortable over my ears and (between these two) I actually preferred their more even and natural sound. They’d have easily won, had they fallen to either side of being less expensive or more classy.

The on-ear Evacs were certainly smaller and less showy — which in a way, made them feel less urban. But their muffled bassy sound and pea green color made up for that. Best befitting this category, they’re way thrifty! I was able to find these cheapos discounted an additional twenty bucks below list (putting them under $30) on Amazon. But even given their bargain basement price, they don’t win easily either… They fold but have no pouch. They have a nice braided cord, but it’s permanently attached to both cups — and I never did find the supposed in-line volume control.

So each of these headphones has their merits. But if I had to choose one, I’d go with the Wicked Audio Evacs because they’re wicked cheap. Then again, if I really just wanted something colorful and a super value, I’d more likely go snag a pair of these earphones.

Credit: Alice Truong/Discovery

Scott Tharler writes about gadgets for Discovery News and covers travel tech for Fodor’s. Follow him on Twitter, gdgt and Google Plus. Alice Truong writes about tech and gadgets for Discovery Channel. Follow her on Twitter and Google Plus.

Tune in to hear how the rest of Discovery’s Headphones Heads-Up series plays out

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