More than just eye candy: Skullcandy Lowrider vs. WeSC Oboe

by paulb on January 20, 2012

If you’re looking for a pair of nice headphones that don’t only supply you with good quality sound, but suit your style as well, then these two are worth checking out: the Skullcandy Lowrider and the WeSC Oboe. Let’s see what each has to offer in terms of specs, looks, and variety, shall we?

Specs

These ‘over the head’ headphones are roughly in the same price range and you can find models from the WeSC Oboe and Skullcandy headphones Lowrider lines starting at US$ 20. In terms of specs, the Lowrider from Skullcandy features 40 mm power drivers, 18 to 20,000 Hz frequency range, and 32 ohm impedance. The Oboe on the other hand has 30 mm (40 mm in some models) power drivers, 20 to 20,001 Hz frequency range, and 32 ohm impedance.

Looks and additional features

These two headphones from WeSC and Skullcandy are known to look cool on top of their decent technical specs. The most notable difference between the two looks-wise stems from their intended use. Both are designed for mobile users and thus both the Oboe and Skullcandy Lowrider are lightweight. The latter though, puts an extra feature for portability. It can be folded neatly so you can easily stash it in your backpack or bag. The Lowrider headphones also allow you to swivel a speaker so you can listen to something else while the headphones stay on.

 

Both the Oboe and the Skullcandy Lowrider both supply long cables, though the WeSC headphones come with an extension cord that will provide you that extra slack.

Variety
Variety and good looks are certainly something WeSC and Skullcandy incorporate in their product lines as both the Oboe and Lowrider come in a wide range of designs and colours. WeSC headphones typically come in solid colours, while the Skullcandy ones can come with various designs and colour combinations.

Conclusion

All things considered, the WeSC Oboe and the Skullcandy Lowrider are both affordable and decent sets of headphones. The choice between the two will depend on your needs, preferences and budget. If you want a portable pair that you can take with you and won’t take up too much space in your bag, then you can go for the Skullcandy Lowrider. Also, here’s a note if you’re a little strapped for cash: the Oboes are slightly more expensive than the Lowriders.