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SKULLCANDY PLYR 1 Headset - Black

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Gaming the Skullcandy way. Premium throughout and engineered for a high-volume home theater experience, the PLYR 1 combines the immersive accuracy of Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound with the best in gaming functionality, including wireless freedom, the Flip-Up Mic Mute system, onboard Voice Balancing and Xbox 360, Playstation3 and PC compatibility.



Ready to roll, right out of the box. The PLYR 1’s Multi-platform functionality includes everything you need to connect with Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PCs natively, so you can jump straight into play.

2.4GHz Wireless Headset

The PLYR 1’s fully wireless headset operates on the 2.4GHz spectrum for no-interference, cordless freedom. Fully embedded controls onboard the headset let you control all your settings without stopping play or getting up to fiddle with the transmitter stand.


Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound

Experience your games and movies in their highest form with the best in Surround Sound. The PLYR 1 will decode a Dolby Digital 7.1 input from Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, and Blu-Ray/DVD players, while also supporting Dolby PLIIx for non-digital inputs.

Dolby Headphone Encoding

Hear your opponent’s approach from any direction and experience your games at their fullest with the accuracy and immersive quality of Surround Sound. The PLYR 1 encodes Dolby 7.1 into a rich and realistic audio environment, using only two drivers for uncompromised sonic fidelity.

Supreme Sound

Over Ear Design

No need to cut your campaign short. With plush ear cushions that adapt to individual ear shapes and resist heat build up, the PLYR 1’s over-ear design provides the perfect seal and eliminates ear fatigue during epically long play sessions.

Three-Position EQ Switch

Get the most out of all your games and media with the PLYR 1’s 3 Position EQ. Quickly switch between Bass Mode for beat heavy music and explosive action movies, Supreme Mode for custom tuned, full frequency response across any type of media, or Precision Mode to highlight the experiential mids and highs of footsteps and weapon reloads in FPS games.


High Sensitivity Mic

Designed for gaming communication, the PLYR 1’s High Sensitivity Flip-Up Mic picks up your voice clearly without broadcasting background noise. When you’re done talking, simply flip up the mic to end transmission and go mute.

Voice Balancing

Cranking the soundtrack or talking trash with your teammates couldn’t be easier with the PLYR 1’s onboard Voice Balancing. Quickly dial in the balance between game sounds and voice chat, and adjust the onboard volume, with one intuitive control.


Transmitter Stand

Homebase for the best in gaming, movies, music and more. The PLYR 1 Transmitter Stand features USB ports to charge up your headset in style, plus the option to hook up other audio devices with Toslink Optical Digital inputs for the highest-quality connection and pass through.

MP3 Input

Plug in and play with the additional 3.5mm stereo input for running any MP3 player, music player, or audio device into the PLYR 1 Transmitter Stand.


Magnet Neodymium
Driver Size 40mm
Impedance 29 Ohms
SPL 104dB (+/- 5dB) 20Hz - 20kHz
THD < 0.1%

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Proprietary Supreme Sound technology delivers powerful bass and precision highs.

Adjustable mic position flips up for instant muting.

Wireless technology delivers crystal clear Dolby 7.1 Surround sound without tying you down.

Sound equalization settings for games, music, and movies.

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  • Justin B.
  • 6/5/2015 4:52:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat headset!!!!

Pros: Amazing sound and voice quality. I can walk all around my house and still hear! Amazing!

Cons: Non yet!

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  • Kyle S.
  • 2/25/2015 10:23:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGarbage - 3 broke in 4 months

Pros: None, these are garbage and Skullcandy support is worthless.

Cons: Unreliable, poor quality.

Other Thoughts: First pair lasted 5 weeks. Had to go through Skullcandy to get a replacement and pay to ship them back. Those lasted 4 weeks. Had to pay again to send back for another set. Those lasted a week. Agreed on the phone with support that I'd get a refund. Paid to send the 3rd headset back. 6 weeks go by and didn't receive anything. Finally called and proved they received the 3rd defective headset but then they refused to give a refund b/c they didn't indicate in writing they would do so. They said they would ship me a 4th headset which is worthless to me since I already bought a new headset (different brand). I'll just sell them for cheap on craigslist b/c they're garbage.

So in the end I'm out the money I paid for the first headset plus $32 in shipping back 3 defective headsets.

Won't ever buy another Skullcandy product. The quality is bad and their support is worse. They don't record support calls so you can't prove what was discussed/agreed to over the phone.

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  • Robert R.
  • 1/28/2015 1:06:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsTerrible Quality - Stay far far away

Pros: Comfy, great sound quality, battery lasts a pretty good length of time, look cool, and all the features I would want in a gaming headset.

Cons: Headset died completely after 1 month and 1 day of moderate use. Quality of material feels very cheap.

Other Thoughts: I got these as a gift and read a lot of reviews before deciding if I should keep them. I read a lot of negative reviews about build quality. I just decided I would treat them like a baby and literally did just that. I can see how they could crack if I didn't.

They literally just died mid game, sounded like someone pulled the plug on them and now they won't start up, charge, or do anything. They are just dead. We'll see how the warranty process goes but to be honest, I just want my money back.

You couldn't take better care than I did and they still broke. The reviews don't lie, there are much better options out there.

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  • stephen h.
  • 1/6/2015 11:26:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsChanging my review

Pros: 7.1 Surround sound and very stylish. These headphones look like they would last a long time.

Cons: They are not made for people with hair or people who have to extend the earmuffs to the maximum to fit over your head. I

Other Thoughts: I have owned these headphones for over a year now and in that time I have had the headphone break twice for the exact same reason. The plastic housings that secures the earpiece to the headband will break because they are made of cheap materials. I would not recommend anyone with a large head or lots of hair to purchase this. Skull candy's wait time for a replacement is terrible, expect to wait 5-8 weeks for a replacement.

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  • Aaron F.
  • 12/26/2014 6:41:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsWould not recommend, for the price

Pros: Nice sound, clear mic, good comfortable build & light weight. can wear for many hours straight without taking them off. This headset is great for music and movies but will defiantly not meet your needs for gaming.

Cons: Way to expensive, for the headset. the surround sound is completely broken, and does not sound like anything close to 7.1. They also took a very long time to break the headset in.

Other Thoughts: i would avoid this headset at all costs. defiantly not worth the price.

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  • Cristian H.
  • 11/16/2014 3:38:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Headset

Pros: -Great Sound Quality
-Great Range
-Wireless Obviously
-Rechargable (It has it's own battery but this could be a con if you want to use your own battery)
I've had this Headset over 11 months now and I have to say the Plyr1 has done it's time.

Cons: -The Mic is very low.
When I'm using the mic i have to talk up and it bugs me to do so whether i would like a mic where i can talk normally and not have to worry about others hearing me. The Side button on the mic is annoying if you want to lay down on your side. The loud beep when you have to recharge it. You also need to have an S/PDIF audio output on your back of your computer.

Other Thoughts: Overall It's a good headset. Just If you have $180 to spare then you can get it if you want.

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  • Brett S.
  • 11/10/2014 8:29:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Looked good out of the box. Not overly large and clunky. Range is good. Battery life not a issue.

Cons: Plastic broke around the screws above the ear cups after five weeks on right side, left side broke two days later. Didn't expect to use the zip-ties so soon. Friends on Vent claimed low volume, confirmed by self recording and playback. Web videos would often fade out during non-speaking pauses because of some seemingly high silent suppression threshold that lowered the audio. Now after seven months headset completely dead. Will not power on.

Other Thoughts: Like most, I take pride of ownership on these things, meaning no abuse. Better than normal wear and tear. I have enjoyed Skullcandy earbuds. I probably was hoping the PLYR1 price point was reflective of the quality. I couldn't have been more wrong.

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  • Scott W.
  • 11/4/2014 9:45:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsStopped working after 5 months

Pros: WIreless. Worked as advertised for 6 months.

Cons: Microphone and sound quality mediocre at best. Not worth $150. Further, device completely dead after 6 months of use. Horrible Skullcandy customer service expected me to pay for shipping on return and wait a month + for a return of my repaired item. I would NEVER buy another product from Skullcandy. Spend money elsewhere

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  • Donald T.
  • 10/22/2014 1:45:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDurability is extremely poor!

Pros: 7.1 Sound quality is great, ear comfort is good... not great, boom Mic flip up auto mutes, wireless, great range, and long battery life.

Cons: It's unfortunate that with all the Pro's I listed above only a few Con's really overshadow the positives.
- Durability of the ear cups break away much too easily. Once the ear cup breaks off you'll immediately see why. There are 3 anchor screws that amount to the size you would typically see on eye glasses holding the arms onto the frame. The plastic in which they are anchored is obviously not sufficient. My ear cups are now held together by electrical tape and super glue.
- MIC volume is much too much low as all have previously stated. No software MIC boost period. The knob on the headset will only slightly boost the MIC. This is big negative if you ever plan on recording your voice while recording any game videos.
- Proper setup is a mystery for lack of any good instructions. FYI, to get the best possible sound quality and record quality use the optical connector, set default playback device to optical REALTEK or what ever your sound card is(disable USB/GMX), and set default recording device to Skullcandy transmitter.

Other Thoughts: So close and yet so far. Fixing durability would get this headset a solid 3.5-4 egg review... assuming you are not a youtuber video game recorder. Fixing the MIC would get this a solid 5 egg review. Hopefully they can address these short comings in the next version.

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  • Matthew H.
  • 10/15/2014 3:50:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggssub-par, unpolished, and no mic boost (PC)

Pros: The build quality is very nice. They have a good weight to them, and the sound quality is what we've all come to expect from Skullcandy's line of products. They're easy to connect and are compatible with PCs, PS3's, and Xbox 360's. I think with an adapter it also works with PS4 and Xbox One from what I've read.

Cons: Despite the otherwise perfect design of the device there's some serious issues for those looking to use them with a PC (which was my primary concern). Since these were going to replace my Logitech G930's I have certain expectations. The first MAJOR issue is the mic's volume of the PLYR 1's is extremely low and people had a hard time hearing me without having to seriously crank up my specific volume in things like Teamspeak. I'm still wondering how this will work with games like Titanfall where that's not an option. This issue is compounded by the fact that they offer no supporting software. With the G930's there was a full range of software based tweaks to compensate for things like this (regardless of windows versions). Skullcandy disappointingly only made a driver and leaves the rest up to Windows. Windows 8 and 8.1 do NOT have mic boost, so that's the end of that. They can point the finger at Microsoft (as I'm sure they probably will), but the fact still remains that other vendors like Logitech didn't take the lazy route and due to that don't have the same issues/frustrations. This issue alone makes them unusable (Google it there's a ton of us saying the same thing). To make matters worse there's very little documentation. Their instructions are literally one page and look like a captioned comic book... which would be fine if everything were that easily installed, but they're not. There's a ton of opinions about how best use them with a PC. Some people say "just connect the USB", others say "USB doesn't give you 7.1, you need to use the fiber optic connection to get that"...etc. I've spent a few hours looking through the web sites and I can't find any official answers about that. I do know however that my new Asus X79 board that has fiber out isn't compatible with the fiber in on these headphones (despite being set correctly with DTS or even Stereo). So I'm looking at having to get a sound card now if there's any truth to the 7.1 not being utilized via the USB. Over all I would have to say I expected a lot more from Skullcandy's brand, let alone for the price I paid for these. They may be great for consoles, but since that's not why I bought them, and since they advertised them as "PC gamer's headphones", I have to say I'm really disappointed since they don't live up to that.

Other Thoughts: This is my first Skullcandy product and for music they're wonderful, but given the situation it's probably going to be a while before I trust this brand again. They're reputation is one of high quality, but this experience has left me feeling like they're lackluster and just getting a product out the door with very little testing prior to release. Ten minutes with any PC gamer running Windows 8 or 8.1 and they would have known these aren't ready for prime time use. That in my opinion is a real shame since these could have been wonderful headphones. They have a great deal of potential that's just not been realized due to minor issues that cause major problems.

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