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access_time October 21, 2012 at 9:39 PM in Reviews by Adam Larck

The 5 & 1 Review | Skullcandy SLYR Headset

The 5&1 Review is back to take on a headset this time. The Skullcandy SLYR headset is the first of three new headsets Skullcandy is releasing with the help of Astro Gaming. Read on to see if the headset is a good addition to your collection.

Skullcandy SLYR headset

What is SLYR: SLYR is the first of three new headsets to come from Skullcandy with assistance from Astro Gaming. The other two, PLYR 1 and PLYR 2, will be out later this year and early next year. SLYR is a wired headset that is the cheapest of the three at $80.

How does it work: Like other gaming headsets, the SLYR needs to be plugged into a USB port on the 360 or PS3 to use (for review purposes, it was used with the 360). It plugs in the normal way, with cords plugging into the game audio to get audio in the headset, but I quickly noticed one difference between this and some other headsets.

The headset itself is not directly connected to the GMX in-line mixer. Instead, it uses a 3.5mm audio cable to connect. The main reason that it’s not always connected into the mixer is so the headset can be used as only a headset in smartphones or iPods.

Unfortunately, I did run into a bit of a snag with the audio cable. When I first set up the headset, I could hear sound out of one side of the headphones, but not the other. I finally realized the problem is that the headset needs to have the audio cable pushed in more than what you would expect. I had the cable pushed in snugly into the socket, but adding some extra force caused it to pop in, giving me full sound.

When I tried to use voice chat on the headset, I ran into the same problem. Fortunately, the solution was the same: shove the audio cable a bit harder into the mixer and it finally started working smoothly.

Outside of the rocky start, I really didn’t have a lot of problems with the headset. The headset fits snugly around the ears, and I was told the voice came in clearer than my Turtle Beach headset. Another bonus is that some feedback my Turtle Beaches were giving when playing Borderlands 2 is not happening with the SLYR, but I chalk my TB problems up to age.

The microphone doesn’t have a lot of flexibility because it’s built with hard plastic that fits into a slot on the mic and flips out. I didn’t have any problems with the mic picking up my voice, even being farther away from my mouth than normal, and the sliding up to hide it was a good feature when I didn’t want to use it.

The other annoyance I had with the headset is with the mixer. The mixer has three different modes (Bass, Supreme and Precision), along with the ability to change the master volume and balance between the game and voice volume. For some reason, you’re not able to individually change the game and voice volumes. You have to set a master level and then try to find a perfect balance between the two. I still haven’t found a balance I like to be able to hear both friends and games. Why couldn’t there be two separate volume controls? Hopefully, the other headsets will have that feature.

Why should you care: The quality of the headset is actually very nice. Compared to Skullcandy’s first gaming headset try, you can really see how the assistance from Astro Gaming has really paid off. Plus, unlike other gaming headsets, you can just use these solely for musical enjoyment as well outside of gaming. The $80 price point is a bit higher than some of the headsets, but won’t break the bank.

Who should buy it: Gamers needing a new headset or gamers that want decent sound quality without spending over $100. The quality is good but won’t top headsets that are surround sound and top-of-the-line. Plus, like I mentioned earlier, it can save you a bit of money on new music headphones if you need those as well.

When should you get it: Whenever you need a new headset. These are good, but I’d say they aren’t worth rushing out and immediately grabbing if you already have a working headset. Still, if you’re in the market for some, give this a look.

Where is it available: The easiest place to find these is at Skullcandy’s website, where it’s available in three colors. GameStop’s website also has them listed, but at a higher price.


  • javier December 27, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    how do you plug them in to a ps3.
    im using an HDMI cable for audio and video

  • Adam Larck December 28, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    Do you have everything hooked up and you’re just not getting sound? You may want to try forcing the cables into the connector between the headset and audio control box. They really have to be pushed in to get it to work.

  • dood January 10, 2013 at 6:16 AM

    You plug the red and white adko cables that come with the ps3 into the ones with the skullcandys then you pug those into the tv. You will not have sound at first but then youll have to go on your ps3 go to settings, adio settings and somewhere there you will find the hd cable and you need to switch it from there to the red and white adio cables.
    Hope i helped.

    • jean November 22, 2013 at 7:01 PM

      My TV has diffenent channels for AV and HDMI so if I plug the AV into my TV and its on the HDMI channel how will that work??

      • 123345666 February 12, 2014 at 3:50 PM

        You can have both the hdmi and av cables plugged into the ps3. And in the PS3 settings you can select which source you want for video and audio, so you choose av for audio while keeping HDMI as the video source. Like dood said, you plug the ps3 av cables into the av cables on the headset.

  • kamie February 25, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    I have a quick question about the Skull Candy Slyr I heard from a friend that when they are used on 360 you only chat and hear chat is their no GAME SOUND? just wondering before i purchase. TY ahead of time.

  • Adam Larck February 25, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Hi Kamie. I have not had that problem with the headset. While in any kind of chat (game, private and party) I’m able to hear both chat and game sound. I normally have to adjust the sound square in the middle left or right to get the balance between both correct, but you should have both coming through.

  • Kraig Butcher March 31, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    i just got these yesterday and it wont work for HDMI does anyone know how to make it work
    so if anyone could help me and tell me what i need to do to make it work with HDMI

    • Kdog 613 April 13, 2013 at 8:36 PM

      Hey um the old av plug with the three wires can be split with a butter knife so you can plug the hdmi and the av plug in, because there are no wires in there and it is just a cheap way to make you buy an adapter then that should be it, don’t blame me if you damage it, which should be hard to do.

  • Cleretic April 12, 2013 at 6:20 AM

    I’ve had this headset since Christmas, it’s had really good audio quality, but is there any ay to actually manipulate my microphone’s volume? I come out really quiet, which ruins communication in Dota 2.

    • Soares January 14, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      Yeah, same thing is happening to me. It’s really annoying when playing games like DayZ and Rust and people can’t hear you when you tell them you’re friendly >.<

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