Since the invention of wireless earbuds, headphones have been everywhere. But there are some downsides to these devices.
For instance, they are more expensive than their wired counterparts, and battery life is not always great. While this may be true for some people, others prefer wireless earbuds due to the convenience of having no wires get in the way of an active lifestyle.
With this in mind, we’re going to Skullcandy Wireless Earbuds review with Mic that comes in a variety of colors! These earphones offer up to 12 hours on a full charge and can also be used as speakerphones so you can talk on your phone hands-free while working out or running errands around town!
Read on below to know all the necessary features for you to decide whether or not these are worth purchasing, so don’t miss out.
Skullcandy Indy True Wireless review
Pros And Cons
- Excellent fit
- Bluetooth 5.0 for a strong connection
- IP55 rating
- Portable and small charging case
- Easy pairing process
- Battery life average
- All you need is cheap plastic
- Touch controls can be hit or miss
- Branding is everywhere
- It is challenging to re-paint a device.
- A bass is a terrible person.
Who Is It for?
- The IP55 rating is ideal for those who want true wireless earbuds that can be used for exercise.
- The Indy True Wireless is a great gift for anyone who has $50 to spend.
- For anyone who is looking for cheap headphones to listen to podcasts or make Zoom calls or phone calls.
Before we move on to the wireless earbuds, we need to talk about the case that came with them. The Skullcandy true wireless earbuds that I review, I find that the case is just as important as the product itself.
Although the original AirPods were a pain to use, their small, sleek case makes them easy to carry around. Skullcandy Indy is a smaller, more rounded version of the original Push. It is also easier to slip into my pocket. The AirPods are more portable than the AirPods for a fraction of the cost.
The case opens to reveal the cutout where the earbuds fit. Three small LED lights at its front light up to show how much battery you have left. Although the Skullcandy true wireless earbuds are held in position by magnets, it was not as easy to close the lid as it opened.
The case seems to depend on resistance rather than magnets to keep it closed. If the ear tips are not appropriately straightened, the case will not close properly, frustrating.
It would have been nice if there were more room under the lid to prevent this from happening, but it has only happened once in two weeks of testing.
There are two types of ear tips. There are two types of ear tips. The first is standard and goes into your ear. The second is more like an ear sleeve. It helps keep the ear tips in place by pressing against your inner ear.
This combination makes it one of my favorite true wireless earbuds (except for the Powerbeats Pro, which has an over-ear hook). The fit is better than the AirPods, at least in my opinion.
The Skullcandy Indy’s build quality is not perfect. The case’s build quality has suffered a little, but the true wireless earbuds are the most noticeable.
It is entirely made of plastic, and the touch-sensitive controls aren’t always accurate when trying to control the payback.
Although the touch controls are not the best, they have well-thought-out touch controls. I wouldn’t say I like touch-sensitive controls because companies usually only allow one tap to pause the music.
Although it sounds intuitive, I have lost count of how many times I accidentally tapped the touchpad to pause the music. The Skullcandy Indy is different. A single tap on the true wireless earbuds controls volume.
To pause the music, you tap twice on your right earbud. This is the master. It was a bit hit and missed for me at times. You’ll most likely increase the volume if you tap casually twice.
To be able to tap perfectly twice, you must first tap exactly twice. The most accessible control is to hold your finger on the left or right earbud to skip between tracks.
This review was initially published in mid-2019. Skullcandy Indy true wireless has since been updated with new features. Updated features were added to activate Siri and the Google Assistant upon publication.
Bluetooth 5.0 is available on the Skullcandy Indy. If your next device is Bluetooth 5 compatible, you will be able to enjoy a more extended range and more significant data transfer.
My Pixel 3 had some skips while walking with it in my pocket or doing quick exercises. But it wasn’t too distracting. Our tests showed that the latency was 420ms. If you are looking for buds to watch YouTube videos, the Indy is not the best option.
The repairing process is my biggest complaint with these true wireless earphones. It is chaotic. Re-pairing is not necessary as the initial pairing process is straightforward.
Once you have opened the case, take the true wireless earbuds out, and they will go into pairing mode. These wired can be found in your settings. However, the Indybuds can be repaired to another device or reset by following the instructions on its website.
Turn off Bluetooth on your smartphone and manually reset each earbud. To do this, take them out one by one, hold your finger against the touch-sensitive pads for four seconds and then place it back in its case.
After doing this for each earbud, you can remove them from the case and repair them without any problems. It is a hassle.
We were able to get 4 hours, 23 mins of continuous playback at 75dB(SPL), but Skullcandy claims that the charging case can extend that time to 16 hours. You can charge them up three times before the case needs to be charged again.
The charging case still uses micro USB, which is quite inconvenient, considering that most phones use USB-C and Lightning. You’ll need to bring another cable.
The Skullcandy Indy doesn’t have any active noise canceling, so passive isolation is the best option for background noise reduction.
The Indy will not block low-frequency sounds like the din of an aircraft, but it will drown out the sound of babies crying on the bus or clanging dishes.
It all comes down to finding the right fit. If you don’t like the included ear tips, you might need some aftermarket ones.
Skullcandy has not always excelled in sound quality. The earphones aren’t bad, but they don’t always sound great. Skullcandy Indy’s frequency response is so poor that it looks like someone forgot to add bass-heavy.
The highs and mids align with our platonic ideal (shown above in pink), but the bass-heavy and lower mids are so weak that it’s difficult to recommend the Indy as a tool for podcasts, Zoom calls, or phone calls.
Songs and podcasts can have clear vocals because the highs and mids share some emphasis. Voices’ quality sounds clear due to the low emphasis on bass-heavy and the auditory masking caused by the decibel bump.
This is evident in Toro y Moi’s Girl Like You, which features many mid-heavy synths whose vocals sound clear and loud. The old game of turning up the volume to hear bass better will make it worse. Instead of hearing more, you’ll hear everything else.
The Skullcandy Indy won’t sound as clear as over-ears. But if you don’t care about anything below 100Hz, (where the reproduction of sound’s volume drastically drops off), then maybe it’s okay.
Although the microphone works well, most people will find it a bit too muffled. It’s fantastic that true wireless headphones have microphones that work, given how difficult it is to fit a microphone in truly wireless headphones.
Skullcandy Dime True Wireless Earbuds Review
Pros And Cons
- It’s affordable
- Compelling audio performance
- Solid mic clarity
- Water-resistant design
- Battery life is impoverished.
- Plastic construction at a low price
- On-ear controls that are cumbersome
The Skullcandy Dime True Wireless Earbuds cost $24.99. They are more expensive than 10 cents. There have been some compromises to get such a low price. The charging cable is approximately the same length as a pinky finger, and the accessories are kept to a minimum.
These truly wireless earbuds sound great. They have a rich, deep, but not unnatural bass-heavy and bright, detailed highs. The truly wireless earbud’s solid audio performance makes it easy to overlook issues like short battery life or poorly implemented controls.
Skullcandy calls the Dime True Wireless Earbuds noise isolation, but any earphones which seal the ear canal tightly are effectively isolating sound to some degree.
The noise isolation will be more excellent if they can create a strong seal. It’s not true that they are ineffective, but do not confuse them with active noise-canceling ears.
The lightweight, matte black, gray, and green lightweight plastic earpieces are surprisingly secure. The earpieces and the charging case are almost as cheap as prototypes.
The earpieces are plain and straightforward, with the Skullcandy logo at the ends. There are three pairs of silicone ear tips in medium, large, and small sizes. The earpieces have enough shape to keep things in place when used with the right ear tips.
Press the Skull logo onto either earpiece’s rubber exterior panel along the stem to control the on-ear controls. You can use this to power the earphones down and up (with a 2-second hold), pair them (a 4-second hold) and play/pause (press one). Although these controls are simple, they can be unclear if you need to do something else.
To skip ahead, hold down the right earpiece button for one second. Don’t confuse this with a quick push, which is for play/pause. You can also skip backtracks by holding the right earpiece button down for one second.
Two taps can control volume: up on the right ear and down on the left. Three taps summon voice assistants. A single press will answer incoming phone calls. You might think that mixing holds with presses can cause misfires. One button handles all.
The IPX4 rating means that the earpieces can withstand splashes and sweat exposure. They can be worn in light rain, and while exercising, they should not pose a problem.
However, it is best to avoid washing them under the tap. Remember that the charging case does not have a water resistance rating, so the ears must be completely dry before you can dock them.
A cut-through lid allows the user to see the rubberized stems and shows when the earpieces have been plugged. This case’s flip-top lid, made from lightweight plastic, is perhaps the most protective we tested.
If the earpieces don’t have their docks, the charging contacts are exposed. Make sure to keep the case safe and dry. The back panel has a micro USB port for charging the included cable. The lanyard that is fastened to the case’s rounded corners is the only minor detail.
Bluetooth is supported, and the app is not required, which is not surprising considering the price. Skullcandy says the battery life is approximately 12 hours.
This means that the earpieces can last four hours on a single charge, and the case can hold eight hours. Although these numbers are not suitable for truly wireless battery life, what can you expect for $25?
Solid Audio Performance
The earphones provide a remarkable low-frequency response on tracks with a lot of sub-bass, such as Silent Shout by The Knife. The track is clear and undistorted at high volumes.
At lower volumes, it can be rich and powerful. The highs are balanced enough to balance the lows without making it too bass-focused.
Bill Callahan’s track Drover has a much deeper bass and gives us a better idea of the Dime sound signature. Skullcandy has an outstanding balance.
Although there is some severe boosting going on, it’s only for the sake of giving the drums a classic, round sound. The drums never go into an unnaturally loud territory.
Callahan’s baritone vocals also give a good dose of rich low-mid presence and a sharp high-mid edge. Acoustic strums, higher-register percussive hits, and acoustic strums are delivered with decent high-mid detail.
The lows are the most prominent, but the mixes never sound muddy. There’s enough detail in the highs and mids to keep the mix clear.
Jay-Z and Kanye West’s No Church in the Wild have the kick drum loop get enough high-mid presence in their attack to keep its punchiness.
The vinyl crackle and hiss, usually left to the background, seem to move forward in the mix. It seems like there’s some sculpting taking place in the highs and not just broad-the-board boosting.
The sub-bass synth hits which punctuate the beat have a solid sense of subwoofer-like thunder without going full-on mega bass-heavy. The lows are heard without overwhelming the rest of the mix.
This track features solid vocals with a bit of sibilance and clarity. However, they don’t seem to be able to compete with the slightly pumped-up lows.
The bright and rich sound of orchestral tracks, like the opening scene in John Adams’ The Gospel According To The Other Mary, has a lot to do with their rich sound. Although the lower register instrumentation is amplified, it isn’t overpowered.
The higher registers’ vocals, brass, strings, and vocals are delivered with a crisp, bright presence that commands attention. This sound signature is balanced with bright highs and rich lows.
Although there is a lot of sculpting, the sculpting on both the high and low frequencies is very well balanced. It is not for purists, but it sounds fantastic for $25.
The mic provides a solid level of intelligibility. We were able to understand all the words we recorded using Voice Memos on phone.
Although some Bluetooth distortion fuzzed up the edges of the words, this is normal, and the signal strength was much more muscular than what we usually hear from wireless earphone microphones.
The Most Affordable Wire-Free Earbuds
The Skullcandy Dime Wireless Earbuds are $25 and deliver a strong, balanced, wealthy, bright sound signature. The sound quality is excellent for the price. Although the controls can be a little frustrating and the build quality is poor, the sound is exceptional.
Other wireless earbuds are available for less than $50, including the $30 JLab Go Air or the $35 Tribit FlyBuds. FlyBuds are our top choice in this price range, especially for those who need waterproof earpieces to exercise. If you are looking for a low price, the Skullcandy Dime is $25.
Skullcandy Jib Wireless Earbuds review
The Jib True isn’t cheap, nor do they feel poorly made. The trendy Blue colorway has bright yellow highlights and red highlights. Our review unit was sent in this variant. These units can also be purchased in plainer Black and Gray colors.
Although the Skullcandy Jib earbuds maybe a little more bulky than usual, they don’t stand out too much from your ears. The outside of each earbud contains a button that controls volume and playback.
These buttons are difficult to press without pressing too deeply into your ears. To do this, grab the top edge and pinch the button. This isn’t very convenient, and it’s much easier to control the playback of your phone.
These Skullcandy Jib earbuds are IPX4 rated for water and sweat resistance. This is an excellent feature in this price range.
The slim profile of the charging case fits easily into tight jeans pockets. Although the case lid isn’t very wide, it’s easy to remove the headphones thanks to their chunky shape.
One white LED is located on the exterior of the case. It blinks at different points, but it isn’t easy to see what it is communicating. An ancient micro USB charging port is located on the back.
Soft silicone tips are included in the Skullcandy Jib True Earbuds can be put on and taken off quickly and can be worn for hours without discomfort.
Software and Hardware
No companion apps are required or supported by the Skullcandy Jib True. Pair them together and use the EQ on your music player or device to adjust any audio settings. It doesn’t appear that there is a way to update the firmware.
Each earbud features 6mm, dynamic drivers. They have a frequency response of 20 to 20,000kHz, 98 to103dB SPL, 3% THD at one kHz, and a frequency response of 20-20, 000kHz.
They can be connected to Blue and support SBC as well as AAC. It doesn’t support multi-device pairing. The headphones are connected in a master/slave configuration. One (master) connects with the source, and the other (slave), to the master.
Skullcandy Jib True earbuds are average-sounding. This is the norm for budget products. The tonality is centered heavily on the low-end.
The bass response is weighty with a lot of boost at the low end. It makes the bass sound loud and overwhelming. You don’t hear any nuance or nuance in the bass, just lots of it to add a boom to all your music.
If it weren’t for the low-end dominance, it would have been excellent in the mid-range. The bass-heavy masks a lot of the low-mid, mid-mid, and mid-range regions.
Even though the bass isn’t recessed in any way, the volume and presence of the mid-region in the overall mix can’t be matched, and it ends up being pushed to the side.
The high-end lacks energy and is rather dull. This region has a good presence, but treble fans will be disappointed by the lackluster brightness and detail in the higher registers. All high notes are lacking definition.
Overall, the sound quality is inferior in terms of resolution and detail. Although the imaging is good, the soundstage is narrow and focused in the middle.
The absence of a companion app means that you will have to rely solely on your music player or source app to adjust the EQ.
The Skullcandy Jib True can produce a sharp sound, at least when it comes to overall tonality if you make some adjustments to the low-end. You can also customize the sound of these headphones to suit your preferences and content preferences.
The microphones of the Jib True are decent. You should be able to hear your voice even in noisy environments.
The Jib True has acceptable latency performance. While the sound delay is not noticeable when watching videos, it may be in certain games. The latency performance is adequate for casual gaming and YouTube videos.
The Jib True does not have active noise canceling. Ear tips can passively block ambient noise and provide sufficient isolation indoors in most cases. You’d have a hard time hearing any background noise when audio is playing.
During testing, the Jib True demonstrated reliable connectivity. During testing, there were no sound drops or pairing problems.
Additional Notes For Testing
The Jib True earbuds are insanely loud. To get a comfortable volume level, you only need to adjust the volume bar to two on most smartphones. Anything higher than that will be uncomfortable.
This has the downside: you only have a small volume bar that can be used for everyday use. Small changes can result in significant sound changes. It is essential to ensure that the volume level is correct before you hit playback.
The Jib True claims a battery life of six hours, while the case claims to offer an additional 16 hours.
The headphones were able to play music for seven hours straight during my testing. This is a good result for truly wireless earbuds. Although the battery life is good for continuous use, the case is small and does not hold many additional charges. It will also require frequent charging.
Should you buy the Skullcandy Indy True Wireless?
The Skullcandy Indy True Wireless is a good pair of wireless earphones for those who want to buy the cheapest AirPod clone possible.
The sound quality isn’t as good as competing Airpods, but it’s functional and should be more than enough considering the low price.
If you’re looking for the ultimate best audio experience at any cost, then this is not the product for you. However, if you’re looking for a decent pair of headphones at an unheard-of price, then these are worth checking out!
Should you buy the Skullcandy Dime True Wireless?
The Skullcandy Dime True Wireless offers better value than its similarly-priced predecessor (the Skullcandy Indy True Wireless). They bring a more refined design and better sound quality to the table.
If you’re looking for a pair of wireless earphones that offer great value for money, then these may be worth checking out. However, if you’re looking for an alternative to AirPods (with no cord whatsoever), then we recommend looking elsewhere.
Should you buy the Skullcandy Jib True Wireless?
The Skullcandy Jib True Wireless brings a unique design to the table, but their sound quality is below par compared to similar products at this price range.
They are not recommended for severe listeners who want the best audio experience available on the market. Instead, look towards other similar-priced products for better value.
If you’re looking for headphones that are more specialized to your listening needs, Skullcandy doesn’t have a wide range of options. They provide headphones and over-ear models that might appeal to critical listeners, but it’s not their niche.
For example, they don’t offer any noise-canceling or sound-isolating models. Overall, the company has an exciting selection of products with many features at different price points, so if you’re looking for casual listening, sports, or gaming.
This article will help you decide which model is best suited for you! Hooke Audio hopes this article helped make your choice on picking out the right headphone; we wish you luck on finding one!