The 3 Best Skullcandy Headphones of 2020 Reviews

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Best Skullcandy Headphones

We've currently tested 16 pairs of Skullcandy headphones. They're a fashion-forward brand that has a decent variety of headphones for casual listening, sports, and gaming.

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Best Skullcandy Headphones


  1. Best Skullcandy Headphones

    6.8
    Mixed Usage
    6.5
    Neutral Sound
    7.2
    Commute/Travel
    7.2
    Sports/Fitness
    6.9
    Office
    5.0
    Wireless Gaming
    6.6
    Wired Gaming
    5.6
    Phone Calls
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling Yes
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best Skullcandy headphones we've tested are the Skullcandy Venue. These Bluetooth-enabled over-ears feature generously-padded ear cups and an easy-to-use control scheme. They clamp the head tight enough to stay in place during light physical activity and deliver audio with amazing levels of consistency. While their bass-heavy sound profile may be overwhelming to some listeners, fans of genres like EDM and hip-hop may enjoy the added thump and rumble. Their ANC feature helps them block out a decent amount of background noise, and even with the system turned on, you should still expect roughly 24 hours of continuous battery life. They support multi-device pairing, which is handy if you want to listen to content from your phone while remaining connected to your computer.

    Unfortunately, their integrated microphone makes your voice sound thin, muffled, and lacking in detail. It also struggles with separating speech from ambient noise. Some users with larger ears may also be put off by their relatively small ear cups and tight fit. Still, these headphones are a fairly feature-dense option for commuting or office work.

    See our review

  2. Best Skullcandy Wireless Earbuds

    7.0
    Mixed Usage
    6.6
    Neutral Sound
    7.6
    Commute/Travel
    7.8
    Sports/Fitness
    6.8
    Office
    5.1
    Wireless Gaming
    5.0
    Wired Gaming
    6.4
    Phone Calls
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best Skullcandy wireless headphones we've tested are the Skullcandy Jib True. These truly wireless in-ears have a dense plastic construction and are decently comfortable. They're a good option if you like EDM or hip hop music, as they have a very bass-heavy sound profile that should add plenty of extra thump and kick. Although that they don't have an ANC feature, they do a very good job of filtering out background noise. They also leak virtually no audio, so you can blast your music at high volumes without fear of disrupting people nearby.

    Unfortunately, their integrated microphone struggles to isolate speech from ambient chatter, so they aren't the best choice for making phone calls. Their deep in-ear fit may not suit all listeners, either. Still, their compact size and good noise isolation performance make them a solid option for commuting.

    See our review

  3. Best Cheap Skullcandy Earbuds

    6.7
    Mixed Usage
    6.7
    Neutral Sound
    7.0
    Commute/Travel
    7.6
    Sports/Fitness
    6.4
    Office
    5.0
    Wireless Gaming
    5.0
    Wired Gaming
    6.6
    Phone Calls
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The Skullcandy Jib are the best cheap Skullcandy earbuds we've tested. These wireless in-ears are easy to carry around and should do a decent job of staying in your ears during light workouts. They provide a very bass-heavy sound profile that works best for EDM and hip-hop tracks but may prove overwhelming for fans of other genres. They don't leak all that much audio and have an in-line microphone that delivers decent noise handling capability, so those on the other end of the line should understand you even in moderately loud environments.

    Unfortunately, these in-ears feel somewhat cheaply-made, especially their thin audio cable. Battery life, at just under six hours, is also somewhat disappointing, and may not be enough for a day at work. Still, if you're looking for a bass-heavy listening experience for a budget-friendly price, they're also among the best cheap wireless earbuds we've tested.

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Compared to other brands


  • Colorful designs. Skullcandy offers some of the most colorful headphones on the market. If you like to match your tech accessories to your outfits, they tend to offer several color schemes for each model including two or three-tone variants as well as camo/military color schemes.
  • Good headphone variety. Although we have yet to test Skullcandy's full lineup, they offer a good variety of models for different uses. They lack a lineup better suited for critical listeners, but the variety is still quite good, especially considering their price range.
  • Plasticky build quality. Most of the headphones from Skullcandy are pretty affordable. However, this may be due to their somewhat plasticky build quality. It's better than some of the super cheap brands but compared to some other affordable models, the Skullcandy headphones don't feel very durable.
  • Mediocre sound quality. They have a lot of models for casual listening, but nothing specifically designed for critical listeners in mind. They also tend to focus a lot on delivering a bass-heavy sound, so if you want a more neutral sound, Skullcandy may not be the brand for you.

Overall, Skullcandy delivers a decent variety of fashion-forward headphones that come in a lot of unique colors to match your taste, style, and preferences. They have sports headphones and gaming headphones at an affordable price, too. Unfortunately, they don't have the best build quality, and their sound isn't the most balanced as they favor a bass-heavy audio reproduction over a neutral one.

Lineup

Skullcandy has a specific name for each model that they release. They offer a wide variety of headphones from on-ears to gaming headsets, as well as around the neck designs. However, since they don't have a name for their entire lineup, below are just a few examples of their headphones:

  • Crusher = An over-ear and bass-centric lineup that focuses on letting the listener alter the bass level. They also have a wireless variation.
  • Hesh = A compact over-ear that also has wireless variations.
  • Grind = One of the on-ear models with decent build quality and wireless design.
  • Ink'd = An around the neck in-ear that's suitable for sports and casual listening.

Conclusion

Skullcandy makes fashion-forward headphones. They have a pretty big selection of headphones for casual listening, sports, and gaming, but they lack a more specific lineup geared towards critical listening. Unfortunately, they're not the ideal brand for those seeking a more neutral frequency response since most of their headphones favor a bass-heavy sound profile. They're also not as sturdy or as durable as some other headphones in their price range, but on the upside, their models are relatively affordable.

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