The Skullcandy Hesh 2 are mediocre-at-best headphones with a poor audio reproduction. Their all-plastic design doesn't feel sturdy, and they're a bit cumbersome. They also don't block a lot of ambient noise, and the odd ear cup size gets uncomfortable. On the upside, they're wireless, lightweight and relatively affordable.
- Lightweight over-ear headphones.
- Wireless design.
- Poor noise isolation.
- Sub-par sound quality.
- Bulky and plasticky build.
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The Skullcandy Hesh 2 look decent but are not the most comfortable headphones for long listening sessions. They have an entirely plastic design that does not feel durable. The ear cups are oddly shaped and don't quite fit around your ears. They're not sports headphones, although the wireless design does help, they will quickly fall off your head if used while jogging. They don't fold and are a little cumbersome to carry around.
The Skullcandy Hesh 2 headphones look pretty good. They look relatively compact for an over-ear model. They have an all-black color scheme with a matte finish. There are silver accents around the ear cups, and the Skullcandy logo adds a little more flare to the design. They are not the most eye-catching headphones, but they look sleek and their design will work for some.
The SkullCandy Hesh 2 are somewhat comfortable headphones. They have well-padded ear cups and do not feel too heavy or tight once on your head. Unfortunately, the headband is not padded, and the ear cups have an odd size that is in between an on-ear model and an over-model but does not rest on, or encompass your ears properly. This causes discomfort over long listening sessions, especially, for listeners with larger ears.
The Hesh 2 have a distinct button layout that's functional and efficient but takes a little time to get used to. They provide track skipping, volume, and call/music controls. Unfortunately, multiple functions are often relegated to the same button, which can get a little confusing at first. The buttons also don't deliver a good tactile feedback, which is slightly disappointing.
The Hesh 2 are moderately stable headphones. They deliver a decently stable fit for casual listening sessions. They also have a wireless design that prevents them from getting yanked off your head because the audio cable got hooked on something. However, they are not designed for sports and will slip off your ears while running or jumping.
The SkullCandy Hesh 2 wireless headphones have a somewhat compact design but are not very portable. They do not fold to reduce the volume of space they take in a bag or purse. The earcups also don't swivel or lay flat. On the upside, the earpads are not too big, and the headband is relatively slim, which gives them a slightly smaller footprint than some other over-ear models.
The Skullcandy Hesh 2 Bluetooth wireless headphones are a mediocre sounding pair of closed-back over-ears. They have a good and extended Bass, a decent Mid Range and an unremarkable Treble. However, their Bass is boomy, their Mid Range is forward sounding, and their Treble lacks a bit of presence. Additionally, their bass/treble delivery varies noticeably from person to person, and they don't have an open and spacious Soundstage.
The Skullcandy Hesh 2 perform poorly at isolating listeners. They only have passive isolation and are not ideal for blocking the ambient noise of a busy commute. The ear cups do not create a good seal around most listeners ears, which lets a lot of noise seep into your audio. This also makes them a bit leaky, distracting the people around you at higher volumes.
Poor isolation. These headphones don't have active noise cancellation, and their seal is not great either. Therefore they only perform decently in the treble range, achieving about 25dB of isolation. The amount of isolation achieved in Bass and Mid Ranges is negligible.
Average leakage. Due to the over-ear design and below-average seal, the Skullcandy Hesh 2 headphones produce a relatively broadband leakage that covers most of the Mid Range and the lower sections of the Treble Range. However, the overall level of the leakage is not too loud.
- 100% SpNR
The Skullcandy Hesh 2 wireless headphones have a good battery life and a decent wireless performance. They have a Bluetooth 4.0 connection that has a bit too much latency for videos or gaming, but it shouldn't be an issue when listening to music. They also last quite a while on a single charge but unfortunately do not have an auto-off feature, and they take slightly long to charge.
In our Skullcandy Hesh 2 review, we've found the wireless range to be disappointing, especially, for full sized headphones. They have a decently stable connection up to 30 ft when the Bluetooth source was in another room. However, this might not be sufficient if you have a big house or work in a large office and don't want to have your Bluetooth device on you at all times. They're not the easiest to pair and don't offer NFC or clear auditory feedback when in pairing mode.
The Hesh 2 have a good battery life that will last up to 28.3 hours of continuous play time. They take a bit longer than average to charge but can play audio at the same time. This makes them decent headphones for traveling especially if your travel option has a lot of power outlets. Unfortunately, they have no power saving features and will continue draining the battery when your not using them.
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In the box
- Skullcandy Hesh 2 Headphones
- Carrying pouch
- Audio cable
- USB cable