Skullcandy Indy Evo True Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Aug 12, 2020 at 08:22 am
Skullcandy Indy Evo True Wireless Picture
6.8
Mixed Usage
6.4
Neutral Sound
7.4
Commute/Travel
7.9
Sports/Fitness
6.5
Office
5.1
Wireless Gaming
5.1
Wired Gaming
6.2
Phone Calls
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Skullcandy Indy Evo are okay truly wireless headphones that perform almost identically to the Skullcandy Indy Fuel Truly Wireless. They’re very portable, decently sturdy, and feature a control scheme that packs a lot of functionality into a small surface area. That said, they last just under three hours on a single charge, which may be frustrating for people with long commutes, while their sound profile is lacking in versatility due to their heavily underemphasized treble response. Ultimately, if you’re looking for a pair of truly wireless headphones that feel well-built, these are a good choice.

Our Verdict

6.8 Mixed Usage

The Skullcandy Indy Evo are okay for mixed usage. They’re sturdy, compact, and do a reasonable job of blocking out ambient speech, but struggle somewhat with lower-frequency sounds like bus engines. Unfortunately, their integrated microphone struggles to distinguish voices from background chatter and their battery life is disappointingly short, though the buds themselves charge very quickly.

Pros
  • Block out a decent amount of ambient noise.
  • Sturdy build quality.
  • Low audio latency on iOS and Android devices.
Cons
  • Low continuous battery life.
  • Poor microphone noise handling.
  • Companion app lacks features.
6.4 Neutral Sound

The Skullcandy Indy Evo are mediocre for neutral sound. They have a very dark sound profile, in no small part due to their bad treble accuracy, which flattens the details on finer-edged vocals and instrumentals and makes everything sound dull and closed off. This isn't helped by a dip in the mid-range that pushes vocals and lead instruments slightly toward the back of the mix. That said, bass is remarkably well-reproduced and they should deliver a consistent listening experience on separate occasions.

Pros
  • Block out a decent amount of ambient noise.
  • Low audio latency on iOS and Android devices.
Cons
  • Companion app lacks features.
  • Poor treble accuracy.
7.4 Commute/Travel

The Skullcandy Indy Evo are a decent choice for commuters and travelers. They’re easy to toss into a pocket or a bag, feel sturdy enough to endure a couple of minor drops and bumps, and have a control scheme that places plenty of functionality within easy reach. That said, they don’t block much sound in the bass range, so you may hear the rumble of a bus engine on your way home. Their battery doesn’t last that long on a single charge, so you may be out of luck if you forget to charge their case before going out the door.

Pros
  • Block out a decent amount of ambient noise.
  • Sturdy build quality.
  • Low audio latency on iOS and Android devices.
Cons
  • Low continuous battery life.
  • Poor microphone noise handling.
  • Companion app lacks features.
7.9 Sports/Fitness

The Skullcandy Indy Evo are a very good pick for sports and fitness. They’re sturdy enough to cope with a couple of drops and bumps and do a good job of staying in your ears, even during moderately intense workouts. While their touch-sensitive control scheme takes some getting used to, it allows you to make a wide range of adjustments without having to pull your phone out and disrupt your rhythm.

Pros
  • Stable, secure fit.
  • Sturdy build quality.
Cons
  • Companion app lacks features.
6.5 Office

The Skullcandy Indy Evo are adequate for office use. They’re decently comfortable and leak next to no audio, so you can listen to your music at high volumes without disturbing nearby coworkers. Also, they block out background chatter quite effectively, so you shouldn’t be annoyed by chatty cubicle neighbors. However, they require frequent stints in their case to recharge due to their short battery life and don’t support multi-device pairing, which is annoying if you swap between listening to content on your phone and work computer.

Pros
  • Block out a decent amount of ambient noise.
  • Leak very little audio.
  • Low audio latency on iOS and Android devices.
Cons
  • Low continuous battery life.
  • Companion app lacks features.
5.1 Wireless Gaming

The Skullcandy Indy Evo aren't suitable for wireless gaming, as their reliance on Bluetooth makes them incompatible with PS4 and Xbox One consoles. Their wireless latency on PC, meanwhile, is likely too high for them to be suitable for gaming.

5.1 Wired Gaming

The Skullcandy Indy Evo are Bluetooth-only and can't be used wired.

6.2 Phone Calls

The Skullcandy Indy Evo are unremarkable for phone calls. Your voice should sound clear and reasonably natural in a quiet setting, but people on the other end of the line may have a hard time understanding you in a loud or crowded environment.

Pros
  • Block out a decent amount of ambient noise.
Cons
  • Poor microphone noise handling.
  • 6.8 Mixed Usage
  • 6.4 Neutral Sound
  • 7.4 Commute/Travel
  • 7.9 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.5 Office
  • 5.1 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.1 Wired Gaming
  • 6.2 Phone Calls

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Skullcandy Indy Evo are aesthetically similar to the Skullcandy Indy Fuel Truly Wireless. They’re conventional-looking truly wireless earbuds with a stalk design that doesn’t poke too far out of your ears. They’re made of dense, matte plastic available in a fairly wide range of colors ranging from subtle to eye-catching, like mint green.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.02 lbs
Clamping Force
0.0 lbs

The Skullcandy Indy Evo are decently comfortable truly wireless earbuds. While their outer buds are a little large and can cause a little bit of soreness during extended periods of use, they’re very lightweight and shouldn’t exert too much pressure on the inside of your ear canal. They also come with a couple of differently-sized ear tips and stability sleeves to help you find a tight, secure fit.

6.9
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Okay
Feedback Decent
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
On/Off
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

The Skullcandy Indy Evo have an adequate control scheme. It’s identical to that of the very similar Skullcandy Indy Fuel Truly Wireless, with a touch-sensitive surface that isn't especially intuitive but does provide a fair bit of functionality. A double-tap on either bud pauses and plays your media, as well as answers calls, while a single tap on either the right or left earbud turns the volume up and down, respectively. All other functions require some form of hold to activate. Track skipping requires a two-second hold of the right bud while rewinding takes an equally long press on the left bud. A quick tap followed by a two-second press activates the ambient sound mode to help you better hear your surroundings. A double-tap and two-second hold switches your EQ mode to one of three presets: ‘Music’, ‘Movie’, and ‘Podcast’. Voice prompts are provided for Bluetooth pairing, power on/off, and EQ mode cycling.

9.5
Design
Portability
L 1.9 "
W 1.0 "
H 0.7 "
Volume 1.3 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

The Skullcandy Indy Evo are exceptionally portable. They’re small enough to put into your pocket without much of a hassle while their charging case can easily be thrown into a bag.

7.5
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 2.5 "
W 2.2 "
H 1.1 "
Volume 6.1 Cu. Inches

These truly wireless in-ears have a good case. It features a dense plastic construction that should prevent the headphones from being damaged by drops and minor water exposure.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Skullcandy Indy Evo have good build quality. They employ a dense matte plastic construction that shouldn’t attract fingerprints or be damaged by small bumps along. They're also rated IP55 for dust and water resistance, although this isn’t something we test for. The case feels similarly sturdy, though it should be noted that the lid doesn't shut if the buds aren't precisely positioned in their charging cradles.

7.5
Design
Stability

The Skullcandy Indy Evo are quite stable. As long as you find the correctly-sized ear tips and stability sleeves, they form a pretty tight seal that shouldn’t fall out of ears, even during moderately intense exercise.

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Design
In The Box

  • Skullcandy Indy Evo truly wireless headphones
  • Charging case
  • 3x ear tips
  • 2x stability sleeves
  • USB-C charging cable
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
1.96 db
Treble Amount
-5.2 db

When using the default EQ 'Music' mode, the Skullcandy Indy Evo's sound profile is somewhat dark. They have an accurate bass response, but fans of EDM and hip-hop might want a little more thump and rumble. Unfortunately, their heavily underemphasized treble mutes a lot of finer detail and makes them ill-suited for more delicate genres like jazz or classical. It's worth noting that these headphones feature three built-in EQ modes to better suit different content: 'Music', which is the default mode, 'Movie', and 'Podcast'.

9.8
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.05 dB

The Skullcandy Indy Evo offer deliver superb frequency response consistency. Once you find the right-sized ear tips and stability sleeves, sound reproduction should be consistent across separate reseats and listening sessions.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
9.4
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
0.78 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
-1.09 dB
Mid-Bass
-0.46 dB
High-Bass
0.49 dB

These headphones have fantastic bass accuracy. It’s flat across the range and very well-reproduced, meaning that music should have plenty of punch and body without overwhelming delicate vocals or instrumentals.

8.0
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.72 dB
Low-Mid
0.03 dB
Mid-Mid
-2.96 dB
High-Mid
-2.88 dB

The Skullcandy Indy Evo provide impressively accurate mids. Vocals and lead instruments should be mostly absent from clutter. That said, an extended dip across the mid-mid and high-mid ranges nudges them toward the back of the mix and slightly dulls their finer edges.

3.2
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
9.02 dB
Low-Treble
-8.58 dB
Mid-Treble
-8.72 dB
High-Treble
-12.11 dB

The treble accuracy of these in-ears is bad. It falls well below our target curve, meaning that vocals and lead instruments lack detail and sound dull, lispy, and closed off.

8.2
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.18 db
Dips
0.96 db

The peaks and dips performance of the Skullcandy Indy Evo is great. There aren’t too many noticeable shifts across the range aside from a sustained dip in the low treble range, which is responsible for dulling some vocals and lead instruments, as well as an adjacent spike in the mid to high-treble that causes notes in this frequency range to sound piercing.

8.0
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.13
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
2.2
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.05
Weighted Phase Mismatch
3.46

The Skullcandy Indy Evo provide very good stereo imaging performance. Their weighted group delay falls entirely beneath the audibility threshold, ensuring tight bass and transparent treble. While there's some minor amplitude mismatch present in the L/R drivers, they’re well-matched in regards to frequency and phase response, so they should do a good job of accurately localizing objects like voices and footsteps in the stereo image. That said, these results are only valid for our test unit and yours may perform differently.

0.7
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
2.8
Acoustic Space Excitation
0.4

Unsurprisingly for a pair of in-ear headphones, the Skullcandy Indy Evo’s passive soundstage is awful. Since they don’t interact with the outer ear and employ a closed-back design, music sounds like it’s coming from the inside of your head rather than from speakers placed around you.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No

These headphones lack any sort of virtual soundstage features.

7.7
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.310
WHD @ 100
0.120

The weighted harmonic distribution performance of these headphones is good. Aside from some spikes in the low and high-treble ranges, the rest of the frequency range falls within good limits, ensuring a fairly clean and pure listening experience.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
v3.14.18.2
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 4.2
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Default
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings we used to test the Skullcandy Indy Evo, with the EQ in its default ‘Music’ mode and the small ear tips fitted. Our results are only valid when using this configuration.

Isolation
7.2
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-19.11 dB
Bass
-8.26 dB
Mid
-19.39 dB
Treble
-30.77 dB

The Skullcandy Indy Evo’s passive noise isolation performance is decent. While they struggle to reduce ambient noise in the bass range, like bus or plane engines, they’re substantially more effective at blocking out sound in the mid-range, so you shouldn’t hear much in the way of background chatter. They also do a good job of blocking out higher-pitched noises, like the hum of an AC unit.

9.7
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
23.12 dB

The audio leakage performance of these headphones is superb. You can listen to your music at very high volumes without worrying about disrupting people nearby, even if you’re in a very quiet environment.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No

These in-ears have an integrated mic.

7.0
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
193.04 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
3.51 dB
HFE
4496.01 Hz
Weighted THD
0.29
Gain
-5.34 dB

The integrated mic has satisfactory recording quality. People on the other end of the line shouldn’t have trouble understanding you, but your voice may sound somewhat thin and muffled.

5.2
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
6.43 dB

The Skullcandy Indy Evo’s integrated microphone has inadequate noise handling capabilities. Your voice may be drowned out by background noise in loud or crowded areas, so they’re not the best option if you frequently make calls in those sorts of environments.

Active Features
5.2
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
2.7 hrs
Additional Charges
4.0
Total Battery Life
13.5 hrs
Charge Time
0.3 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

The Skullcandy Indy Evo have poor battery life. The battery lasts under three hours, which is less than half of the six hours Skullcandy advertises in their promotional material. That said, the case does yield an additional four charges, which should be enough to get you through the daily grind. It also charges the buds quite quickly, with a 15-minute charge providing roughly 2.5 hours of playback for our test unit. You can also listen to one bud while the other recharges in the case.

4.0
Active Features
App Support
App Name Skullcandy
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

Like many other truly wireless headphones in Skullcandy’s lineup, these in-ears have a poor companion app. The Skullcandy app isn’t especially useful, as the only functions it gives you are an ambient mode toggle switch and an option to update the headphones’ firmware. It also features a user guide as well as a display of their current EQ mode, though it doesn’t allow you to change it.

Connectivity
6.8
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
148 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
261 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
97 ms
Android Latency
88 ms

The Skullcandy Indy Evo have adequate Bluetooth connectivity. They’re Bluetooth 5.0-compatible, but don’t support multi-device or NFC pairing. Their audio latency is too high on PC to make them suitable for gaming or watching movies, but it’s much lower on iOS and Android devices, so you can watch YouTube videos on your phone without experiencing too much lag. That said, apps compensate for this lag differently, so your experience may vary.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A

These headphones are Bluetooth-only.

0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

These in-ears are Bluetooth-only and can’t be used with a wired connection. They come with a USB-C cable for charging their case.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
No
PC/PS4 Wired USB
No
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No

The Skullcandy Indy Evo aren't compatible with PS4 consoles but can connect to Bluetooth-enabled PCs. Unfortunately, their wireless latency is too high for them to be suitable for gaming.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No

Due to their dependency on a Bluetooth connection, these headphones aren't compatible with Xbox One consoles.

2.2
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Charging Case
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
Yes
Power Supply
USB-C

The Skullcandy Indy Evo come with a case that provides four additional charges. Unlike the similar Skullcandy Indy Fuel Truly Wireless’ case, it can’t be recharged wirelessly, so it relies solely on a USB-C charging cable.

Compared to other headphones

The Skullcandy Indy Evo are okay truly wireless headphones. They’re very portable, decently sturdy, and charge quite quickly. In fact, they provide almost identical performance to the Skullcandy Indy Fuel Truly Wireless, with the biggest difference between the two being the Fuel’s wireless charging-compatible case. Unfortunately, their continuous battery life of under three hours is disappointing and lags some way behind competitors like the Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless. If you’re looking for similar options, take a look at our list of recommendations of the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds, the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds under $100, and the best wireless earbuds for running and working out.

Skullcandy Indy Truly Wireless

The Skullcandy Indy Evo True Wireless and Skullcandy Indy Truly Wireless perform very similarly, which is unsurprising given their similar design. That said, some slight differences are present. The Indy have a more bass-heavy sound profile with a more accurate treble response as well as a substantially longer battery life. Conversely, the Evo charge faster and have substantially lower audio latency on mobile devices.

Skullcandy Indy Fuel Truly Wireless

The Skullcandy Indy Evo True Wireless and the Skullcandy Indy Fuel Truly Wireless are almost identical truly wireless in-ears. The primary difference between the Fuel and the Evo is the former’s wireless charging-compatible case. However, there are some small differences. The Evo offer a more consistent listening experience due to their fractionally larger ear tips, while their integrated microphone does a slightly better job of isolating speech from background noise.

Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless

The Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless and the Skullcandy Indy Evo Truly Wireless are broadly similar in terms of performance, though with slightly different advantages and disadvantages. The Evo charge much faster and have a better microphone as well as a marginally more comprehensive control scheme. That said, the Sesh last longer off of a single charge.

Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019

The Skullcandy Indy Evo True Wireless and Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019 have different advantages. The Apple are better-built and are preferable if you want a more spacious, opening listening experience, courtesy of their open-back design. However, that also means they barely block out any background noise. The Skullcandy provide a more consistent listening experience and have a far more intuitive control scheme, but don't last nearly as long on a single charge.

Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless

The Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless are better for mixed usage than the Skullcandy Indy Evo True Wireless. The Anker have a better-balanced sound profile and a much longer continuous battery life, along with a case that holds five additional charges. They’re also aptX-compatible. Conversely, the Skullcandy have a better integrated microphone and a far more comprehensive control scheme, not to mention a substantially shorter charging time, which is useful for when you need to get out the door in a hurry.

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