Skullcandy Indy Truly Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Updated May 29, 2020 at 11:11 am
Skullcandy Indy Truly Wireless Picture
6.8
Mixed Usage
6.2
Neutral Sound
7.4
Commute/Travel
8.0
Sports/Fitness
6.6
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 Skullcandy Indy Truly Wireless are Bluetooth in-ears that are alright for mixed use. They have a very dark sound profile and while they're better for bass-heavy music, they still sound fairly boomy and muffled. Also, our unit's left and right drivers are mismatched and the right earbud is noticeably louder. On the upside, these headphones are decently comfortable and have a good IP55 rating for dust and water resistance, although we don't currently have a test to confirm this. These headphones are a decent option with good value for people who want a stable and breathable truly wireless design for sports.

Our Verdict

6.8 Mixed Usage

The Skullcandy Indy Truly Wireless are alright for mixed use. These truly wireless headphones aren't ideal for critical listeners as they have a very dark sound profile. On the upside, their in-ear fit is quite comfortable and blocks a good amount of ambient noise, which can make them a decent option for commuting and at the office. Their portable and breathable design is great for sports, especially if you also use the stability fins for a more secure fit. However, like most truly wireless headphones, these shouldn’t be used for watching TV or gaming due to their high latency and mediocre microphone performance.

Pros
  • Decently comfortable in-ear fit.
  • Durable design with a good IP55 rating.
  • Portable, stable and breathable design for sports.
Cons
  • Dark sound profile.
  • Our unit has mismatched drivers.
6.2 Neutral Sound

The Skullcandy Indy Truly Wireless are mediocre for neutral sound as they don’t have the most neutral sound profile. They have an overemphasized bass that sounds thumpy and boomy. They also lack quite a bit of detail and brightness too. Overall, they sound very dark and are better suited for bass-heavy genres. Also, our unit has mismatched drivers which skew the stereo image to the right side as the right driver is noticeably louder than the left.

7.4 Commute/Travel

The Skullcandy Indy Truly Wireless are decent for commuting. These headphones are lightweight and fairly comfortable, but they might not be as comfortable as over-ear headphones for long trips. On the upside, their battery life should be enough for your daily commute and their in-ear fit does a decent job at isolating ambient noise, although they shouldn't completely block out the rumbling noise of a bus engine. They are very easy to carry around and their charging case can easily fit in your pockets.

8.0 Sports/Fitness

The Skullcandy Indy Truly Wireless are very good for sports. These headphones are a bit bulkier than most truly wireless headphones but they shouldn't trap heat inside your ears, which means you shouldn’t sweat more than usual when working out. They also come with stability fins, which offer a more secure fit in the ear. They shouldn’t fall out of your ears when working out, but it’s possible that heavy head movements can break the air-tight seal, and you may need to reposition them. They are also rated IP55 for dust and water resistance, which is great, but we don't test this internally.

6.6 Office

The Skullcandy Indy Truly Wireless are okay for office use. They have very good isolation performance against work environment noise like ambient chatter and A/C systems. Unfortunately, their 4.5-hour battery life might not be ideal for a full workday and you’ll need to charge them during your breaks. Also, the in-ear fit may not be the most comfortable as their bulky design can put a bit of pressure inside your ears during long listening sessions. This shouldn’t be a problem if you listen to music from time to time during your day and often take them out of your ears.

5.1 Wireless Gaming

The Skullcandy Indy Truly Wireless are Bluetooth-only headphones and aren't recommended for wireless gaming. They aren't compatible with PS4 or Xbox One and while you can use them on Bluetooth-enabled PCs or mobile devices, their latency is likely too high for any competitive gaming.

5.0 Wired Gaming

The Skullcandy Indy Truly Wireless are Bluetooth-only headphones and can't be used wired.

6.4 Phone Calls

The Skullcandy Indy Truly Wireless are unremarkable for phone calls. While you should still be intelligible to whoever is on the other line, voices recorded with its integrated microphone sound thin, muffled, and lacking in detail. The microphone also struggles to separate voice from background noise in even moderately noisy environments. The headphones themselves do an okay job of passively isolating noise but you may struggle to hear your conversation as some noise can still seep in.

  • 6.8 Mixed Usage
  • 6.2 Neutral Sound
  • 7.4 Commute/Travel
  • 8.0 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.6 Office
  • 5.1 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.0 Wired Gaming
  • 6.4 Phone Calls
  1. Update 2/5/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  2. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  3. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Skullcandy Indy have a stalk design, similar to the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019 or the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air Truly Wireless. They have a semi-gloss finish that isn’t as fingerprint-prone as that of the Anker, which is nice. The overall design of the buds is quite bulky for truly wireless in-ears, especially if you add the stability sleeves. They protrude quite a bit out of your ears. If you prefer an earbud-like design at an affordable price, check out the JBL Tune 120 Truly Wireless.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.02 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

These headphones are fairly comfortable and are lightweight. They have a traditional in-ear fit that can get fatiguing over time, but they don’t put too much pressure in your inner ear. As their control scheme is touch-sensitive, you don’t have to push the headphones further into your ear canal. They come with three tip sizes, but only one size of stability fins. If you're using the stability fins, they can be less comfortable to wear if they don't fit you properly.

6.4
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
No
Additional Controls No

The Skullcandy Indy Truly Wireless have unremarkable controls. They have a touch-sensitive surface on both sides of the earbuds, which are fairly easy to press. However, the controls can be a bit frustrating to use as the commands aren't the most intuitive. You have access to common functions like call and music management, as well as volume and track skipping. However, they lack audio feedback. You can also accidentally turn them off as the 4-second hold command for pairing mode and the 6-second hold command for turning them off are very close in time. You need to be quick when using the track skipper as it tends to rewind back to the beginning of your song rather than returning back to the previous song.

9.2
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 0.8 C

Like most in-ear headphones, the Indy are very breathable and are a good option for sports. Even if they're a bit bulkier than similarly designed truly wireless in-ears, they don’t trap heat inside your ears and you shouldn't sweat more than usual.

9.3
Design
Portability
L 2.0 "
W 1.1 "
H 1.0 "
Volume 2 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

Like most truly wireless in-ears, the Skullcandy Indy True Wireless can easily fit in your pockets or in a bag. They're easy to carry around at all times, especially since they come with a small charging case that protects the headphones when you’re on the move.

7.5
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 2.2 "
W 2.6 "
H 1.2 "
Volume 7 Cu. Inches

The hard charging case of the Skullcandy Indy is good. It's fairly solid and protects the headphones against scratches, minor water exposure, and physical damage from falls. However, it's ever so slightly bulkier than the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air Truly Wireless' case, but you shouldn’t have any trouble fitting it inside pants pockets.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

These headphones feel decently well-built and shouldn’t break from normal usage. The buds should be dense enough to survive a few accidental drops. They have a semi-glossy finish, which gives them a bit of a cheap feel, but they're not as fingerprint-prone as the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air Truly Wireless. They're also rated IP55 for dust and water resistance, although we don’t currently test this. The case also feels decently made and should help protect the headphones. The Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless are slightly better-built than the Indy.

7.5
Design
Stability

The Skullcandy Indy are stable truly wireless in-ears. They shouldn't fall out when you’re jogging around, but head movement may make them break their airtight seal. They also come with stability fin sleeves. While the fit is slightly less comfortable, they feel more secure inside the ears when using their sleeve. Also, since they're truly wireless, you won’t have a cable that can get snagged on something and yank the headphones out of your ears.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Skullcandy Indy headphones
  • Charging case
  • 3x tip sizes
  • 1x stability sleeve
  • USB to micro-USB charging cable
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
3.4 db
Treble Amount
-2.11 db

The Skullcandy Indy Truly Wireless have an overall bass-heavy and dark sound profile. While fans of EDM and hip-hop may enjoy their thumpy, rumbly sound, others may find the bass to be overwhelming and muddy.

9.3
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.15 dB

The frequency response consistency is excellent. Once you achieve a proper fit and an airtight seal using the assortment of tips that come with the headphones, then you should be able to get consistent bass and treble delivery every time you use these headphones.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
6.1
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
5.42 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
4.4 dB
Mid-Bass
5.68 dB
High-Bass
6.67 dB

The bass accuracy of the Skullcandy Indy is mediocre. The bass is overemphasized across the range, even though the left and right drivers aren't equally matched. This results in bass that's overly thumpy, punchy, and boomy.

7.9
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.78 dB
Low-Mid
3.8 dB
Mid-Mid
0.04 dB
High-Mid
-0.83 dB

The mid accuracy of the Indy is good. Although there's a bit of overemphasis in the low-mids that slightly clutters and muddies vocals as well as lead instruments, the rest of the response is fairly even.

6.2
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
5.08 dB
Low-Treble
-3.33 dB
Mid-Treble
-2.6 dB
High-Treble
4.4 dB

The Skullcandy Indy have mediocre treble accuracy. The treble as a whole is mostly underemphasized and dark sounding. Lead instruments and voices lose some detail and presence while sibilants like S and T sounds are lispy and dull. The high-treble is also very hissy but it's at high enough frequencies that it may not be noticeable to all listeners.

7.9
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.05 db
Dips
2.03 db

The peaks and dips performance of these headphones is good. There's some mismatch between the left and right drivers, especially throughout most of the bass range and in the low-treble, meaning that one earbud can reproduce sound fairly differently than the other. There's a consistent dip in the mid-treble though, which makes sibilants sound lispy and weak. The peaks in the high-treble also produce hissy sounds but this may not be noticeable to all listeners.

6.9
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.25
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
1.91
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
5.48
Weighted Phase Mismatch
5.42

The stereo imaging of the Skullcandy Indy is fair. Their weighted group delay is within very good limits. The group delay graph also shows that the entire response is well below the audibility threshold. This ensures a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. However, we measured an important mismatch in frequency between the left and right drivers. This skews the sound in one direction and can create holes in the stereo image at certain frequencies. There’s also a mismatch in amplitude, making the right driver slightly louder than the left, which is noticeable. Note that these results are only valid for our unit and yours may perform differently, though our results may speak to the level of quality control on these headphones.

0.7
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
3.0
Acoustic Space Excitation
0.3

The soundstage is poor. This is because creating an out-of-head and speaker-like soundstage is largely dependent on activating the resonances of the pinna (outer ear). The design of in-ears and earbuds is in such a way that fully bypasses the pinna and doesn't interact with it. Also, because these headphones have a closed-back enclosure, their soundstage isn't perceived to be as open as that of open-back earbuds like the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019 or the Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless.

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

These headphones don't have any virtual soundstage features.

7.6
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.319
WHD @ 100
0.129

The harmonic distortion performance of the Skullcandy Indy Truly Wireless is good. Although there's a small peak in the mid-treble, it shouldn't be noticeable to all listeners. Otherwise, all other frequencies fall within good limits.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
On
Connection
Unknown
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid when listening using these settings.

Isolation
7.0
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-19.15 dB
Bass
-5.88 dB
Mid
-19.41 dB
Treble
-33.49 dB

The noise isolation performance of the Indy True Wireless is okay. These in-ears don’t have an ANC feature which means they only passively isolate noise. They're not the best option for commuting as they struggle to reduce low noise like bus or plane engines. However, they can block out more noise in the mid-range such as office chatter. They also reduce a lot of higher-pitched noises like A/C fans.

9.8
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
22.45 dB

The leakage performance is excellent. The Indy basically don’t leak, so there's no need to worry about disturbing people around with your music, even if you listen at very loud volumes.

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

These in-ear headphones have an integrated microphone.

6.7
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
253.98 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.67 dB
HFE
3319.91 Hz
Weighted THD
4.392
Gain
28.76 dB

The Indy’s integrated mic has an okay recording quality. Voices recorded with their mic sound thin, muffled, and lacking in detail. However, in quiet environments, this shouldn’t affect the intelligibility of speech and people on the line should still be able to understand you.

6.1
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
13.15 dB

The integrated microphone of the Skullcandy Indy is mediocre at noise handling. It struggles to separate speech from background noise, even in moderately loud situations and is best-suited for making calls in quiet environments.

Active Features
6.0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
4.5 hrs
Additional Charges
3.0
Total Battery Life
18 hrs
Charge Time
2.0 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Standby mode
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port micro-USB

The Skullcandy Indy Truly Wireless have an unremarkable battery performance. They have around 4.5 hours of continuous battery life which, on its own, isn't enough to get you through a workday. While their carrying case offers three additional charges, it can take some time for them to fully recharge too, especially when compared to their playback, which isn't ideal. On the upside, they go into standby mode if left idle for about five minutes which can help conserve battery life.

0
Active Features
App Support
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

These headphones don’t have a companion app.

Connectivity
7.0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
270 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
301 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
276 ms
Android Latency
83 ms

The Skullcandy Indy Truly Wireless have alright Bluetooth support. They can only be connected to a single device at a time and they don’t support NFC for a quicker and easier pairing procedure. While their latency is fairly high on PC and iOS, we measured a lower latency while watching YouTube videos on Android. It's worth noting that apps seem to compensate for latency, though, so your mileage may vary in real-life usage.

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

The Skullcandy Indy Truly Wireless are Bluetooth-only headphones.

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

As expected, these truly wireless headphones don’t have an audio cable. They come with a USB to micro-USB charging cable to charge their carrying case.

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

The Skullcandy Indy Truly Wireless can be used via Bluetooth on Bluetooth-enabled PCs, but aren't compatible with the PS4. Due to their high latency, they aren't recommended for gaming.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No

These headphones are Bluetooth-only and therefore aren't compatible with the Xbox One.

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

The Skullcandy Indy have a charging case that gives you about 3 additional charges, for a total of about 16 hours, but the case doesn’t have any inputs other than to charge it.

Compared to other headphones

Comparison picture

The Skullcandy Indy are okay truly wireless headphones that are better suited for bass-heavy music. Unfortunately, our unit had noticeably mismatched drivers, and their overall performance is quite disappointing. They won’t be the best option and their value gets beaten by most other budget truly wireless headphones we’ve reviewed so far. See our recommendations for the best true wireless earbuds, the best wireless earbuds under $50, the best earbuds for small ears, and the best noise cancelling earbuds.

Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless are a little bit better than the Skullcandy Indy Truly Wireless. The Sesh feel slightly better made and have a better-balanced sound profile, though it's still quite bass-heavy. On the downside, their battery life is almost an hour less off a single charge, and you get one less full charge from the case. Overall, the Sesh are better value for most people.

Skullcandy Push Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Skullcandy Indy and the Skullcandy Push Truly Wireless are fairly similar performing headphones, but overall, since our Indy unit had mismatched drivers, the Push might be a better option. The Push do have a bulkier case which isn’t as easy to carry around, but they have an overall better balanced sound profile and still pack a powerful bass. You also get 6.5 hours of battery life on one charge, which is two hours more than the Indy. On the other hand, the Indy have a sleeker stalk design and a smaller case, but might sound too dark for some.

Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless are better truly wireless earbuds than the Skullcandy Indy Truly Wireless. Their default sound profile is better-balanced, and their companion app gives you lots of sound customization options to choose from. Although they don't have a standby mode like the Skullcandy, their battery lasts a lot longer on a single charge, and they feel much better-built overall.

JBL Tune 120 Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Skullcandy Indy Truly Wireless and the JBL Tune 120 Truly Wireless are rather similar performing headphones, but with different designs. The Tune 120 have more of an oval-shape design, while the Indy have a stem design. The Indy have volume control, which the Tune 120 lack. Our JBL unit had mismatched drivers, especially in the bass range, but the Indy have sub-par treble accuracy since they lack a lot of detail, making them better suited for bass-heavy genres.

Anker SoundCore Liberty Air Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Anker SoundCore Liberty Air Truly Wireless are better mixed-usage truly wireless headphones than the Skullcandy Indy Truly Wireless. The Anker have a much better-balanced sound profile and their fit isolates against more ambient noise than the Skullcandy. The Anker design is also a bit less bulky, making them easier to fit in most ears. On the other hand, the Skullcandy have volume controls, which the Anker are lacking. The Skullcandy microphone has a better recording quality for calls. However, our unit has noticeably mismatched drivers, and overall, the Anker offers better performance and value.

Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Apple AirPods 2 2019 might offer better overall performance when it comes to sound than the Skullcandy Indy Truly Wireless. The Apple lack sub-bass, but the rest of their frequency response is well-balanced. The open-back design of the Apple results in poor isolation performance, but it also helps you to stay aware of your surroundings. The Apple only take about 30 minutes to charge fully, which is four times quicker than the Skullcandy. On the other hand, if you listen to a lot of bass-heavy music and want to drown out ambient noise, then the Skullcandy might be a better option for you.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Samsung Galaxy Buds are better truly wireless headphones than the Skullcandy Indy. The Galaxy Buds are very small earbuds that fit nicely inside the ear and are more comfortable than the Indy. They also have a more neutral and better-balanced sound profile that can also be EQ’ed in their companion app. The Galaxy Buds also have noticeably better battery life and take less time to charge. However, they lack volume control by default, but you can set it in their app, while the Indy have that feature by default.

JBL TUNE 220TWS Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Skullcandy Indy Truly Wireless are better truly wireless headphones than the JBL TUNE 220TWS Truly Wireless. The Skullcandy are a bit more comfortable, have a better case, a more balanced and accurate sound profile, much better noise isolation, and better battery life. On the other hand, some people may prefer the earbud design of the JBL as they don't enter the ear canal as deeply.

JLab Audio JBuds Air Executive Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Skullcandy Indy Truly Wireless and the JLab Audio JBuds Air Executive Truly Wireless are similarly performing truly wireless earbuds. While they both have lots of extra bass, the JLab have some extra treble for a more exciting sound as opposed to the Skullcandy, which sound a bit dark. The JLab's battery life is longer, but the Skullcandy have a standby mode to help save power.

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