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Skullcandy Jib True Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Oct 15, 2020 at 08:27 am
Skullcandy Jib True Wireless Picture
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 Skullcandy Jib True are simple truly wireless in-ears. They offer a bass-heavy but otherwise well-balanced sound profile, good passive noise isolation capability, and a sturdy-feeling design. Unfortunately, they don't have the most stable fit and feature a microphone that really struggles with isolating speech from background noise. They also have high wireless latency, though this may not present a huge problem if you don't plan on watching a lot of movies or gaming while wearing them. If you're looking for a pair of simple truly-wireless in-ears and don't mind a lack of premium features, they're a solid option.

Our Verdict

7.0 Mixed Usage

The Skullcandy Jib True are decent for mixed usage. They feel well-built and do a very good job of passively blocking out background noise, so they aren't a bad option to take out on your daily commute or even into the office. However, their slightly unstable fit slightly compromises their suitability for high-intensity workouts. They have a non-adjustable bass-heavy sound profile that may not be to everyone's liking, though their mid and treble ranges are mostly well-balanced.

Pros
  • Very good passive noise isolation.
  • Solid-feeling build quality.
  • Portable, lightweight design.
Cons
  • Sub-par microphone noise handling capability.
  • Relatively high wireless latency.
  • 6.1-hour continuous battery life is a little short.
6.6 Neutral Sound

The Skullcandy Jib True are okay for neutral sound. Fans of EDM and hip-hop may enjoy their bass-heavy sound profile, but it does add a little boominess to some mixes. Thankfully, their mid and treble range are mostly well-balanced overall, yielding present, clear, and detailed vocals and lead instruments. While their in-ear fit allows them to deliver audio very consistently, they have an exceptionally small soundstage, even by the standards of other closed-back truly wireless headphones.

Pros
  • Exceptionally consistent audio delivery.
  • Well-balanced mid and treble response.
Cons
  • No sound customization features.
  • Very closed-off soundstage.
7.6 Commute/Travel

The Skullcandy Jib True are good for commuting and travel. They're remarkably portable and feel sturdy enough to survive a couple of drops and bumps. They should do a good job of filtering out the chatter of fellow commuters, but some bass-range noise, like the rumble of a bus engine, may interfere with your listening experience. While they don't have enough continuous battery life to last an entire overnight flight, you can listen to one bud while the other recharges in its case.

Pros
  • Very good passive noise isolation.
  • Solid-feeling build quality.
  • Portable, lightweight design.
Cons
  • 6.1-hour continuous battery life is a little short.
7.8 Sports/Fitness

The Skullcandy Jib True are a very good option for sports and fitness. They feel quite solidly-built and are rated IPX4 for basic water resistance, though that isn't something we currently test for. Their physical control scheme puts a fair bit of functionality at your fingertips, but it may take some time to get used to. That said, since they lack stability fins and have bulky outer casings, they aren't the most stable option for high-intensity workouts.

Pros
  • Solid-feeling build quality.
  • Portable, lightweight design.
Cons
  • Fit isn't stable enough for high-intensity workouts.
6.8 Office

The Skullcandy Jib True are alright for office use. They leak almost no audio, so you can listen to your music at high volumes without disrupting coworkers. They also do an amazing job of filtering out mid and treble-range background noise, like the chatter of noisy coworkers or the hum of an overhead AC unit. That said, they don't support conveniences like multi-device pairing, which may be annoying if you like to switch between listening to content on your phone and computer.

Pros
  • Very good passive noise isolation.
  • Superb audio leakage performance.
Cons
  • Relatively high wireless latency.
  • 6.1-hour continuous battery life is a little short.
5.1 Wireless Gaming

The Skullcandy Jib True aren't suitable for wireless gaming due to their incompatibility with PS4 and Xbox One consoles and relatively high audio latency on PC.

5.0 Wired Gaming

The Skullcandy Jib True are truly wireless headphones that aren't compatible with wired connections.

6.4 Phone Calls

The Skullcandy Jib True are passable for phone calls. Their integrated mic makes your voice sound natural, clear, and mostly free of distortion, but also somewhat thin. The mic also struggles to isolate speech from moderately loud background noise, so people on the other end of the line can have a lot of trouble understanding you if you call from a subway station or even a busy street. However, the buds themselves do a very good job of blocking out background noise, so you can stay focused on what's being said on a call.

Pros
  • Very good passive noise isolation.
Cons
  • Sub-par microphone noise handling capability.
  • 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

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Skullcandy Jib True are compact truly wireless in-ears that look similar to the Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless. They don't stick out from your ears too much and have a design that doesn't stand out if you go with the black color variant. If you prefer something that may draw a little more attention, they're also available in an eye-catching retro blue color scheme.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.02 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

The Skullcandy Jib True are decently comfortable. They're lightweight, don't enter your ear canal too deeply, and don't apply too much pressure. However, the outer buds are a little bulky, and using their control scheme does force their tips deeper into your ear.

6.6
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

The Skullcandy Jib True have an adequate physical control scheme. It relies entirely on individual multi-function buttons on each bud, which can take some time to get used to. Double-clicking the left and right buds turns media volume up and down, respectively. Holding the button down on the left and right buds skips tracks backward and forwards. Answering and ending calls or pausing and playing media is achieved via a single click of either bud while a triple-click turns on your phone's voice assistant. While you can listen to content on one of the buds while the other charges, you aren't able to use the controls for volume adjustment or track skipping.

The buttons themselves are quite clicky and there are voice prompts for power on/off and Bluetooth pairing.

9.4
Design
Portability
L 1.5 "
W 1.0 "
H 1.1 "
Volume 1.7 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

Like most truly wireless headphones, the Skullcandy Jib True are exceptionally portable. You can easily store the buds in your pants' pockets or a bag. The same can be said for their charging case, which is also very small.

7.5
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 2.9 "
W 1.1 "
H 1.4 "
Volume 4.5 Cu. Inches

The Skullcandy Jib True have a good charging case. It's compact and made of hard plastic, so it should protect the buds from minor drops and bumps. The case also features a small indicator light to show current battery life.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

These headphones are well-built. They're made of solid-feeling plastic and should survive a couple of minor drops and bumps. The buds are rated IPX4 for basic water protection, though this isn't something that we currently test for.

7.0
Design
Stability

The Skullcandy Jib True have a decently stable fit. They're not the best option for high-intensity workouts, since they lack stability fins and move around even with low-intensity head movements.

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In The Box

  • Skullcandy Jib True Wireless headphones
  • 3x tip options
  • Micro-USB charging cable
  • Charging case
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
4.59 db
Treble Amount
-3.67 db

These in-ears have a very bass-heavy sound profile. Their overemphasized bass response adds extra thump and rumble to your favorite EDM and hip-hop track, but it also slightly muddies some vocals and lead instruments. The rest of their frequency range is quite well-balanced, which should yield clear, present, and detailed vocals and lead instruments.

9.5
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.1 dB

These in-ears have superb frequency response consistency. Once you find a tight seal with the included ear tips, you should be able to get consistent audio delivery on separate occasions.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
6.1
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
5.53 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
6.47 dB
Mid-Bass
6.0 dB
High-Bass
5.96 dB

The Skullcandy Jib True's bass accuracy is passable. It's heavily overemphasized but quite even across the range, giving genres like EDM and hip-hop extra thump, body, and warmth. However, it also adds a boomy quality to some tracks.

8.3
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.23 dB
Low-Mid
3.09 dB
Mid-Mid
-1.22 dB
High-Mid
-0.08 dB

Their mid accuracy is great. While the overemphasized low-mids slightly muddy some vocals and lead instruments, the rest of the frequency range is quite well-balanced. Those same vocals and lead instruments should also sound present and clear in the mix.

7.6
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.24 dB
Low-Treble
-1.97 dB
Mid-Treble
-3.63 dB
High-Treble
-5.56 dB

The Skullcandy Jib True's treble accuracy is good. The range is mostly well-balanced except for a slight dip in the mid-treble range that results in sibilants losing a slight bit of brightness.

8.6
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
0.86 db
Dips
1.06 db

The peaks and dips performance is excellent. A peak that goes through the high-bass range and into the low-mids slightly muddies some vocals and lead instruments while the following dip pushes those vocals and lead instruments toward the back of the mix. Another dip in the mid-treble range generates a slight loss of brightness in sibilants.

7.3
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.62
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.17
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.0
Weighted Phase Mismatch
27.01

Their stereo imaging performance is satisfactory. Their weighted group delay falls entirely beneath the audibility threshold, resulting in tight bass and transparent treble. While the L/R drivers are well-matched in regards to amplitude and frequency response, some phase mismatch is present. This has an impact on their ability to accurately place objects in the stereo image and generate an immersive listening experience. That said, these results are only valid for our test unit, and yours may perform differently.

0.4
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
2.2
Acoustic Space Excitation
0

The Skullcandy Jib True's passive soundstage is awful. They have a closed-back enclosure and in-ear design that bypasses any sort of interaction with the outer-ear, which is crucial in generating an out-of-head listening experience. Sound is perceived as coming from the inside of your head rather than all around you.

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

The Skullcandy Jib True have no virtual soundstage features.

8.4
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.145
WHD @ 100
0.069

The weighted harmonic distortion performance is great. There's very little distortion across the frequency range, resulting in clean and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 5.0
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test the Skullcandy Jib True. Our results are only valid when the headphones are set up this way.

Isolation
7.8
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-22.73 dB
Bass
-9.28 dB
Mid
-19.13 dB
Treble
-40.55 dB

Their noise isolation performance is very good. While they lack an ANC feature and block out little bass-range ambient noise like bus engines and construction equipment, they do an outstanding job of passively dealing with background audio in the mid and treble ranges. You shouldn't hear too much of sounds like chatter from people nearby or the hum of an AC unit.

10
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
17.96 dB

The Skullcandy Jib True have a remarkable audio leakage performance. Virtually no audio should escape from your ear canal once you achieve an airtight fit with the included ear tips. You can probably listen to your music at very high volumes without disrupting people nearby.

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

These in-ears have an integrated microphone.

6.8
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
472.58 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.8 dB
HFE
7240.77 Hz
Weighted THD
0.039
Gain
0.88 dB

The integrated mic's recording quality is okay. Your voice should sound natural, fairly clear, and be mostly free of distortion, but it may also be perceived as quite thin.

5.8
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
8.49 dB

The integrated mic's noise handling capability is sub-par since it struggles to isolate speech from even moderate background noise. If you make a call from a noisy environment, people on the other end of the line are likely to have trouble understanding you.

Active Features
6.2
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
6.1 hrs
Additional Charges
2.7
Total Battery Life
22.4 hrs
Charge Time
0.8 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port micro-USB

The Skullcandy Jib True deliver an unremarkable battery performance. They provide about six hours of continuous playback time on a single charge, which is slightly less than other budget-friendly alternatives like the FIIL T1X True Wireless, though it should be noted that this can vary with overall usage. Combined with the roughly three additional charges supplied by their case, they have a total battery life of over 22 hours, so they should last you a couple of days at work. You can use one of the buds while the other charges in its case, though you'll be missing out on volume and track skipping controls.

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

The Skullcandy Jib True don't have a companion app.

Connectivity
6.5
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
119 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
258 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
234 ms
Android Latency
195 ms

These in-ears have alright Bluetooth connectivity. They support Bluetooth 5.0 but not NFC or multi-device pairing. Their latency on PC, iOS, and Android devices is a little too high to make them ideal for streaming videos or gaming without experiencing noticeable audio latency. That said, devices and apps compensate differently for latency, so your experience in the real world can vary.

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

The Skullcandy Jib True 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

The Skullcandy Jib True are wireless-only in-ears, with no support for a wired connection. They come with a micro-USB cable for charging their case.

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

These in-ears can connect to Bluetooth-enabled PCs and offer full audio and microphone compatibility, though their latency is likely too high for gaming or streaming video. They aren't compatible with PS4 consoles.

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

These truly wireless headphones are incompatible 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

The Skullcandy Jib True have a charging case that supplies roughly 2.7 extra charges. It can be recharged via a micro-USB cable but doesn't support wireless charging.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

The Skullcandy Jib True come in two different color variants: 'Black' and '92 Blue'. We test the 'Black' variant, and you can see its label here. We expect the other color variant to perform similarly overall.

If someone comes across a variant that's different from those listed above, let us know in the discussions so that we can update our review.

Compared to other headphones

The Skullcandy Jib True are simple truly-wireless in-ears. They have a solid-feeling plastic construction, very good passive noise isolation capability, and a bass-heavy sound profile that should please EDM and hip-hop listeners, though it may not be to everyone's liking. They aren't especially stable in the ear, can be a little uncomfortable for some, and have high wireless latency. If you're looking for more options, take a look at our list of recommendations of the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds under $50, the best earbuds for bass, and the best true wireless earbuds.

Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless

The Skullcandy Jib True Wireless are better for mixed usage than the Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless. The Jib deliver audio more consistently, last almost twice as long on a single charge, block out more ambient noise, and have a better-balanced sound profile, not to mention a superior integrated microphone. The Sesh have a more stable fit and are a little more compact.

Skullcandy Indy Evo True Wireless

The Skullcandy Jib True Wireless are better mixed-usage in-ears than the Skullcandy Indy Evo True Wireless. The Jib have a much less uneven treble response, block out more ambient noise, leak less audio, have a better integrated mic, and have much longer overall battery life. Meanwhile, the Indy Evo have lower wireless latency on mobile devices, a more stable fit, and three switchable EQ modes.

Skullcandy Jib Wireless

Despite their similar names, the Skullcandy Jib Wireless and Skullcandy Jib True Wireless are very differently-designed headphones with their own strengths. The Jib have an in-line microphone with better noise handling capability and noticeably lower wireless latency on PC. The Jib True are better-built, block out more ambient noise, leak less audio, and last longer on a single charge. They're also more portable courtesy of their truly wireless design.

FIIL T1X True Wireless

The FIIL T1X True Wireless are better overall truly wireless in-ears than the Skullcandy Jib True Wireless. The FIIL have a comfier, more stable fit, a slightly better-balanced sound profile, a microphone with superior noise handling capability, and a longer battery life. They also have more features, like a companion app that grants you access to 15 different EQ presets. The Skullcandy block out more ambient noise, leak less audio, and have a microphone with better recording quality.

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