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Reviewed on Jul 06, 2018

Skullcandy Jib Wireless HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
6.6
Mixed Usage
6.7
Critical Listening
6.8
Commute/Travel
7.5
Sports/Fitness
6.7
Office
5.3
TV
4.9
Gaming
Type : In-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Yes
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The Skullcandy Jib Wireless are mediocre wireless in-ears for most use cases but have a decent sound. They have a simple and easy-to-use design, that's compact enough to fit in your pockets. They're also sufficiently stable for running, which makes them a good option for sports. Unfortunately, they have a weak build quality especially compared to other in-ears in their price range. They also have a bulky module on their cable that's slightly bothersome and no volume controls which is a little disappointing.

Test Results
Design 6.8
Sound 6.6
Isolation 7.1
Microphone 6.6
Active Features 4.8
Connectivity 3.0
Pros
  • Simple and compact design.
  • Very low leakage.
  • Good Bass.
Cons
  • Mediocre-at-best noise isolation.
  • Weak build quality.

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Test Results

Style

The Skullcandy Jib have a simple and straightforward wireless design. They have small in-ear buds that look a bit cheap and a thin cable that has an additional module to house the battery. They look fairly similar to the Sony WI-C300, but have a larger module that will be a bit more annoying for some. On the upside, it's fairly lightweight. They come in a couple of color schemes but only the earbuds are a different color, which might not be worth it for some.

7.0 Comfort
Weight : 0.05 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0 lbs

The Skullcandy Jib Wireless are decently comfortable wireless in-ears. Their buds are very small and do not have many points of contact with the outer parts of your ear canal like conventional in-ears. This makes them a bit less fatiguing to wear for long listening sessions. Unfortunately, they do not come with as many tip options as some of the other in-ears we've tested like the Mee audio M6 PRO, which would have improved their overall comfort level. Also, like the WI-C300, the bulky module on the back of the cable may get a bit bothersome since it will bounce up and down when working out or running unless tucked into a shirt.

5.6 Controls
Ease of use : Good
Feedback : Decent
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : No
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : No

These headphones have an in-line remote with a multifunction button for track skipping and call management but no volume controls. It's a little disappointing, especially compared to similarly designed headphones like the WI-C300 or the MEE audio M9B. On the upside, since it's only one button it's really easy to use and delivers decent feedback when pressed.

7.0 Stability

The Jib Wireless have decently stable wireless in-ear but also have a fairly bulky module on their audio cable that bounces around if not tucked under your shirt. It pulls slightly on the earbuds making them a bit less stable than other wireless in-ears with a similar design. They also do not come with any additional stability tips so they may occasionally slip out of your ears during more strenuous workouts (see our recommendations for the best earbuds for working out).

8.8 Portability
L : 3 "
W : 2.2 "
H : 0.8 "
Volume : 5 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

The Skullcandy Jib, like most in-ears, are portable headphones that will easily fit into your pockets. Their earbuds are smaller than typical in-ear designs, but since they have an additional module on their cable they are slightly bulkier overall. They won't be as portable as the Jaybird Freedom but they are still compact enough to easily carry on your person at all times. Unfortunately, they also do not come with a case.

0 Case
Type : No case
L : N/A
W : N/A
H : N/A
Volume : N/A

The Skullcandy Jib do not come with a case.

6.0 Build Quality

The Skullcandy Jib Wireless have a mediocre-at-best build quality with thin cables. The earbuds are lightweight but look cheap. The in-line remote feels a bit plasticky and has no volume controls, and the audio cable is thin and not as rubberized as some of the other headphones we've tested in their price range like the MEE audio M9B or the Anker Soundcore Spirit X. This all results in a build quality that feels a bit cheap and not very durable. On the upside, they should be sturdy enough for most casual use cases.

9.2 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 0.8 C

The Skullcandy Jib Wireless, like most in-ears, have good breathability. They do not touch any parts of your outer ear, so they will not make your ears warmer than usual. They're also a bit smaller than typical in-ears, so they barely cause any temperature difference even during more strenuous activities. They're a good option for sports and working out.

Cable
Detachable : No
Length : N/A
Connection : N/A

The Skullcandy Jib come with a USB charging cable.

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7.5 Bass
Std. Err.
:
3.73 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
10 Hz
Low-Bass
:
3.33 dB
Mid-Bass
:
3.72 dB
High-Bass
:
5.02 dB

The Skullcandy Jib have a good bass response. LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 10Hz, which is excellent. The overall response throughout the bass range is even and flat but consistently overemphasized, especially in high-bass. This results in a heavy and deep bass, but could also sound boomy and overpower vocals and lead instruments.

8.1 Mid
Std. Err.
:
2.56 dB
Low-Mid
:
2.04 dB
Mid-Mid
:
-2.9 dB
High-Mid
:
-1.78 dB

The mid-range performance is very good. Low-mid shows a 5dB tilt favoring lower frequencies. This adds a little bit of clutter to the overall sound and makes vocals a tad thick. The 5dB recess around 700Hz nudges vocals towards the back of the mix. High-mid is even and balanced.

7.4 Treble
Std. Err.
:
3.97 dB
Low-Treble
:
-1.81 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-2.81 dB
High-Treble
:
-6.43 dB

The treble performance is above-average. Low-treble is pretty even and flat but underemphasized by about 2dB. Mid-treble is a bit less even, but also underemphasized by almost 3dB. This makes the overall treble balanced but on the darker/veiled side.

9.6 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.08 dB

The frequency response consistency is excellent. If the user is able to achieve a proper fit and an air-tight seal using the assortment of tips that come with the headphones, then they should be able to get consistent bass and treble delivery every time they use the headphones.

1.4 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
N/A
PRTF Distance
:
N/A
Openness
:
3.6
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
1.8
Correlated Crosstalk
:
0.0 dB

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 won't be perceived to be as open as that of open-back earbuds like the Apple AirPods, Google Pixel Buds, or the Bose SoundSport Free.

9.4 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.14
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.19
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
0.89
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
1.38

The imaging performance is excellent. The weighted group delay is at 0.14, which is very low. The GD graph also shows that the entire group delay response is below the audibility threshold. This ensures a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were very well-matched, which is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects (instruments, voice, footsteps), in the stereo image.

6.8 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
10.217
Weighted THD @ 100
:
3.694

The harmonic distortion performance is average. The amount of THD produced in the bass range is within good limits. Additionally, for the most of the spectrum the THD at 100dB SPL is lower compared to the 90dB SPL. This could be due to the increased flexibility of the driver under heavier loads. The amount of harmonic distortion in the mid-range is a bit elevated, which could make the sound a bit impure.

6.4 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-17.56 dB
Bass
:
-4.88 dB
Mid
:
-17.43 dB
Treble
:
-31.6 dB
Self-Noise
:
19.6 dB

The Skullcandy Jib have a mediocre isolation performance. In the bass range, where the rumble of bus and airplane engines sit, they achieve about 5dB of isolation, which is inadequate. In the mid-range, important for cutting out speech, they isolate by more than 17dB, which is good. In the treble range, occupied by sharp S and T sounds, they isolate by about 32dB, which is also good.

8.5 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
31.19 dB

The leakage performance is great. Similar to most other closed-back in-ears, these headphones don't leak in the bass and mid ranges. The significant portion of their leakage is in the treble range and between 3KHz and 7KHz, which is quite a narrow range. The overall level of the leakage is not loud either. With the music 100dB SPL the leakage at 1 foot away averages at 31dB SPL and peaks at around 50dB SPL, which is about the same as the noise floor of an average office.

6.1 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
354.04 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
3.1 dB
HFE
:
3319.91 Hz
Weighted THD
:
6.422
Gain
:
30.57 dB

The microphone has a sub-par recording quality. The bump in low-bass makes this mic prone to pops and low-rumbling noises. The dip around 100Hz makes recorded speech a bit thin. The HFE (high-frequency extension) of 3.3KHz results in a speech that is muffled and lacking in detail.

7.1 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
21.4 dB

The noise handling of Jib's microphone is decent. In our SpNR test, it achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 21dB, indicating it can decently separate speech from ambient noise in moderately loud environments.

7.5 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
35 ft
Line of Sight Range
:
82 ft

The Skullcandy Jib Wireless have a decent wireless range, even when the Bluetooth source was obstructed but they are not as far-reaching as some of the other wireless in-ears we've tested like the BeatsX. They should have enough range for most use cases, especially if you keep your phone on you, but they won't be ideal for very large office spaces and fixed Bluetooth sources like a PC or TV.

2.8 Latency
Default Latency
:
183 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

Below-average latency performance. The Skullcandy Jib Wireless have about 183ms of latency which is on the high side of most Bluetooth headphones, making them even less suitable for watching movies and gaming.

5.4 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Battery Life
:
5.8 hrs
Charge Time
:
2.1 hrs
Power Saving Feature
:
No
Audio while charging
:
No
Passive Playback
:
No

These headphones have a passable 5.8-hour battery life. You can't use them while they are charging, and they do not automatically turn off once connected to a Bluetooth source. They're also Bluetooth-only headphones with no passive playback and take surprisingly long to charge for their average battery life.

0 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
N/A
ANC control
:
N/A
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
:
N/A
Playback control
:
N/A
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

These headphones do not come with a compatible app for added customization options.

6.0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
4.0
Multi-Device Pairing
:
No
NFC Pairing
:
No

The Skullcandy Jib Wireless do not have multi-device pairing or NFC support.

0 Wired
OS Compatibility
:
N/A
Analog Audio
:
N/A
USB Audio
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A

The Skullcandy Jib Wireless are Bluetooth-only headphones with no wired option. If you want a decent sounding, wired design with a universal in-line remote, then check out the 1More Triple Driver In-Ear.

0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A

These in-ear buds do not have a dock. If you want a headphone that's versatile and has a dock, try the SteelSeries Arctis 7. However, it won't be as compact and easy-to-carry around on your person.

In the box

  • Skullcandy Jib Wireless Headphones
  • Earbud tips (x3 sizes)
  • USB charging cable
  • Manual

Compared to other Headphones

The Skullcandy Jib Wireless are a basic wireless in-ear decent enough for most use cases, and one of the best cheap earbuds we've tested. They have moderately balanced sound, a fair battery life and wireless range, and a simple design that's easy to use but doesn't volume controls. They're also a bit more comfortable than typical in-ears thanks to their small buds. Unfortunately, they do not come with a lot of tip options, and their build quality doesn't feel as durable as some of the other wireless in ears in their price range compared below. They also do not block noise as well as more conventional in-ear designs. See our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds under $50 and the best earbuds for bass.

JBL E25BT Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The JBL E25BT are slightly better headphones than the Skullcandy Jib, but not by much. The JBL have a better build quality and a longer-lasting battery life. The E25BT also have a slightly better-balanced sound and better cable management so the module on the back of their cable will not bounce around as much if you use the clip. On the other hand, the Jib have a better mid-range and will not sound as sharp on some S and T sounds.

1More Piston Fit
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Skullcandy Jib are better headphones than the 1More Piston Fit. These wireless headphones are more stable for sports, have better sound quality, and our unit didn’t have mismatched drivers like the Piston Fit. On the other hand, they are cheaply made, have latency issues, and have a sub-par battery life, which are concerns you won’t have to worry about with the wired Piston Fit.

KZ ZST
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Skullcandy Jib Wireless are better mixed-usage headphones than the KZ ZST. Their wireless design makes them more versatile and noticeably better for sports. They also have a microphone and controls, which our model of the ZST lacks. On the other hand, the ZST are noticeably better built and feel more durable than the cheap, plasticky Skullcandy Jib. Also, the wired ZST won’t give you any latency issues, while the Jib Bluetooth connection might result in a noticeable delay.

Conclusion

6.6 Mixed Usage

The Skullcandy Jib Wireless are an average mixed usage wireless in-ear. They have a passable sound quality that would be good enough for most but not ideal for more critical listeners. They also have an average battery life and wireless range but lack a few features compared to similarly designed headphones. They do not have as many tip sizes and lack stability fins but should be stable enough to run with. Unfortunately, their build quality is mediocre at best and the thin cables do not seem very durable. They also do not block noise as well as some other in-ears, so they won't be the best headphones for commuting.

6.7 Critical Listening

Passable for critical listening. The Skullcandy Jib have a decently well-balanced frequency response although they can sound a bit boomy and cluttered. On the upside, they should sound good enough for most listeners and pack a good amount of bass that will sound exciting on most tracks. Unfortunately, they do not have a large and spacious soundstage due to their small closed back ear cups which won't be ideal for more critical listening.

6.8 Commute/Travel

Decent for commuting. They're compact and fit into most pockets. They also have a decent control scheme that you can use on the go with your phone. Unfortunately, the in-ear fit does not block as much noise as typical in-ear headphones but should be fine if you're playing your music at higher than average volumes.

7.5 Sports/Fitness

Good for sports. These headphones have a decently stable in-ear fit, they're wireless and small enough to carry around on your person wherever you go. Unfortunately, though functional, their in-line remote doesn't have volume controls and the module on the back of the cable may cause the earbuds to slip out of your ears during more intense physical exercises.

6.7 Office

Decent for office use. The Skullcandy Jib Wireless don't leak, so you can mask the ambient noise of a lively office by playing your audio at higher than average volumes.

5.3 TV

Sub-par for home theater use. The Skullcandy Jib have quite a bit of latency and no wired connection option. This means they won't be ideal for watching video content and unfortunately they're not the most comfortable headphones to wear for long movies.

4.9 Gaming

Sub-par for gaming. They have a mediocre-at-best mic, lack customization options and have a bit too much latency to be suitable for gaming. They're also Bluetooth only headphones that will not pair with your Xbox One or PS4.

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