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Skullcandy Jib Wireless
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.
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- Simple and compact design.
- Very low leakage.
- Good Bass.
- Mediocre-at-best noise isolation.
- Weak build quality.
The Skullcandy Jib Wireless have a very simple wireless in-ear design similar to the Sony WI-C300. They have small in-ear buds that are decently comfortable to wear but do not come with many tip options to help you find a better fit. On the upside, they're compact enough to easily fit into your pockets and they're a decently stable option for the gym, provided the bulky module on their cable is tucked under a shirt so it won't bounce around and accidentally pull the earbuds out of your ears. This makes them a decent option for sports but unfortunately, their in-line remote lacks volume controls which is disappointing, and their overall build quality feels cheap and not very durable. They also do not come with a case.
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.
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.
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.
- 100% Avg.Temp.Difference
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Skullcandy Jib is an average sounding pair of closed-back in-ear headphones. They have a deep, powerful, and consistent bass, an even mid-range and a balanced treble. However, their bass is a bit overpowering which could drown vocals and lead instruments, their mid-range could sound a bit thick and recessed, and their treble range is a bit veiled. Overall, they are a decent choice if you prefer a bass-heavy sound, but they won't be ideal for vocal-centric music.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Skullcandy Jib Wireless have a mediocre-at-best noise isolation performance which will not be enough for very loud and noisy environments. They will let the rumbling noise of a subway or train seep into your audio. On the upside, they barely leak even at high volumes so you can mask some of the ambient noise by just turning the volume up and not distract the people around you.
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.
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.
The in-line microphone of the Skullcandy Jib has a sub-par quality. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic will sound a bit thin and quite muffled and lacking in detail. They are also prone to pops and low-rumbling noises, and won't be the ideal choice for making calls. In noisy environments, they will struggle to separate speech from background noise loud situations, like a subway station.
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.
- 100% SpNR
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.
The Skullcandy Jib Wireless have a somewhat okay 6-hour battery life but poor power saving features and no app support. They last long enough for most use cases if you do not have long continuous listening sessions and remember to turn them off once connected to your device. Unfortunately, they do not have a lot of power-saving features like an auto-off timer which is a bit disappointing. They also have no app support which makes them less customizable than some of the other wireless in-ears we've tested like the Jaybird Freedom.
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.
These headphones do not come with a compatible app for added customization options.
- 10% Bluetooth
- 32% Wired
- 10% Base/Dock
- 22% Wireless Range
- 25% Latency
The Skullcandy Jib Wireless are Bluetooth-only headphones with no audio cable or base/dock. They have a decent wireless range but do not support simultaneous multi-device pairing or NFC. Unfortunately, they also have a poor latency performance so they won't be suitable for watching videos or gaming.
- 79% Multi-Device Pairing
- 20% NFC
- 0% PS4 Compatible
- 0% Xbox One Compatible
The Skullcandy Jib Wireless do not have multi-device pairing or NFC support.
- 13% Analog
- 9% USB
- 26% PS4 Compatible
- 26% Xbox One Compatible
- 26% PC Compatible
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.
- 4% Optical Input
- 22% Line In
- 4% Line Out
- 22% USB Input
- 4% RCA Input
- 9% PS4 Compatible
- 9% Xbox One Compatible
- 9% PC Compatible
- 2% Power Supply
- 13% Dock Charging
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.
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.
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.
In the box
- Skullcandy Jib Wireless Headphones
- Earbud tips (x3 sizes)
- USB charging cable
Compared to other Headphones
The Skullcandy Jib Wireless are a basic wireless in-ear decent enough for most use cases. 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.
The Jaybird Freedom are better wireless in-ears overall when compared to the Skullcandy Jib. The Freedom are better built and have a customizable sound that you can EQ with the Jaybird MySound app. They also have a more stable fit for sports thanks to a wider variety of tips and stability fins that you can mix and match for a more secure in-ear fit. The earbuds isolate a bit better in loud environments making them a better choice for commuting. The Skullcandy, on the other hand, have a better continuous battery life and a standard micro-USB charging port that does require an adapter like the Jaybirds. The Freedom are the better headset overall, but the annoying charging clip might be a deal breaker for some.
The Sony WI-C300 have a similar performance and design to the Skullcandy Jib Wireless. The Sonys have a slightly more premium looking design although both headphones do look a bit cheap. They have a smaller battery module but last longer than the Skullcandy at 8 hours vs 6. They also have volume buttons that give you a bit more control over your music than the Jib. The Skullcandy, on the other hand, have a slightly better-balanced sound. Overall, both headphones are fairly similar but if you care more about sound then go for the Jib
The Mee Audio M9B have a similar performance to the Skullcandy Jib WIreless. The M9B have a slightly better build quality with thicker cables. The earbuds are also a bit smaller so they are more comfortable to wear for long periods of time. The Jib Wireless, on the other hand, have a smaller control scheme that doesn't offset their stability to one side of the headphones but they also have a bulky module on the back of their cable which might be a bit bothersome for some listeners. Overall, the Mee audio would be a good alternative to the Sony and will be just as decent for most use cases except home theater and gaming.