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Skullcandy Sesh Evo True Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Oct 02, 2020 at 08:07 am
Skullcandy Sesh Evo True Wireless Picture
6.9
Mixed Usage
6.5
Neutral Sound
7.5
Commute/Travel
7.9
Sports/Fitness
6.7
Office
4.9
Wireless Gaming
4.8
Wired Gaming
5.7
Phone Calls
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Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo are basic truly wireless headphones. They feature durable construction, good passive noise isolation capability, and a stable fit that should allow them to easily stay in your ears during low-intensity exercise. While some listeners may enjoy their bass-heavy sound profile, it probably won't suit everyone. Their continuous battery life is also slightly on the short side. Battery life and unbalanced sound profile aside, if you're looking for a pair of simple truly wireless in-ears, they're not a bad choice.

Our Verdict

6.9 Mixed Usage

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo are okay for mixed usage. They're sturdy-feeling and stable enough to wear during workouts. They have a bass-heavy sound profile that'll keep you pumped up when you're on-the-go. However, their audio delivery is a little too unbalanced for neutral listening. They do a good job of filtering out background noise while you're on the go or in an office, but they have short continuous battery life and need to be recharged frequently to last you throughout the day.

Pros
  • Stable fit.
  • Dense plastic build.
  • Good passive noise isolation.
  • Consistent audio delivery.
Cons
  • Poor microphone noise handling capability.
  • Relatively short continuous battery life.
  • High wireless latency on PC and iOS devices.
  • Mediocre microphone recording quality.
6.5 Neutral Sound

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo are adequate for neutral listening. Once you find the right-sized ear tips, they deliver audio with exceptional consistency. Unfortunately, their overemphasized bass response and slightly recessed treble generate a somewhat unbalanced sound profile. Thankfully, mids are accurately reproduced, so vocals and leads should sound present and clear.

Pros
  • Consistent audio delivery.
Cons
  • Bass-heavy sound profile won't suit all listeners.
7.5 Commute/Travel

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo are good for commuting and travel. They're very portable and comfortable enough to wear for long trips. While they don't block out too much ambient noise in the bass range, like the rumble of bus engines, they should do a good job of filtering out the chatter of fellow commuters. That said, they're not the best choice if you have an iOS device and like to watch movies on your way to the office, as they have very high latency on those devices.

Pros
  • Dense plastic build.
  • Good passive noise isolation.
Cons
  • Relatively short continuous battery life.
7.9 Sports/Fitness

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo are a very good choice for sports and fitness. They have a stable fit and weigh very little, so they should stay in your ears while you're out on a run. If you like to keep aware of your surroundings, you can use one earbud in 'Mono' mode as the other stays in its case. Their build quality is also good, and they're rated IP55 for dust and water resistance, though we don't currently test for that.

Pros
  • Stable fit.
  • Dense plastic build.
Cons
  • Control scheme requires many inputs.
6.7 Office

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo are alright for office use. On one hand, they leak very little audio, so you can listen to your music at high volumes without fear of disrupting your coworkers. They're also quite effective at filtering out workplace chatter. On the other, they don't last all that long on a single charge and you may need to recharge them fairly often.

Pros
  • Good passive noise isolation.
  • Outstanding audio leakage performance.
Cons
  • Relatively short continuous battery life.
  • High wireless latency on PC and iOS devices.
4.9 Wireless Gaming

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo aren't suitable for wireless gaming, as they aren't compatible with Xbox One or PS4 consoles and have high audio latency on PC.

4.8 Wired Gaming

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo are Bluetooth-only earbuds that can't be used with a wired connection.

5.7 Phone Calls

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo are middling for phone calls. Their integrated mic's recording quality is only passable, and it does a poor job of isolating speech from even moderate background chatter, so people on the other end of the line may have trouble understanding you unless you call from an especially quiet environment. On the plus side, the buds do a good job of passively blocking out ambient noise, so you can stay focused on what's being said.

Pros
  • Good passive noise isolation.
Cons
  • Poor microphone noise handling capability.
  • Mediocre microphone recording quality.
  • 6.9 Mixed Usage
  • 6.5 Neutral Sound
  • 7.5 Commute/Travel
  • 7.9 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.7 Office
  • 4.9 Wireless Gaming
  • 4.8 Wired Gaming
  • 5.7 Phone Calls
  1. Update 10/8/2020: Added manual adjustable EQ presets in the Controls box.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo are conventional-looking truly wireless headphones. Unsurprisingly, they look very similar to the Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless, with buds that don't stick too far out of your ear. They're also available in a couple of different eye-catching color schemes.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.02 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo are decently comfortable. They don't enter your ear too deeply and once you find the right-sized ear tips, they don't put too much pressure on the inside of your ear canal. You should also be aware that using the multi-function button forces the buds further into your ear, which can be annoying. The buds themselves are also a little on the bulky side, and you might start to feel a little discomfort in the outer ear region.

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 Presets + Voice Assistant

Update 10/08/2020: The ‘Additional Controls’ section has been updated to also mention the manually adjustable EQ presets.

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo have an alright physical control scheme. It relies entirely on multi-press inputs on the buds' multi-function button, with one tap of either bud pausing and playing media and answering calls, three taps to turn on your phone's voice assistant, and four taps to change the EQ preset. Turning up the volume requires a double-tap of the right bud while turning it down requires the same input on the left unit. Holding down the left and right bud skips tracks backward and forwards, respectively. You'll receive voice prompts for powering the headphones on and off, successful Bluetooth pairing, and activating the voice assistant.

9.4
Design
Portability
L 1.2 "
W 1.2 "
H 1.1 "
Volume 1.8 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

Like most truly wireless headphones, the Skullcandy Sesh Evo are outstandingly portable. They can easily be carried in your pocket, though their case is a little on the tall side.

8.0
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 3.3 "
W 1.7 "
H 1.5 "
Volume 8.4 Cu. Inches

These truly wireless headphones have a good charging case. It's made of hard, dense plastic and feels sturdy enough to protect the buds from minor drops and bumps. It features four indicator lights on its exterior to show current battery life and also supports wireless charging.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

These in-ears are well-built. While their all-plastic construction doesn't seem especially premium, the buds and case still feel quite dense and sturdy and should survive a couple of small drops and bumps. The buds are also rated IP55 for dust and water resistance, though this isn't something we currently test for.

7.5
Design
Stability

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo are quite stable. They should stay in your ears without issue if you decide to go out on a run with them. However, since they lack stability fins, they aren't quite as stable as options like the Mpow M30 Truly Wireless.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Skullcandy Sesh Evo headphones
  • Wireless charging case
  • USB-C charging cable
  • 3x ear tips
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
3.88 db
Treble Amount
-6.22 db

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo have a bass-heavy sound profile. While this may please fans who crave a little more thump and rumble in their music, their overemphasized bass response muddies vocals and lead instruments. Their underemphasized treble range dulls the details of some higher notes and makes sibilants sound dull and lispy. They have three different EQ presets, 'Music', which is the default one we tested, 'Movie', and 'Podcast'.

9.4
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.12 dB

Their frequency response consistency is outstanding. As long as you manage to get a proper fit with the included assortment of ear tip sizes, you should get consistent audio delivery every time you wear them.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
6.7
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.67 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
5.34 dB
Mid-Bass
5.02 dB
High-Bass
5.29 dB

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo's bass accuracy isn't bad. It's overemphasized but very flat throughout the range. This should please fans of EDM and hip-hop, but may sound boomy to some listeners and muddy the vocals and lead instruments of other genres.

8.1
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.48 dB
Low-Mid
3.94 dB
Mid-Mid
0.12 dB
High-Mid
-0.5 dB

The headphones have great mid-range accuracy. While the low-mids are slightly overemphasized, which muddies some vocals and lead instruments, the rest of the range is quite neutral. This means that vocals and lead instruments are also present and detailed in the mix.

6.5
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.68 dB
Low-Treble
-3.74 dB
Mid-Treble
-5.83 dB
High-Treble
-13.76 dB

These in-ears have okay treble accuracy. It's underemphasized across the entire range, so vocals and lead instruments may lack detail while sibilants sound dull and somewhat lispy.

8.6
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.0 db
Dips
0.49 db

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo's peaks and dips performance is excellent. There's a slight bump in the high-bass through low-mid range that causes some boominess as well as a dip in the mid-mids that nudges vocals and lead instruments to the back of the mix, but neither is too significant. There's also a larger peak in the mid-treble range that causes some sibilants to sound a little harsh and piercing.

9.3
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.11
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.34
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.09
Weighted Phase Mismatch
0.98

The stereo imaging performance of these headphones is excellent. Their weighted group delay falls entirely beneath the audibility threshold, resulting in tight bass and transparent treble. The L/R drivers are also very well-matched in terms of amplitude, frequency, and phase response, meaning that objects are accurately placed in the stereo image. That said, these results are only valid for our test unit, and yours may perform differently.

0.5
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
2.4
Acoustic Space Excitation
0.1

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo have a terrible passive soundstage, which is normal for in-ear headphones. They bypass any sort of interaction with the outer ear, which is important in creating an outdoor speaker-like listening experience, and feature a closed-back enclosure. The end result of this is that sound will be 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

These in-ears have no virtual soundstage features.

7.4
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.435
WHD @ 100
0.142

The weighted harmonic distortion performance is decent. While most of the range falls within good limits, you may encounter some distortion throughout the treble range, more so at moderate volumes. However, it shouldn't be too noticeable for most listeners.

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

These are the settings used to test the Skullcandy Sesh Evo. We used the 'Music' EQ preset because it's the default setting. Also, the mic tests were performed with a Bluetooth 4.2 dongle, instead of our traditional Bluetooth 5.0, due to connectivity issues. Our results are only valid when the headphones are used in this configuration.

Isolation
7.6
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-21.42 dB
Bass
-9.67 dB
Mid
-19.79 dB
Treble
-35.72 dB

These in-ears offer good noise isolation capability. They don't filter out too much ambient noise in the bass range, so you'll probably hear the rumble of bus engines and construction equipment, but they do a far better job of dealing with mid-range and high-pitched ambient sound. You won't hear much of the chatter of fellow coworkers or the hum of a nearby AC unit.

9.9
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
21.69 dB

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo are exceptionally good at keeping audio from escaping your ear canal. They leak almost no sound, so you can listen to your music at high volumes without worrying about disrupting people nearby, even in a quiet room.

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

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo earbuds have an integrated microphone.

6.3
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
486.43 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
3.28 dB
HFE
7561.35 Hz
Weighted THD
1.915
Gain
7.09 dB

The integrated microphone's recording quality is mediocre. While recorded speech should sound fairly natural, it may also be perceived as thin and muffled.

Note: This test was completed using a Bluetooth 4.2 dongle rather than the Bluetooth 5.0 dongle used in regular testing due to connectivity issues.

4.2
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
4.75 dB

The integrated mic has poor noise handling capability. People on the other end of the line may have trouble understanding you even in an only slightly noisy environment.

Note: This test was completed using a Bluetooth 4.2 dongle rather than the Bluetooth 5.0 dongle used in regular testing due to connectivity issues.

Active Features
5.9
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
4.7 hrs
Additional Charges
3.0
Total Battery Life
18.8 hrs
Charge Time
0.8 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

These in-ears have sub-par battery performance. They provide just 4.7 hours of continuous playback time, which is far less than alternatives like the Boltune BT-BH024 Truly Wireless. Thankfully, their case yields roughly three additional charges, and they take under an hour to completely recharge. You can also use one bud while the other charges, though you'll be missing out on a couple of control functions, like volume adjustment and track skipping.

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 Sesh Evo don't have a companion app, but they are Tile-enabled, meaning that you can find them if they're ever misplaced using the Tile app.

Connectivity
6.6
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
155 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
193 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
393 ms
Android Latency
113 ms

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo have reasonable Bluetooth connectivity. They're Bluetooth 5.0-compatible but don't support NFC or multi-device pairing, which is annoying if you like to switch between listening to content on your phone and computer. They also have high audio latency on PC and especially iOS devices, which can be quite disruptive when gaming or streaming videos. That said, they perform decently well on Android devices. Of course, apps and devices all compensate for latency differently, so your real-world experience may vary.

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

These 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 Sesh Evo are wireless-only and can't be used with a wired connection. They come with a USB-C cable to charge their case.

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

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo aren't compatible with PS4 consoles but offer full audio and mic compatibility with Bluetooth-enabled PCs.

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

These in-ears are Bluetooth-only and can't connect to 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 Sesh Evo come with a case that provides around three additional charges. It also features four indicator lights to indicate the remaining charge. The case can be recharged wirelessly or via a USB-C cable.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo are available in four different color schemes: 'True Black', 'Bleached Blue', 'Pure Mint', and 'Deep Red'. We tested the 'True Black' variant, and you can see its label here. We expect the other color variants to perform similarly overall. If someone comes across a differently configured variant, let us know in the discussions so that we can update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo are simple true wireless headphones that are a very good fit for sports and fitness. Their stable fit, sturdy construction, and bass-heavy sound profile make them suitable for taking to the gym or out on a run. Unfortunately, their unbalanced sound profile won't be for everyone, and their continuous battery life is a little on the short side. If you're looking for other options, take a look at our list of recommendations of the best wireless earbuds for running and working out, the best cheap wireless earbuds, and the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds.

Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless

The Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless and the Skullcandy Sesh Evo True Wireless, are, unsurprisingly, very closely-matched. The Evo have a case that supports wireless charging, switchable EQ modes, and longer continuous battery life, not to mention a more balanced bass accuracy. However, the Sesh have an integrated mic with superior noise handling capability and a better-balanced treble accuracy.

Skullcandy Indy Evo True Wireless

The Skullcandy Indy Evo True Wireless and the Skullcandy Sesh Evo True Wireless perform quite similarly despite their differing designs. The Indy Evo have a talk-through feature, provide a more neutral bass response, and have a superior integrated microphone. The Sesh Evo offer much better battery performance, block out more ambient noise, leak less audio, and have a better-balanced treble response.

Skullcandy Push Truly Wireless

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo True Wireless and Skullcandy Push Truly Wireless have different strengths. The Sesh Evo are better-built, block out more ambient noise, leak less audio, and have longer total battery life. The Push, meanwhile, last longer off of a single charge and have a microphone with better noise handling capability.

Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo True Wireless are better for mixed usage than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019. The Skullcandy have an easier-to-use and more comprehensive control scheme, a more stable fit, more consistent audio delivery, and far better noise isolation capability. They also have longer continuous battery life. That said, the Apple earbuds provide a more open and spacious listening experience, are better-built, and more comfortable to wear. They have a case that yields a longer total battery life, with five additional charges to the Skullcandy's three.