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Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Nov 14, 2019 at 10:15 am
Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless Picture
Test Methodology v1.4
6.9
Mixed Usage
6.3
Neutral Sound
7.5
Commute/Travel
8.1
Sports/Fitness
6.7
Office
5.0
Wireless Gaming
4.9
Wired Gaming
5.9
Phone Calls
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Skullcandy Sesh are a decent pair of truly wireless in-ear headphones that offer a very good price-to-performance ratio. They're made out of plastic but have a good build quality that feels quite durable and well-made, especially for the price. These in-ear headphones have a stable fit, are decently comfortable, and even do an alright job at blocking out background noise, making them a good choice for the gym or your daily commute. Unfortunately, their battery life isn't great, with 3.5 hours from the headphones themselves and only an additional two charges from the case. On the upside, their sound profile is decently well-balanced, though it may be better suited for fans of more bass-heavy genres.

Our Verdict

6.9 Mixed Usage

The Skullcandy Sesh are decent mixed usage headphones. Their sound reproduction is decently well-balanced, though it's quite bass-heavy. They're decently comfortable and isolate noise well, meaning they may be a good option to use during your daily commute or in the office to block out background chatter. Unfortunately, their battery is disappointing, with under 4 hours from a single charge and only two additional charges from the case. They are also very portable thanks to their truly wireless design, and have a stable and breathable fit, making them a good option for the gym.

6.3 Neutral Sound

These headphones are alright for neutral listening. They have a few noticeable dips in mid-range and mid-treble and a slightly over-emphasized high-bass which makes them quite bass-heavy. Due to their in-ear design, they offer consistent sound reproduction among various users, so you should always hear your music the same way. They're reasonably comfortable and those who don't find the fit of in-ears uncomfortable should be able to wear them for longer listening sessions.

See our Neutral Sound recommendations
7.5 Commute/Travel

These headphones are good to use for commuting or travel. Most people should find them quite comfortable, and they're very small and portable. Due to their lack of ANC, they aren't good at blocking out the low rumble of bus, train, or plane engines, and are better at blocking background chatter. On the upside, they leak almost no sound meaning you should be able to crank up your music to help block background noises.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
8.1 Sports/Fitness

The Skullcandy Sesh are very good sports headphones. Their truly wireless design means they're small and easy to toss into a bag or pocket. Most people should find them comfortable enough to wear for a full visit to the gym, and they feel stable enough to withstand most light workouts without falling out. Their bass-heavy sound profile is sure to keep you motivated in the gym, especially since they leak almost no sound, meaning you should be able to crank the volume without bothering those around you.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
6.7 Office

These headphones are alright for office use. While they should do a good job at blocking out the background chatter of co-workers, their in-ear fit may not be the most comfortable to wear all day. They also have a relatively short battery life at just over 3.5 hours, meaning you'll have to take breaks to charge them throughout your work-day. On the upside, they leak almost no sound, meaning your music shouldn't bother co-workers around you.

See our Office recommendations
5.0 Wireless Gaming

These headphones are Bluetooth-only and therefore are not recommended for wireless gaming. While they're compatible with a Bluetooth-enabled PC, Bluetooth has high latency which means they aren't ideal for multiplayer games. They aren't compatible with either PS4 or Xbox One.

See our Wireless Gaming recommendations
4.9 Wired Gaming

These headphones are wireless only and therefore cannot be used for wired gaming.

5.9 Phone Calls

These headphones are not good for phone calls due to their poor microphone performance. The recording quality of the microphone is poor and sounds very thin and muffled. They also only do a mediocre job at handling noise, meaning those on the other end of the line will likely have a hard time hearing you even in moderately noisy environments.

  • 6.9 Mixed Usage
  • 6.3 Neutral Sound
  • 7.5 Commute/Travel
  • 8.1 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.7 Office
  • 5.0 Wireless Gaming
  • 4.9 Wired Gaming
  • 5.9 Phone Calls
Pros
  • Good price to performance ratio.
  • Decently well-balanced, bass-heavy sound profile.
  • Good isolation performance with almost no leakage.
Cons
  • Disappointing battery life with only two additional charges from case.
  • In-ear fit might not be comfortable for everyone.
  • Poor microphone quality.
  1. Update 2/4/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Skullcandy Sesh are low-profile truly wireless headphones that look good and don't feel too cheap. They have a small earbud design that doesn't protrude too much out of your ears. The earbuds have an indent on the top which allows you to press the physical buttons without pushing the earbuds further into your ear.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.03 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

The Skullcandy Sesh are decently comfortable for in-ears and come with three different size tips to help you achieve the best fit. While they don't put too much pressure on the ear, their in-ear design may not be for everyone, and some may feel fatigue after wearing them for extended periods.

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 controls of the Skullcandy Sesh are decent. They have a clicky physical button on each earbud which may push the earbud slightly into your ear, although luckily the design has a spot to place your finger behind them to help prevent this. The control scheme is simple, with one tap to pause/play or answer calls, two taps to adjust volume (down on left earbud, up on right), a long press to skip tracks (previous on left earbud, next on right), and three taps to activate your phone's assistant.

9.2
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 0.8 C

Like most in-ear headphones, the Skullcandy Sesh have great breathability performance. Their small earbuds don’t trap heat under an ear cup and don’t make a noticeable difference in temperature when wearing them. This means you shouldn’t sweat more than usual and they're a good option for sports as well.

9.6
Design
Portability
L 1.2 "
W 0.9 "
H 0.8 "
Volume 0.9 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

The Skullcandy Sesh are very portable truly wireless headphones. They can easily be stored in your pockets or a bag and come with a small carrying case.

7.5
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 2.9 "
W 1.7 "
H 1.2 "
Volume 6.0 Cu. Inches

The case for the Skullcandy Sesh is decent and acts as a charging station. While it's a bit plasticky, it feels decently well-made and should be able to withstand a few accidental drops without sustaining damage. Unfortunately, the battery in the case will only charge your headphones an additional two times, which isn't that great.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

While the Skullcandy Sesh have a completely plastic design, they still feel quite well-built and could likely withstand a few small drops without taking damage. The earbuds have an IP55 rating for dust and water resistance, though we don't currently test this.

7.5
Design
Stability

These headphones are decently stable thanks to their in-ear fit and shouldn't move in your ears much. Unfortunately, they don't have stability fins, which would help them stay in place better. However, even without fins, they likely would be able to withstand a fairly intense workout without falling out.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Skullcandy Sesh headphones
  • Charging Case
  • Micro-USB charging cable
  • Three tip size options
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
5.22 db
Treble Amount
-3.15 db

The Skullcandy Sesh have a bass heavy sound profile which will likely please fans of genres like EDM or hip-hop. Unfortunately, vocals may sound a bit muddy due to the dip in the mid-treble range.

8.9
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.22 dB

The frequency response consistency of the Skullcandy Sesh is excellent. If you're able to achieve a proper air-tight fit using the assortment of included tips, you should get consistent bass and treble delivery every time you use these headphones.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
5.1
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
6.87 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
8.04 dB
Mid-Bass
7.96 dB
High-Bass
6.83 dB

The bass accuracy of the Skullcandy Sesh is decent. While it remains fairly flat, it is overemphasized throughout the entire range, which should please fans of bass.

8.3
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.29 dB
Low-Mid
3.62 dB
Mid-Mid
-0.16 dB
High-Mid
-0.21 dB

The mid-range accuracy of these headphones is very good. Lead instruments and vocals may be pushed slightly to the back of the mix, however, due to the under-emphasis in the majority of this range.

7.2
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.71 dB
Low-Treble
-1.84 dB
Mid-Treble
-2.45 dB
High-Treble
-1.73 dB

The treble accuracy of these headphones is good. They stay relatively close to the neutral target curve, though are quite under-emphasized in mid-treble which will likely cause a lack of detail in vocals. High-treble stays within decent ranges, however, meaning cymbals and sibilants won't sound harsh or piercing.

8.3
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
0.96 db
Dips
1.34 db

The Skullcandy Sesh are well-balanced, but there are a few dips across the ranges. These will negatively affect those frequencies, which could make the vocals and sharp instrument like cymbals lack a bit of detail and brightness. However, these dips are rather narrow and won't be very audible to most.

9.1
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.19
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.27
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.36
Weighted Phase Mismatch
2.81

The imaging of the Skullcandy Sesh is excellent. The GD graph shows the entire group delay response is below the audibility threshold, suggesting a tight bass reproduction and a transparent treble. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were fairly well-matched in amplitude, frequency, and phase response, which is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects (voices, instruments, video game effects) in the stereo image. However, these results are only valid for our test unit, and yours may perform differently.

0.6
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
2.8
Acoustic Space Excitation
0

The soundstage performance of the Skullcandy Sesh is bad. 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 2 Truly Wireless 2019 and 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
7.7
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.254
WHD @ 100
0.127

The weighted harmonic distortion performance of the Skullcandy Sesh is quite good. While there's a slight bump in the treble-range, this likely won't be audible to most and overall these headphones should produce clean and pure audio.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 4.2
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Integrated
Isolation
7.2
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-20.73 dB
Bass
-5.48 dB
Mid
-18.54 dB
Treble
-39.33 dB

Decent noise isolation. These headphones don't have ANC and only block background noise passively. Unfortunately, they don't block out much in the bass range, which is where the low rumbles of engines sit, meaning they likely won't help much during your daily commute. On the upside, they do a very good job at blocking out mid-range sounds like background chatter, meaning they're a decent option to help keep you concentrated in the office. Like most in-ear headphones, their treble isolation is also great, though this is slightly less important and is mainly responsible for sharp sounds like S and Ts and fan or AC system noise.

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

The Skullcandy Sesh have outstanding leakage performance. They leak almost zero sound, so you should be able to crank up your volume without worrying about bothering those around you.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
4.9
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
285.09 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
9.59 dB
HFE
22988.02 Hz
Weighted THD
2375.026
Gain
-21.05 dB

The integrated microphone of the Skullcandy Sesh is poor. The recorded speech is relatively thin, muffled, and lacking in detail. The speech may also be slightly intelligible.

6.0
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
11.56 dB

Decent noise handling. While the microphone will work well in a very quiet environment, the person on the other end of a phone call may have a hard time hearing your voice on a busy street or in a subway station.

Active Features
5.6
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
3.7 hrs
Additional Charges
2.0
Total Battery Life
11.1 hrs
Charge Time
1.6 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Standby mode
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port micro-USB

These headphones have a disappointing 3.7-hour battery life, which is on the lower-end for truly wireless headphones. While their case will supply additional charges, unfortunately you'll only get two, which isn't great. They also take over an hour and a half to charge, which also isn't very good. People with newer phones may be disappointed that the case charges via micro-USB, meaning you'll likely need to use a different cable. They offer a power saving feature which will put your headphones into a standby mode when you aren't using them, improving your 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

There is no app available for these headphones.

Connectivity
6.5
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
108 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
278 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
266 ms
Android Latency
190 ms

The Skullcandy Sesh are Bluetooth 5.0 compatible, so you may get better wireless range and connectivity if you're connected to a 5.0 source. They can only be connected to one device at a time but pairing was straight-forward and typical of most Bluetooth headphones. Their wireless range is mediocre, but they should have no problem connecting to close devices, like a phone in your pocket. Their latency is poor, meaning they aren't ideal to use for watching videos, though some apps may compensate for this.

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

These truly wireless headphones cannot be used plugged in. Their charging case charges via micro-USB and will only charge your headphones an additional two times, which isn't great.

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

These headphones are compatible with PC via Bluetooth if your PC is Bluetooth-compatible or you have the correct USB dongle. They aren't compatible with PS4.

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

These truly wireless headphones are Bluetooth-only and are not compatible with 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 charging case of the Skullcandy Sesh is slightly larger than other truly wireless headphones, and only provides an additional two charges. It charges via micro-USB, which is included.

Compared to other headphones

Comparison picture

The Skullcandy Sesh are decent truly wireless headphones that perform well for their price. They may not feel quite as premium and well-built as some more expensive options, but have a similar build to others in this price range. Their sound profile is decently well-balanced, though it's quite bass-heavy. They're decently comfortable and have great passive noise isolation, meaning they are a decent option to use while commuting, though unfortunately the battery life of the headphones and the case are both disappointing, and they won't last a full day without needing one or two recharges in the case. We suggest checking out our recommendations for the best true wireless earbuds, the best wireless earbuds under $100, and the best budget wireless headphones.

Skullcandy Indy Truly Wireless
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The Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless are a little bit better than the Skullcandy Indy Truly Wireless. They 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
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B&H

The Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless are slightly better than the Skullcandy Push Truly Wireless. Their earbuds are smaller and protrude out of the ear less, but are equally comfortable and stable in the ear. They have similar bass-heavy sound profiles, though the Sesh are slightly better-balanced. The microphone of the Push is much better due to better recording quality, though overall it's still unremarkable.

JLab Audio JBuds Air Truly Wireless
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The Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless are slightly better headphones for mixed use than the JLab Audio JBuds Air Truly Wireless. They are very similar truly wireless in-ear headphones with an equally bass-heavy sound profile, though the Sesh are generally better balanced. While the JBuds Air last a little less time on a single charge, their case will give you an additional ten charges, much better than the Sesh's two. Unfortunately the JBuds have an integrated charging cable, which means you'd have to replace the entire headphones should it get damaged.

Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019
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B&H

The Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless are better truly wireless headphones than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019. The Skullcandy don't feel as well-built as the Apple, which have a very premium, lightweight feel, and they don't connect to Apple devices as seamlessly. Their battery life is also worse as their case is rated for only two additional charges as opposed to Apple's five. On the upside, the Sesh have a much better-balanced sound profile with significantly greater bass performance, and a much more comprehensive control scheme. Their in-ear fit also gives them a more consistent sound profile among various users.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless
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B&H

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless are better truly wireless headphones than the Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless. They are more comfortable in-ear headphones that have a more stable fit for most people. Their sound profile is much more neutral than the Sesh and is better-suited for a wider range of genres. They also have a significantly longer 7.5-hour battery life, and offer preset EQ options through a companion app, which the Sesh doesn't have.

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