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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These headphones are wireless only and therefore cannot be used for wired gaming.
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.
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.
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.
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. Unlike the Skullcandy Indy Evo Truly Wireless and Skullcandy Indy Fuel Truly Wireless, these in-ears don't feature a dedicated talk-through function to toggle ambient mode on and off, which lets in more ambient noise to let you stay more aware of your surroundings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. If you often need to get out the door in a hurry, take a look at the similar Skullcandy Indy Fuel Truly Wireless, which offer a slightly shorter continuous battery life but recharge far more quickly.
There is no app available for these headphones.
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.
These are Bluetooth-only headphones.
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.
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.
These truly wireless headphones are Bluetooth-only and are not compatible with Xbox One.
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.
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.
The Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless are a little bit better than the Skullcandy Indy Truly Wireless. The Sesh 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.
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.
The Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless are slightly better headphones for mixed use than the JLab Audio JBuds Air Truly Wireless. Although they're similar truly wireless in-ear headphones with an equally bass-heavy sound profile, 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 on their case, which means you'd have to replace the entire case should it get damaged.
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.
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 Skullcandy 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.
The Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless and the Skullcandy Indy Evo Truly Wireless are broadly similar in terms of performance, though with slightly different advantages and disadvantages. The Evo charge much faster and have a better microphone as well as a marginally more comprehensive control scheme. That said, the Sesh last longer off of a single charge.