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Skullcandy Spoke True Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Mar 01, 2021 at 08:40 am
Skullcandy Spoke True Wireless Picture
6.7
Mixed Usage
6.2
Neutral Sound
7.3
Commute/Travel
8.0
Sports/Fitness
6.4
Office
4.9
Wireless Gaming
4.8
Wired Gaming
6.3
Phone Calls
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Skullcandy Spoke True Wireless are budget-level in-ears that come with a portable charging case to help you power them up while you're on-the-go. They have an excited, v-shaped sound profile that adds an extra thump and punch to your mix while making vocals and lead instruments bright and sparkly. While they come with a few EQ presets, you can only access them through the touch-sensitive controls, and there's no way to know which preset you're listening to. Also, using the controls can push them further into your ears, which doesn't feel very comfortable.

Our Verdict

6.7 Mixed Usage

The Skullcandy Spoke are adequate for mixed usage. These portable, well-built headphones are stable enough to wear at the gym. Though their v-shaped sound profile may not be ideal for fans of neutral sound, they come with a few EQ presets for sound customization. They offer decent noise isolation, and while they can block out typical office noise like coworkers chatting around you, they struggle against bass-heavy noises like bus and plane engines, so they may not be ideal for your commute.

Pros
  • Some EQ presets.
  • Portable, well-built design.
  • Stable enough for workouts.
Cons
  • Struggles to block out bass-heavy background noises.
  • No full graphic EQ.
  • Mediocre comfort.
6.2 Neutral Sound

The Skullcandy Spoke are acceptable for neutral sound. While their v-shaped sound profile may be a bit overwhelming or bright for fans of neutral sound, their balanced mid-range can reproduce clear and accurate vocals and lead instruments. There are a few EQ presets to help you customize their sound, which is nice. However, there isn't audible feedback to let you know which preset you're using.

Pros
  • Some EQ presets.
Cons
  • No full graphic EQ.
7.3 Commute/Travel

The Skullcandy Spoke are satisfactory for commute and travel. They have decent noise isolation, and while they can block out higher-frequency background noises like voices, they struggle to block out bass-heavy sounds like bus and plane engines. While they're very portable, their in-ear fit isn't comfortable for all listeners. Also, their 5.9-hour continuous battery life may not last through long international flights.

Pros
  • Portable, well-built design.
  • Don't leak a lot of noise.
Cons
  • Struggles to block out bass-heavy background noises.
  • Mediocre comfort.
8.0 Sports/Fitness

The Skullcandy Spoke are great for sports. These truly wireless in-ears have a portable, well-built design, and they're stable enough to stay in your ears during workouts. They're incredibly breathable, too, so you don't sweat more than usual while wearing them. However, they have a deep fit, and using their controls can put extra pressure on your ears, which may not be very comfortable.

Pros
  • Portable, well-built design.
  • IPX4 rating for water resistance.
  • Stable enough for workouts.
Cons
  • Mediocre comfort.
6.4 Office

The Skullcandy Spoke aren't bad for office use. They don't leak a lot of noise, so you can listen to music at loud volumes without bothering those around you. Also, they do a decent job of passively isolating against background noises like coworkers chatting nearby. However, their in-ear fit may not be comfortable enough for long listening sessions, and their 5.9-hour continuous battery life may not last through your workday. That said, their portable charging case offers around 2.5 extra charges, which is handy.

Pros
  • Don't leak a lot of noise.
Cons
  • Mediocre comfort.
4.9 Wireless Gaming

The Skullcandy Spoke aren't compatible with Xbox or PS consoles. While you can use them with Bluetooth-enabled PCs, their latency is likely too high to be suitable for gaming.

4.8 Wired Gaming

The Skullcandy Spoke are wireless-only headphones that aren't suitable for wired gaming.

6.3 Phone Calls

The Skullcandy Spoke are passable for phone calls. Their integrated microphone has a decent recording quality, so your voice is clear but also a bit thin to whoever's on the other end of the line. However, they're best-suited to making calls in a quiet environment, as the mic can struggle to separate your voice from background noises. They have decent noise isolation, but you may be distracted from your call by bass-heavy background noises like bus and plane engines.

Pros
  • Decent microphone recording quality.
Cons
  • Struggles to block out bass-heavy background noises.
  • 6.7 Mixed Usage
  • 6.2 Neutral Sound
  • 7.3 Commute/Travel
  • 8.0 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.4 Office
  • 4.9 Wireless Gaming
  • 4.8 Wired Gaming
  • 6.3 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Apr 23, 2021: We have re-evaluated the results of the Controls' Ease Of Use test. As a result, the scoring of this box has changed.
  2. Updated Mar 01, 2021: Review published.
  3. Updated Feb 23, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Skullcandy Spoke True Wireless Earbuds are straightforward-looking truly wireless in-ears with a sleek all-black design. They're a bit bulky, and they protrude a bit from your ear.

6.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.02 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

The Skullcandy Spoke True Wireless Earbuds have mediocre comfort. They come with several different sizes of earbud tips so you can find the best possible fit for you. However, they're a bit bulky and they sit deep in your ears. When you use the controls, it can put extra pressure on your ears, so you have to hold the bud in place when making a command to avoid discomfort. As a result, they're less comfortable than other budget-level headphones like the Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless and the Skullcandy Jib True Wireless.

6.5
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Decent
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

Update 04/23/2021: We have re-evaluated the Ease Of Use score. After comparing them to similar headphones, we decided to lower its score from 'Good' to 'Decent' since the controls aren't really intuitive out-of-the-box. As a result, the scoring of this box has been lowered from 6.6 to 6.5.

The controls are okay. You can press either bud once to play/pause your audio or answer/end a call. Pressing three times activates the voice assistant, and pressing four times lets you change the EQ mode. You can also press the left bud twice to turn the volume down, or the right bud twice to turn the volume up. You can hold the left bud to skip to the previous track, or hold the right bud to skip to the next track. The buttons are clicky, and there's some audible feedback for Bluetooth pairing, changing the EQ mode, and reaching max and min volume. Unfortunately, using the controls can put extra pressure on your ear, and there isn't any way to know which EQ mode you're using.

9.2
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 0.8 ยฐC

The Skullcandy Spoke True Wireless Earbuds have an incredible breathability performance. Thanks to their truly wireless design, they don't trap heat around your ears, and you shouldn't feel a noticeable temperature difference while wearing them.

9.5
Design
Portability
L 1.4"
W 0.9"
H 1.1"
Volume 1.3 inยณ
Transmitter Required No

The Skullcandy Spoke True Wireless Earbuds are remarkably portable. Like most truly wireless in-ears, they have a small, lightweight design that can easily fit into your pocket. They also come with a small carrying case that can fit into your bag easily.

7.5
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 2.8"
W 1.2"
H 1.4"
Volume 4.5 inยณ

The Skullcandy Spoke True Wireless Earbuds come with a good case. You can use it to charge the headphones, and it has three LED lights to indicate the battery life, which is handy.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Skullcandy Spoke True Wireless Earbuds have a good build quality. They're mostly made of plastic, which feels solid and durable. They also have an IPX4 rating for water resistance, though we don't currently test for this. However, the earbud tips are a potential weak point, as they may rip over time.

7.5
Design
Stability

These headphones have good stability. Though they stick out of your ears a bit, they should stay in place during casual listening sessions and more intense physical activity.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Skullcandy Spoke True Wireless Earbuds
  • Charging case
  • Micro-USB to USB-A charging cable
  • 3x tip size options
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
5.41 dB
Treble Amount
0.6 dB

The Skullcandy Spoke True Wireless Earbuds have an excited, v-shaped sound profile that makes vocals and lead instruments bright and sparkling. They pack extra thump and punch in the bass range that can please fans of bass-heavy genres like EDM but may be overwhelming for fans of a more neutral sound. There are also a few EQ presets to help you customize their sound. However, because they don't have a companion app, there's no way to know which EQ preset they're set to.

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

These headphones have incredible frequency response consistency. Once you get a proper seal with the included tips, you should get a consistent audio delivery each time you use them.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
5.1
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
6.94 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
8.58 dB
Mid-Bass
7.58 dB
High-Bass
7.26 dB

The Skullcandy Spoke True Wireless Earbuds have disappointing bass accuracy. The entire range is overemphasized, so you really feel the deep thump and punch in your mixes. However, some listeners may find this a bit boomy and overwhelming.

8.0
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.72 dB
Low-Mid
4.16 dB
Mid-Mid
-0.73 dB
High-Mid
-0.29 dB

These headphones have great mid accuracy. While there's a slight overemphasis in the low-mids that can add a muddy quality to the mix, the rest of the range is quite balanced and neutral. As a result, vocals and lead instruments are clear and present.

6.2
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
5.11 dB
Low-Treble
1.82 dB
Mid-Treble
6.61 dB
High-Treble
2.9 dB

The Skullcandy Spoke True Wireless Earbuds have mediocre treble accuracy. The range is overemphasized, so vocals and lead instruments are bright and sparkling. However, sibilants like S and T sounds can also be piercing.

7.3
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.7 dB
Dips
1.44 dB

These headphones have decent peaks and dips performance. The peak in the high-bass adds extra warmth, while the dip in the mid-mids nudges vocals and lead instruments towards the back of the mix. The dip in the high-mids and low-treble can hurt the comprehensibility of vocals and lead instruments, too. The peak in the low-treble can make those same instruments sound harsh, and the uneven mid-treble can make sibilants like cymbals alternately weak and piercing.

9.1
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.4
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.2
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
0.95
Weighted Phase Mismatch
0.95

The Skullcandy Spoke have incredible imaging. The weighted group delay falls below the audibility threshold, resulting in a tight bass and transparent treble. Also, the L/R drivers of our test unit are well-matched in phase, amplitude, and frequency response, so objects like voice and footsteps in the stereo image are accurately placed and localized. However, these results are only valid for our test unit, so your experience may vary.

0.7
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
2.8
Acoustic Space Excitation
0.5

Like most truly wireless in-ears, the Skullcandy Spoke True Wireless Earbuds have a terrible passive soundstage performance. By design, they don't interact with the outer ear, which is one of the key components in creating a large and speaker-like soundstage. As a result, audio seems like it's coming from inside your head, rather than from speakers placed all around you.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No App
8.5
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.155
WHD @ 100
0.060

These headphones have an amazing weighted harmonic distortion performance. Whether you're listening at normal volume levels or higher volume levels, all frequencies fall within good limits, resulting in a clear and pure audio reproduction.

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

These are the settings we used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid when using these settings.

Note: We tested these headphones with the default EQ preset. As they don't give audible feedback when you switch a preset, there's no way to know which preset you're listening to.

Isolation
7.2
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-19.92 dB
Bass
-7.86 dB
Mid
-15.32 dB
Treble
-37.09 dB

The Skullcandy Spoke True Wireless Earbuds have decent noise isolation. They struggle to block out bass-heavy background noises like bus and plane engines. However, they perform better with higher-frequency background noise, so you don't really hear the sounds of people chatting around you or the hum of AC units.

9.5
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
23.89 dB

These headphones have a fantastic leakage performance. They don't leak a lot of noise, and escaping audio sounds very thin. It shouldn't really bother those around you unless you're in a very quiet environment like a library.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
7.4
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
348.96 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.44 dB
HFE
7,136.96 Hz
Weighted THD
0.395
Gain
4.35 dB

The integrated microphone has a satisfactory recording quality. Your voice sounds natural and clear to whoever's on the other end of the line, but it can also sound a bit thin.

5.0
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
5.96 dB

The microphone has a disappointing noise handling performance. It can struggle to separate your voice from background noises, so your voice may be drowned out, even if you're calling from a moderately noisy environment.

Active Features
6.1
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
5.9 hrs
Additional Charges
2.5
Total Battery Life
20.7 hrs
Charge Time
1.4 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port micro-USB

The Skullcandy Spoke have mediocre battery performance. They have just under six hours of continuous battery life, which may not be enough to last through long days on-the-go. Fortunately, their portable charging case offers some additional charges, and they don't take very long to charge up again. However, battery life can vary depending on usage, so your real-world experience may vary.

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
Connectivity
6.7
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
167 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
263 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
149 ms
Android Latency
199 ms

The Skullcandy Spoke True Wireless Earbuds have reasonable Bluetooth performance. They're compatible with Bluetooth but unfortunately, slight audio lag on iOS may be noticeable, and their latency with Android and PCs is likely too high to be suitable for watching videos. However, some apps compensate for latency, 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
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 Spoke Earbuds are wireless-only. They come with a micro-USB to USB-A cable for charging their case.

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

You can use these headphones with Bluetooth-enabled PCs; however, their latency may be too high to be suitable for gaming. Also, they aren't compatible with PS4 or PS5 consoles.

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

These Bluetooth-only headphones aren't compatible with Xbox One or Xbox Series X 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

The charging case offers around 2.5 extra charges to help you power up when you're on-the-go. You can charge the case using the included micro-USB cable, but it doesn't have any additional inputs.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Skullcandy Spoke True Wireless Earbuds are available in Black, and you can see the label for the model we tested here.

If you come across another version, let us know in the discussion section below so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Skullcandy Spoke True Wireless Earbuds are budget-friendly in-ears with a v-shaped sound profile that adds boom, punch, and excitement to your mixes. Unlike some of the other budget-level Skullcandy headphones like the Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless, they come with a few EQ presets, too. However, their touch-sensitive controls can push them further into your ears, which doesn't feel very comfortable. See also our recommendations for the best cheap earbuds, the best wireless earbuds under $50, and the best wireless earbuds overall.

Skullcandy Jib True Wireless

The Skullcandy Jib True Wireless are better headphones than the Skullcandy Spoke True Wireless. The Jib are more comfortable and offer better noise isolation. However, the Spoke have a more stable in-ear fit, and they come with a few EQ presets.

Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless

The Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless are a bit better headphones than the Skullcandy Spoke True Wireless. The Sesh are more comfortable, and they come with a bass-heavy sound profile. However, some listeners may prefer the Spoke's v-shaped sound, longer battery life, and better microphone recording quality. The Spoke also have a few EQ presets.

Skullcandy Sesh Evo True Wireless

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo True Wireless are a bit better headphones for mixed usage than the Skullcandy Spoke True Wireless. The Sesh Evo are more comfortable and have better noise isolation. They also come with some EQ presets built-in. However, the Spoke's microphone has a better recording quality and they have a longer continuous battery life. 

SoundPeats TrueFree 2 Wireless

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the SoundPeats TrueFree 2 Wireless or the Skullcandy Spoke True Wireless. The SoundPeats are more comfortable, stable, and they have a more balanced sound profile. However, the Skullcandy offer better noise isolation, a longer continuous battery life, and their integrated mic has a better recording quality. They also come with some EQ presets, unlike the SoundPeats.

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