Skullcandy headphones, and especially Skullcandy true wireless earbuds, have become something of a phenomenon recently, with amazing sales, super-positive reviews and countless recommendations – from us here are Speakergy among many others!
But are Skullcandy wireless earbuds really that good? And further, which of their many models of earbuds is the best?
That’s what we’re here for. In this article, I’ll give a brief introduction to Skullcandy and its signature sound, sort out and make sense of its many different models and help you find the best Skullcandy TWS buds for you.
If you’re in a hurry, and all that sounds a bit too in-depth, here are my top picks:
- Best Skullcandy Wireless Earbuds Overall: Skullcandy Indy Evo
- Best Noise Cancelling Skullcandy Wireless Earbuds: Skullcandy Indy ANC
- Best Cheap Skullcandy Wireless Earbuds: Skullcandy Dime
- Best Sounding Skullcandy Wireless Earbuds: Skullcandy Grind
- Best Value Overall: Skullcandy Jib True 2
Which Skullcandy Wireless Earbuds are Best?
I might just be the wrong person to write about the best Skullcandy wireless in-ear headphones because I love them all!
What is the best Skullcandy wireless headphone? – All of them!
Seriously, though, while all Skullcandy headphones sound great – more on that below – the models do tend to sound a bit better as you go up the line, as well as offering some other advantages. We also see that, while a lot of older models are still available, the newer Skullcandies (Skullcandys?) also often sound and work better.
Luckily – for me especially – I have had the opportunity to listen to pretty much all of the Skullcandy wireless earbuds, and I will comment on how each of them sound, and how they work, below.
What Are the Current Skullcandy Wireless Earbud Models?
This is actually the main question we have to figure out before we can really proceed – see, Skullcandy, the super-cool company though they are, has a tendency to keep models in their line for a long time – even, it seems, when they’ve been superseded by a later and greater.
According to the company’s website, currently, Skullcandy has 9 wireless earbud models, but some are pretty old now and have newer and better alternatives, and some (based not just on the figures, but on my own experience listening to and using them) are much better choices than others. That’s why in this article I’m sticking to the 5 best Skullcandy wireless earbuds.
Here’s a quick comparison before we dive deeper in the reviews below.Table could not be displayed.
In addition to this list, I would also like to give some love to the Skullcandy Push Active – this is the only Skullcandy model I haven’t tried personally, so I didn’t feel comfortable including it in my actual recommendations, but by all accounts they are fantastic true wireless earbuds for exercise, with that glorious Skullcandy sound, great durability and sweatproofing and a design that keeps them securely in place.
You can skip right down to the Reviews if you’d like, but before we get into that I thought it might be fun and illuminating to talk a little about why Skullcandy headphones are so insanely popular, and why their owners love them so much – of course it has to do with their great value, their durability and overall design and for sure their cool factor, but maybe most of all it’s because of the amazing Skullcandy sound.
What is the Skullcandy Sound – and Why Does Everybody Love It?
Beats by Dr Dre really changed the game when they were introduced more than 15 years ago, and their enormous popularity convinced more and more headphone designers and manufacturers that people – especially, but not exclusively, younger people – want a more fun sound: more volume, more bass, more drive and excitement.
And, uhm, yeah, even more bass.
Funny thing is that even some of the bassheadiest of bassheads soon began to demand something more from their ‘phones – the Beats models tended to be pretty one-dimensional, and most listeners wanted that same pounding bass, but with far more detail, clarity and accuracy across the rest of the frequency range.
So the “v-shaped” sound signature was firmly established, and almost all major headphone and audio companies began making more and more headphones and earbuds that had heavy bass, and also bright, sparkling high frequencies and somewhat darker, more subdued vocals and mids.
But Skullcandy, bless their flea-flicking hearts, took it one better!
They have adopted that same fun and exciting popular sound signature, but have engineered in a bit of a notch, or a slight dip, around the most strident part of the high frequency range – often around the 3K to 8K region. In this way they’ve designed headphones with that big, brilliant, bassy “street” sound that everybody seems to love, but with none of the shrill, harsh stridency so many of even the best and most popular ‘phones from other companies have.
So yeah, I love them – deep, deep bass that really pounds, dark, realistic and very present midrange, sparkling, shimmering, highly detailed highs that never sound a bit harsh or distorted, lots of volume (especially for in-ear wireless headphones) and tons and tons of musical energy and excitement.
I still (kind of) like Beats, and I really like listening to some of the better v-shaped earbuds from Sony, JBL, Apple and so many others, but when I want the fun, and often thrilling, street sound but without any listening fatigue or pain – and so headphones I can listen to for hours and hours – I am most likely to reach for my own pair of Skullcandy ‘buds.
Ok, to be honest here maybe I should instead say “reach for one of my own pairs of Skullcandy ‘buds – yes, thank you, I do have a couple of them…
So let’s get into a closer look at my top picks for the best Skullcandy true wireless stereo headphones available right now:
The Best Skullcandy Wireless Earbuds in 2024
Why are the Skullcandy Indy Evo the best Skullcandy wireless earbuds overall? Simple – out of a very cool line of products, these are easily the coolest!
I mean, just look at them, and how great they look when you’re wearing them, with a bit of attitude in the aggressive angle of the drop-down microphone tube and a nice embossed logo – and lots of dope colors to choose from.
But I guess, even for Skullcandy, we have to have better reasons than just coolness. Don’t we?
Well, let’s see… The Indy Evo kind of have everything – amazing battery life, Bluetooth 5 connectivity for long range, better sound and the most reliable connection, IP55 water- and dustproofing, Tile finding technology if you lose them, solo bud usability and 3 built in EQ settings for easy sound adjustment.
And really great sound. The Indy Evo play louder than any other Skullcandy wireless earbuds, and even when they’re blasting they sound so crystal clear and musical, with tons of deep, fast and powerful bass, warm and realistic mids and sweet, detailed highs. And they don’t just play loud, but have a kind of dynamic energy at all volumes that makes music so fun and exciting.
One more important note – the physical design of the Indy Evo make them suitable for even very small ears. They fit securely and stay in place with all ear sizes, even really big ears like mine, but if you have small ears and have ever had trouble finding a ‘bud that works, this is a great choice.
These are not the cheapest Skullcandy earbuds, nor are they the most expensive, but compared to ‘buds from other companies in this price range – and some that are even a lot more expensive – the Indy Evo are a pretty amazing value, and considering their features, sound, value and excellent build quality and durability, they are my choice for best Skullcandy wireless earbuds overall.
Best Noise Cancelling
I’m going to say right up front that these Indy ANC could also easily qualify for the best Skullcandy earbuds overall – in fact, in a few regards they’re better than the Indy Evo above, and it’s just their (relatively) high price, and the Evo’s slightly better value, that made me choose like I did.
But if you want or need active noise cancelling, there’s no contest – the Indy ANC not only do that, but have ANC circuitry that is amazingly effective in a wide range of environments and situations, really cutting down ambient background noise with minimal effect on the sound of the music.
And that sound is amazing – even better, IMHO, than the EVO. The Indy ANC have much bigger drivers – twice as big, in fact – and they also play really, really loud for TWS earbuds – up to 103 decibels. This high sound pressure combined with the incredibly deep and slamming bass from the big drivers makes for an almost overwhelmingly powerful listening experience.
Still there’s the signature Skullcandy sound, with clarity and accuracy all the way up and down. And, being premium Skullcandy earbuds, there’s also the best features and tech, including huge battery life, full water and dust protection, crystal clear microphones, Tile finding tech, that super-effective noise cancelling and a lot more.
The most expensive product in the current model line, the Skullcandy Indy ANC are still remarkably affordable, and when you compare them to other companies’ offerings at this level they are in fact an amazing value.
If you want active noise cancelling, but got to have your Skullcandy, the Indy ANC are an incredible choice – for that, and in pretty much every other way.
Best Cheap Skullcandy Wireless Earbuds
Close perusal of my nifty Skullcandy chart, above, will reveal that there is actually a newer Dime model available, the Dime 2, which is identical in every way except that the 2 also has the Tile finding technology. They’re just a few bucks more, and well worth it if you, like me, tend to sometimes, on occasion, once in a while, through no fault of your own, misplace valuable items…
But if you want the cheapest of the cheap, and still want to get that amazing Skullcandy sound, style and design – not to mention the remarkable toughness and durability their ‘buds are so famous for – the original Dime (which is less than a year older, and still very much a current model) is the answer.
The Dime won’t play quite as loud as other Skullcandy wireless in-ear headphones, but still pretty darn loud. And they don’t have the extreme battery life of some of the other models.
That said, the Dime do have pretty impressive tech – especially the latest generation Bluetooth 5.2 wireless, excellent microphones for phone calls, and IXP4 water resistance.
And, even at this low, low price, they have that Skullcandy sound, with deep, loud bass, clarity and sweet musicality, and amazing dynamic energy and excitement at any volume. In fact, more than any other Skullcandy product, the little Dime amazes me with the beauty and accuracy of sound for the price.
If you’ve got a tight budget, and have been discouraged by the sound and overall quality of so many wireless earbuds in the range you can actually afford, don’t despair – you can get a brilliant sounding pair of ‘buds that are surprisingly high quality in all other regards as well – the Skullcandy Dime.
Not the cheapest Skullcandy wireless earbuds, the Grind are still way under a hundred bucks, and for that price they sound almost unbelievably good.
I’ve never actually been able to figure out why they sound so good – I mean, they have, I believe, the same drivers that are used in most other Skullcandy earbuds, and probably a lot of the same circuitry as well.
But there is no doubt that something kind of opens up when listening to the Grind – maybe its down to the larger case, the slightly different shape and optimized driver placement, but the Grind give a sense of space, presence and palpability that even the other excellent sounding Skullcandy models can’t quite match.
Don’t get me wrong – they are all fantastic sounding, and Skullcandy has actually become one of my favorite brands, but the Grind wireless have not only that tight, slamming, energetic and engaging Skullcandy sound signature, but an added dimension of realism that would satisfy even the audiophiles amongst us, and makes them a great choice as a commuter pair for ardent hi fi fanatics.
They are also top-level in many other ways, with the best overall battery life, the best water and dust protection, Tile lost ‘bud finding, latest generation Bluetooth 5.2 and more.
A premium product at an amazingly affordable price, the Skullcandy Grind true wireless earbuds are not only the best sounding of all their models, but quite possibly the best and best sounding earbuds you can get for the money.
Best Value Overall
The newest model in the Skullcandy true wireless product line, the Jib True 2 is undoubtedly the best choice for so many people, based on the balance between features, performance and overall quality on the one hand and their silly low price on the other.
The even cheaper Skullcandy Dime (see above) is the least expensive Skullcandy wireless earbud, but for just a few dollars more the Jib is in many ways a better option, and a better sounding pair of earbuds.
Ok, not exactly better sounding – in fact, the Dime and the Jib sound pretty close, both with fantastically deep, powerful bass and great clarity throughout, and with the thrilling musical energy and sweet musicality that is so characteristic of Skullcandy headphones.
But the Jib will play substantially louder! Don’t know about you, but for me that’s a pretty important consideration… And, to my ears at least, the Jib may have a bit better – deeper and more defined – bass.
The Jib also has almost twice the battery life, Tile finding technology, Bluetooth 5 wireless, great water resistance and a beefy and substantial build that makes them really tough and durable.
If you’re on the cheap cheap, and need the lowest price there is, the Dime definitely won’t disappoint, but if you can stretch a tiny bit the Skullcandy Jib True 2 is an absolutely amazing value, and highly recommended.
Conclusion: Which Skullcandy Wireless Earbuds are Best for You?
As I wrote this article – and as I took the opportunity to listen to lots of different Skullcandy earbuds – I was repeatedly struck by just how good they all sound, from the most to least expensive models.
There is a consistency here that not only indicates a high level of engineering and overall quality across the line, but also a kind of “corporate confidence” that their designers and sound engineers really have struck upon a great sound – again, v-shaped and all properly “street” and whatnot, with tons of bass, tons of detail and tons and tons of musical energy, but also sweet, musical and incredibly listenable.
This is really my way of saying that you’re going to do great, and be absolutely thrilled, no matter which model you choose – maybe I should have just said that in the first paragraph and saved us all a lot of time?
But really, if all you can afford are the Skullcandy Dime, they are pretty unbelievable for the price, and the Jib True 2 offer, if possible, an even better value for a still very low price – they are quite probably my favorite in-ear wireless headphones at that low price level, and you will be so happy with them.
If you want really premium ‘buds that are still cool as cool can get, and you don’t want to spend stupid money on Senns or Bose, the Skullcandy Indy Evo are still really affordable and amazing in every way, and the Indy ANC are another supreme premium value, with active noise cancelling way better than we might expect for the price and absolutely amazing sound and tech.
And if you’re one of those closet audiophiles, but still like to hang and board while listening to your high res files, look no further than the superlative Grind.
So yeah, it really is all good – at any price, all of the Skullcandy wireless earbuds are super-fun to listen to, work great and are made like little tanks, and they all have extreme street cred – however you go, you can’t possibly go wrong!