In-ear headphones with a firm fit and exceptional design, but with a sound that could be improved.
last modified: 06.04.2020, 14:40
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Altogether, the Skullcandy Indy make a rather mediocre impression. The sound is good at medium volumes, but a bit weak at low volumes and a disaster at high volumes. Phone calls, on the other hand, work well with these headphones. They are also convincing with a firm fit in the ear, but also only come with three different attachments.
Appearance and equipment
I have tested the Skullcandy Indy in the colour "sage green". The In-Ear headphones are well made and make a solid impression. They are "true wireless", which means that they work completely without any cable.
They are included in the delivery:
- In-Ear headphones and charging box
- Hybrid silicone rubber ear pads, one pair each in sizes S, M and L
- USB-C charging cable
- Quick guide
- Operating instructions
Operating the headphones
The charging box and the headphones are already pre-charged, so you can start right away. To connect the headphones to your phone, for example, remove them from the charger box and look for "Indy" in your phone's Bluetooth settings.
If the LED on the headphones flashes white, you know that they are in pairing mode. Once you have connected to the headphones, they will automatically connect to your device in the future when you remove them from the charger box.
Now insert the headphones and turn them so that the stabilizing rubber attaches to your ear. This gives the Indy headphones a more secure fit. Both headphones can be operated via gesture control.
There are several shortcuts: Tap once to increase the volume (right) or decrease it (left). A double click on the right earbud has the play/pause function. Pressing and holding the touch-field for two seconds will fast forward one song (right) or rewind one song (left). There are nine shortcuts in total which can be found in the manual.
The Skullcandy Indy headphones do not have an associated app.
The headphones sit well in the ear. The different earpads supplied with the headphones ensure that the right size is available for each ear. As long as you put the headphones into your ear as described, they should also fit firmly. If they are too loose and slip out, try another attachment. The only disadvantage is that the stabilising rubber is firmly attached to the headphones and cannot be replaced in different sizes. So it is possible that this may not be the optimal size for your ear.
The Skullcandy Indy headphones have a good sound at medium volume. The sound image is clear, treble and midrange are balanced and the bass is appealing. At high volumes, however, there is a slight rattling noise at some high and mid frequencies and the bass overdrives strongly, which makes listening unbearable. The sound is additionally affected by the fact that the volume of the right earbuds always seems to be a little bit louder than the left earbuds. At low sound levels, however, the sound lacks a lot in volume. Accordingly, music can only be heard at one volume, which limits the possible applications.
The Bluetooth stability is rather mediocre. A distance of 10 meters and 4 lightweight walls as a barrier doesn't withstand the connection without dropouts. Sometimes the connection breaks down completely. As soon as you get back into the Bluetooth range, the two Earbuds connect automatically and the music starts playing again.
By double-clicking on the right headset, an incoming call can be accepted and then ended again. The Indy headphones allow the other party to be easily understood, which is also true the other way round. However, as the Indy does not have a noise-cancelling function, any background noise can quickly become a disturbing factor.
The transport box also serves as a charging station. The headphones are inserted into the notches, where they are assigned to the left and right and are held securely in the box by a magnet. The lid of the box also closes with a magnet mechanism.
The charging box gives the headphones up to 12 hours more battery life. This corresponds to a 3-fold charging of the headphones. On the outside of the box, there is an LED display which shows the battery status of the box.
A micro-USB cable is included in the scope of delivery, with which the box can be recharged. This has a length of just under 26 cm. An adapter for the cable is not included.
Other types of headphones
You are not a fan of In-Ear headphones and would rather have headphones to put on? Have a look at our Noise Cancelling Headphone Test.
Or do you prefer a product with a cable, which is suitable for recording studios or home studios? Then our Studio Headphone Test would be something for you.
We have evaluated about 2600 customer reviews on the Internet. In summary, we can say that about 60 percent of the buyers are satisfied (4 stars) or even very satisfied (5 stars). Partially (2 stars) or completely dissatisfied are a good 29 percent of users. The average score at the time of the evaluation was 3.5 out of 5 stars.
The following points were positively noted:
- Fixed seat
Negative comments were made on the following points:
- Quality of workmanship
|Scope of delivery||Headphones, charging case, USB-C charging cable, rubber attachments, quick start guide, operating instructions|
|Additional warranty||2 years|
|Quality of instructions||Good|
|Manual language||EN, FR, GER, ES, NE and more|
|Battery life||4 hours, 16 hours with charging case|
|Particularly suitable for sports||Yes|
|Firm fit in the ear||Yes|
|Microphone/ Phone call function||Yes|
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