Test 02/2020

  • SKULLCANDY Indy - front
  • SKULLCANDY Indy - aufsaetze
  • SKULLCANDY Indy - bedienfeld
  • SKULLCANDY Indy - detail
  • SKULLCANDY Indy - detail2
  • SKULLCANDY Indy - inear
  • SKULLCANDY Indy - ladecase
Test seal: SKULLCANDY Indy, Rating 7.4

last modified: 19.05.2020, 16:05

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All rating criteria details:

Sound quality 40%
Wearing comfort 30%
Design 10%
Handling 10%
Battery life 10%
Tested by: Lasse



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.


  • Firm fit
  • Gesture control works very well
  • Telephony


  • Stabilizing rubber in one size only
  • No App
  • Sound at high and low volumes

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In-ear headphones with a firm fit and exceptional design, but with a sound that could be improved.

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.

gesture control
The gesture control panel is located where the Skullcandy logo is displayed.

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.

Wearing comfort


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.

Transport box

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.

transport box

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.

Summary: 60% positive and 29% negative ratings

The following points were positively noted:

  • Price/performance
  • Fixed seat
  • Sound

Negative comments were made on the following points:

  • Quality of workmanship
  • Sound
Manufacturer SKULLCANDY
EAN 0878615098879
Quality impression Good
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
Height 4.5 cm
Width 2.2 cm
Depth 2.5 cm
Weight 60 g
Wireless Yes
Battery life 4 hours, 16 hours with charging case
Particularly suitable for sports Yes
Firm fit in the ear Yes
Bluetooth stability Mediocre
Microphone/ Phone call function Yes
Noise Cancelling No
Packaging Illustrated cardboard
Sound quality
Wearing comfort
Battery life

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How do you like this product?


These get very good sounds at all levels with my built in dac and the meridian 3 d sound to the lg g8s smartphone. Maybe earbuds have better sound depending on how well the smartphone has built in equalizer.
Thank you for your feedback.
Do these In-Ears have a noise-cancelling function?
No, there is no noise-cancelling function.
Are these headphones suitable for wearing during sports?
The Indy headphones sit firmly in the ear and are therefore also suitable for sports activities.


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