Skullcandy’s headphones and earphones are sometimes distinctive and radical, for causes similar to styling and options. Very usually, you will see brilliant colors and adventurous designs on a Skullcandy headset, or options that no different model would even consider, such because the sensory bass slider on the Skullcandy Crusher ANC. Although the standard audiophile would possibly look down on Skullcandy, I’ve all the time discovered its character slightly endearing.
The firm was comparatively fast to the true wi-fi sport each in India and overseas, and now has three of its true wi-fi earphone sequence out there in India – Push, Indy, and Sesh. Today, I’m reviewing a brand new product within the Indy vary: the Skullcandy Indy Evo. Priced at Rs. 5,999, the Skullcandy Indy Evo challenges the rising competitors within the mid-range section, together with my present prime choose priced below Rs. 10,000, the Lypertek Tevi. Find out all the things you might want to know concerning the Skullcandy Indy Evo on this assessment.
Secure and cozy match on the Skullcandy Indy Evo
Like the Skullcandy Indy which it’s the successor of, the Indy Evo has an in-canal match, with stems for the microphones and charging contact factors. The styling is traditional Skullcandy. Although plastic, the earpieces of the Skullcandy Indy Evo really feel nicely constructed, and the refined parts of business design such because the textual content on the earpieces and serial quantity on the charging case do make this maybe the nicest-looking pair of true wi-fi earphones priced below Rs. 10,000.
What I fairly preferred concerning the design of the Skullcandy Indy Evo earpieces was the match. The in-canal ear suggestions and ear had been snug and safe, guaranteeing correct noise isolation. Even with a reasonable stage of exercise (rapidly climbing up and down flights of stairs, for instance), the earpieces stayed securely in place in my ears and did not should be readjusted.
The charging case of the Skullcandy Indy Evo is neither too small nor too massive, and has a magnetic lid and USB Type-C port for charging. The earpieces latch in place magnetically and keep securely. The earphones flip themselves on and off routinely on putting them in or eradicating them from the charging case.
Touch controls on the earphones work nicely, and it is potential to manage playback, quantity, calls, ambient sound mode, your voice assistant, and equaliser presets all from the earphones straight by straightforward gestures. Equaliser adjustment is an attention-grabbing contact, with three modes — podcast, film, and music — with the sound particularly arrange for every use case.
There is an app for the Skullcandy Indy Evo, however it does not do a lot and you might simply as simply use the earphones with out it. The app offers a fast tutorial for the gesture controls, after which enables you to toggle ambient mode or see what equaliser mode is energetic, however does nothing else of any significance.
Like different Skullcandy headsets, the Indy Evo helps Tile monitoring. Once arrange with the Tile app, you possibly can monitor the situation of every earpiece individually by the app and likewise trigger them to beep loudly that will help you discover them in case you’ve got misplaced them someplace close by. The performance is fundamental, however it may be helpful for some.
The Skullcandy Indy Evo makes use of Bluetooth 5 for connectivity, with assist for less than the essential SBC codec; the shortage of assist for AAC at this worth is a bit disappointing. I did expertise some connectivity points with the earphones when listening to music, with the sound sometimes skipping or muting for a fraction of a second despite the fact that the cellphone and earphones had been all shut to at least one one other. This occurred when paired with two separate Android smartphones, however not with a MacBook Air, and was mounted by turning the earphones on and off once more.
The earphones are powered by 6mm drivers, with a frequency response vary of 20-20,000Hz. The gross sales bundle consists of two pairs of ‘stability ear gels’ (the winged suggestions for a safe match), three pairs of silicone ear suggestions, and a USB Type-C cable for charging.
Fast charging is supported on the Skullcandy Indy Evo, with a 10-minute cost of the earpieces contained in the case including two hours of listening, and 10 minute cost of the case sufficient to prime up the earpieces for 2 hours of listening as nicely. The earpieces ran for a little bit over 5 hours on a single cost, with the case including 4 extra prices for a complete of round 25 hours of listening per cost cycle. That’s about common for true wi-fi earphones on this worth section.
Nothing particular concerning the sound on the Skullcandy Indy Evo
Skullcandy’s inexpensive and mid-range headphones and earphones have seldom pleasantly stunned me, however I’ve normally not been disenchanted both. The Skullcandy Indy Evo is not any totally different; it is a useful pair of earphones that performs it secure relating to sound high quality. There’s nothing mistaken with the sound, however there’s nothing significantly noteworthy about it both.
Furthermore, limiting these earphones to the SBC Bluetooth codec additionally appeared to have had an affect on sound high quality. AAC codec assist may need given the Skullcandy Indy Evo a slight increase in sound high quality and element. That stated, the sound is pleasing sufficient, and good passive noise isolation ensures an honest sufficient listening expertise.
Whether listening to high-resolution audio or typical compressed streams, the Skullcandy Indy Evo sounded largely the identical. Even high-quality Dolby Atmos Music tracks did not appear to make any distinction; this should not be an issue in the event you’re used to listening to fundamental streaming audio or compressed recordings, however the Skullcandy Indy Evo is not the perfect choose for customers who’ve a superb audio assortment to work with.
Listening to Must Be The Love by Arty and Nadia Ali, the Skullcandy Indy Evo’s sonic signature proved to be extraordinarily ‘secure’, sticking to the standard V-shaped sound that fits hottest music genres at present. The sound was loud and punchy, with a particular bias in direction of the lows and highs. The sub-bass frequencies specifically sounded a bit extra pronounced, however the lows held tight and all the time sounded refined slightly than overbearing.
Although the sound is clear and cozy, the Skullcandy Indy Evo falls quick relating to element. The soundstage additionally felt a bit slim and simply barely went past fundamental stereo separation. One of my favorite tracks to check element and soundstage with is Love Love Love by Moullinex, and it simply sounded a bit plain, with these earphones not managing to beat the restricted talents of the SBC codec.
Some of the spectacular interaction between the 2 channels that may be heard with extra detailed headphones and earphones was absent on the Indy Evo the sound felt prefer it was coming from useless centre slightly than simulating a wider ‘stage’ of kinds. Although there have been events when element was capable of push by, this was extra to the credit score of the recording itself, slightly than the earphones.
For cellphone calls, the Skullcandy Indy Evo works simply advantageous. There aren’t any extra options similar to environmental noise cancellation, however the passive noise isolation and microphones labored capably sufficient to make sure good sound on each ends of the decision for me.
The Skullcandy Indy Evo is a wholly unusual pair of earphones. Sure, the match is great, the controls are helpful, and the bass is tight, however these aren’t causes that anybody would usually select a pair of true wi-fi earphones over one other for. Where it actually issues — that’s, sound high quality and options — the Indy Evo nearly reaches some extent of acceptability, however goes no additional. You will not be disenchanted with these earphones, however you will not be significantly thrilled both.
The Skullcandy Indy Evo merely ticks the important packing containers and does not actually transcend that, in contrast to the wonderful Lypertek Tevi which stays our prime choose for below Rs. 10,000. Consider the Skullcandy Indy Evo provided that you are a fan of the model, or prioritise a safe match and styling above all else.
Price: Rs. 5,999
- Looks good, very safe match
- Excellent controls
- Tile monitoring
- Decent battery life
- Refined bass
- Some connectivity points with Android smartphones
- Only SBC Bluetooth codec supported
- Not very detailed, slim soundstage
Ratings (out of 5)
- Design/ consolation: 4
- Audio high quality: 3
- Battery life: 4
- Value for cash: 3.5
- Overall: 3.5
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