Skullcandy’s headphones and earphones are sometimes distinctive and radical, for causes resembling styling and options. Very typically, you may see vivid 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 everyday audiophile may look down on Skullcandy, I’ve at all times discovered its persona quite 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 accessible 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 phase, together with my present high decide priced beneath Rs. 10,000, the Lypertek Tevi. Find out every little thing that you must know in regards to the Skullcandy Indy Evo on this evaluate.
Secure and comfy 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 basic 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 beneath Rs. 10,000.
What I fairly favored in regards to 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 have to be readjusted.
The charging case of the Skullcandy Indy Evo is neither too small nor too giant, 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 robotically 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 instantly by way of 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, nevertheless it does not do a lot and you could possibly simply as simply use the earphones with out it. The app supplies a fast tutorial for the gesture controls, after which permits you to toggle ambient mode or see what equaliser mode is lively, however does nothing else of any significance.
Like different Skullcandy headsets, the Indy Evo helps Tile monitoring. Once arrange with the Tile app, you’ll be able to observe the situation of every earpiece individually by way of the app and in addition trigger them to beep loudly that will help you discover them in case you have misplaced them someplace close by. The performance is fundamental, nevertheless it is perhaps helpful for some.
The Skullcandy Indy Evo makes use of Bluetooth 5 for connectivity, with help for less than the essential SBC codec; the shortage of help for AAC at this value is a bit disappointing. I did expertise some connectivity points with the earphones when listening to music, with the sound often skipping or muting for a fraction of a second despite the fact that the telephone and earphones had been all shut to 1 one other. This occurred when paired with two separate Android smartphones, however not with a MacBook Air, and was fastened 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 package deal contains 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 high up the earpieces for 2 hours of listening as nicely. The earpieces ran for a bit over 5 hours on a single cost, with the case including 4 further prices for a complete of round 25 hours of listening per cost cycle. That’s about common for true wi-fi earphones on this value phase.
Nothing particular in regards to the sound on the Skullcandy Indy Evo
Skullcandy’s reasonably priced and mid-range headphones and earphones have seldom pleasantly shocked me, however I’ve often not been disenchanted both. The Skullcandy Indy Evo is not any completely different; it is a useful pair of earphones that performs it secure with regards to sound high quality. There’s nothing unsuitable 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 influence on sound high quality. AAC codec help might need given the Skullcandy Indy Evo a slight increase in sound high quality and element. That stated, the sound is pleasurable sufficient, and good passive noise isolation ensures a good 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 best decide for customers who’ve an excellent 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 everyday V-shaped sound that fits hottest music genres right this moment. 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 at all times sounded refined quite than overbearing.
Although the sound is clear and comfy, the Skullcandy Indy Evo falls brief with regards to element. The soundstage additionally felt a bit slender 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 skills 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 quite than simulating a wider ‘stage’ of types. Although there have been events when element was in a position to push by way of, this was extra to the credit score of the recording itself, quite than the earphones.
For telephone calls, the Skullcandy Indy Evo works simply wonderful. There aren’t any further options resembling 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 completely strange pair of earphones. Sure, the match is superb, 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 containers and does not actually transcend that, in contrast to the wonderful Lypertek Tevi which stays our high decide for beneath 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, slender 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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