Skullcandy Set USB-C Earbuds: Stylish and Affordable

Skullcandy’s Set USB-C earbuds offer a stylish design with beautiful color choices. They are very comfortable and come with adjustable ear gels, allowing for extended, hassle-free listening.

In terms of audio, these earbuds do not reveal finer sonic details. However, they still provide enough quality for a pleasant listening experience.

Pros

Cons

Skullcandy Set USB-C: Quick Review

The Skullcandy Set USB-C earbuds are a stylish and affordable choice for wired earbud fans. They compete well with some of the best-value wired headphones. Even if you own top wireless earbuds, these can be useful when your Bluetooth ones run out of charge.

The Set earbuds do not offer premium sound quality. Many tracks lack the depth found in competitors like SoundMAGIC’s E11D. For instance, while listening to “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” by Paul Simon, the background percussion, guitar, and bass felt weak compared to the E11D.

However, the sound quality is decent for $31.99 / £29.99 (around AU$50). Unlike many budget earbuds, these do not produce tinny audio. The Skullcandy Set offers satisfactory overall sound, though it lacks detail and dynamism. At higher volumes, the audio remains clear without distortion.

Skullcandy claims the Set earbuds have a “noise-isolating fit” due to the included ear gels. While they do not completely block outside noise, they do a good job of keeping you immersed in your music. Unfortunately, the wires can be noisy, especially with movement.

Despite this, the ear gels are comfortable. They can be worn for extended periods without discomfort. The earbuds stay in place well, eliminating the need for constant adjustments. The Set comes with small and large gels for a custom fit.

The design of these earbuds is sleek and curved, available in four colors. The True Black version is versatile, while the ‘Triple Threat’ finishes (Sunset, Snow, and Ocean) add a stylish touch.

The earbuds include a call and music controller with a glossy finish. It features a play/pause button that also handles calls and skips tracks. The microphone is clear, despite some background static.

However, the controller lacks volume buttons. Adjusting volume requires using your phone, which can be inconvenient. Skullcandy promotes these earbuds for use “from work to workout,” but cable noise and lack of volume control may not make them ideal for workouts.

The Set earbuds have an IPX4 rating, offering protection against splashing water. This makes them suitable for runs or walks in the rain.

One aspect I appreciated is Skullcandy’s honesty about the earbuds’ capabilities. They do not make exaggerated claims about game-changing sound or design. They state that if simplicity is your thing and you need an all-day earbud, these are a good choice. This honesty keeps expectations realistic, which many competitors fail to do. Despite the questionable “work to workout” tagline, these earbuds deliver the quality expected from cheaper wired options.

Skullcandy Set USB-C Earbuds: Stylish and Affordable

Overall, Skullcandy’s Set USB-C earbuds provide a good balance of style, comfort, and decent audio quality for their price.

Skullcandy Set USB-C Review: Price and Release Date

Released on June 1, 2020, in True Black
Released on March 19, 2024, in ‘Triple Threat’ colors
Price: $31.99 / £29.99 (around AU$50)

Skullcandy’s Set USB-C earbuds are available in the US and UK digital stores. However, they are not on the Australian site. The True Black model has been available since 2020. In March 2024, three vibrant ‘Triple Threat’ colors were introduced at the same price. They are not the cheapest USB-C earbuds, but they are affordable at $31.99 / £29.99 (about AU$50).

Alternatives like Apple USB-C EarPods and Belkin’s SoundForm wired earbuds cost less than $25. However, they often lack in sound quality. Skullcandy’s Set USB-C buds offer solid audio for only a few dollars more.

Skullcandy Set USB-C Specs

FeatureDetails
Drivers9mm dynamic
Weight0.53oz / 15g
Frequency range20Hz-20KHz
Waterproof ratingIPX4
Other featuresMicrophone, additional ear gels

Buy them if:

  • You want something stylish
    Skullcandy’s Set earbuds blend a classic wired format with a modern edge. Perfect for a stylish look.
  • You enjoy long listening sessions
    These earbuds are very comfortable for extended use, making them ideal for workdays or study sessions.

Don’t buy them if:

  • You need a wired option for walks
    The lack of volume buttons is frustrating during walks or runs. Adjusting the volume requires using your phone.
  • You want to feel the music
    While the sound quality is decent, it lacks the full-bodied experience of more premium earbuds. For richer sound, consider a higher budget.

Also, Consider

ModelSkullcandy Set USB-CSoundMAGIC E11D1MORE Triple Driver
Price$31.99 / £29.99 (about AU$50)$43 / £39.99 / AU$65$39 / £49 (about AU$90)
Drivers9mm dynamic10mm dynamic2 x tweeters, 1 x dynamic driver
Frequency range20Hz-20kHz15Hz-22kHz20Hz-40kHz
Waterproof ratingIPX4Not statedIPX5
Other featuresMicrophone, additional ear gelsController with mic, additional gels, carry caseController with mic, additional silicone and foam ear tips, carry case

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