Skullcandy’s Indy earphones are a part of a rising variety of “pipe-style” true wi-fi fashions which have a design that is considerably harking back to Apple’s AirPods however that price quite a bit much less. Nevertheless, like Anker’s SoundCore Liberty Air earbuds ($80), what’s totally different is that the Indy earbuds have a noise-isolating design with silicone suggestions that seal off your ear canals and passively muffle noise round you. The AirPods are “arduous” buds and have an open design that lets sound in.

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Just like the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air ($80 at Amazon), the Indy earbuds retail for $80, they usually look quite a bit just like the Anker mannequin, which suggests they may properly have come out of the identical manufacturing facility in China. There are some small variations. The Indy’s charging case is a little bit bigger and the earbuds include a set of detachable “stability gels” that I did not want however might assist some individuals get a greater match. Sadly, in the event you do not put them on, the earbuds sink a little bit too far into their slots of their case (they adhere magnetically to their charging factors) and turn into a bit harder to get out.

Shut-up of the buds with their stabilizing gels on.

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The Indy earbuds aren’t a nasty set of true wi-fi earphones. They match me comfortably and I used to be capable of get a decent seal from the biggest set of included eartips. They’re water- and sweat-resistant (IP55 licensed), their wi-fi connection was principally dependable and battery life was OK at round four hours with a further three costs from their case. Nevertheless, they merely do not sound nearly as good because the Liberty Air and their contact controls do not work as properly.

What’s fallacious with their sound? Effectively, the bass lacks a little bit punch they usually’ve acquired a little bit an excessive amount of presence enhance (treble push) that results in them sounding very brilliant at occasions. That may be OK with well-recorded tracks however it will possibly result in some harshness with others. You’ll be able to actually hear it on tracks with tambourines, cymbals or hi-hats (a mix of two cymbals and a foot pedal) and the brightness can result in some listening fatigue. 


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