SKULLCANDY HESH 3 WIRELESS

Design & Construction

The Skullcandy Hesh 3 Wireless is Skullcandy's third iteration of its popular Hesh series. Continuing the tradition of discreet looks and modern design, Skullcandy once again surprises consumers with its similar look to the Crusher Wireless. The left earcup has the no controls or port, while the right earcup houses the (From Back-Front): Volume + button, Multi-function button, the Volume - button, Micro-USB port, 3.5mm Input and the Mic. The multi-function button to allow for power on/off with a short press and hold and Bluetooth pairing with a longer hold. Play/pause and picking up/ending calls can be toggled with a single press, holding the volume up or down with skip forward and backwards respectively. A red LED will light up when it is left to charge. Pairing via Bluetooth is simple and quick. A Blue LED light up once in 3 seconds during wireless usage. Both sides of the headband bear the Skullcandy logo. The headphones have very thick cushions which is meant for providing a bassier experience. The headband is very light and does not cause any discomfort to the crown of the head and around the ears. On the headband, there is also some cushioned headrest which provides a good amount of comfort. The soft memory-form ear cushions are quite comfortable though. The exterior of the earcups has a matte-like finish with a gloss hinge to give it a bit of style. On the top, the extended headband holding the structure is made out of stainless metal. The earcups pivot and fit all shapes of heads.

Sound Quality

The 40mm headphone drivers provide a very clean and balanced sound signature. Based on my experience, the noise isolation is very well-done, I could not hear much of my surroundings when there was no music on. Highs, mids and lows come off as clean and balanced with an emphasis on the bright mids and treble. Soundstage was a little bit too shallow for my liking though as instruments, vocals, bass and treble do not have much depth and detail. The headphones are great for all genres of music ranging from soothing jazz to fast-paced EDM tracks. Call quality was fantastic as the caller could hear me clearly on the other end and didn't know I was using the headphone mic to communicate.

Connectivity & Portability

The headphone operates both passively and wirelessly. The volume of the headphones is similar when using in either wired or wireless mode. The mic and playback controls do not work in wired mode as there is no mic on the cable itself. Users should also note that the headphone cannot be charged and used at the same time. Listening via the Micro-USB cable is also not possible. The battery life peaks at 22 hours in Bluetooth mode and feature rapid charge technology which gives a 4 hours playtime with only a 10-minute charge. The headphones fold up and flat to fit in your bag. Sadly, Skullcandy did not include any carry bag or case for protection against scratches and drops.

PROS

  • Clean & Balanced Sound Signature

  • Long Battery Life

  • Controls For Music Play & Calls

  • Good Call Quality

  • Rapid Charge

  • Very Portable

  • A Range Of Colours

CONS​​

  • Plastic Build

  • No Carry Bag/Case

The Bottom Line

The Skullcandy Hesh 3 Wireless is a headphone suited for the average consumer looking to step up their wireless headphone game. With a discreet look, balanced drivers and long 22 hour battery life, it will satisfy most. A range of colours will also fit different genders and personalities.

WE RATE IT!

8.5/10

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JBL E55BT
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