Review of Skullcandy Indy ANC Truly Wireless Earbuds
Welcome back to yet another review of truly wireless earbuds. We have got hands on the all-new Skullcandy Indy ANC truly wireless earbuds. These are the first Skullcandy truly wireless earbuds that have Active Noise Cancelation. After a series of quality truly wireless earbuds, Skullcandy has finally entered the big league. Apart from Active Noise Cancelation, few features caught our eye while digging into these earbuds. One of them is the personal sound feature which understands your hearing ability and customizes the audio output accordingly. The controls in these buds are impressive as well. It has allowed the user to fully depend on the buds, without having to reach your device.
Product Name: Skullcandy Indy ANC
Product Description: The Skullcandy Indy ANC has an impressive battery life of 9 hours, and it lasts up to 5 hours with Active Noise Cancelation on. The charging case comes with USB Type-C charging and it also supports Qi wireless charging.
The Skullcandy Indy ANC truly wireless earbuds have a comfortable Pencil design, with fully customizable controls and an audio output that can be edited according to the user’s liking. These have the potential to become one of the most popular Active Noise Cancelations enabled truly wireless earbuds in the market.
Active Noise Cancelation
USB Type-C Charging + Wireless Charging
Built-in Tile feature
All controls in hand + Skullcandy App
IPX4 water resistance rating
Stock Sound is way Off
Slight lag when it comes to Gaming
The Skullcandy Indy ANC is in the higher price range when it comes to budget truly wireless earbuds. it is justified by the features that come with it, especially active noise cancellation. However, is it worth paying extra for the budget earbud? We ran through few tests and after using these for more than a week, we were able to have a better idea of what these Skullcandy Indy ANC buds offer.
The Skullcandy Indy ANC is the first truly wireless earbuds that Skullcandy built, with Active Noise Cancelation technology. The four-mic digital active noise cancelation does a good job in blocking out low range noises and does a decent job in blocking high rang noises. It is a valuable feature to have in a budget earbud. The silicone ear tips provide a sealed fit on your ear which already does a good job in canceling out the noises around you. When you switch on active noise cancelation, it only adds more quality to the audio output.
The Skullcandy Indy ANC comes with ambient mode. This is used to help the user be aware of the surroundings. This is an important feature especially when the user is walking or jogging in the streets. Complete isolation from the rest of the world could prove dangerous when you are on the road.
Most of the truly wireless earbuds come with Bluetooth 5.0. which is the benchmark amongst all top brands. Bluetooth 5.0 allows these buds to have a connectivity range of more than 40 ft which is more than enough for the user.
The Skullcandy Indy comes with USB Type-C enables quick charging which is convenient for the user. This is a common feature in most truly wireless earbuds, and it is also an essential feature. There are four LED lights in front of the case to show the amount of battery life left in the case. The charging case support Qi wireless charging which enables the user to charge the case using their power-sharing smartphone.
The Skullcandy Indy ANC truly wireless earbuds are equipped with a GPS that works with the Tile App. To use this feature, you need to download the Tile app and sync it with your Skullcandy Indy ANC earbuds. If the buds are connected to the app, you can easily locate the buds or even make the buds ring so that it is easier to locate in a bigger area.
The mobile application is a great value addition to the buds. it allows the user to set up the audio output according to their hearing ability. Most truly wireless earbuds do not have this feature and it provides the best output customized to each user. The buds come with tough capacitive controls. These default controls are set, and it is not customizable, but it provides all the necessary controls you need. Including volume control.
The Skullcandy Indy ANC comes with a decent water resistance rating. There are only a few truly wireless earbuds that provide a higher water resistance rating. These buds are water and sweat resistant which allows the user to use these in any kind of environment without any issues.
The Skullcandy Indy truly wireless earbuds series is similar in design when compared with the Apple Airpod 1st Generation. One of the major reasons why the 1st Generation Airpods went out of fashion, was the longer stem. The Skullcandy Indy ANC truly wireless earbuds also come with long stems which could be hard to keep on your ear for long periods.
The Skullcandy Indy comes with three preset default EQ modes. Music, movies, and podcasts are three stock modes. Unfortunately, all these three modes are disappointing. the least disappointing mode has been the movie mode, while the other two modes are not useful. However, you can rectify this by using the app to personalize your sound according to your hearing ability.
The Skullcandy Indy ANC use Bluetooth 5.0 technology for connectivity. During testing, we noticed a slight when it comes to gaming. This is unfortunate and this could be a reason not to go for these buds. however, if you are not a gamer, you have nothing to worry about since it works fine with high-definition streaming.
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The Skullcandy Indy ANC is similar in design to all other Indy truly wireless earbuds. The longer stem with touch-capacitive controls is the signature design used by Skullcandy for the Indy series. These buds come only in black color, but there is another limited-edition version that comes in a pink print. The ear tips are in three different sizes to suit your need. There are two pairs of stability silicone covers to provide a much secure fit in your ear.
The buds are made from a hard plastic material. The two buds and the case weigh around 76 grams. The water resistance rating of IPX4 means the buds will survive sweat and water droplets. However, these buds cannot be submerged in water. Users should not worry about using these buds during their workout sessions or jogging during a slight drizzle.
The Skullcandy Indy ANC comes with touch-capacitive controls. It is responsive and easy to work with. The controls are not customizable, but the default controls include all the necessary actions you need.
Left Bud Buttons Functions
Left Bud Buttons Functions
Common controls for both buds
The buds support digital assistance on all platforms.
The Skullcandy Indy ANC does support the Skullcandy mobile app. Like we mentioned earlier, the audio output is not that great. From the three preset EQs, the only salvageable setting was the Movie mode which had a decent balance. The music mode was too bloated and there little to no sound separation. The podcast mode was not useful at all. Luckily, the user can work things through using the Skullcandy app.
The Skullcandy app allows the user to personalize the audio output to suit your need. All you need to do is, run through the hearing test on the app, and you are ready to go. The audio output becomes much better once you personalize it through the app.
The buds also allow the user to track the location of the buds if it ever gets lost. For this, you need to download the Tile app. Once you sync up your buds with the app, you can use the app to locate the app anywhere in the world. You can also make the buds ring, to locate them easily in a confined space.
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When it comes to audio quality, the stock audio output does not do justice to the amount we are paying for, but once you personalize the sound output, the audio quality becomes much better. There is good sound separation, and the bass is prominent enough to give a real feel of the music. The highs can be heard clearly while the mids are well balanced to provide an excellent sound output. However, the buds do not have a wide soundstage compared to other high-end brands. the 12mm drivers provide enough and more power to give a great experience for the user.
The Skullcandy Indy ANC is the first ANC truly wireless earbuds that Skullcandy built, with Active Noise Cancelation technology. The four-mic digital active noise cancelation does a good job in blocking out low range noises and does a decent job in blocking high range noises. However, if you expect these to be like Apple Airpod Pro, you will be disappointed. Yet, It is a valuable feature to have in a budget earbud. The silicone ear tips provide a sealed fit on your ear which already does a good job in canceling out the noises around you. When you switch on active noise cancelation, it only adds more quality to the audio output.
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The Skullcandy Indy ANC guarantees 9 hours of uninterrupted playback from the buds. it reduces to 5 hours when you use Active Noise Cancelation. This goes par with most other brands except for exceptional cases such as the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus. there is also a rapid charge feature that allows the user to quickly charge the buds for ten minutes and use them for two hours. Another useful feature when it comes to battery life is that you get a warning on the buds when there is only half an hour left. A red light is lit every five seconds beyond this point.
There is decent call quality in these Skullcandy Indy ANC. It uses two mics to reduce the outside noise. You may sound slightly distant but the noise reduction technology helps you to be heard even in the middle of a crowd.
Most of the truly wireless earbuds come with Bluetooth 5.0. which is the benchmark amongst all top brands. Bluetooth 5.0 allows these buds to have a connectivity range of more than 40 ft which is more than enough for the user. It also supports AAC and SBC
The Skullcandy Indy ANC is truly a game-changer for the Skullcandy. It is their first-ever active noise canceling truly wireless earbud. They have certainly entered the big league. Although there is so much room to improve, especially when it comes to audio output, these buds do justice for their price tag.