Wirelessly enjoy rich, powerful audio with these Skullcandy Hesh 2 S6HBHW-515 over-the-ear headphones, which easily pair with most Bluetooth-enabled devices. A detachable 4' cable lets you enjoy your music while the battery recharges.
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Great headphones, good bluetooth
Posted by: DrOckW from: Colorado on
Let me start off by saying I've been shopping for these for years, the technology had to catch up to my expectations before I would buy.
I really loved the Aviators by Skullcandy, the first time I plugged my phone in to a pair at BestBuy I fell for the deep rich sound. But, these were not wireless. So if you like the sound from those amazing headphones, you're in luck.
I'll start with the Bluetooth. It's almost too easy to set up, from the second I turned them on to getting paired with my phone was less than 15 seconds (pretty good if you've been through this before#. The sound was pretty OK, I hadn't turned up the headphone volume yet. These have a great Bluetooth connection #I'm using an HTC One M8 H/K edition phone with all audio "enhancements" turned off, because they don't help anything# My range is over 60 feet with solid performance #no skipping# starting at about 55 feet# I actually had to open my garage door so that I could test the limits from my living room The + and - buttons actually control volume #thank you Skullcandy for finally making a Bluetooth headset that makes sense this way# These same = and - buttons will skip songs if you hold them down for a few seconds, best of both options# Response is very good for song skipping and seems intuitive# Re-connecting is very smooth and fast, this is not common with my wireless ear buds by a different manufacturer#
Sound quality over Bluetooth is umm good# It's not as live and vibrant sounding# There's just something missing here# Let me take a moment to place the blame where it should go### Not Skullcandy, but with Bluetooth technology# Generally Bluetooth wasn't designed for transmitting high quality audio, so this is an afterthought# Kind of like accessing the internet from your TV's built in "browser"# These do an admirable job for what they can do#
Volume on Bluetooth is not quite as loud as I would like it, but anymore the manufacturers and the government feel that telling us how loud our music should be is their job# Not mad at Skullcandy for this one either# I haven't used these for a phone call, but you can as there is a mic on the headset just for Bluetooth calling#
Wired sound is a totally different story here# I have connected the included #yes it's in there, you don't have to buy one# "backup cable" and the whole experience changes# You get the attacking punch, live experience, powerful sound that you expect in a good pair of headphones# These sound just like the Aviators I've wanted for so long# The bass is very good in either wired or Bluetooth mode deep and clear# I have yet to make these things distort #speaks to volume limitation and build quality# The sound gets louder and just overall better on a cable, this tells me that I'm dealing with a source or transmission issue# Since I connect to the same phone with the cable, now I can narrow down a transmission issue hence stupid Bluetooth#
Comfort level is good, these have been on my head for hours now, and I feel like I could keep going, no signs of ear fatigue #achy sensation where the cups meet your ears# The overall design is sensational I really like the fact that these aren't over branded and flashy # I'm not some football player trying to get fined at game time sorry Kaepernick# and I'm also not some late teens early twenties kid waiting at the bus stop trying to show off# These are sleek, simple and let the sound shine more than the ena#el red plastic #hello## You'll see one chrome accent around each ear cup and a chrome skull on each arm of the earpiece#
These feel very solid, there's a nice thick rubber shield over the headband# These are all plastic, but still have a good balance and heft to them# If you're worried about breaking them, buy a warranty #it is BestBuy after all## The ear cups have a deep foam soft artificial leather feel, very supple# These feel more like the headphones I used when I used to spin in the late 90s early 2000s#
The battery is rated to last 15 hours at full volume on a charge, not some cheap trick claiming 15 hours and in the small print saying at lowest volume setting# This is 15 hours full tilt, because who listens at the lowest volume #not someone who is buying Bluetooth cans#
I have tested with Spotify #highest quality setting#, my music collection, podcasts #several#, YouTube, and a few Audible audiobooks #high quality setting## All sound good, again wired better than wireless# With a little bit of time on the Bluetooth you adapt and don't notice the change in quality as much# The tested music has ranged from Radiohead to the Rolling Stones, plenty of Hip Hop and some classical to get a read on these things# All sound good, bass is even better on the music you don't suspect would have nice clear bass# Remember that bad recording = bad results #Yes Jay-Z you have 99 problems and your level settings are one#.
Downsides... I am a little concerned about the backup cable to connect your headphones directly to the source #the old fashioned way kids#. It feels a little bit flimsy and the connection is a little hard to remove from the headphones when you're going back to wireless. It seems to be about 4 feet. There's one button on the cable which seems to pause, un-pause, and skip one song ahead if you hold it down. There's microphone on the wire too. I haven't used this for calls either, if I wanted a giant set of headphones for phone calls then I'd be wrong #so wrong#. Sorry gamers, you might use this... no judgment.
Overall, buy these. Beats is just another Apple property now, nothing wrong with that, but innovation is in Skullcandy's court right now. If you want full audiophile quality sound don't buy Bluetooth for any reason. Hope this review helps you make your choice in less than the 3 years I've been shopping.
I apologize if there are hash tags in this review, BestBuy seems to have some issues replacing parenthesis with #. #nohashtagintendedipromise.
156 out of 167 found this review helpful.
Excellent Bluetooth Headset!
Posted by: HyperChu from: NC on
I had heard that the SkullCandy Hesh 2 had much higher sound quality than my existing SkullCandy Crusher set [a pair of headphones geared towards car-audio bass quality, and not actual sound quality]. However, I absolutely could not bear the ill-fitting standard corded Hesh 2's, as the cushion is not soft, and is designed completely to house an ear within the cup, but my ears are far too big to even fold into the small inner cup of the headphones and if I use them as on-ear headphones my ears are crushed, so no matter what I do, I'm left with miserably sore ears. Around the end of 2014, I had heard of the new wireless Bluetooth model of the Hesh 2. Wireless alone had caught my interest, but the shape of the Hesh was just too poor of a fit on my ears. Though, once I found that the Hesh 2 Wireless featured the same luxurious soft padded cushioning as the Crusher, these became a must-buy for me.
Before getting into the headphones' actual performance, I must go over the their build and overall comfort. The Hesh 2 Wireless is designed with the same shape as the Hesh 2 [except for the attractively-flattened ends of the cans, the soft matte-all-over finish, and luxuriously-soft padding to differentiate from its corded iteration] so if you have tiny ears, this is just as SkullCandy advertises; an over-ear set, but in my case and for anybody else with dumbo ears, these are on-ear headphones. Don't even try to fit a large ear in those cups, it's just too uncomfortable and not worth the effort. Besides, the luxurious cushions on the Hesh 2 Wireless are so soft and comfortable that even if your ears are so big that the headphones must rest on your ears, they will not become uncomfortable even after extensive periods of listening.
The sound quality itself is superb, to say the least. These cans rock some kickin' 50mm sound drivers with intense bass and top-notch clarity for the price. The drivers being 50mm brings up an important note to most people: If you don't want others around you hearing sounds coming from your headphones, then that may become an issue with this set. The drivers are simply too large for even the set's thick durable housing to keep in, and sound is going to bleed outside of them at higher volumes. That being said, these things murder the bass-laden Crusher in the clarity department, and at $100, you'd be a fool not to opt for these instead of the $350 Beats Wireless unless you blindly worship a name, because these cans pump out the same quality.
The Bluetooth signal is average, but that isn't a bad thing. While wired headphones have cords between 4 and 8 feet, Bluetooth technology graces supported headsets with a 30ft signal range, thus making a selling point out of any wireless headset. The quality of sound over Bluetooth is superb, and depending on the device [usually low-end laptop computers], the sound quality over Bluetooth is superior to the standard 3.5mm connection. This set has a very fair battery life, getting 15 hours when, get this, the headset is set to MAX volume, not some lower setting like other companies advertise for their products. So if your most comfortable listening level is at around 50% or 75%, expect battery life nearing or exceeding 20 hours of use per charge.
Just as with all other wireless headphones, even if you drain your battery, but happen to have the included audio cord handy, you can continue to use the Hesh 2 as a wired headset.
Charging is perhaps the most negative point of these headphones, as while charging is very quick and only takes an hour and a half to get 10 hours of play, and 3 hours to get a full 15+ hours, the task of plugging the charger is very counter-intuitive for the sake of keeping the port safe from dust and whatever else is in the air. You actually have to tilt the left speaker as far inward as you can, and keep it there until you plug the microUSB charger into the top of the speaker. Having it at the bottom would have put the port more at risk, but would have made it as easy to charge the device as all the other Bluetooth headsets.
I would not recommend paring this with multiple devices, as the 'switch devices' feature does not work as well on these headphones as it does on SkullCandy's portable Bluetooth speakers. This headset is best when only paired with one device you know you'll be using it with most, and using it as a wired headset with any/all other devices.
Overall, I highly recommend this set to anybody looking for a wireless headset that performs above and beyond not only wireless headphones in the $100 price range, but headphones in the $100 price range in general. The sound quality can't be beat by anything else in its class unless you start treading into 'audiophile' territory, and the battery life, I feel, is well worth the less-than-ideal charging procedure.
P.S. - For any music addicts or geeks who choose to look like a tech enthusiast wherever they go, these babies look awesome around the neck, and having them on the neck while traveling is better than cramming them into a bag/backpack, as the simplicity of slipping them on and pressing a button for use can make them a permanent accessory to any music fan's outfit. The style of these headphones is icing on the cake.
31 out of 32 found this review helpful.
For $99.00 dollars
Posted by: Pumpkin67 from: on
The Hesh 2 bluetooth works extremely well. It can go up to 150ft before you start to lose connection with your tablet. The headphones will let you know when its time to recharge. You have three chances before it shut off.
The cushions are of comfy fit. The shells are constructed to take a beating but not a pounding. The hesh two comes with a rechargeable cord that you can plug in into your computer, you can use the house outlet for an hour, or leave it for a while it recharges. The only problem is that you have to search for the plug in the headphones which is on the left side on top.
If you can't wait for the recharge use your cord and plug in. The handle or bridge is coated in rubber for a better grip. Hesh two is constructed with good material. Controls are easy to feel for and you can tell the differences between volume up and volume down. You can also use the cord to talk into. Enjoy the base it sounds pretty good
28 out of 30 found this review helpful.
Best Wireless Headphones for the price!!
Posted by: Rick from: Chula Vista,CA on
These wireless headphones are so Good, that I bought a second pair on sale for $49.99!!! Well worth the price!! They sound Great!!! There also more comfortable then Beats headphones!!
20 out of 22 found this review helpful.
Best I have owned
Posted by: heycat81 from: on
The best headphones for the price. Easy controls, nice sound. I have owned over a dozen bluetooth headphones these are far the best.
14 out of 15 found this review helpful.
Heavy duty, sturdy headphones
Posted by: Kdog from: on
Sturdy. Awesome sounding phones. Bluetooth range is impressive!!
12 out of 13 found this review helpful.
Cheaper than Beats-Awesome Sound Quality
Posted by: Ingravic from: on
These are some of the most comfortable, quality sound headphones I've ever owned. I use them for my air travels and they have superb noise cancelling ability. Compared to Beats, they are $150 cheaper. Furthermore, you can be your own man by wearing these things and not fall into the trendy Beats generation. I highly recommend them.
16 out of 20 found this review helpful.
Best wireless headphones for the price
Posted by: maverickgreen from: on
Now, before you get on my case for saying these are the BEST, notice I also said FOR THE PRICE. At $100, you get good build quality, nice design, and overall great sound. However, these aren't geared towards audiophiles, nor will they give you the same experience as Beats. All in all, the Hesh 2s give you a solid overall sound that covers all the right ranges without sounding artificial or flat.
The Hesh 2s come with a cable in case you don't want to use Bluetooth mode, but I use them wirelessly about 3 hours a day and they last me all week before I need to recharge.
My biggest gripe is how uncomfortable they feel after 1-2 hours of use. I wear glasses, and the headphone pads don't have a whole lot of give, so after a period of time the sides of my head start to hurt.
Other than the comfort issue, it's hard to find better Bluetooth headphones in this price range. I'd be careful going any cheaper, to be honest.
12 out of 14 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Fearthebeard from: on
Sounds great even on heavy bass songs way cheaper priced than beats or Bose battery charge last forever gets slightly distorted at full volume been wearing them all day long at work for 2 months now no problems(which is amazing considering I work in a bodyshop)
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Morty from: on
Works well with my laptop. Wireless range is good, even works through a closed door just a few feet.