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Skullcandy - Smokin' Buds 2 Wireless In-Ear Headphones - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 3289 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not bad but have some issues

    Posted
    kayaker2001
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    These are brand new and only available at Best Buy, right now, so I hadn't found any reviews and decided to take a chance. The instructions are sparse - a big folded sheet of paper with an annotated picture and terse descriptions of various functions... in a bazillion languages, but it's not hard to figure out how to use them. For me, the fit is pretty good, no complaints there, but I find the controls a bit hard to use. The buttons work different than those on my iPhone earbuds. For example, on these, to skip to the next track you press and hold the volume up button for about 5 seconds - which is a bit awkward, especially while running. More bothersome, the buttons are enclosed in a thick gummy plastic/rubber, which gives much less tactile feedback than the crisp buttons on other earbuds. As far as the sound quality, I think it's pretty good - crisp and balanced, with no hiss. The Bluetooth delay is minimal, so watching videos isn't a problem. The bass is OK, but not overwhelming. I guess many people might think it's a bit weak, but seems OK to me. But here's the first problem... they're just not loud enough. Now I'm NOT one to blast my ears, so it's not that I'm expecting 100 decibels out of them, but on many tracks, I have them maxed out and it's JUST at that "loud enough but really could be louder" volume. On other tracks (recorded "hotter" it seems), it's fine, and I can actually turn them down a few ticks. All in all, though, if this was the only issue I'd be pretty happy with them. Here's the bigger issue, though. They don't seem to play well with others. If I'm wearing them around the house, I get very few dropouts. Maybe one quarter second dropout every 5 or 10 minutes - which is tolerable, I think. But if I wear these around other Bluetooth devices, they stutter all the time. I figured I'd field test this by walking through Costco this past weekend. It was unbearable. Any time I got closer than a few feet from other people (presumably with cell phones) the earbuds would cut out multiple times a minute. Passing through a crowd, they went nuts. More importantly, this interference issue also keeps me from using them for my primary intended purpose. I wanted to wear them running (I'm getting to really hate my earbud cord when I run), but I'm also wearing a wireless/Bluetooth heart rate monitor (Wahoo Tickr Run), and they just don't work well together. When listening to music, the earbuds constantly skips. I've tested the HRM with the Bluetooth receiver in my car, and it works fine, so it's definitely these earbuds and not the HRM or HRM's phone app. So, if you think you don't need the extra volume, and don't use them much around other Bluetooth devices, they're great. But the ones I bought (maybe a lemon, I don't know) just don't cut it. I'm pretty sure I'll return them.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good sound, annoying neck piece, poor call quality

    Posted
    Jordan
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    I bought these for a few reasons. My old off-brand bluetooth headphones I picked up to workout in (so I didn't have to tote my phone around) had terrible sound quality and died one day. Other than my Apple headphones that came with all of my iPhones I've owned, I have almost exclusively owned Skullcandy headphones for the past 10+ years so I figured my next pair of wireless headphones will be Skullcandy. I only wear these while working out (for the most part) but I also wanted some headphones where I could make a phone call. My old ones didn't work for calls. The mic didn't work on the headphones so I'd have phone near my mouth while listening through the headphones and these allow me to make calls but everyone says I sound distant/quiet. I was hoping to use them a lot more for work but that makes it hard when nobody can hear me. And that neck piece doesn't sit on my neck. It falls down and dangles behind me quite often so I may end up taking it off completely if I can but then the headphones will be really long and probably just as annoying. It regularly falls down while working out but was nice to wear under the collar of my shirt (it kept it in place and hidden) so when I'd make a call I'd pull the earbuds out of my shirt and put them in. But as I mentioned above it doesn't work great for calling. The sound quality is great and I will keep using them for the gym but that neck part is annoying.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great sound. Annoying issue with the bluetooth.

    Posted
    Johnson
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    Great sound and good bluetooth coverage although a bit of an issue with connecting. I connect the ear buds to my phone where I have a library of music to listen to. Once it is paired, the buds seems to connect and reconnect ok with my phone until my phone has connected/unconnected with another bluetooth device. I don't know if it's my phone or the headphones, but to recover I have to re-pair the ear bugs before I can use them again. My phone connects to a number of blue tooth devices (speakers, car and the like) and has never had a problem except with these ear buds. Annoying. I have not had a problem with battery life BUT.... turn off the buds when not in use otherwise the batteries continue to run down. The blue tooth on my phone will run my phone battery down so I have to keep an eye on it as well. I have not confirmed it you, but I suspect the battery life on the buds and the battery life on the phone will be about the same amount of time. For the record, I have a one year old LG G6 which except for the ear buds, has a great battery life! For the money, they have a fantastic sound, the bluetooth brought it down a couple stars.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Awesome sound, but they slip very EASILY!

    Posted
    JohnK
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    Let me first say that I was drawn to these after using Skullcandy ink'd earbuds. They were not wireless, but they were inexpensive with a great bass response. The Smokin' buds did not disappoint me when it came to The bass was there, the midrange was clear, and while the highs were not as crisp as I wanted them to be, they were more than sufficient. The earbuds had a comfortably snug fit in my ears, and there was very little sound leakage. I only wish I could stop there. Before purchasing these, I read reviews on how easily these can slip off the neck. I thought, "Well, I'll just have to be careful." But before I knew it, they were dangling down my back between my shirt and undershirt. It would happen from time to time, but most often while the earbuds were in my ears - NOT while they were hanging down providing some counterweight. Long story short, I ended up losing them when they just fell off my neck as I walked with my daughter. I didn't notice that they were gone until after I'd left the area (which was crowded at the time). If you look at a picture of these, you will be able to see that they are heavier toward the rear. Bottom line, they sound awesome, but prepare to lose them.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good sound, bad design

    Posted
    MJP1
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    I got these with a black Friday deal. Had I paid full price I would have returned them. The good: The sound quality is good, decent bass and overall pretty clear sound. It keeps a pretty stable connection for me. The only time it's been choppy for me, I think it has to do more with my phone than the headphones. Usually when I'm getting a lot of email or other activity on my phone. The bad: Having the receiver in the back of your neck is a bit of a problem, especially if you are using it with the cable management harness. It keeps falling down my back and starts to pull the ear buds. Without the harness it's not as bad because there is less weight to pull it down. Battery life isn't great, I'll get between 2-3 hours of music time before I need to recharge. Bottom line, you get what you pay for. If you are looking for a cheap bluetooth headset with good sound quality, these aren't a bad choice. More expensive ones are more well designed with better balance to them and longer battery life. I would recommend to a friend with those caveats.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    They're ok

    Posted
    pejackson
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    Bought these because I was tired of corded headphones getting in the way while I did yard work. The sound quality is pretty good and connecting to my phone is always easy. Unfortunately, I get some sort of interference when I'm out and about. These cut out frequently when my phone is in my pocket. It is usually only momentary but it gets annoying quick. There may be a firmware update I haven't checked into but I figure a Bluetooth connection from my pockets to my head shouldn't have any connection issues. This happens regardless of the pocket and whether I'm using power tools, the mower, or simple hand tools. If it weren't for this issue I would rate them higher. The battery life is decent. I would say I get 4 -6 hours of use each charge. Again, the sound quality is solid. The piece to hold the cables together is a nice touch and keeps the neck piece in place while using.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good

    Posted
    Itsjustzee
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    I got mine when it was on sale- its a good product, sound quality is good, connection was easy, battery life is definitely awesome...I hardly charge mine and I hit the gym 4-5xs/week & use it for about an hour at a time. I give it 3 stars because I don't like the piece that goes behind the neck and the way each cord kind of just "hangs" on the sides of your face. I thought I was purchasing the bendable one (forgot the brand type). You hardly notice its there until you feel it sliding off on one shoulder or just some funky stuff going on lol. Would I trade it for another? Most definitely. If you don't care about the small stuff and just want a good product for a good price with good sound/battery quality then I would recommend this. I'm just particular with mine:O)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    The product information is deceiving

    Posted
    Turtle
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    I have an older car that does not have Bluetooth. My daughter bought me the headphones so I can receive and make calls as per the product information description. You can definitely receive calls by pushing the Skull on the headphone cord. However, you actually have to use your phone to make the call. You can use Siri, but you still have to manually use your phone to ask for Siri to search for the person you want to call. I have an iPhone 7, I don't know how this works with other cell phones. When I workout there are no cords to keep from getting tangled or pulled out. I can keep my phone in the gym back and still control my music and receive calls for about 30 feet. However, again, if you want to make a call you have to go get your phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Solid Headset But Overpriced

    Posted
    Devianza
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    Motorolla make a headset, I believe its the S900, that have more features than the Skullcandy's, a longer charge time, and sound just as good but they have one drawback, they aren't very sweat resistant. In short, if one is a gym rat, I highly recommend the Skullcandy's. They have less features than the LG Tone's and are around the same price but the LG Tone's are known to have a bug where the mic will cut out if you're near certain wifi devices, and the wiring on them is far more fragile, while the Skullcandy wiring is a bit more sturdy. In short.. 1. Motorolla's S900 are ideal for non gym rats and 10-15 dollars less and have more features... 2. Skullcandy's are idea for gym rats and for those who don't care about limited features 3. The LG Tone's need are just bad...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Amazing! but....

    Posted
    PhoenixDragon
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    ***Try them!! My own experience could very well be my phone!!*** I love these head phones I just wish that the bluetooth connection was better. It acts like how a cd player used to skip when it would hit a bump, if my phone isn't in exactly in eye sight of the headphones. So running with them is out of the question as if you have your phone in your pocket or arm band, it would skip. I'm not that savvy with bluetooth technology, it's like if there is a antenna in either my phone or the headphones is broken. I'm going to say it's my phone as it does the same thing in my car on occasion. So try them out! They are totally amazing when they work!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great, but with an annoying feature

    Posted
    zacktodd
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    I like these-they usually sync up easily with my phone. The thing I don't like is that the large back piece that goes behind the neck is heavy. It isn't heavy enough to really notice but is heavy enough to pull it down from your ears. If you're moving around with it not plugged into your ears, it will fall off to the ground and you won't notice. It has happened to me once or twice and, luckily, I've noticed it on the ground. There is no clip to hold it to your clothing, probably because the neck piece is supposed to hold it. Sound quality is pretty good. For the price, it was a decent set.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    They are okay..

    Posted
    Ashleyyyy
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    They are awesome headphones for being Bluetooth, great sound and don't fall out while running or exercising. My only downfall with them is the connectivity. I've had to replace these headphones twice now because it will go in and out of pairing mode. Then it'll officially stop working after that. It's a hit and miss if you get a defective pair or not. My first pair worked for 8 months then failed. So I bought two pairs just this last month for my boyfriend and I, and his ended up being defective, so they replaced them free of charge. So truth be told ALWAYS get the warrenty! It's worth the extra 8$ but other than that no complaints.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent value

    Posted
    Mistacris
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    For the price, it meets its value, barely. Decent sound with long battery life. The earbuds do not easily fall off like others do. When coming back into range with device, the headphones connect automatically which is a good feature. Comfort level is not too great in the ears. One vital feature it lacks is the ability to skip to the next song. There are only buttons to adjust the volume and play/pause, but non to skip forward or back. At times it is painful to put in ears, very slightly but still a bit of sting. And sometimes connectivity is an issue. It could be due to low battery, not sure.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good for the basics

    Posted
    nunya
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    Overall a good basic wired/wireless headset. Got it more for durability and portability. Had a set of Ink'd but wires so thin that one side stopped working. Got these because of the heavier duty cord to the buds. Have always liked Skullcandy..... but as other reviewers commented, the battery like is not great. The sound is good and they are comfortable. The power switch is also cumbersome. Good for the price and had points to use so brought price down under $40. Would not pay full price. Recommending to a friend with the above reservations.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent

    Posted
    BD772

    These buds sound great for the money and hold a charge for a long time. Unfortunately, they slid down the back of your neck while wearing due to the weight of the battery on the strap. These are NOT good for working out due to them sliding down. However, the buds themselves stay put very well. However, after 7 months of use... probably 1-2 times per week, they stopped working. Luckily, I bought the service plan and received a full refund. I'm giving them a 3/5 due to how they slide down, but provide great sound, and the fact that they crapped out after a short time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Battery life :(

    Posted
    Yuki
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    I'm have mixed feelings about these headphones I've had them for a few mths and use them every day. They have decent sound quality and go a good distance from what your using before cutting out. Disappointing things about them are call reception is terrible I have to turn them off for callers to hear me, and the battery life is awful compared to others I've had. For the price point they are not bad, but if you need something that is going to last for an entire work shift you might want to look elsewhere.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good sounf but....

    Posted
    SKIM
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    Skullcandy is probably underrated brand out there. For the price, this is a good buy. However the build is to me active style. Its flexible, rubber and probably can drop from 10 stories high and will work no problem. However, the flex collar is really annoying. It doesn't sit around your neck for long with little movement. You literally have to sit still in order for this to stay out. So I would recommend only if you plan yo sit still and listen to these buds. If you plan to move around, walk, run, gym workouts then no.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Ok headphones

    Posted
    Hades821
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    I expected a better sound quality from these Skullcandies. I was a little disappointed in the volume level that these headphones can achieve and was very disappointed in regards to the overall quality when connected to a computer. Also these headphones seem to disconnect from my Iphone constantly but I do not know if that is an issue with the phone or the headphones. The shape of the ear buds also seem to hurt my ears after wearing them for about 15 minutes. They are good for short listening but do not work well for long durations.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Exchanged.

    Posted
    Akkiatsu
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    As much as i love Skullcandy, i would have not bought this if only i did not lose my LG Wireless Tone Pro. Because i love their headphones (especially the vibrating bass on the crusher) i thought of giving this a shot. The design of the collar didn't felt that comfortable like the LG Tone Pro, maybe because the wire was too long when i shove the earpiece on my ears. As for the sound, its average, i felt that its inferior compared to my old set. I only used it a couple of times so after a week, i exchanged with for the Powerbeats 3.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    They're just okay.

    Posted
    Stilttheballer
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    I honestly feel like there is zero base to these headphones. I have tried rock, country, rap, you name it, and it never sounds deep or full of sound. The treble is not that great either and so I honestly feel like they are bad news. A part of me wants to take them back and try some different wireless headphones, but I'm going to keep them for now and hope that my brain just adjusts to the quality. My apple wired headphones sound like a 8 out of 10 stars to me. These skull candy wireless headphones are at a 3 or 4 out of 10.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend