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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 195 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Balanced sound but could be more comfortable

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    Poocher917
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    I was really excited to receive these noise cancelling headphones! I was familiar with Skullcandy so expected great things. Overall I was not disappointed. The good: Packaging – the package is well put together (see pictures)! You will open the box and find a nice case. Open the case and you will find the headphones, AUX cord, manual and USB cord. The case is very solid and will protect these babies well! Set up – the Venue came charged to 60% so they were ready to go. I easily paired them to my Android 8 phone to test them out. They worked fine out of the box. So I then put them on the charger. They charged to 100% in no time. After an hour of use they are still registering a 100% charge! Sound – I find the sound nicely balanced. I find them a little on the bass side. Not thumping. The bass is crisp. There is no way to adjust the sound via EQ. I tried music, video and phone calling. You can also connect via an AUX cord. I tried the AUX cord and the sound was excellent! Noise cancelling - The noise cancelling works well as you would expect. You can turn it on or off. I did notice a difference between it on or off. Phone calls – the sound was crystal clear. The microphone works well. There were no issues receiving and carrying on a conversation. The caller could hear me perfectly. I can hear the caller perfectly. One tap of the right button and the call is answered. Pairing – pairing was quick with an Android 8 phone, Android tablet and Windows 10 laptop. I tested the distance it would lose the connection and it was similar to other devices I have. Control – there are many options for controlling the headphones and the device(s) connected to it. The capabilities are different if you are connected via Bluetooth or AUX cord. You can control using Bluetooth: power, pairing, volume, play/pause, track forward/back, answer/end phone calls, activate voice assistant, active noise cancelling on/off, check battery, monitor mode on/off (silences the sound so you can hear other sounds) and pair the Tile. Tile integration – you spent some cash on these. Having Tile built in is an excellent add-on. I downloaded the Tile app and followed the instructions. It was very simple. I then tested the app and it worked great. One less reason to lose these. Things that could be better: Comfort – I was concerned when I first put them on. These were tight at first. I found the more you spread the band apart, the tighter the headphones are and the more they press on your ears. Initially I had the band too far apart and it was uncomfortable after 15 minutes. I then closed the headband as tight as it goes and these are WAY more comfortable! The ear cushions are thick and very soft. These could be more comfortable. I think these will get more comfortable but do not know for sure right now. No APP – not a big deal but there seems to be an APP for near everything these days. I would be interested in an EQ to fine tune the sound. Conclusion: I really like the sound and versatility. The Tile integration is an added value. The only thing preventing me from rating these 5 stars is the comfort. Initially I was concerned. The more I wear them the better it is getting. However, overall they are tight so far. But I guess noise cancelling headphones need to be tight.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Finally! My perfect headphone set!

    Posted
    cjviscito
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    I have been on a quest of sorts for some over-the-ear headphones that have the ability to be wired and wireless at a cost that isn't totally insane. My kids always like to play with the Skullcandy headphones when we go to the store, so I was immediately curious when I learned about the new Venue set. First off, these things are crazy comfortable. There's plush leather on the cups and the headband. I've worn these while marathoning Netflix while my wife's asleep. Not only did the active noise cancelling drown out her snoring, but never once did my ears or head feel any kind of uncomfortable pressure. The active noice cancelling feature is really nice and there's actually 3 settings: off, obviously, on, again obvious, and then there's a monitor mode which I assume is for music playback. The noise cancellation isn't as strong as say, a premium brand's ear buds, but I chalk that up to the fact that these sit over your ears and not in your ears. The headset itself has my deal-breaker feature which is the ability to use it as a corded set if and when the battery dies (which I've never experienced since I let them charge overnight). The flexibility that having this option gives is undeniable. They also come with a handy integration with Tile - that's right, you can add these to your existing Tile set up and you can use Tile to find these if they go missing - or, more likely in my case, I set them somewhere and then forget. Another nice feature is the case - these headphones are large, and they don't fold up entirely, but they do lay flat and can be carried in the large, but nice case. The case itself also has holders for the aux cord and micro-USB charging cord, so you can take everything you need on the go! If you're like me and you want the ability to enjoy wireless, active noise cancelling sound while you binge Netflix, or want the convenience of connecting these to your PS4 controller - then you seriously need to pick these up. I was able to replace 3 headphone sets that I had because of this one pair. I love them!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid ANC Headphones

    Posted
    SteveL
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    Bottom Line: The Skullcandy Venue performs nearly as well as more expensive active noise cancelling (ANC) headphones, but they lack some of the feel and finesse of higher priced alternatives. Pros: Impressive noise cancellation; good sound quality; fast charge; Tile integration Cons: A bit bass-heavy; non-foldable; bulky carrying case; small ear cups; buttons difficult to use when wearing Review: Active noise cancelling (ANC) headphones are invaluable if you dislike the ambient sounds of commuting/travel or a noisy work environment (I particularly dislike the engine noise in an airplane). As such, I was extremely curious how the budget friendly Skullcandy Venues hold up to more expensive options in the product category. I was pleasantly surprised how well the ANC performed against the hum of the various fans/air purifiers I have at home, and it did an overall good job blocking out other ambient noise. For most users, I do not think they would notice the difference in noise cancellation on the Skullcandy versus a more expensive pair, especially when listening to music. I found sound quality to be very good, although the bass is a bit overemphasized in the Venues. The headphones pack a solid set of features, including “monitor mode” which allows outside noise in, fast charge boating 5 hours from 10 minutes of charge, and, perhaps most interestingly, Tile integration so you can track your headphones if you misplace them. There’s nothing exceptional or distinguishing about the design with the exception of the small Skullcandy logos on each ear cup. Unfortunately the cups do not fold, which creates a fairly large travel profile when the phones are in their storage/travel case. My biggest issues are with the fit and feel of the headphones. The ear cups are a bit too small to completely cover my ears. When I’m wearing them, they fit like over-ear headphones for the top of my ears but more like on-ear headphones on my earlobes. It doesn’t impact their functionality (both passive and active noise cancellation still work really well) and it’s not uncomfortable per se, but the fit definitely feels off for me. Additionally, I find that the tension on the headband is just a tiny bit too tight for my preference. I assume this will loosen, though, through more use. Second, I find the buttons difficult to use when the headphones are on. Like most in this category, the buttons are located on the bottom of the ear cups, but the buttons are fairly flat and offer little travel. As such, there isn’t much tactile feedback, and I found myself pressing around on different spots to find the buttons. Once again, I presume that as muscle memory with the headphones improves the buttons will be easier to find, but they weren’t immediately and easily usable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Superb ANC headphones in its class

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    msumulong
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    The Skullcandy Venue headphones has been around for three months and there are already reviews in YouTube and other tech sites. That said, I would like to give my take on initial reviews as they seem contrary to what I have observed in my own headset. First is that there are complaints that the headband of the Venue is creaky. Fortunately, mine doesn’t creak when I unflex it. So perhaps, Skullcandy has remedied this flaw in later batches. Likewise, there are also complaints that there is a hiss when ANC is on. My unit does not have a hiss but still does have that void feeling whenever you wear ANC headphones. (I have an older wired Sony pair and it does hiss.) Also, there are complaints that there is a degradation of music when ANC is on. There is no discernable degradation in my unit. That said, I would continue with my review of this model. Overall, the build quality of this headset is pretty decent but I wouldn’t say premium. For its price range one would expect it to be at this level. As for functionality, ANC quality is up to the level of the Bose CQ series and the Sony XM series. This is quite impressive for a first trey in the ANC spectrum by Skullcandy. When playing music the mids are fair and the highs are a little bit on the upper side. My opinion of the bass level is not as high as some reviewers would point out. But if your preference is for hip-hop and other bass heavy music, then you may find the bass levels to be wanting. If you are into classical music or into bebop jazz, the ANC is a boon to one’s ears. I have played Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and the ANC definitely helped a lot as there are a lot of quiet moments in this classical piece. Unfortunately, the crispness is not par with higher priced headphones. But I’d still say it’s still good. As for the battery life at 24 hours, this is very much impressive as I’ve been using this for several hours a day and battery life is still strong. I haven’t tested the headphones on wired mode which is rated at 40 hours. But 24 hours is already great for me. It is already a great idea that Skullcandy decided to use male-to-male jacks for wired input and not proprietary ones as these are easily replaceable. Another great feature of the Venue is the built-in Tile feature. Only Skullcandy and Bose have this feature and it can come in handy. I have tried the Tile app and the integration of Tile features is seamless. Having Tiles on my car keys and wallet, I am already keeping this feature on even though I don’t expect it use this feature much given the size of the headphones. But who knows? Bluetooth range is great but I have a couple of times experienced the headphones not connecting with my iPhone XR but I suspect it may have been user error. Overall, this is a great pair of ANC headphones. And though it is below the Bose QC and Sony XM series, this is one of the better ANC headphones out there given that this sells for roughly half the price and also being the first ANC headphones by Skullcandy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great quality for price point

    Posted
    BradleyFl
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    Skullcandy - Venue Wireless Noise Canceling Over-the-Ear Headphones - White As you can see by the description I ordered the white ones, I received the black ones. This in no way effects the functionally of the headphones, I just wanted the white ones. The voice used in the headphones is a female British voice. These headphones come with an instruction booklet that explains practically nothing. Basic functions is all you get from the booklet. I went online to find a real manual and again, nothing. I did find a YouTube video that was a little over a minute long that explained more about functions than the booklet. Ok, so enough about button confusion. Functions first. The buttons are easy to find with your fingers. They have plenty of separation and tactile feel so you know what you’re pushing. On the left side the headphones have a row of lights showing power level when first turned on. A power/pair button, an ANC button. On the right is the charging port, the audio cable in port (this is odd because most headphones have the audio cord on the left side), volume down/up and a button between them that serves several functions. That center button will pair another device to the headphones, answer a call, and bring up your phones assistant. The internal MIC is also on the right side. They also can be combined with tile so you can find them when lost. There seems to be no app available to control them so you’ll be using what you have installed to change the sound. There are a few Skullcandy apps online. You may want to try one of them but none are just for these headphones. The sound of the headphones pushes just a bit on the high and mid range, but does so without missing out on the bass. The noise canceling adds just a hint of hiss, kind of like the old tape hiss. And just like tape hiss it’s gone as soon as something is playing. You can press the ANC button while something is playing and it mutes the music about 50% and allows in outside noise so you might be able to hear or answer someone. The stated battery life is 24 hours. I used them for about 4 hours and did not notice any power drain. Something to note here, after 4 hours on my head my ears hurt. They are tight on your head. They seem to be made for small children’s heads. I expanded the headphones out all the way and just let the ear piece keep them in place, that helped a little. I would ask that you put them on your head for a few minutes in the store before you decide to buy them. If you’re very active then them being tight on your head will be a benefit to you. They come with a zippered hard case, a 4 foot charging cord (not one of those 1 foot ones), a 4 foot phone audio cable, and the manual. No power adapter is supplied but they will charge from any normal phone charger or computer USB port. For the price point these are great headphones. Just keep in mind how tight they are on your head. They may loosen up a little over time. The build quality is on par for the price point.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great features, tight fit around ears

    Posted
    RondonJonsen
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    I really want to like these headphones. The built in Tile was really exciting since I just bought into that system. The active noise cancelling is really great for my noisy commute on public transportation. I especially like the minimal branding and near microscopic logo. The included cable lets you use them on non-bluetooth devices, or if you run out of battery and your phone is still one of the ones that has a headphone jack. The case that it comes with is very nice and premium feeling and is great for packing the headphones in while travelling. You can even trigger your phone's voice assistant with the press of a button. Unfortunately, this pair just didn't feel right on my head. The earcups are a little too small, so I had to fold my ears up to get them to fit into the cups so that they didn't lay on my ears, which mitigated the uncomfortableness only marginally. The default head size was too small, and the extension part clicks in at certain intervals, but to fit my head I need an two clicks more on the left and 3 on the right, causing a little bit of lopsidedness. The Active Noise Cancelling works almost too well. If it is turned on, and there is no music playing, there is an uncomfortable pressure in my ears, almost like when taking a plane ride. It goes away almost immediately once some music is playing, but there's many times, especially on the train, when I have my headphones turned on but not actively listening to anything, and just don't want to be bothered. Fortunately the ANC can be disabled with a quick button press. The Tile integration is really great, but I've found that with something the size of these headphones it's really difficult to lose them, unlike my keys and wallet. The sound quality of these headphones is decent. The soundstage is relatively narrow, and the mids frequently get lost behind the bass, which itself tends to get muddled, especially with ANC on. The treble does have a sharp edge, almost serrated as it cuts through you. At first I thought that ANC seems to really boost the sound output as even in a quiet room I found that having it switched off caused the sound volume to drop and allowed more sound bleeding out, but also allowing outside sound in, which is important for when you need to have sound cues like when crossing a busy street. I later discovered that I was switching to "Monitor mode" expressly designed to allow you to interact with your environment while your headphones are on, so you don't have to turn off or pause what you are listening to just to yell loudly at the barista oblivious to your own volume. All in all, this is a decent enough set of cans, with some great features, especially for those with noisy commutes. If they were more comfortable for my head, or offered a more studio sounding experience, they'd be my every day carry pair.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great quality, sound and features at a low cost!

    Posted
    GH06903
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    I will start by saying I am not an audiophile, but like most people can tell the difference between a good pair of headphones and average pair. I had read some of the previous reviews on these to see if I found the same issues that people had previously found. The biggest complaint I had heard is that the Venue was creaky when you bent or twisted them. My pair has none of that. They are solid and well made while remaining very light. Another complaint was a low hiss when using Active Noise Cancelling (ANC). I did notice the hiss, but it is barely noticeable unless you are looking for it and not noticeable at all while playing music or on a phone call. Very forgivable for a headset in this price range. I would also say that my other ANC headset which costs nearly twice as much also has a slight hiss. I played several different styles of music through these, from heavy metal to classical and in each case the sound quality was fantastic. It felt like I was able to hear every detail and never felt that the sound was muddy or overcharged. For me, A good test of a pair of headphones isn’t how loud you can make them, but how clear the music is at lower volumes. On that score, these performed extremely well! I was very surprised at how light and comfortable these are. I wore them for several hours straight to see if they would bother my ears and they never really felt uncomfortable. These do clamp down on your ears pretty hard, so I had to move them around at first to find the “sweet spot” over my ears. I have fairly small ears and still had to do some adjusting to get them to feel right as the ear opening on these are a bit small. If you have larger ears, these might not fit as well. One thing I did not expect from a headset in this price range is Tile tracking. I use Tiles for my keys, so I already had the app. These were added easily and give off a chirping sound when I tested them. It’s not extremely loud so you may have to wander around to hear them, but it’s a great feature to include. Perhaps one of my favorite features is rapid charge. Not only do you get a very long amount of time on a full charge (They claim 24 hours, though I haven’t tested that myself), but if you’re running low on power, you can get something like 5 hours of use after only 10 minutes of charging. That is awesome! I have used the Activate Assistant feature a couple of time just to test it, and it works flawlessly. I don’t use google assistant to often, so this feature didn’t mean that much to me, but if you do, it will be very useful. Overall, I highly recommend the Venue. You can spend half the cost of high end ANC headphones without sacrificing much in the way of sound quality, build quality or comfort. For me, these have replaced my high end headphones for travelling and commuting.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Noise Cancelling Headset

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    APFLORES413
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    My review is on the Venue Skullcandy Wireless noise cancelling headset in Black. There are plenty of noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones out there, but very few actually deliver. This is a very solid headphone that offers very good above average noise cancellation. Immediately after opening the box you are introduced to a very solid oval shaped case, Inside you will find the Venue headphone, usb charger and aux cable to make them a wired headset. I was very impressed at how secure they were inside, and when I popped them over my ears, they were very snug and didn't hurt my ears. They are matte black plastic build with a very comfortable headband, the ear pieces are heavily padded and rest well on my ears. The all-black design gives you a very minimalist look that can pass off like the higher-end brands out there. My concerns about the design are that both ear cups swivel around pretty loosely and I'm afraid they would snap off. The left ear contains the Power button and ANC button, the LED status lights. The right ear contains volume rocker, multifunction button for playback/call management/voice assistance. The voice mic is also located on the right ear and does work when wired and wireless enabled. I was impressed with the battery life: Skullcandy estimates close to 24 hours before requiring recharge, or 40 hours with the audio cable using the ANC. I haven't clocked mine yet, but I am on my third day of using them with battery life almost at half. So, how well does the ANC do? In regular ANC mode, the Venue does an incredible job in actually performing noise cancellation. I can barely hear the noise around me when the ANC is turned on. I can enjoy my movies and music without worrying now of the environment when outside or if I am at home and not worry about hearing the fridge making hourly sounds. The Bass sounds are amazing where you get really bass depth here. When watching movies, I get nice sound when watching videos and tv shows as well as the background music sounded really crisp. Overall, the Venue has great bass sounds. I was impressed with the ANC as the ambient noises around me were eliminated. Just be careful when handling then because the ear cups do swivel more than what I would want.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very nice headphones for the price.

    Posted
    MurphyR
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    These headphones are a huge step up for Skullcandy. I’ve always seen them as brightly-colored earbuds set out as impulse purchases, but these Venue headphones really break the mold. If you prefer to see a video, here is my review in video form: https://youtu.be/5TrX_LJ_raE The Great: Bluetooth connectivity is solid, and their battery-life indication seems to be spot on. They have a 4-level LED battery indicator, and after 8.5 hours of listening only a single light went out. The Audio: Sound reproduction is very good. I find that I like a fuller mid-section to the EQ than these naturally reproduce, but hopefully that can be corrected for with additional EQ apps on the phone. The high- and low-end of the spectrum sound great, but missing the mid-level frequencies can make things a little hollow. However, I make this comparison after using headphones that cost almost 3x as much for the past couple of years. Noise-Cancelling: These are not the most sound-isolating headphones that I’ve ever used, but they are also far less expensive than high-end brands. You do get a little more sound from running water or household machinery (dishwasher, washing machine, etc.), but not a lot. The only point that I found frustrating was walking outside while it is windy. Doing so gives you the effect of old home movies when wind blows over the microphone, making a rushing sound that washes out most others. Sizing: These headphones are a little limited in their adjustable sizing. My head is about a size 7.5 (~23” around), and I have to have them fully extended to fit. If your head is much larger (or you want to wear them with a hat), I’d advise looking elsewhere. Audio Controls: The controls on these headphones are fine. The volume and skip functions use the same buttons, so you have to hold the button for about 4 seconds to skip forward or back. This is fine for music, but not great for skipping commercials in podcasts. All in all, I’d say these are the best “budget” noise-cancelling headphones that I’ve tried, doing even better than the Sony 700 series. If you can fit them on your ears, I’d recommend buying these over even more expensive models from bigger companies.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    These are classy over the ear headphones.

    Posted
    Quincy0980
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    I received these headphones and right out of the box these Venues exude higher end. They are housed in a hard shell case with the Skullcandy logo on them. Inside the case is a molded area to protect the headphones when not in use. Included with the Venues is a charging wire, instructions and a mini jack wire to use with a non-IPhone or other legacy devices. The headphones have a hard outer shell on the outside of each ear pad and soft leather ear cushions. What I immediately noticed when I put them on was the secure and comfortable fit. Each ear pad completely covers each ear creating a nearly sound proof seal. The controls include a power button, volume + \ - buttons, battery lights to show the amount of charge on the Venue and a Noise cancelling button. The setup is very simple once you turn the Venues on, you push the Bluetooth search button and connect it to your phone, computer or other Bluetooth device and your set. Listening to music, the sound is full and clean, providing good detail. With movies through my laptop gave me an enveloping surround sound experience that put me in the middle of the action. Phone calls are clear and the mic works well. Without the use of the Automatic Noise Cancelling button the Venues do a good job blocking outside noise. When the ANC is used the level of outside noise is greatly reduced. I really enjoy the Venues for all aspect of listening, music, movies and phone calls and would recommend them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent headphones offering competitively priced

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    Dan0Sterling
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    Pros: -Skullcandy Sound: Bass is a little heavy, but generally well balanced -Comfortable: These over the ear sit well without too much pinching -Active Noise Reduction (ANC): Well padded ear pieces complement decent algorithms, allowing voices, but not noise. They successfully blocked out my daughter’s music (not to my taste). I also wore them on the bus and train where they helped create a world of my own. -Easy to pair. The headphones quickly connect to the last source when powered on. Holding the button for 5 seconds puts them in pairing mode for your next device. -Good Bluetooth range. I was able to walk all around my house with no dropouts. Music quality was consistent throughout. -Volume: I was able to hear what I wanted without having to crank it up to deafening levels. Cons: -Bulky when they’re folded up. -No ANC when they’re plugged in, only when on Bluetooth -Microphones include ambient sounds when used as a headset. Value: Skullcandy delivers decent, but not perfect active noise cancellation at a very competitive price point. Including Bluetooth connectivity along with the ANC makes these stand out from similar Sony and Bose ANC models which cost substantially more. Even though the ANC is not on par with these other two, these are a good bet for anyone other than hard core airplane users. Conclusion: The Skullcandy Venue headphones have more brand appeal among the younger generation than Bose does. That reputation is preserved in these headphones which deliver solid value and generally balanced sound. While no one will mistake their noise cancelling ability with Bose, they arguably have a more pleasing sound profile. My 14 year old daughter, the ultimate customer in my case, gave them 2 thumbs up!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent noise cancelling functionality

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    Abelsan76
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    I think with these headphones, they, skullcandy, almost hit the mark on their attempt. I’d definitely say for the budget minded music listener, they’re a pretty good deal. They’re cozy enough to wear for a good while, and I’m not sure I’d wear them for the 25+ hour rating on the battery charge to test their comfort endurance. They are nice, a little clunky in build, but unless you like to throw your electronics around, id say these are a pretty durable set of headphones. Sometimes it’s a little hard to pinpoint how you want to hear your music based off of what the noise canceling does to the overall sound, but I’d say, if you’re using a smartphone with a home eq setting app, use it to your advantage, as some of the sound you’re wanting to hear is compromised in that. Otherwise, they’re a decent pair of headphones. Get the product protection plan if you’re clumsy like I am...as these seem a little chinsy on the build. Unless you don’t plan on being rough with them at all, get that that insurance for them. Skullcandy does project having an active lifestyle in pushing their product, so the insurance is a no brainer if you’re that “extreme lifestyle” person. I’d say wait til they’re on sale to get the most for your money, and Best Buy DOES like to put skullcandy on sale periodically. This is a pretty new model, but I’d say they’d make a pretty good gift for someone who wants a decent pair of noise canceling headphones.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great noise cancelling technology

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    AKK1
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    I want to start by saying how happy I am with the packaging. not a lot of waste, minimalist design, great carrying bag that has everything in it out of the box. the package contains the headphones, a stereo cable is off, the charging cable, and the booklets. the design of the headphones is very nice, and the color is somewhere between matte and gloss black. the positioning of the buttons is very well thought of, and the ear and head padding is perfect like a cloud is hugging your ears. The noise cancelling technique is AMAZING, to try them in real life conditions, I took them to the gym where its very loud all the time and once i put them on, the noise was gone. whats even better is that you have button you can push that would pause noise cancelling, and another one that would kill it all together. another great option is the assistant launching button. when pressed it launches your cell phone assistant (Alexa, Google, etc). but if you have set your phone to not unlock when calling the assistant, pushing the button on the headphone won't launch the assistant either. pairing the device took 10 seconds or less, and i used it for 3 hours without charging it out of the box and it still have more than 50%. this is very satisfying for me. side note: Although skull candy website DOES NOT recommend using the venue for activities that can cause sweat or wetness, i did use it at the gym and found them very durable. I only wish they could create an active noise cancelling headphones that are sweat and water resistant.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent Sounding ANC Headphones

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    Jaydozrock
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    In the box we get the headphones, an audio cable, a micro usb charging cable and a flat hard shell case which fits the headphones perfectly inside. These are some very low profile headphones. I like the way they look and feel. The earcups are sufficiently padded as well as under headband and feel comfortable when worn. On to the important stuff, how do they sound and perform. Soundwise, these headphones are above average in sound while being a little bass forward. The active noise cancelling ( this is Skullcandy’s first product including ANC ) is well done, it blocks most of the ambient noise and allows the sound to be more isolated. It also has a monitor mode that allows sound in while the headphones are on so that you can hear your surrounding, which is a plus. From my test I got about 22 hours listening time with 60-70% volume and with the ANC turned on. The only possible downside I have found is that the build quality might not be the greatest and that there is a subtle hiss when the ANC is turned on that might be annoying to some.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound- mid range headset for a descent price

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    TechGeek
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    These are new to the market and have all the features you find on competitive headphones but at a descent price. Pros: These are light and comfortable to wear. The quick charge (10 mins) gives you about 5 hrs of usage. Pretty good bass and comparable to the ones I have, but this is at the lower end on the price range to the ones I have. So they are not apples to apples comparison on the features. The sound quality for low and high volume is crisp and clear, doesn't get muffled at high volume. Long lasting battery, lasted about 2 weeks with 3 hours of use per day. Noise cancellation feature is good and I used it on the plane and found it on comparable with the ones I currently have (prices in $200-400 range). It has a button to turn on/off the noise cancellation feature, I found it more effective when using with music but without music I can still hear some background/faint noise. I like the active assistant feature: With the touch of a button, you can use activate the device's voice assistant, Siri, Google Assistant, etc. Compatible with apple and Samsung devices that has blue tooth capability. Haven't tested the "Lost/Found" functionality, believe it has the built in tile technology so you ca track your headphones if you lose them. Cons: I wish they were foldable and didn't see any app to control features on the headset. I can't comment on the durability yet, as I have just had it for 2 weeks now.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great alternative to Sony or Bose ANC Headphones.

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    JRGRDZ
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    This is my first pair of active noise canceling headphones. I was hesitant in purchasing them at first, mainly because of all the negative reviews by youtubers. I ended driving to the store and comparing them side by side with the Sony 1000xm3's, beats studio 3's and the JBL set. I was impressed by how well it performed in comparison to the other three. Of course, the sony pair would be my dream choice, it's also $349. This pair of was on sale for $129.99. I ended up buying this pair. This is week two of owning them, and I absolutely love them. They are light enough that you can wear them for a few hours at a time without getting tired. The minimal branding is my style, I really like that the logo is quite small. The overall sound is excellent. One thing that I was worried about is the hiss mentioned by youtubers. Not sure what they are referring to. I can't hear any hissing with the pair that I purchased. Oh! A case is included. Also included are a charging cable and an audio cable for connecting to other devices that don't support wireless. Setup: That was pretty easy, just opened the box and turned them on. They showed up as an option on my MacBook and connected within a couple seconds.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent Noise Cancelling Headphones

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    Mkru
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    These Wireless, noise cancelling headphones work pretty well. They connect easily to my iPad and laptop. I'm no audiophile but they sound good to me. The noise cancelling is quite good. It doesn't completely eliminate outside sound, but dampens it really well. For example, the washer and dryer or running faucet are reduced to quiet whispers. They would be really useful for noisy plane, train, bus, or car rides or noisy office environments. I like that with the wireless connection, I can walk around my house doing chores without having to carry my iPad with me while listening to music or podcasts. The battery lasts a long time and charges very fast with the included usb cable. They also come with a 3.5mm cable to connect to non-Bluetooth devices and a nice zippered semi-hard and padded case to carry everything. My one complaint is that they are not that comfortable to wear for long periods of time. They have an adjustable, padded headband and padded earphones, but listening to a long album or long podcast, like an hour, they start to get uncomfortable (but your milage may vary).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great headphones!

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    JamexRZ
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    • Top 500 ContributorTop 500 Contributor

    Great headphones, the active noise canceling feature is great removing sounds from outside (although I noticed it adds a very small hiss). I also love that they have a monitor feature, which basically lets you hear the outside (ie. someone talking to you), so you can answer and hear them without taking the headphones off. I didn't notice they have an specific app for this pair, however they paired easy with my android phone. They are also Tile compatible (you can use the app to find your headphones if you misplace them). I'm not an audiophile by any means, but I think the bass are more than enough for me and I have not noticed any distortion when cranking up the volume. One thing though, I have big ears, and after a while they started to hurt a little. YMMV, maybe if you have smaller ears. But it wasn't that bad, it was more of a sign to me to rest a little. Overall, I will highly recommend them, specially the fact of the monitoring function, no more taking headphones off when people talk to me!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Haptic Bass - awesome cans!

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    jhancock
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    Nice clean, solid bass (very solid). Crisp highs. Very light weight, nice comfortable over the ear fit. The on headset controls are easy to remember and use (they also are well marked visually). The battery life is great, allowing for multi-day use on one charge (they also have a quick charge capability where 10 Min charge = 3 Hours of Play). Use the 4 LED fuel gauge by pressing the power button (even if they are off) and you will see your battery level on the LEDs. 100% = 4 white lights, 75% = 3 white lights, 50% = 2 white lights, 25% = 1 white light, <5% = 1 red light. If you desire, you can also use tethered, so you never have to skip a beat. You can pair up to 2 devices at the same time, but only one device can stream at a time. The ANC (active noise cancelling) is adjustable and quite capable. The Bluetooth range extended to around 100 feet for me (no obstructions). This is a great addition to their well-received line of audio products. In short, they offer a great listening experience in an attractive headset.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It serves its purpose

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    Jackie
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    So far I'm very happy with this headphones. As much as I'm really tempted to buy the purple bose solo3 *because of the color* at the same time this headphones really sounds good for my ears already. I've contemplated for about a month until I decided to stick with this since it does really worked great for my needs. Fits well on my ears, doesn't hurt wearing for long periods. My only downfall for my needs is the mic is incorporated in the headset which I guess not for others. The only reason this huge for me is that I use this mainly for singing :) and I can't rely on it. Anyway, in the end it still works as my husband has skullcandy cords with mic on it and it did worked! I tried the headphones wirelessly and called my husband and it did well and he said he can hear me clearly and it didn't seem I'm using my headphones so it's no question that this really works well!

    I would recommend this to a friend