Main Content

Customer Ratings & Reviews

Skullcandy - Venue Wireless Noise Canceling Over-the-Ear Headphones - Black-Left_Standard

Customer rating

Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 216 reviews

92%
would recommend to a friend

Expert rating

Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews

Pros

Cons

Customer ratings & reviews

Page 1, showing1-11 of 11 Reviews mentioning:
listening to music
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great set of noise cancelling headphones

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

    I wanted noise cancelling more because I wanted to be able to listen to music while I mow the lawn. The regular over-the-ear headphones worked to keep the sound of the mower at bay, but the quality of the music suffered. I didn't wan't to spend and arm and a leg on the "high-end" headphones, these work great, and I am not worried about using them outside due to the lower price. I'd recommend them for sure.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I love the head phones

    Posted
    Horde
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The Skullcandy headphones are so very comfortable to wear. They are also noise cancelling headphones which work great. I sit in the family room and wear them while the family watches tv and I listen to my music on my tablet and I don't hear the family nor their tv. It's wonderful!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent but not great

    Posted
    22Vegas
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Biggest issue overall is it doesn't get loud enough, works great for watching video but for music would like a higher noise volume. The noise cancelling works ok, about what you would expect for the price. Bass could also use a boost. Battery life is great, bluetooth connects fast but doesn't have a huge range, will disconnect if you leave whatever device its connected to and then walk far enough away in your home. The included tile feature is great in case you misplace or headphones get stolen.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I would have given them a 5

    Posted
    Lisa
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I would have given them a 5 except, no matter what I try, there is a constant white noise that only goes away when the music is playing. What I am trying to say is, there is never no noise. Everything else is great. It holds a charge for a long time the aux cord works well the case is attractive and these are comfortable. I usually get headaches from headphones but these don't give me them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent Noise Cancelling Headphones

    Posted
    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound- mid range headset for a descent price

    Posted
    TechGeek
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    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

    Excellent headphones offering competitively priced

    Posted
    Dan0Sterling
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    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

    Solid ANC Headphones

    Posted
    SteveL
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    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'sn'thing 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'sn't 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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great features, tight fit around ears

    Posted
    RondonJonsen
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    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's turned on, and there's no music playing, there's 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've 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

    Superb ANC headphones in its class

    Posted
    msumulong
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    The Skullcandy Venue headphones has been around for three months and there are already reviews in YouTube and other tech sites. That said, I'd like to give my take on initial reviews as they seem contrary to what I've 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 doesn't have a hiss but still does have that void feeling whenever you wear ANC headphones. @@@@@@@@ I've 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'd continue with my review of this model. Overall, the build quality of this headset is pretty decent but I'dn'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've 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'ven'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've 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've 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's 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
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
    • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

    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