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Skullcandy - Smokin' Buds 2 Wireless In-Ear Headphones - Black/Red


Listen to your playlist wherever you go with these Skullcandy Smokin' Buds 2 S2PGHW-521 in-ear wireless headphones, which feature Bluetooth capability and a built-in remote to control your music. The removable flex collar lets you customize your style.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Cable management S-clip
    • Flex collar
    • Micro USB charging cable
    • Replacement buds
    • Smokin' Buds 2 Wireless In-Ear Headphones

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    87% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2501 out of 2884)

    Features


    Long-lasting battery life

    Ensures hours of music playback.

    In-ear headphones

    Provide comfort for extended use.

    Neodymium magnets

    Plus 9mm drivers for enhanced sound quality.

    Bluetooth

    Lets you easily pair the headphones with your Bluetooth-enabled devices.

    OnBoard microphone and remote

    Allow you to make and take calls and adjust the volume.

    Removable flex collar

    Sits behind the neck for comfortable use or can be removed to suit your style.

    Cable management S-clip

    So you don't have to untangle wires.

    Micro USB cable included

    For easy charging.

    17 ohms impedance

    To efficiently conduct power.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 2884 reviews

    87%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Not bad but have some issues

      Posted
      kayaker2001
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good for the sub $50 price tag

      Posted
      getSCHMIDTYfit

      First and foremost I'll address my 2 biggest concerns with wireless earbuds; Sound, these were OK but for the price much, much better than other cheaper brands. I'd just say to have realistic expectations don't expect them to sound like $150+ wired over the ear earphones. Fit, I really liked the attachment that fit behind the neck. Its what drew me to these from the 1st version of JayBirds which I had fit issues with. This feature really took away the "pull" with other wireless buds that have the control on the cord which can pull the bud out of the ear while bouncing around. PROBLEM: Well I broke mine, they provide a small plastic clip to eliminate the wire from hanging & bouncing around. Now for others who I know that have these the bounce was not a concern, for me however since I run a lot & weight train with these I wanted them to be as secure & tight fitting as possible. OK now the negative of that little clip is, when the wire is pulled tight along your chin line it creates a path for sweat to follow the cord from ear down to the volume/call controls. I believe this is what shorted out the 1st pair, the manufacturer was great honoring their warranty however when going to purchase another pair I oped for the newer JayBirds which happened to be on sale. (returned them for the SkullCandy XT Free which has much, much better sound quality and allows the cord to rest behind your head eliminating the problem which broke these) In conclusion, they're OK especially if you want a pair of wireless in ear buds for under $50. I run a boot camp and a few clients wear these during our longer runs (per my recommendation) and none of theirs has broke so maybe I'm just really sweaty, lol. Anyways is a good product, great for the price just not one of the best if you've got a little more $ to spend.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Perfect Headphones with Horrible Bluetooth

      Posted
      Helge801
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I absolutely loved these Headphones. The sound quality was good, The semi ridged body fits nicely on your shoulders, The length of the leads is good and the build quality seemed very good too with slightly thicker leads to the ear buds I imagine they would have lasted a while. But then the actual Bluetooth connection quality.... Wow is this bad! Sitting at my desktop with my Bluetooth dongle about 2' to my left at hip height and direct line of site I would loose connection if I turned my head the wrong way and my neck obstructed the line of site to the Bluetooth dongle. I almost sent my dongle back thinking that was the problem till I connected these headphones to my phone and took them to work. With my phone in my pocket and the headphones in, I would constantly lose connection. If I leaned over to pick something up I would lose connection completely. Let me put this in perspective, I took these back and traded up to the Sony ExtraBase wireless headphones. With those on I was working in the basement and went upstairs and outside to get some tools from my truck when I realized my music was still playing but I couldn't find my phone. I went back into the basement to realize I had left my phone down there and it had continued to stay connected and play music from that far. pretty stark difference. Now before you go out and buy an ExtraBase by Sony. I would say I don't like the all around product feel nearly as much. That being said, they work very well so that's what I'm sticking with.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Was expecting much more

      Posted
      Ayla
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I love skull candy, I own many pairs of their headphones. From over-ear to in-ear. I have been using Skull Candy for years and I expected a lot from these headphones. I got the Samsung Galaxy S7, the headphone jack is in the bottom of the phone. I don't like it there so I decided to splurge and get myself some wireless headphones. I read some amazing reviews about these headphones and decided that I would get them. The first time I turned them on I was amazed at the quality. I thought it was going to disappoint, I turned them on in my room and listened to a couple of songs. Now, I don't know if it's because it's raining or what but I put my headphones around my neck and put my phone in my pocket. I turned the headphones on as I walked outside, threw my hoodie up, and played the music. Instant glitching music. I lift the phone out of my pocket to look at the music to see what's up. Nothing, the music is playing right (as it sometimes pauses and plays constantly when i'm in my car - Bluetooth). So my phone isn't doing the glitching and the headphones have been out of package enough to play a few songs, get charged, then go out and be used. No foul play, they've been sitting on my dresser for /one night/ as I got them Friday and today is Saturday. I don't know what's up but I expected much more. Guess i'll be returning these and using my regular Skull Candy in-ears. One thing I can say, however, is that the sound and bass lives up to Skull Candy's reputation and that's why this gets 2 stars.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Decent for the Price

      Posted
      EdwardMartz
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Picked these up on Black Friday weekend to try out my first wireless set of headphones. Unfortunately they stopped working yesterday. Only lasted me 12 days before the power control stopped working. Battery would charge but they wouldn't turn back on. The last time they worked they only lasted about 20 minutes into my workout before permanently retiring. Just glad i was able to return them to the store and not be a total waste of time trying to get them exchanged through the manufacturer because they claim it takes 4-6 weeks. That doesn't sound appealing so instead returned. My review for the sound, there really isn't any bass to the sound either. I prefer the wired apple headphones i received with my iPhone. I own some Skullcandy wired headphones that sound way better than these at only about $15. But i guess since you are buying to lower end of the wireless headphones you get what you pay for. The fit of the headphones are only comfortable when you are standing straight or on your stomach, if you try and do workout's on your back, they will keep sliding off. Another annoying thing is that when the battery drops to 20% you get the most annoying beeping sound letting you know they are low on battery and it keeps repeating until they die. Overall an okay set of headphones but i saved myself the hassle of problems in the future.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Sound is as good as headphones that cost X2 more

      Posted
      Haven225
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I bought these along with a pair of the Jaybird x3 which cost twice the price. I'm a bit of an audiophile and have more headphones than I can count. COMFORT: The battery and antenna portion that sits behind you neck is comfortable and really isn't' noticed, neither are the ear buds when Inserted in your ear ( this may vary for you as ears are different shapes and sizes) SOUND: To be honest they sound incredibly close or even better than the Jaybirds on some songs. The only real knock and its more because of how I listen to music sometimes (only noticeable if I'm focused listening to every detail in a song) is in some songs on the very very high sounds (Like in electronic dance music) I can hear a very slight crackle that is not there with the JayBirds or my Klipshe head phones. It doesn't take away from the music in normally listening, If doing literally anything other that giving my full attention and focus to the music I can't hear it, at all. As an inexpensive Bluetooth headphone, I'd gladly buy again with my picky sound taste. They stay on when I'm active, fit great in my ears, I've never had the battery die in play sessions that have lasted well over an hour. I think they would be hard to beat for the price especially as they can often be found on sale.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      As Good As I Thought It Was!

      Posted
      MonteLSV6
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I had the Skull Candy Ink'd 2.0 ones before and I've had them for a least 5 years now. One pair had missing ear bud cushions, and one I left at my mother in laws house. So I went to BestBuy to originally purchase the Aftershokz Bluez 2S, but they didn't have any in stock, so I actually ended up seeing these. I read reviews online, and saw they were pretty amazing. But, knowing they were wireless I had a doubt in my mind. Man was I wrong! These are legit just like the wired earbuds! I couldn't believe how amazing they sounded. Good solid bass, great low, high and mid tones. These are up there next to my beats imo. The comfort is fine for me, you have something that sits on the base of your neck, so some people might not like that, but it didn't bother me while working out. I don't see any problems with sweat and water getting into these, as they seem like a pretty solid and sealed unit. Pairing was super easy too, hold the skull down till it flashes blue and red, pair it on your phone and that's it! I took these out of the box, paired them, and listened to music at the gym for 30 minutes on whatever charge they had. If anyone is looking for a nice mid-price wireless headphones, I would highly recommend these.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Awesome sound, but they slip very EASILY!

      Posted
      JohnK
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

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