The Skullcandy Hesh 2 are sub-par headphones with a poor audio reproduction. Their all-plastic design doesn't feel sturdy, and they're a bit cumbersome. They don't block a lot of ambient noise, and the odd ear cup size gets uncomfortable. On the upside, they're wireless and relatively lightweight.
- Lightweight over-ear headphones.
- Wireless design.
- Poor noise isolation.
- Sub-par sound quality.
- Bulky and plasticky build.
The Skullcandy Hesh 2 look decent but are not the most comfortable headphones for long listening sessions. They have an entirely plastic design that does not feel durable. The ear cups are oddly shaped and don't quite fit around your ears. They're not sports headphones, although the wireless design does help, they will quickly fall off your head if used while jogging. They don't fold and are a little cumbersome to carry around.
The Skullcandy Hesh 2 look pretty good. They look relatively compact for an over-ear model. They have an all-black color scheme with a matte finish. There are silver accents around the ear cups, and the Skullcandy logo adds a little more flare to the design. They are not the most eye-catching headphones, but they look sleek and their design will work for some.
The SkullCandy Hesh 2 are somewhat comfortable headphones. They have well-padded ear cups and do not feel too heavy or tight once on your head. Unfortunately, the headband is not padded, and the ear cups have an odd size that is in between an on-ear model and an over-model but does not rest on, or encompass your ears properly. This causes discomfort over long listening sessions, especially, for listeners with larger ears.
The Hesh 2 have a distinct button layout that's functional and efficient but takes a little time to get used to. They provide; track skipping, volume, and call/music controls. Unfortunately, multiple functions are often relegated to the same button, which can get a little confusing at first. The buttons also don't deliver a good tactile feedback, which is slightly disappointing.
The Hesh 2 are moderately stable headphones. They deliver a decently stable fit for casual listening sessions. They also have a wireless design that prevents them from getting yanked off your head because the audio cable got hooked on something. However, they are not designed for sports and will slip off your ears while running or jumping.
The SkullCandy Hesh 2 have a somewhat compact design but are not very portable. They do not fold to reduce the volume of space they take in a bag or purse. The earcups also don't swivel or lay flat. On the upside, the earcups are not too big, and the headband is relatively slim, which gives them a slightly smaller footprint than some other over-ear models.
The Hesh 2 have a below-average audio reproduction. Bass is overemphasized and continues into the midrange, which results in a powerful yet muddy sound quality. That combined with the tapered highs makes these headphones sound boomy and honky. They won't correctly represent the stereo image of the audio you're listening to or create a decent soundstage because of their oddly sized ear cups. On the upside, they don't have much harmonic distortion.
Decent Bass Range performance. Low-frequency extension is at 35Hz, which is quite good. However, high-end, active, closed-back headphones usually outperform the Hesh 2 in that department. Bass and high-bass are noticeably overemphasized, adding excessive punch and muddiness to the low-end. However, this does not make up for the slight lack of thump in low-bass.
Decent Mid Range performance. Low-mid is slightly elevated, which is the continuation of the high-bass overemphasis. Mid is hyped by about 5dB which pushes the vocals and instruments to the front of the mix, and could potentially sound honky.
Average Treble Range performance. The response is fairly consistent, but is underemphasized by a few dB. This makes the sound of these headphones a little dark and low-end-heavy. Additionally, the dips at 4KHz and 6KHz negatively affect the presence and clarity of vocals/leads.
Poor soundstage. These headphones perform quite poorly under our PRTF test. Although they activate the pinna to some degree, the activated filter differed quite a bit from the one a loudspeaker would activate. This is likely due to the small ear cups of these headphones that warp the pinna. Additionally, these headphones are not open or loud enough to create a noticeable soundstage.
Poor performance. These headphones produce an unusual amount of phase shift which affects the transparency and accuracy of the reproduction. This is probably due to having small earcups that warp the pinna, and also poor wireless/codec design.
Very good performance. The overall amount of harmonic distortion is very low, especially at 90dB SPL, but could be considered slightly elevated. At 100dB SPL, there is a general rise in the amount harmonic distortion, but it remains within good values.
The Hesh 2 perform poorly at isolating listeners. They only have passive isolation and are not ideal for blocking the ambient noise of a busy commute. The ear cups do not create a good seal around most listeners ears, which lets a lot of noise seep into your audio. This also makes them a bit leaky, distracting the people around you at higher volumes.
Poor isolation. These headphones don't have active noise cancellation, and their seal is not great either. Therefore they only perform decently in the treble range, achieving about 25dB of isolation. The amount of isolation achieved in Bass and Mid Ranges is negligible.
Average leakage. Due to the over-ear design and below average seal, these headphones produce a relatively broadband leakage that covers most of the Mid Range and the lower sections of the Treble Range. However, the overall level of the leakage is not too loud.
The Hesh 2.0 have a good battery life and a decent wireless performance. They have a Bluetooth 4.0 connection that has a bit too much latency for videos or gaming, but it shouldn't be an issue when listening to music. They also last quite a while on a single charge but unfortunately do not have an auto-off feature, and they take slightly long to charge.
The Hesh 2.0 have a disappointing wireless range, especially, for full sized headphones. They have a decently stable connection up to 30 ft when the Bluetooth source was in another room. However, this might not be sufficient if you have a big house or work in a large office and don't want to have your Bluetooth device on you at all times. They're not the easiest to pair and don't offer NFC or clear auditory feedback when in pairing mode.
The Hesh 2 have a good battery life that will last up to 28.3 hours of continuous play time. They take a bit longer than average to charge but can play audio at the same time. This makes them decent headphones for traveling especially if your travel option has a lot of power outlets. Unfortunately, they have no power saving features and will continue draining the battery when your not using them.
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In the box
- Skullcandy Hesh 2 Headphones
- Carrying pouch
- Audio cable
- USB cable