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Skullcandy Sesh Evo True Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Updated Jun 16, 2021 at 09:31 am
Skullcandy Sesh Evo True Wireless Picture
6.6
Neutral Sound
7.5
Commute/Travel
8.0
Sports/Fitness
6.9
Office
5.1
Wireless Gaming
5.0
Wired Gaming
6.1
Phone Calls
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo True Wireless are budget-friendly headphones. Although they have a simple design, they feel durable and can passively block out a good amount of noise like office chatter around you. Out-of-the-box, they have a bass-heavy sound profile that delivers intense thump and boom. While some users may find they sound very muddy, they come with a couple of EQ presets built-in to help you adjust their sound. Unfortunately, their roughly 4.7-hour continuous battery life may not be enough to get you through your day, though their case holds three additional charges.

Our Verdict

6.6 Neutral Sound

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo are fair for neutral listening. Once you find the right-sized ear tips, they deliver audio with exceptional consistency. Unfortunately, their overemphasized bass response and slightly recessed treble generate a somewhat unbalanced sound profile. Thankfully, mids are accurately reproduced, so vocals and leads should sound present and clear.

Pros
  • Consistent audio delivery.
Cons
  • Bad passive soundstage.
7.5 Commute/Travel

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo are good for commuting and travel. They're small, lightweight, and very portable, so you can put them in most pockets or bags when you're on the go. They also have a comfortable fit for long trips. However, they struggle to passively block out the low rumble of bus or plane engines, and their roughly 4.7-hour battery life may not last through long days on the go.

Pros
  • Dense plastic build.
  • Good passive noise isolation.
Cons
  • Relatively short continuous battery life.
8.0 Sports/Fitness

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo are a very good choice for sports and fitness. They have a stable fit and weigh very little, so they should stay in your ears while you're out running. If you like to keep aware of your surroundings, you can use one earbud in 'Mono' mode as the other stays in its case. They also have good build quality, and they're rated IP55 for dust and water resistance, though we don't currently test for that.

Pros
  • Stable fit.
  • Dense plastic build.
Cons
  • Control scheme requires many inputs.
6.9 Office

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo are alright for office use. They leak very little audio, so you can listen to your music at high volumes without fear of disrupting your coworkers. They're also quite effective at filtering out workplace chatter. Unfortunately, they don't last all that long on a single charge, and you may need to recharge them fairly often.

Pros
  • Good passive noise isolation.
  • Outstanding audio leakage performance.
Cons
  • Relatively short continuous battery life.
  • High wireless latency on PC and iOS devices.
5.1 Wireless Gaming

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo aren't recommended for wireless gaming. While you can connect them to a Bluetooth-enabled PC, the latency is likely to be too high for gaming. They also aren't compatible with Xbox One or PS4 consoles.

5.0 Wired Gaming

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo are Bluetooth-only earbuds and can't be used wired.

6.1 Phone Calls

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo are middling for phone calls. Their integrated mic does an adequate job of recording your voice, but it sounds a bit thin and muffled. The mic also struggles to separate your voice from moderate ambient noise around you. That said, while the buds struggle to block out bass-range noise like the rumble of bus engines, they can cut down a significant amount of noise like office chatter.

Pros
  • Good passive noise isolation.
Cons
  • Poor microphone noise handling capability.
  • Mediocre microphone recording quality.
  • 6.6 Neutral Sound
  • 7.5 Commute/Travel
  • 8.0 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.9 Office
  • 5.1 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.0 Wired Gaming
  • 6.1 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Jun 29, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.5.
  2. Updated Oct 08, 2020: Added manual adjustable EQ presets in the Controls box.
  3. Updated Oct 02, 2020: Review published.
  4. Updated Sep 28, 2020: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo are simple-looking truly wireless headphones that look similar to the Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless. They don't stick out too far from your ear. They also come in a few different colors, so you can find a look that suits you: black, blue, mint, and red.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.02 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo are decently comfortable. They don't enter your ear too deeply, and once you find the right-sized ear tips, they don't put too much pressure on the inside of your ear canal. You should also be aware that using the multi-function button forces the buds further into your ear, which can be annoying. The buds themselves are also a little on the bulky side, and you might start to feel a little discomfort in the outer ear region.

6.6
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Presets + Voice Assistant

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo have an alright physical control scheme. It relies entirely on multi-press inputs on the buds' multi-function button, with one tap of either bud pausing and playing media and answering calls, three taps to turn on your phone's voice assistant, and four taps to change the EQ preset. Turning up the volume requires a double-tap of the right bud while turning it down requires the same input on the left unit. Holding down the left and right bud skips tracks backward and forwards, respectively. You can receive voice prompts for powering the headphones on and off, successful Bluetooth pairing, and activating the voice assistant.

9.2
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 0.8 ยฐC
9.4
Design
Portability
L 1.2" (3.0 cm)
W 1.2" (3.0 cm)
H 1.1" (2.8 cm)
Volume 1.80 inยณ (29.50 cmยณ)
Transmitter Required No

Like most truly wireless headphones, the Skullcandy Sesh Evo are outstandingly portable. They can easily be carried in your pocket, though their case is a little on the tall side.

8.0
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 3.3" (8.4 cm)
W 1.7" (4.3 cm)
H 1.5" (3.8 cm)
Volume 8.40 inยณ (137.65 cmยณ)

These truly wireless headphones have a great charging case. It's made of hard, dense plastic and feels sturdy enough to protect the buds from minor drops and bumps. It features four indicator lights on its exterior to show current battery life. It also supports wireless charging.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo are well-built. While their all-plastic construction doesn't seem especially premium, the buds and case still feel quite sturdy and should survive a couple of small drops and bumps. The buds are also rated IP55 for dust and water resistance, though this isn't something we currently test for.

7.5
Design
Stability

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo have a stable fit. Although they lack stability fins, they should stay put in your ears during moderate physical exercise. However, they aren't as stable as in-ears like the Mpow M30 Truly Wireless.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Skullcandy Sesh Evo headphones
  • Wireless charging case
  • USB-C to USB-A charging cable
  • 3x ear tips
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
3.88 dB
Treble Amount
-6.22 dB

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo have a very bass-heavy sound profile. They deliver intense thump, rumble, and boom, which is well-suited for genres like EDM and hip-hop. However, some users may find their sound muddies and darkens vocals and lead instruments. Luckily, they have three different EQ presets that you can use to adjust them to your liking: 'Music', which is the default EQ that we tested, 'Movie', and 'Podcast'.

9.4
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.12 dB

Their frequency response consistency is outstanding. As long as you achieve a proper fit with the included assortment of ear tip sizes, you should get consistent audio delivery every time you wear them.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.0
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.67 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
5.34 dB
Mid-Bass
5.02 dB
High-Bass
5.29 dB

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo's bass accuracy is okay. It's very overemphasized but flat throughout the range. This should please EDM and hip-hop fans, as they deliver intense thump, punch, and boom. However, some listeners may find this sound muddies the vocals and lead instruments of other genres.

8.1
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.48 dB
Low-Mid
3.94 dB
Mid-Mid
0.12 dB
High-Mid
-0.5 dB

The headphones have great mid-accuracy. While the low-mids are slightly overemphasized, which muddies your mix, the rest of the range is quite neutral. Vocals and lead instruments are also present and detailed in the mix.

6.8
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.68 dB
Mid-Treble
-5.83 dB
Low-Treble
-3.74 dB
High-Treble
-13.76 dB

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo have okay treble accuracy. The response is underemphasized across the entire range, so vocals and lead instruments may lack detail while sibilants sound dull and somewhat lispy.

8.6
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1 dB
Dips
0.49 dB

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo's peaks and dips performance is excellent. There are a few small peaks and dips, but they're minor. A small peak in the high-bass to the low-mid can sound boomy or muddy, and a dip in the mid-mid nudges vocals and lead instruments to the back of the mix. The peak in the low to mid-treble adds brightness but can make sibilants sound harsh or piercing.

9.3
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.11
Weighted Phase Mismatch
0.98
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.34
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.09

The stereo imaging performance of these headphones is excellent. Their weighted group delay falls entirely beneath the audibility threshold, resulting in tight bass and transparent treble. The L/R drivers are also very well-matched in amplitude, frequency, and phase response, meaning that objects are accurately placed in the stereo image. That said, these results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.

0.6
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
2.7
Acoustic Space Excitation
0.1

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo have a terrible passive soundstage, which is normal for in-ear headphones. They bypass any interaction with the outer ear, which is important in creating an outdoor speaker-like listening experience. They have a closed-back design, so sound seems like it's coming from the inside of your head instead of all around you.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No App
7.4
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.435
WHD @ 100
0.142

The weighted harmonic distortion performance is decent. While most of the range falls within good limits, you may encounter some distortion throughout the treble range, more so at moderate volumes. However, it shouldn't be too noticeable for most listeners.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 5.0
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Music (Default)
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test the Skullcandy Sesh Evo. We used the 'Music' EQ preset because it's the default setting. Also, the microphone tests were performed with a Bluetooth 4.2 dongle instead of our traditional Bluetooth 5.0 due to connectivity issues. Our results are only valid when the headphones are in this configuration.

Isolation
7.3
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-21.42 dB
Bass
-9.67 dB
Mid
-19.79 dB
Treble
-35.72 dB

These in-ears have a good noise isolation performance. While they struggle to passively reduce the low rumbles of bus and plane engines, they do a significantly better job of cutting down office chatter. They can also block out high-pitched noise like the hum of an AC unit.

9.9
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
21.69 dB

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo have an exceptional leakage performance. Thanks to their in-ear design, they leak almost no sound. If you like to listen to your favorite songs at a high volume, those around you shouldn't be able to hear it, even in a quiet environment.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No

These in-ears have an integrated microphone.

Note: During our microphone tests, we experienced issues correctly connecting the headphones to our Bluetooth 5.0 dongle. As a result, the 'Recording Quality' and 'Noise Handling' tests were completed using a Bluetooth 4.2 dongle rather than the Bluetooth 5.0 dongle used in regular testing.

6.3
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
486.43 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
3.28 dB
HFE
7,561.35 Hz
Weighted THD
1.915
Gain
7.09 dB

The integrated microphone has an adequate recording quality. Your voice sounds natural, although a bit thin and muffled.

5.0
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
4.75 dB
Noise Gate
No
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
5.0
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
5.0
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The integrated mic has poor noise handling. People on the other end of the line may have trouble understanding you, even in a slightly noisy environment.

Active Features
5.9
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
4.7 hrs
Additional Charges
3.0
Total Battery Life
18.8 hrs
Charge Time
0.8 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo have sub-par battery performance. They last around 4.7 hours on a single charge, far less than alternatives like the Boltune BT-BH024 Truly Wireless. However, battery performance depends on your usage, so your real-life experience may vary. That said, their carrying case holds roughly three additional charges. You can also use one bud while the other one charges, although you won't be able to access controls like volume or track skipping.

0
Active Features
App Support
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo don't have a companion app. However, they're Tile-enabled, which allows you to find them if they're ever misplaced using the Tile app.

Connectivity
6.6
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
155.00 ft (47.24 m)
PC Latency (SBC)
190 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
289 ms
Android Latency
314 ms

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo have reasonable Bluetooth connectivity. They're Bluetooth 5.0-compatible but don't support NFC or multi-device pairing, which is annoying if you like to switch between listening to content on your phone and computer. They also have high audio latency on PC and especially iOS devices, which can be quite disruptive when gaming or streaming videos. That said, they perform decently well on Android devices. Apps and devices compensate for latency differently, so your real-world experience may vary.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection
No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

Update 04/21/2021: Some users have experienced issues with their carrying case not charging after using a different USB-C cable than the one included in the box. We tried charging the case with three USB-C to USB-A cables from different manufacturers, and we got the case to charge. That said, you may experience an issue if you use a charging cable over 1A. However, we can't confirm this.

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo are wireless-only, and you can't use them with a wired connection. They come with a USB-C to USB-A cable to charge their case.

Connectivity
PC Compatibility
Analog
No
Wired USB
No
Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
No
PS4 Wired USB
No
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
PS5 Analog
No
PS5 Wired USB
No
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
Xbox Series X|S Analog
No
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
No
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless
No

These in-ears are Bluetooth-only and can't connect to Xbox One consoles.

2.2
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Charging Case
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
Yes
Power Supply
USB-C

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo come with a case that provides around three additional charges. It also features four indicator lights to indicate the remaining charge. You can recharge the case wirelessly or via a USB-C to USB-A cable.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo are available in four different color schemes: 'True Black', 'Bleached Blue', 'Pure Mint', and 'Deep Red'. We tested the 'True Black' variant, and you can see their label here. We expect the other color variants to perform similarly overall. If someone comes across a differently configured variant, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo are simple true wireless headphones that are a very good fit for sports and fitness. Their stable fit, sturdy construction, and bass-heavy sound profile make them suitable for taking to the gym or out running. Unfortunately, their unbalanced sound profile may not be ideal for all users, and their continuous battery life is a little on the short side.

If you're looking for other options, take a look at our list of recommendations of the best wireless earbuds for running and working out, the best cheap wireless earbuds, and the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds.

Skullcandy Indy Evo True Wireless

The Skullcandy Indy Evo True Wireless and the Skullcandy Sesh Evo True Wireless perform quite similarly despite their differing designs. The Indy Evo have a talk-through feature, provide a more neutral bass response, and have a superior integrated microphone. The Sesh Evo offer much better battery performance, block out more ambient noise, leak less audio, and have a better-balanced treble response.

Skullcandy Jib True Wireless

The Skullcandy Jib True Wireless and the Skullcandy Sesh Evo True Wireless have different strengths and depending on your usage, you may prefer either one. While both headphones are comfortable the Jib have longer-lasting continuous battery life and a better overall integrated mic performance. However, the Sesh Evo have a more stable fit and EQ presets built-in. 

Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless

The Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless and the Skullcandy Sesh Evo True Wireless, are, unsurprisingly, very closely matched. The Evo have a case that supports wireless charging, switchable EQ modes, and longer continuous battery life, not to mention a more neutral bass response. However, the Sesh have an integrated mic with superior noise handling capability and a better-balanced treble response.

Skullcandy Dime True Wireless

The Skullcandy Dime True Wireless are slightly better headphones than the Skullcandy Sesh Evo True Wireless. The Dime have a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, which some users may prefer, and their integrated mic offers better overall performance. However, the Sesh Evo are more comfortable and can isolate more noise passively. They also have better battery performance and have a couple of EQ presets built-in. 

Skullcandy Push Truly Wireless

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo True Wireless and Skullcandy Push Truly Wireless have different strengths. The Sesh Evo are better-built, block out more ambient noise, leak less audio, and have longer total battery life. The Push, meanwhile, last longer off of a single charge and have a microphone with better noise handling capability.

Skullcandy Spoke True Wireless

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo True Wireless are a bit better headphones for mixed usage than the Skullcandy Spoke True Wireless. The Sesh Evo are more comfortable and have better noise isolation. They also come with some EQ presets built-in. However, the Spoke's microphone has a better recording quality and they have a longer continuous battery life. 

Apple AirPods (2nd generation) Truly Wireless

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo True Wireless are better for mixed usage than the Apple AirPods (2nd generation) Truly Wireless. The Skullcandy have an easier-to-use and more comprehensive control scheme, a more stable fit, more consistent audio delivery, and far better noise isolation capability. They also have longer continuous battery life and have a couple of EQ presets built-in. That said, the Apple earbuds provide a more open and spacious listening experience, are better-built, and more comfortable to wear. They have a case that yields a longer total battery life, with five additional charges compared to the Skullcandy's three.

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