Review: Skullcandy Sesh Evo

Do what it's supposed to

Skullcandy's cheapest completely wireless earbuds Skullcandy Sesh Evo have rhythmically enough bass, and sound pretty good. When set correctly.

Published 2020-10-01 - 10:19 am
Skullcandy Sesh Evo
Geir Nordby

When you get below the thousand mark for a pair of completely wireless earplugs with good battery life, it starts to taste like a bird. Skullcandy Sesh Evo is also water and dust protected with IP55 certification, which means that you can train well with them – even in heavy rain.

Skullcandy has something they call Fearless Use Promise, which means that if you destroy or lose a part that is not covered by the warranty and return the plugs, you will receive new plugs in exchange for only paying for the part that is damaged or lost.

Battery capacity is stated at 5 hours in the earplugs, while the charging case that charges lasts another 24 hours.

Sesh Evo is compatible with the Tile app, which allows you to track them with Tile if you have lost them. Fun.

The earbuds do not support the Skullcandy app, but there are some EQ settings to choose from. Press the skull logo four times on one of the earbuds, and scroll through three different EQ functions: Music, Podcast, and Movie. Music mode is preset. Steer clear of Podcast mode for anything other than pure speech, as it removes all bass. Whether you choose Music or Film, on the other hand, depends a bit on your own preferences.

You control music and conversations by clicking the skull logo on each earplug, and they work properly. But be aware that call quality is deplorable stuff. The other party will hear you as trapped and hollow.

The sound of Skullcandy Sesh Evo

At first I was quite impressed by the hefty bass in the Sesh Evo. You feel it in your head every time the bass drum beats, and the bass guitar takes up a lot of space. But it takes up too much space, and masks the chest sound area in singing voices. It sounds too woolly, and does not get particularly engaging anyway.

Switch from Music to Movie sound mode, and the energy in the bass range moves from the middle bass down to the subwoofer range. This gives the voices more space, and comes out more clearly. It also gets clearer in the top register, overall it sounds a lot better in my ears. You lose a bit of the party bass factor, and now it rumbles a little too much all the way down in the bass register. It does not sound as rhythmic. But I prefer this mode, since I like to listen to the singing voices and also to bring out the different sound layers in instruments.

But no matter how you twist and turn it, Sesh Evo is too coarse-grained. They do not sound as engaging as the Supra Nero-TX, which at the same price has at least as much bass as the Skullcandy Sesh Evo, and also has a more powerful amplifier that can play louder. And without it sounding woolly at the top.

Are there training plugs you are looking for at this price, I would rather look in the direction of Kygo E7 / 900.

Conclusion

Skullcandy Sesh Evo is a cheap entrance ticket to completely wireless earplugs, and also withstands water and sweat and can be used for training.

The preset EQ sounds too woolly, with way too much midrange. Press four times, then four more times to switch to Movie mode, and it sounds better. There is still a little too much grumbling at the bottom of the bass, and it gets a little coarse-grained. But no longer a crisis.

There are even better earplugs for the price, also for training, but in the right sound mode, the Sesh Evo does what they are supposed to.

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Skullcandy Sesh Evo
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We think

Energetic bass, works for training. Movie sound mode sounds pretty good. Missing details, especially in the overtones. Default setting sounds woolly. Poor call quality.

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