Genuine Skullcandy Dime Wireless Headphones – Review 2021

Although they cost more than 10 cents, the Skullcandy Dime True Wireless Earbuds are the most affordable wireless headphones we’ve seen at just $ 24.99. Yes, some trade-offs have been made to reach such a low price: everything here is made of plastic and it seems the charging cable is the length of a soft finger and the included accessories are kept to a minimum. But sonically, these instruments provide rich, enhanced (but not unnatural) bass depth combined with bright, detailed highs. Their good sound performance makes it easier to forgive some other problems, such as relatively short battery life and poorly implemented controls.

No surprises

Skullcandy offers Dime True wireless headphones as “soundproof”, but all headphones that securely seal the ear canal essentially isolate the noise to some extent. If they create a strong seal, the sound insulation will be even more effective. So it’s not that the statement is false, but don’t confuse these headphones with ones that use active noise cancellation.

The in-ear placement offered by the matte black, blue, gray or green lightweight plastic headphones is surprisingly safe. The plastic feel of the headphones – and in this respect the charging box – is almost cheap at the prototype level. There is no design flourishing other than the Skullcandy logo on the outer panels of the headphones. Three pairs of silicone earphones are included, in small, medium and large ones, and generally speaking, the shape of the headphones is enough to keep things in place when combined with the right headphones.

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The ear control is processed by pressing the skull logo on the rubber outer panel of each of the headphones along the stem. In this way, you power the headphones up and down (hold for two seconds), pair them (hold for four seconds) and play / pause audio (press once). These controls are pretty straightforward, but things get confusing if you want to do something else. To skip a song forward, hold down the right ear button for a second – don’t confuse this with a quick press, as this is for play / pause. (Skipping a song is the same one-second hold on the left earpiece.) The volume is controlled by two taps – up on the right ear or down on the left ear. The voice assistants are called with three taps and one press answers an incoming call. As you can imagine, mixing presses with holders will definitely create some gaps when one button handles everything.

The headphones have IPX4 ratingwhich means they can handle splashes and exposure to sweat. Wearing them in light rain or while exercising should not be a problem, but avoid washing them under the tap. And remember that the charging box does not have a water resistance rating, so the headphones must be completely dry before you hang them.

The case has a slit cover that reveals when the headphones are attached, showing the rubberized stems. The flip cover may be the least protected from any case we’ve tested, made of lightweight plastic, which, as the cut-out panels suggest, is almost there to show. Interior charging sockets are essentially always on when the headphones are not plugged in, so find a safe and dry place to store the box when not in use. There is a micro USB port on the back panel for the included charging cable. If the box has a slight bloom, it is the strap attached to one of the rounded corners.

The headset is compatible with Bluetooth 5.0 and there is no application that is not surprising at this price. Skullcandy estimates that the battery life is approximately 12 hours, which means that the headphones get four hours on a full charge, and the case has an eight-hour capacity. These numbers are low for the real life of a wireless battery these days, but again, how much can you expect for $ 25?

Solid audio performance

On songs with intense sub-bass content, such as The Knife’s “Silent Shout,” the headphones provide an impressive low-frequency response. At the top, unreasonable levels of listening, the song is not distorted, and at more reasonable volumes its depth is strong and powerful. Here, the peaks look balanced enough to match the lows and not allow things to become too focused on the bass.

Bill Callahan’s “Drover,” a song with far less deep bass in the mix, gives us a better feel for Dime’s overall sound signature. The drums of this song may sound too thunderous in the bass ahead, but here Skullcandy achieves the right balance. Certainly some serious amplification is happening, but it’s in the name of giving the drums a strong, round sound. Things never go to unnaturally thunderous territory. Callahan’s baritone vocals also receive solid help from a rich presence in the lower middle, combined with a clear high middle edge. Acoustic strings and higher register percussion are delivered with a reasonable amount of detail and brightness in the middle. Things definitely tend to the lows, but they never sound muddy – there is enough definition in the high and medium heights to keep the basic clarity of the mix.

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On Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “No Church in the Wild,” the percussion cycle gains a high enough average presence in the attack to maintain its power, while the vinyl crack and hiss, which usually leads to background status, seems to be a step forward. in the mix – so there seems to be some sculpting going on at the tops, not by general amplification. The sub-bass synthesizer hits, which break the rhythm, come with a solid subwoofer-like thunder, without including full megabass. Here we have a strong idea of ​​the range of minima without overcoming the balance of the mix. The vocals of this song are delivered with solid clarity and maybe a little extra hiss, but they never seem to struggle with the slightly inflated lows.

Orchestral pieces, such as the opening scene by John Adams The Gospel according to the Other Mary, have a bright, rich sound for them. The lower register toolkit gets some gain, but is not pressed to extremes. Higher-register brass, strings, and vocals come with their typical bright, vibrant presence that commands the spotlight. Generally speaking, this is a balanced sound signature with rich low and bright peaks. There are many sculptures, but the sculpture is well combined at both ends of the frequency range. The sound signature is certainly not for purists, but for $ 25 it sounds extremely good.

The microphone offers surprisingly solid intelligibility. Using the Voice Memos app on the iPhone 8, we can understand every word we write down without a problem. There was a slight distortion of Bluetooth that blurred the edges of the words, but this was to be expected and the microphone signal was relatively strong compared to what we usually hear from real wireless headphone microphones.

The most affordable wireless headphones

For $ 25, the Skullcandy Dime True wireless headphones provide a powerful, balanced, rich and bright sound signature. There’s really nothing else to say, but the sound is better than you’d expect for the price. The controls are a bit tedious to operate and compilation is as cheap as possible, but most importantly – the audio – hits above its weight class. There are other true wireless headphones under $ 50, such as the $ 30 JLab Go Air and the $ 35 Tribit FlyBuds 3. FlyBuds are our best choice in this price range, especially if you are looking for a fully waterproof exercise headset. But if you just want to spend as little as possible, it’s hard to argue with just $ 25 for Skullcandy Dime.

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