Recently Skullcandy launched its very first set of true wireless earbuds with active noise cancelling: the Skullcandy Indy ANC. I tried out the buds for a while to tell you exactly if they’re worth the trouble. Curious? Read on!
Active noise cancelling test
The Indy ANC looks pretty much the same as the other Indys in Skullcandy’s most popular line. One of the differences is of course the added active noise cancelling. I tried it in a few everyday scenarios from trying to work next to all too talkative people, to running next to a busy road and trying to fall asleep with music on in the next room.
The ANC feature did its job pretty well and I’m quite impressed. The buds nicely drowned out the lower tones, like engine noises, as well as the higher tones when people were talking around me. The active noise cancelling isn’t foolproof though as I could sometimes still here faint noises in the background. It was definitely very effective though, especially for earbuds. With over-the-ear ANC headphones you get an added passive noise cancelling effect, which in-ear earphones obviously don’t really have.
Wireless chargeable case
Another difference with the previous Indy’s is the charging case. The case now supports wireless charging itself. So you don’t have to fuss around with cables anymore if you have a wireless charger or phone that supports device-to-device charging. As for the battery life, you get 9 hours of listening time with the just the buds. The case adds 23 hours to that, giving you a total of 32 hours. I should mention that those times only hold when you don’t use active noise cancelling. With the feature on the battery life in the buds drops down to 5 hours, while the case is good for another 14 hours. The earphones do support fast charging. In this case that means a 10 minute charge gives you an extra 2 hours of playtime.
Improved for smaller ears
For people with smaller ears Skullcandy added a second smaller wingtip to the package. This should take care of comfort issues for some of us and keep the buds in place better.
Apart from that the Indy ANC has pretty much the same features as the other Skullcandy Indy earphones. You get the usual personal sound feature. Use it to optimize the sound to your personal liking. The buds also come with different equalizer modes to further optimize the audio for things like podcasts, games and movies. Then there’s the much needed Tile-finding technology. This helps you find your earbuds with your phone when you inevitably misplace them. Other features are the ability to use either bud solo, full media controls on both buds and an IPX4 rating.
Skullcandy Indy ANC in pink
If you want to try it out for yourself, you can get the Indy ANC on on the official Skullcandy website for 129.99 USD. Obviously you’ll find them in other webshops as well. This month the earbuds are available in Feisty Pink as Skullcandy celebrates the feel-good mood feisty. Every month the company focuses on a different mood with its Mood Boost program to help people struggling with mental health issues. If you get the pink bundle you also support the non-profit To Write Love On Her Arms. Not into pink? The standard color options are True Black and Chill Grey.
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