Skullcandy Sesh Evo Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds 2020 Review.
The Skullcandy Sesh Evo are basic truly wireless headphones. They feature durable construction, good passive noise isolation capability, and a stable fit that should allow them to easily stay in your ears during low-intensity exercise.
The Skullcandy Sesh 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’ll receive voice prompts for powering the headphones on and off, successful Bluetooth pairing, and activating the voice assistant.
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
- Good price to performance ratio.
- Decently well-balanced, bass-heavy sound profile.
- Good isolation performance with almost no leakage.
- Disappointing battery life with only two additional charges from case.
- In-ear fit might not be comfortable for everyone.
- Poor microphone quality.
Available in black, blue, green, or red, the Sesh Evo’s earpieces are tiny, lightweight, and come with three pairs of silicone eartips to help them stay in place for a secure and comfortable fit. Internally, 6mm drivers deliver a frequency range of 20Hz to 20kHz, with a 32-ohm impedance.
The charging case is fairly compact, with an eggshell-like finish, a flip-top lid, and status LEDs on the front face that tell you how much battery life is left.
There’s a USB-C port on the rear panel for the included charging cable.
An IP55 rating means the earphones can withstand light splashes and some exposure to dust.
First, let’s discuss the EQ modes. Predictably, Podcast mode focuses on the human voice range and dials back the bass response a bit.
Movie mode seems to accentuate the same aspects of the frequency range you’d expect from a soundbar—the lows are pumped, but the highs are also sculpted for clear dialogue.
Music mode, it should come as no surprise, is what we recommend sticking with for listening to music—the bass is boosted here, but the overall sound signature feels a little less sculpted than the other two modes.
This is all relative, of course—all three modes are quite sculpted and don’t really offer an accurate sound signature.
In Music mode, on tracks with intense sub-bass content, like the Knife’s “Silent Shout,” the earphones deliver powerful bass depth.
- 2 ear buds
- 3 sets of ear gels (baffles), one each of small, medium, and large
- travel / charging case
- USB A – micro USB charging cable
- User guide and warranty card
Design And Features
The Sesh earbuds are IP55-rated to resist sweat, surface moisture (say rain), and dust, so they should be fine for running, the gym, or just mundane exercise like mowing the lawn, trimming bushes, or building something in your workshop.
The internal batteries in the ear buds should give you about 3 hours of music (my experience was 2.5 – 3.5 hours, but I would pause my music and also answering calls) and the battery in the charging case will top off the batteries about 2.3 more times.
This gives an on-the-go total time of up to 10 hours. The charging case helpfully provides a visual indicator of its remaining charge which can be activated by pressing the button located on the front of the case.
Before use, the charging case and the earbuds should be fully charged. This should take less than 3 hours.
The Sesh earbuds are supposed to enter pairing mode with placed into and then removed from the travel / charging case.
I had some problems getting this to work reliably and had to resort to using the buttons on the earbuds to manually enter pairing mode.
I found the Sesh wireless earbuds provide a similar experience to my wired Skullcandy earbuds and Skullcandy on-the-ear headphones.
Specifically, the sound is bass rich without sacrificing too much on the high end. These are definitely not audiophile, neutrally-balanced listening devices.
There is a noticeable difference between the Sesh earbuds and my Seinheiser headphones.
Continuing on the audio performance track (pun intended), I have used the Sesh earbuds at my desk, when working outside, and in my shop.
They work well enough for the music that I listen to (a mix of folk, country folk, pop, rock, mid-century jazz / big band, and some electronic).
I have successfully used them under a pair of 3M high-performance ear muff-style hearing protectors when working with power tools of various types.
Sesh Bluetooth earbuds last only about 3 hours per charge. Plus, come with around 7 hours more in the charging case.
This is on the lower end for the category, but that’s acceptable for the price.
In our testing we got 2h 50min per charge at half volume. But you can listen to them at 30% volume which will get you longer playtime.
Sesh earbuds aren’t fully waterproof, but with IP55 (IPX5) protection they’re resistant to water splashes, dust, and fully sweatproof. They’re made out of plastic that doesn’t feel premium but isn’t cheap either.
Build-quality isn’t as bad as you’d expect from budget true wireless earbuds.
They feel and look pretty good, hiding their price well. Nobody will know how little you paid.
But make sure you don’t drop them too often. The plastic gets scraped easily (that’s what we did).
Also, the buttons give solid pressure feedback when you press them, almost too much, and it can get a bit painful.