Skullcandy Jib True Wireless Earbuds Review: Enjoy Music Without Wires
The wire-free Skullcandy Jib True Wireless earbuds feature a durable design, good passive noise isolation and a stable fit.
By Bryan Keegan I Jan 20, 2021
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Our Score: 7.6
+ In-expensive TWS earbuds
+ IPX4 sweat and water resistant
+ Good passive noise isolation
+ Portable and lightweight design
+ Robust build quality
+ Decent sound quality
+ Secure and stable fit
+ Use either bud solo
- High latency while watching videos
- Overly boosted bass frequencies
- No app support
- Connection drops
- Sub-par microphone performance
- Average battery life
- Requires re-pairing when switch between devices
The iconic Skullcandy logo has become synonymous with low-cost audio equipment, especially headphones and earbuds. The Skullcandy Jib True Wireless are decent, true wireless in-ear headphones that offer a very good price-to-performance ratio. Although they are made of plastic, the build quality is pretty good, which feels durable and well-made, especially for the price.
Since Apple's AirPods debuted in 2016, other companies have been trying to replicate the same success with countless alternatives at different prices targeted different market segments. Skullcandy is the latest brand to break into the realm of True Wireless. The Jib True Wireless is an inexpensive alternative to Apple's AirPods or other offerings from Sony or Bose brands, but be prepared to make some compromises.
They don't sound like cheap wireless headphones that you can buy at Walmart for about $30. For the price, the sound quality of these Skullcandy earbuds is really acceptable. The Skullcandy Jib True wireless earbuds have a bass heavy sound profile which will likely please fans of genres like EDM or hip-hop.
Model: Jib True Wireless in-ear headphones
Release date: September 2020
Regular price: $30 USD
What’s included in the box?
The Skullcandy Jib True sales package includes a total of three pairs of ear tips of different sizes (S, M, L). They're just not enough to accommodate any shape and size of the ear out there. Headphone manufacturers should include more, or you can upgrade them with a better pair of memory foam tips instead.
Who should get the Skullcandy Jib True Wireless earbuds?
If you are an Android user - Without a doubt, Apple Airpods are the most popular true wireless headphones on the market and there is still no worthy alternative from an Android manufacturer. The Jib wireless can be paired with any Android smartphone without any problem.
If you don't like the fit of Apple Airpods - For iPhone users, Skullcandy Jib True Wireless earbuds are much better when they're in your ears. Thanks to the silicone tips (3 different sizes included in the packaging), they offer a comfortable and secure fit than Airpods.
If you want to give a gift to someone - Whether or not you think about spending $30 on these, we're pretty sure that anyone could make use of it if they received it as a gift.
How’s the build and design of Skullcandy Jib True Wireless earbuds?
The Skullcandy Jib True is a pair of well-built headphones that resemble its premium sibling Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless. They feel decently well-made and should be able to withstand a few accidental drops without suffering any major damage. They are low-profile Truly wireless headphones that look good and don't feel too cheap.
Say hello to life without wires. Jib True wireless is exactly that: Truly, completely, absolutely free from the hassle of wires. So go ahead: Start listening and living without anything holding you back. –Skullcandy
Like most truly wireless headphones, Skullcandy Jib True Wireless earbuds are exceptionally portable. They are definitely some of the smaller earbuds that we have tested and do not protrude too much from your ears.
Their charging case is also compact in size that you can easily store in your pants pocket or a bag. The lid is easy to open and has a wonderfully tactile snap when it closes shut, and no amount of shaking flips the top open when you don't want it to. The case also has a small indicator light to show the current battery life.
Not all wireless earbuds need to be flashy, but Skullcandy is usually the colorful brand and it's surprising that company offers Jib wireless in only two-color variations. The design doesn't stand out if you choose the black variant. But if you're not a fan of it, you can opt for an eye-catching retro blue scheme that can draw a little more attention.
Headphone type: In-Ear
True Wireless: Yes
Product height: 38.1 mm
Product width: 25.4 mm
Product depth: 28 mm
Product weight: 5.7 g
Foldable design: No
Dimensions: Charging case
Case height: 74 mm
Case width: 28 mm
Case depth: 36 mm
Case weight: 48.5 g
How comfortable are Skullcandy Jib True Wireless earbuds?
The Skullcandy Jib True are decently comfortable for in-ears and come with three tips of different sizes to help you get the best fit. They are feather-light and their thin nozzle fits naturally and safely into your ear. They are definitely comfortable enough for walks and commute.
These headphones are decently stable thanks to their in-ear fit and shouldn't move much in your ears. The oval-shaped housing remained in place unobstructed. But they are not the best option for high-intensity workouts as they do not have stability fins, which would help them stay in place better.
The outer buds are a bit bulky and you can feel the weight while you wear them for long listening sessions. Although they don't put too much pressure on the ear, their in-ear design may not be suitable for everyone, and some may feel tired after a few hours.
How well does the Skullcandy Jib Wireless block out noise?
The Skullcandy Jib True Wireless have a decent noise isolation performance. The earbuds sit snugly in the ears and create an impressive level of passive sound isolation and bypass any sort of interaction with the outer-ear, which is crucial in generating an out-of-head listening experience.
Noise cancelling: No
Sound isolating: Passive
Ambient sound mode: No
Quick attention mode: No
Their closed-back enclosure and in-ear design do a much better job blocking out higher-frequency sounds like voices or the hum of AC units, but due to the lack of an ANC feature they don't block out a lot of noise in the bass range, so you can hear the sound of bus and plane engines.
How much sound do the Skullcandy Jib True Wireless earbuds leak?
The Skullcandy Jib True Wireless offer excellent leakage performance. No audio should leak out of the ear canal once an airtight fit is achieved with the earbuds included. You can even listen to your music at very high volume without disturbing the people nearby.
Will water splashes ruin the Skullcandy Jib True?
Skullcandy Jib True are IPX4 certified, which means they are sweat and splash resistant. You can use them during your workouts or in light drizzle without worrying that they will be damaged by sweat or water splashes.
Water resistant: Yes
IP rating: IPX4
Manufacturer's warranty – Parts: 2 years limited
Manufacturer's warranty – Labor: 2 years limited
The IPX4 rating isn't terribly impressive, however, especially when there are options like the $50 EarFun Free and the $35 Tribit FlyBuds 3 that are fully waterproof. If you want complete peace of mind better to check these earbuds.
How’s the connection on the Skullcandy Jib Wireless?
Thanks to Bluetooth 5.0, these headphones have sufficient Bluetooth performance. Apart from a few short dropouts, the overall connection is quite smooth.
The pairing process uses a quick auto-connection every time you remove your headphones from the charging case, it's very smooth and instantly streams all your audio, whether it's music, TV shows or whatever.
Wireless connectivity: Bluetooth
Multi device connectivity: No
Both earbuds receive their own Bluetooth signal, so each bud can be used independently for music or calls in Solo mode and keep the other ear free for external announcements or conversations.
Bluetooth version: 5.0
No. of devices to be paired: 7
No. of devices can connect simultaneously: 1
Bluetooth transmitter frequency range: 2.4 Ghz
Bluetooth range: Up to 30 m
Compatible profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
Although Skullcandy Jib Wireless earphones are equipped with Bluetooth version 5.0, there is no multi-device connectivity with two or more audio devices, which is very common nowadays. This means that only one device can be connected at a time.
Regardless of the distance from the audio source, sometimes one or both buds lose connectivity and need to be re-paired with the device. It's a long and tedious process.
What can the controls on Skullcandy Jib True Wireless earbuds do?
Each earbud has a physical multi-function button placed on the outer surface, which is quite clicky. The control scheme is simple - one tap to pause/play or answer calls, two taps to adjust volume (down on left earbud, up on right), a long press to skip tracks (previous on left earbud, next on right), and three taps to activate your phone's voice assistant. The controls are very responsive and work without hassle.
Interface: Multi-function button
Controls: Volume, Skips tracks, Answer calls, Music Play/Pause, Voice Assistant
Voice Assistant: Google Assistant, Siri
Microphone: Dual Microphones
The physical button under a rubber membrane on each bud requires considerable force to press it. This may end up hurting the ears of some users. During our testing, I often found myself dislodging the earbuds from the ears while changing tracks or adjusting the volume.
The single multi-function button on each bud for all the operations means you have to remember and carefully notice your clicks, which can take some time to get used to.
While you can listen to music on one of the buds while the other charges, you aren't able to use the controls for volume adjustment or track skipping. I ended up picking my phone most of the time to make any change.
Is there any companion app to manage your Skullcandy Jib True Wireless?
Unfortunately, there is no app from Skullcandy (high-end models do have) that allows you to change the sound profile of the Jib True Wireless, update firmware or make adjustments to a graphical equalizer.
How long does the Skullcandy Jib Wireless earbuds battery last?
When it comes to battery life, the Jib Wireless really impressed me as I was able to hit the Skullcandy’s estimated figures of 6 hours even with rough use. Combined with the around 3 additional charges provided by their case, they have a total battery life of about 22 hours.
This is good for those who are constantly on the move. However, as usage increases, you may need to plug them even more into the power outlet. You can use one of the buds while the other remains in the charging case, but you won't be able to use the controls to adjust the volume levels or skip the tracks.
Battery Type: Lithium polymer
Battery life - Earbuds: Up to 6 hrs
Battery life - Earbuds with charging case: Up to 22 hrs
Standby Mode: No
Auto-Power Off: No
Quick charge: No
Battery Indicator: Yes
Power input: Micro-USB
Wireless charging: No
The headphones last about 6 hours on a single charge, which is quite normal for a true wireless. If you're always in a hurry, check out the Skullcandy Indy Fuel True Wireless, which offers a quick-charging functionality that provides 2 hours of music playback with just 10 minutes of charging time.
To charge it, you will have to use a micro-USB cable, which again in 2021 is outdated - the USB Type-C is convenient and more popular on smartphones nowadays. Unlike the higher-end Skullcandy Sesh Evo True Wireless, the case also doesn't support wireless charging.
How do the Skullcandy Jib True earbuds sound?
There has been a rising trend with affordable earbuds to focus more on punchy low-end audio and deeper bass. The Jib True is no exception and it delivers lots of bass. The Jib True uses 6mm dynamic drivers that overemphasize bass response, which adds extra thump and rumble to your favorite EDM and hip-hop track. Overall, the bass here is surprisingly controlled.
Skullcandy Jib wireless have great mid accuracy. Vocals and lead instruments are clear, present, and detailed. The overemphasized low-mids slightly muddy some vocals and lead instruments, but most of the mid-band content is distinct in its accuracy and balance.
These headphones have decent treble accuracy. The range is mostly well-balanced and the highs won’t be too forward in case you’re worried about brightness.
The frequency response consistency of the Jib Skullcandy earbuds is excellent. Once you find a tight seal with the included ear tips, you should get consistent bass and treble delivery every time you use these headphones.
Enclosure Type: Closed back
Driver unit: Dynamic
Driver size: 6 mm
Impedance: 32 Ohms ±15%
Minimum Frequency Response: 20 Hz
Maximum Frequency Response: 20,000 Hz
Sound Pressure Level: 98-103dB
Total Harmonic Distortion: <3% at 1KHz
Supported Codec: SBC, AAC
Their sound profile could use a little more balance. The bass performance sounds a little overly boosted, which adds extra thump and rumble to your favorite tracks but also adds a boomy quality to some vocals and lead instruments.
To get consistent bass and treble delivery every time you use these headphones it's very important to achieve a proper air-tight fit using the assortment of included tips. If you can't get the tight seal, then they sound thinner than they should.
You may also notice delays when watching 4K videos due to a lack of support for high-quality audio codecs, such as aptX, aptXHD and aptX LL. These headphones only support the SBC and AAC codecs.
Is the Skullcandy Jib True’s mic good for phone calls?
Skullcandy Jib earbuds have built-in microphones to answer phone calls and summon your phone's voice assistant. The recording quality of the microphones is just okay. The recorded speech is relatively thin, muffled and lacks detail.
The microphones have a mediocre noise handling performance. Although they can convey your voice clearly in a quiet environment, the person on the other side of a call may have a hard time hearing you if you call from a busy street.
What happens if you lose one earbud?
If you're investing in a pair of True Wireless headphones, it's important to know the replacement costs. All Skullcandy true wireless earbuds come with Fearless Use Promise: If you lose an earbud or charging case, Skullcandy offers replacements at a discount that's much cheaper than buying a new set. Once you’ve received the replacement earbud, you will need to re-pair the new earbud with the original earbud.
Should you buy the Skullcandy Jib True Wireless earbuds?
We really like what Skullcandy Jib True Wireless brings to the table. The audio is surprisingly decent (not mind-blowing), there have been no serious Bluetooth issues and the IPX4 rating adds a welcome peace of mind.
Skullcandy is by no means an audiophile brand. Their sound signature will appeal to bass lovers who still want some balance. Thirty bucks buy you some pretty stylish true wireless earbuds.
Skullcandy Jib True Wireless are perfect for commute and travel. They are portable and comfortable. We can confidently add them to the list of cable-free and economical in-ear headphones.
What are some alternatives to Skullcandy Jib True Wireless?
EarFun Free headphones have an impressive IPX7 waterproof rating. They can be submerged up to 1 meter underwater for up to 30 minutes. This means that they can certainly withstand rain, sweat or harsh weather conditions and can even be rinsed or soaked in the sink without any problems.
In the packaging, you get three pairs of small, medium and large size silicone tips. Their in-ear fit, like most true wireless earbuds, is pretty stable. They are fairly lightweight and not too bulky; you can even run with them in your ears.
At $50, EarFun Free's sound quality is worth it. They are also equipped with useful functions such as Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C and wireless charging, and are compatible with AAC and SBC codecs.
Tribit FlyBuds 3
The Tribit FlyBuds 3 are true wireless headphones with a very safe in-ear fit. In addition, the earpiece seems to passively block a wide range of ambient noise. The packaging consists of six pairs of ear tips of different sizes, as well as three pairs of separate ear fins, which can be attached to the side of the outer panel for increased stability.
The FlyBuds 3's IPX7 rating means that these headphones can be submerged up to one meter in water. They will be the ideal companion for marathon runners as they can handle sweat and splashes better than regular headphones.
Their sound quality is really good for headphones costing $40. The bass is rich and sharp, the instruments and voices are clean and easily recognizable. The overall sound signature is definitely for bass lovers.
FIIL T1X True Wireless
FIIL T1X True Wireless are a pair of sleek, slim in-ears with a slightly bass-heavy sound profile, providing a satisfying and intense punch. However, if you prefer a different sound, the companion app offers 15 equalizer presets.
The FIIL T1X are black oval in-ear headphones. Their shapes make them very comfortable headphones. They do not penetrate too deep into the ear canal and don't exert too much pressure on the ears. With touch control, you also don't have to press too hard to register a command.
They come with multiple tips and stability fins of different sizes, so you can find the one that fits your ears perfectly. Stability fins help earphones stay safe in the ears, making them suitable for sports and outdoor activities.