Skullcandy reminds us that under $60 Bluetooth earbuds are possible if you can live with some caveats.
This week, the company unveiled its upcoming Mod true wireless earbuds that are packed with compelling features like loud audio, long battery life, and that $59.99 price tag, but no noise cancellation.
As expected, the budget earbuds don’t offer any of the game-changing features. Still, there are some handy and at least one surprise in that budget price package.
For starters, the Mod Earbuds come with Multipoint Pairing that allows you to connect up to two separate devices at the same time. You can watch a movie on your laptop and then switch to your phone to answer a call without skipping a beat.
As mentioned, the earbuds do not have Active Noise Cancellation, but the Mods do have the combination of Clear Voice Smart Mic and Stay-Aware Mode.
Clear Voice Smart Mic uses AI to block outside noises and isolate a voice while you are on a call to ensure better sound quality. And the Stay-Aware Mode gives you control over how much ambient noise is let in while wearing the Mods. That way you still pay attention to the world around you.
These audio controls can be accessed through the Skullcandy app which has various Equalizer configurations for music, podcasts or your own custom settings.
One of the more notable features is the built-in tile finding technology. This allows you to find missing earbuds through the Tile app. According to Tile, your missing button will begin to “ringing” and direct you to its last known location.
And then there’s the long battery life. The Mods can last up to seven hours on a single charge, the company claims, but when paired with the charging case, that number goes up to 34 hours. The battery is equipped with Rapid Charge, which according to Skullcandy gives you two hours of play time after just 10 minutes of charging.
If you’re interested in the specs, the Mods are decent in that regard too. Their drivers are 6mm in diameter and have a range, Skullcandy tones, up to about 95 decibels. But they can sometimes fluctuate 3 decibels up or down. To put that into perspective, that’s the same decibel level of a motorcycle engine, so be careful not to play them too loud.
The earbuds have an IP55 dust and water resistance rating. This means they can survive sandblasting or splashing, but cannot be submerged.
Skullcandy’s Mod Earbuds are currently available for pre-order. If you can’t afford the $60 price tag, you can make four $14.99 payments with no added interest.