There are two types of headphone buyers. One who listens to a lot of EDM and hip-hop music and therefore wants a pair of headphones with a deep, heavy sound. The other group is made up of people who listen to all kinds of music, but want balanced and crystal clear audio, but don’t mind listening to music that has extra thundering sound and bass. Skullcandy chases the latter group with the Hesh ANC, a pair of entry-level active noise canceling headphones that sound good with most playing styles, especially genres with heavy bass. I’ve been using Hesh ANC for a week now and here’s what I feel about these over-ear headphones.
Price of Skullcandy Hesh ANC headphones in India: Rs 10,999
Skullcandy Hesh ANC Headphone Review: What’s New?
The Hesh ANCs aren’t extravagant looking headphones, and that’s fine by me. If you’ve used Skullcandy headphones before, they’re immediately familiar. The headphones are made of plastic and each ear cup has a slightly soft feel to the touch. Inside each ear cup, 40mm drivers provide audio.
The large ear cups are really comfortable, while the cushions are made of memory foam. The pads are designed to distribute pressure evenly. I used these headphones while taking a brisk walk in the evening and never felt uncomfortable wearing them. In fact, I love their shape and feel. The arms are shiny and the lower part of the headband is well padded.
The right earcup houses the control to operate the headphones. You can easily access power on / off, volume up / down, track forward / backward, call answer / end and voice controls. The controls are accessible and I’ve never struggled to locate the built-in button when needed. Connectivity with Apple devices or Android phones was solid. The headphones can be paired to a smartphone or tablet using a Bluetooth connection, plus a wired connection is also used as the Hesh ANC has a built-in 3.5mm audio jack.
When not in use you can fold them and keep them in the included case. It is essentially a thin bag to protect the headphones from wear and tear.
Skullcandy Hesh ANC Headphone Review: What’s Good?
To demonstrate Hesh ANC’s sound quality, I made sure to listen to different genres of music, from John Coltrane, Elton John, Coldplay, Kanye West to The Weeknd. In our tests, I found that these headphones are suitable for listening to a jazz song like John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” or an art-pop song like Coldplay’s “Life in Technicolor”. The sound is punchy, the voice is clear, and the saxophone and santoor still sound rich. I have to say that these headphones weigh on the bass, but the good thing is that the bass isn’t overly intense. When listening to “Titanium” by David Guetta or “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons, the headphones deliver powerful bass but without overshadowing the instruments and vocals in the midrange. Although Hesh ANC are designed to play all kinds of music, I feel they are geared towards genres with heavy bass.
The Hesh ANCs also have active noise cancellation, which uses four microphones to cancel outside noise. I’m not saying that the Hesh ANCs are the best in the business when it comes to active noise cancellation, but they are definitely one of the best I’ve tested in this price range. Skullcandy’s noise canceling technology can cancel out human voice, street noise, fans, which makes it a great choice for travelers.
Skullcandy claims 22 hours of battery life for these over-ear headphones with ANC and 30 hours when ANC is off. Honestly, I haven’t been able to fully test the battery life of the headphones. You also get fast charging that will give you three hours of music playback from just 10 minutes connected. It’s been three days since I loaded Hesh ANC, used the headphones to join Zoom calls and listen to casual music at home. It still has almost 80% of autonomy remaining. I’m sure battery won’t be a problem on Hesh ANC.
Did I mention that Hesh ANC includes tile-based tracking? After pairing the headphones to the Tile app, you can basically track the last known position of Hesh ANC. But I think such a feature is more useful for truly wireless earbuds.
Skullcandy Hesh ANC Headphone Review: What’s Wrong?
No pair of headphones is perfect and Hesh ANCs are no different. My biggest complaint about Hesh ANC is the lack of app support. Somehow Skullcandy’s official app doesn’t support Hesh ANC headphones which is a shame. This means I can’t change the EQ settings or reduce the bass to my liking.
Skullcandy Hesh ANC headphones review: should you buy them?
Of course yes. If you are looking for over-ear headphones with heavy bass under Rs 15,000, I think Hesh ANC will be a good option. While using it, I found that the calls on Hesh ANC were clear and more importantly they managed to block out an impressive amount of noise. The Hesh ANCs are comfortable to wear, have a foldable design and overall sound very good.