4.0 out of 5 stars | Great sound and price.
In my search for a good set of noise cancelling (NC) cans I realized that I am NOT an audiophile so take what you want from my review. This is probably a review of 4 different headphones. I’ve tried and returned the Bose QCI, Beats Studio3, and Bowers and Wilkins PX. In my opinion, the Venues are the best bang for your buck and here’s why - these are half or less than half the price of the Bose, Beats, and Bowers cans. I was looking for a good pair of NC for flights/travelling/home use. I first tried the Bose QC 35I side by side to the Beats Studio 3 and there was no contest - Bose was definitely better as the Beats could be too airy/the mix could muddle up depending on the song/volume. Listening to the same songs side by side you would get more detail with the Bose. NC on both was pretty good. However, it wasn’t until I took a 2 hour flight that the reality of NC tech hit me. It’s just not perfect yet so you have to set your expectations. With the Bose, if you do not have a good seal (wearing glasses or a baseball cap), you will have sound leakage. Also, you’ll still hear faint voices, flight attendants over the speakers. To get the same oomph you would need to turn your volume higher. Also, be careful when landing because if you don’t have a good seal the Bose algorithms get confused and you get a weird sound when the plane makes touchdown due to the increase in volume. This was enough for me to return them. At $349, these should work better. I next tried the Bowers & Wilkins PX over a weekend ($390). Soundstage was great ( but bass was lacking in my opinion) and the different NC modes were neat (Off, Office, City, Plane). Noise cancelling was great too but the app was very slow. Each time you wanted to try a new setting, the app would have to start over and find your headphones again. That and the fact that the headphones would give the top of my head some discomfort each time was enough to turn these in. The Venues are really light and comfortable so they beat the Bowers there and are par with Bose. There’s no app so you do it all by the buttons (once you get used to the controls, it’s easy), but they do have Alexa/Google/Siri functionality and tile tracking, which in my opinion makes them better than the other two. They also have quick charge (5-10 mins gives you 5 hours). Yes they have more bass, but the mix sounds really good and significantly better than the Beats. They aren’t as crisp as the Bose or as expansive a soundstage as the Bowers, but they do have that oomph that makes your head nod with the music. I really like the sound in these. Noise Cancelling – good enough for me so far. I tried them out at home and couldn’t hear the tv or washer/dryer. I'll be putting these through more use and will update this review if anything changes.
Reviewed in the United States on October 15, 2018 by Rufus
4.0 out of 5 stars | Really good but not amazing
I've worked in audio production for about a decade now, and while I never use headphones for audio work, I do have an experienced ear. These headphones sound pretty good with all genres of music. Compared to Bose, they are very close in clarity - but the Venue has more bass. And by more bass, I really just mean that they render the bass exactly the way it was mixed and should sound. With active noise cancelling (ANC) on, the audio quality takes a slight dip, but it still sounds great. They are light weight and very comfortable. The build quality is pretty solid. As far as the ANC, it works well. It won't cut out conversations or noise completely, but it does thin them out to the extent that outside noise won't be too distracting. With ANC on the volume takes a bit of a dip. I experienced no noise or buzzing issues what-so-ever with ANC on. I expected a bit more noise cancellation but for this price range, I would say they are about right. The $370 Bose headphones have amazing ANC but I can't justify spending that much on a pair of headphones. The headphones come with a nice firm carrying case, aux cable, and USB charging cord. The headphone buttons are pretty straight forward and you will get a handle on them after a few minutes. The battery life has been great. Update: The more I listen to these the more I like them. The ANC is actually really good and the sound quality continues to surprise me – really detailed audio.
Reviewed in the United States on October 29, 2018 by Terassic
5.0 out of 5 stars | These are ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!!
So let me start off by saying I did not buy this product on Amazon because I couldn't wait for it to get here. Instead I bought it off Skullcandy website the day they released it. Now that it is here however I'll still write this review. Build quality: 7.5/10: not cheaply made but also not built like a tank. Will take more than a drop or couple bends to break this product but still be careful. Comfort: 9/10: earpads could be sightly more open for larger ears but for me with average size ears they are perfect. Soft, plush and completely engulfing. I love how these fit and feel. One of the most comfortable pairs of headphones I've ever worn with perfect clamping force. Not to much and not to little. Looks: 10/10: in my opinion they are beautiful. Slick and sleek. I love them. Features: 10/10: they do and have just about everything you need in a pair of headphones. Anc, mic, play, pause, volume, Skip and go back tracks, take calls, monitor mode, battery indicator, quick charge, tile with app built in for if you lose them. They have everything and they do it all very well. Couldn't ask for more. Perfect. ANC: 9/10: I'm not rating this for comparison to every pair of headphones out there top and low end. I'm writing this for the $200 be and below range. The ANC is actually very very good. I've tried literally close to a hundred headphones with ANC in the under $200 range and these are right up there with the best. A slight, very low and hardly noticable hiss is present when ANC is on with no music or volume playing but as soon as you turn up the volume for audio even 1 click it goes away. There is zero cabin pressure which some other headphones will make you experience with ANC on. With ANC on I'd say legit all ambient noise is cut down by 95% and voices are cut down a good 80%. The ANC is impressive on these for the price for sure. Id say in the top 5 headphones with anc for all time under $200. range. Also, the ANC does not effect the sound signature what so ever. Now for the sound which is completely subjective and different for everyone. This is solely my opinion and what it is for me personally. Sound: 9.5/10: highs and mids are Crystal clear and present with a deep, low and rumbly bass that does not bleed into the treble what so ever. I am in love with the sound of these. They are kind of like a crossbreed between the hesh 3 and crusher wireless (which I love both). The sound is very impressive on these. My only gripe is I wish they went about 1 or 2 clicks louder but that's a small issue that actually becomes completely null and void once anc is activated. It locks you in your own little world. The sound is damn near perfect for me for not being an open back audiophile type headphone. All in all Skullcandy is stepping they're game up hard and absolutely nailed it with these headphones. I wear them all day and hate taking them off. I love them. Way to go Skullcandy.
Reviewed in the United States on October 13, 2018 by Devon R