Skull­candy Hesh 3 Wire­less

Com­pe­tent bass heavy au­dio guar­an­teed

T3 India - - Tested - WORDS ANKUSH MA­HA­JAN

Men­tion of Skull­candy al­ways elic­its im­ages of snazzy or out­landish (de­pend­ing upon your POV) look­ing cans, so Hesh 3 might sur­prise even users of the older mod­els. Avail­able in black, red or blue, the head­phone sports a sin­gle colour, cam­ou­flag­ing even the com­pany logo.

Some may find it to be plain but oth­ers will ap­pre­ci­ate the ma­ture look. While they have been con­structed pri­mar­ily out of plas­tic, it seems to be pretty sturdy and doesn’t creak al­though that doesn’t mean you should be­come care­less. There isn’t a car­ry­ing case or cloth bag which seems to be a glar­ing omis­sion in light of the al­ready sparse bun­dle con­sist­ing of just a mi­cro USB to USB charg­ing ca­ble and a re­mov­able 3.5mm AUX ca­ble. The lat­ter is use­ful for lis­ten­ing in wired mode when the bat­tery runs out. Thank­fully, a 10 minute charge pro­vides around 4 hours of play­back.

Faux leather ear and headband pads pro­vide ad­e­quate com­fort, al­though they might seem some­what tight for those with larger heads. The ex­tend­able headband does mit­i­gate it but will be un­com­fort­able for ex­tended ses­sions so we rec­om­mend tak­ing a small break ev­ery now and then. The right ear cup houses the play­back con­trols con­sist­ing of the vol­ume up and down but­tons sur­round­ing a multi-pur­pose but­ton for play­back or calls. Dou­ble tap­ping it ac­ti­vates the voice as­sis­tant, which is a nice touch. Since they are fold­able, they can be eas­ily car­ried around with­out any prob­lems.

The lis­ten­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is as ex­pected for those fa­mil­iar with Skull­candy’s bass heavy ap­proach. The bass is solid suit­ing gen­res like EDM, Rap, Rock etc. that are more bi­ased to­wards it. Gen­er­ally, the bal­ance be­tween the mids, highs and bass is han­dled well so most songs can be heard with­out of­fend­ing mu­si­cal sen­si­bil­i­ties. Sadly it doesn’t have Active Noise Can­cel­la­tion (ANC) but that gets mit­i­gated if you can find a good fit. The one thing that goes against Hesh 3 is the pric­ing which could have been lower. Still, it’s a buy that def­i­nitely won’t dis­ap­point.

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