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Skullcandy Hesh 2 Wireless review: A decent budget Bluetooth headphone option for less-critical listeners

Performance

As I said, this headphone sounds reasonably good for the price. What I mean by that is that is that it's fairly well balanced, with some bass push but not so much that it will overwhelm you. The headphone's on the warmer end of the audio spectrum, which means it's a little soft. However, it's got enough detail to keep it from sounding muddy or dull. That said, I wouldn't call this an exciting headphone that will bring out the best in your music.

Rather, it seems designed not to bring out the worst in your music. In other words, it smooths out poorly recorded tracks (think MP3s), and I thought it worked well with a streaming service like Spotify.

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The ear pads are covered in faux leather. Sarah Tew/CNET

When you attach a cable and listen to this as a wired headphone, it sounds different though not necessarily better. There's more bass and treble, so the headphone sounds more hyped and has more edge to it, for better or worse.

Battery life is good. It's rated at 15 hours, and your phone or tablet should show a battery-life indicator that lets you know how much juice you have left (we tried the headphone with an iPhone 5S and Samsung Galaxy S5). With some full-size Bluetooth headphones, you can do a little better with battery life, but 15 hours is solid.

Conclusion

The Skullcandy Hesh 2 Wireless is not a great Bluetooth headphone. It won't make your music sparkle. But it sounds pretty decent for a $100 USD wireless model; it's reasonably comfortable and seems fairly well built. I'm not going to tell you that it's a superb value and to run right out and buy it -- such advice would be a lot easier if and when the price drops to, say, $80. Buy if you don't want to spend $250 on the Bose SoundLink On-Ear Bluetooth or $300 or more on Beats' wireless headphones, this is a decent budget choice that less-critical listeners should be happy with.

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