Skullcandy Smokin’ Buds 2 In-Ear Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds Review

Like Sony, Skullcandy has introduced various models of wireless headsets with equal or even better quality compared to the wired ones. Smokin Buds 2 Wireless is such one standing out, when they have what it takes to be one premium pair integrating both aestheticism and functionality. If you notice, these Buds 2s also have this typical feature of Skullcandy products when they often have crazy name, with this case – we have Smokin’ Buds 2. They lead the market in terms of affordability and audio quality, a perfect choice for bassheads with a limited budget.


Apparently Skullcandy really likes the design of neckband with earbuds, which lowers the pressure to your ears. With this design, the battery is made bigger, hence provides longer time of running. Buds 2s’ neckband is considerably large, it is not cumbersome but securing and steady around your neck. The charging port is covered so dusts cannot get in. Made by plastics but these pairs do not bring out the “cheap” look at all, because of the cool color combination.

Skullcandy Smokin' Buds 2 In-Ear Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds
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For convenience of users, the track navigation control is integrated in the cord, which is flat but not round for anti-tangling purpose. The control panel houses a mic for hands-free calling and a three-button remote control, allowing easy song playing/pausing, Bluetooth connecting and volume adjusting. Earbuds have the same design as one of the wired model with the combo of very exciting colors. There are delicate slim lines and the skull logo of the brand. Generally, Smokin’ Buds 2s are not too exceptional in design, but surely they are eye-catching.
You have an option of wearing the neckband because it is removable, which stabilizes the device on your neck and lowers the pressure of the buds on your ears. If you go for the without-neckband way, behind-the-head style is not any less stylish and comfortable, but a cable clip for securing purpose would be advisable.

Audio quality

With estimated running hours of 6 continuously, this is honestly not too impressive compared to other wireless models on the market. But it surely is enough for a couple sessions of audio enjoyment. Smokin’ Buds 2s have quite the bass density, which is a typical feature of Skullcandy’s headsets. These punchy bass beats are there but do not violate your soft songs, other musical instruments and the singers’ voices. Unlike XB650BTSs, Smokin’s models have a kinda heavier sub bass, which is perfect for energetic dance and trance songs. Mid bass is of the same density and operation, so the transition between sub and mid is all natural. High mid is “softer” and of course do not cause sibilance. High bass works wonder for harmonic songs with outstanding vocal and instrumental elements.

kullcandy Smokin' Buds 2 In-Ear Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds
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Skullcandy puts high emphasis on treble, which is tailored to work for a variety of mainstream music genres. Put next to professional mid treble in-ears like A65s or Piston Pros, of course Buds 2s are of no comparison, but they definitely do not let you down. With songs featuring drums, you surely could get some massively heavy and thunderous drumming here. Generally, these headphones do produce exceptionally powerful bass and treble performances


Offered in black/red, black/chrome, or white, these Smokin’ Buds 2s from Skullcandy can be bright nomination if you are looking for a headset providing deep and immersive bass. These are absolutely fitting and budget-friendly. These sleek and minimalist styled pairs, which easily match with any of your outfit, are the clever investment for you bass fanatics with a medium-sized budget.

Skullcandy Smokin’ Buds 2 Wireless Key Specs:

  • 9mm Speaker Drivers
  • Impedance: 17 ohms
  • In-line Mic and Remote
  • Integrated Playback Controls
  • Supreme Sound Acoustics
  • Noise Isolating Fit
  • Removable Flex Collar
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Off-Axis Technology
  • 6-hour Battery Life

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