Noise Cancelling - The Skull Candy Venue Review
Updated: 3 days ago
There are plenty of noise-canceling Bluetooth headphones, but only a few have excellent audio and deliver quality noise cancellation. Fewer still offer ANC, and Skullcandy Venue falls into that revered set, stick around to see if these are the pair for you.
Skullcandy uses pleasant soft touch plastic for the cups, but the headband is a rougher cheaper-feeling plastic. Low weight is the main benefit of an all-plastic design. There’s no sense of the Venue weighing down on your head. The band has a good amount of clamping force. The Venue tend to cause ears a bit of mild discomfort after an hour or so, because of the pads being quite large, the “holes” inside them aren’t actually big enough to accommodate small ears, these pair wont be too much of an issue for those who have larger ears.
The left ear-cup uses the Power button and ANC button, as well as status leds that keep you informed on the battery life. On the right ear-cup, there are 3 buttons: a central multi-function button for playback/call management/voice assistance, and +and - buttons for volume adjustments and track navigation. The bottom panel of the right ear-cup also uses the connection ports for the included audio and charging cables. The onboard voice mic, located on the side panel of the right ear-cup, will work in both wired and wireless modes the audio cable has no inline remote or mic.
The Skullcandy Venue have 40mm drivers, and have some extra bass punch, but it is almost exclusively in the very low and sub-bass region.The Venue sounds like many Skullcandy headphones, heavy on the bass, sculpted in the highs. It's a sound signature that works fairly well for many music genres, but it's not for purists at all. As for the ANC, it eliminates some ambient sounds rather effectively. Is there added hiss? Yes. Does it affect the audio when the ANC is activated? Yes. Neither of those is ideal, but are tolerable.
The Noise Cancelling on the Venue is just great, they get rid of lousy sounds of air conditioning units, and most irritating office noises. Even if the Noise cancellation is great, it doesn’t quite stack up to the Bose QuietComfort 35 or WH-1000XM3. It can struggle with loud, low-frequency noises, like water flooding in from a broken dam. I would still class this as one of the best ANC headphones I’ve heard in terms of noise cancellation. It can make noisy environments places nicer to be in.
The Venue offer 24 hours of battery life on a single charge. This extends to 40 hours if you use the pair wired with ANC turned on. There’s a 3.5mm socket on the cup, although (as usual) it ends with a 3.5m jack rather than a USB-C or Lightning plug. You can charge the Skullcandy Venue using a micro-USB cable, which now feels quite out of date, but plenty of people still have micro-USB phones as of today, so this shouldn't be too much of an issue.
Should I buy the Skullcandy Venue?
For the decent price range, the Skullcandy Venue are practical headphones for those who would like a similar experience to the Sony WH-1000XM3 , but can’t afford them. Sure, they don’t sound as good as them, and aren’t as well made as them, and their ANC isn’t at its level, but for the price, its a no brainier to skip on these. The 24hr battery life, and the ANC feature available , surely make these worth taking in consideration. With Amazons Free 2 Day Shipping with Amazon Prime, you can start enjoying these cans in no time.
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