Skullcandy Uprock On-Ear Headphones Review

Editor rating

4/5 on January 10, 2016 Reviewed by: Peter Alexander

User's rating

4 reviews

PROS

  • Very lightweight and easily portable
  • Flat tangle-free cable
  • Low cost
  • Powerful bass

CONS

  • Lack of detail

VERDICT

The Skullcandy Uprock has to be judged with their target audience and very low price in mind. There’s no doubt that this is a very attractive pair of headphones, and the simple fact that they come in a so many colors makes them instantly appealing to many potential customers. Their sound quality isn’t exactly high, but the overall package is still very attractive, especially considering the very low price.

Skullcandy is known for their trendy headphones that appeal to the younger demographics and people who like to draw attention to themselves. They are, however, also known for their fun sound signature and a strong emphasis on bass. When you also factor in the low price, it’s no wonder why their headphones are as popular as they are.

Design and build

These on-ear headphones are designed to be used in many different situations, ranging from home use to everyday commuting. Their cable measures 1.3 meters and has a flat profile, which makes it highly resistant to tangling. It’s just about the right length for portable use with a smartphone or dedicated MP3 player. The cable also includes a handy in-line remote with your standard set of controls.

Behind the closed-back of these headphones is a pair of 40mm drivers. These large drivers are tuned for powerful reproduction of low frequencies, which is definitely something these headphones excel at.

The Uprock features double padding ear pillows for extra comfort. We were pleasantly surprised with the level of comfort provided by the pair of plush ear pillows. Not only are they very soft, but they also let in plenty of air to guarantee that you never get too warm.

Sound quality

The Skullcandy Uprock On-Ear Headphones features the Supreme Sound™ technology, which produces attacking, powerful bass, and warm, natural vocals. The low to mid frequencies are the sweet spot of these headphones, and any modern music genre will be very enjoyable and musical.

Mind you, these are not audiophile headphones. They simply don’t reach that level of detail and precision. Even the bass, which is plentiful, lacks precision and can, at times, feel bloated. The good news is that it can be tuned down with a help of any equalizer. Lowering it down really brings out a lot of detail and clarity that would otherwise be buried down under the bass.

We usually don’t expect too much in terms of sound isolation from on-ear headphones; however, the Skullcandy Uprock are by several degrees of magnitude better than what you would usually get with other on-ear headphones. It doesn’t take a lot of volume for the world around you to completely fade away

What is in the box?

Since these are budget headphones, it’s probably no surprise that Skullcandy didn’t include any accessories to speak of. The box includes just the headphones themselves and a slim owner’s manual.