Skullcandy Uproar Bluetooth Wireless On-Ear Headphones
- Bluetooth functionality keeps you connected to your device for up to 33 feet
- Sound delivers attacking bass, natural vocals and precision highs
- Synthetic leather ear pillows deliver comfort for all day wear
The Skullcandy Uproar Wireless Bluetooth headphones deliver some serious bass response for a very reasonable price.
- Powerful bass
- 33 feet Bluetooth range
- 10 hours battery life
- Great value for money
- No 3.5mm audio cable input
- Controls can be fiddly
For £29.99, the Skullcandy Uproar Wireless are a simple pair of on-ear Bluetooth headphones with some serious bass response. If you’re looking for flat response or luxurious design flourishes, you will need to look elsewhere—and likely spend more money. But if you’re after a bass-forward sound with reasonably crisp highs, the Uproar Wireless delivers a solid experience, and there simply aren’t many quality on-ear wireless headphones in this price range.
Available in four colour combinations (black, orange/navy, red/gray, or white/gray). The on-ear Uproar Wireless have a simple matte plastic look that is stylish. The earpads are sufficiently cushioned and feel comfortable, but the headband can seem a little tight on the scalp at times. The headphones feel very secure with a lightweight fit, so easing the headband enough to relax the pressure on your skull doesn’t mean they will fall off because they’re too loose.
Skullcandy keeps the controls simple—plus and minus buttons control volume levels and track navigation (depending on how long you hold the button down), and a central multifunction button controls playback, call management, and power/pairing. The volume controls work in conjunction with your mobile device’s volume levels.
Pairing the Uproar Wireless with a mobile device is a quick and simple process, and the headphones automatically re-pair with your mobile device when in range and can also pair with multiple devices allowing you to have them paired to your phone and laptop at the same time. Skullcandy estimates battery life to be approximately 10 hours, but your results will depend upon your volume levels.
Aside from the charging cable, nothing else ships with the Uproar Wireless. The box just includes the USB cable and there is no 3.5mm audio cable (or jack on the headphones).
Performance and Conclusions
On tracks with powerful sub-bass, like The Knife’s “Silent Shout,” the Uproar Wireless delivers a strong low frequency response for headphones this size and price. At top, ill-advised listening levels, the headphones do not distort, which is a solid achievement in this price range. This is definitely a bass-boosted sound that will appeal less to those seeking a more accurate, flat response, but bass lovers will be pleased. The lows are also fairly well-matched with high-mid and high frequency presence in the mix, so things don’t sound too overwhelmingly boosted toward the deep lows.
Bill Callahan’s “Drover,” a track without much heavy bass in the mix, gets a little extra push in the deep lows, which adds a bit of body to the drums on this track, and perhaps a bit more richness to Callahan’s baritone vocals—something they don’t really need. There’s enough high-mid presence to give the vocals plenty of treble edge, however, and the guitar strums on this track have a bright presence.
On Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “No Church in the Wild,” the kick drum loop gets a little more low and low-mid sustain than it does high-mid boosting, which means its usually sharp attack takes a bit of a backseat to the thump of the sustain. The sub-bass synth hits that punctuate the beat here sound more powerful than you’d expect from a small, affordable headphone pair, but there’s still plenty of space carved out for the vocals on this track.
Classical tracks, like the opening scene in John Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary, get a serious extra boost in the lows, which will make purists cringe, but might make orchestral music a bit more powerful and interesting to some listeners. The higher register strings, brass, and vocals still retain their place in the spotlight, but the lower register instrumentation carries a resonance and depth to it that is more powerful than you’d typically hear on this track.
For £29, the Uproar Wireless headphones aren’t flawless—not everyone will love the plastic look, the control pad, or the mega-bass approach to music. But plenty will see a stylish headphone pair with a streamlined control pad and plenty of distortion-free bass response. In this price range, we are also fans of the Creative Sound Blaster Jam (£37.96 at Amazon). If you can spend a bit more money, the Jabra Move Wireless (£68.00 at Amazon) headphones offer better overall audio performance and a subtle, classy design.