Wireless earbuds have come a long way since they were first introduced. While the technology still has some work to do in terms of reliability and sound quality, many consumers are finally ready to accept it.
The company recently announced that its latest buds will retail for just $25, making them one of the most affordable wireless earbuds on the market. They are the first offering at this price point from a well-known audio accessory brand. While some off-brand companies have released wireless buds at a similar price, they usually sound so bad that they’re not worth buying. That shouldn’t be the case with Dime.
Wireless for All
Anyone who says they didn’t have a cheap pair of Skullcandy earbuds at some point in their teen or young adult years is probably lying. The company made it easy for everyone to grab a pair of decent-sounding headphones without breaking the bank.
Now, Skullcandy wants to do the same for wireless earbuds. Chief product officer Jeff Hutchings said in a press release, “Offering stellar sound and unmatched simplicity at a price that makes it possible to throw a pair in every bag. Dime breaks down all barriers formerly associated with true wireless.”
Simplicity is certainly part of Dime’s design. They feature the AirPods-style “stick” and are relatively plain from a style perspective. The buds do come in four colors, including dark blue/green, light grey/blue, dark grey, and black.
The Dime wireless earbuds offer 3.5 hours of playback on a single charge. That isn’t great compared to other models on the market, but this is an instance where you get what you pay for. The included charging case does add an additional 12 hours of playtime so you can get through the day with a quick recharge at lunch. Skullcandy’s Dime buds also feature an IPX4 rating for sweat and water resistance.
Skullcandy has nixed most of the “extra features” that are expected of higher-priced wireless earbuds. That includes things like touch controls, active noise cancellation (ANC), USB-C charging, and a companion app. Instead, Dime features a single button on each bud to control your media, activate a voice assistant, and change the volume.
Presumably, that means the company focused on making them sound as good as they can for their price. It isn’t clear what drivers Skullcandy packed into these buds so it will be interesting to see how they perform. That being said, if they sound even slightly better than decent, they would be a tremendous value for the money.
Indeed, the company could realistically do for wireless earbuds what it did for wired headphones—make them accessible to everyone as an impulse buy.
A final item to note is Skullcandy’s Fearless Use Promise. Although buying a whole new pair of Dime earbuds isn’t that expensive, consumers are able to buy just the piece they need if something is lost or broken. This offers some peace of mind to those who worry about losing one of their new buds.
Skullcandy’s new Dime earbuds are available now from its website and a variety of retailers.