The Skullcandy Push Active sports headphones pump your fitness playlist steadily into your ears. Their neatly designed bracket system hooks securely and softly onto the ear. During sports, the headphones can be operated either via voice control (“Skull-iQ”) or alternatively with “real” buttons on the headphones so that you can instantly access Spotify at any time. With the smart Skullcandy app, you also have easy access to many features such as the EQ. This allows you to stay in control at all times in the gym while jogging or on the ski slopes – let the work-out commence.
Survival of the Fittest
Skullcandy aims to bring another contender into the sports headphone game with the Push Active and presents them in a solid plastic charging case. The obligatory skull is imprinted on the top of the box, and a distinctive colour decorates the inside, depending on which colour variant you choose (black/orange, blue/green, grey/blue). At first glance, the earpiece design looks quite large compared to typical Bluetooth buds. Despite their seven grams, these earpieces feel light because the rubberised earpieces wrap softly around the ear. This helps to manage both weight and support well.
The larger design also has advantages: There is room for powerful batteries in these earphones, which, according to the manufacturer, last for about ten hours. The case battery can be used for three more hours. There are built-in six-millimetre drivers for sound transmission, and an IP55 certification protects from sweat and any showers that might surprise you while out jogging.
Connectivity and smart features on the Skullcandy Push Active
The Push Active buds have up-to-date Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity, so both earpieces connect seamlessly with current mobile devices. On the codec side, however, things look bleak: The manufacturer relies purely on SBC for this model.
The use of a single earpiece is possible without any problems, and you can even share your audio stream with other Skullcandy headphones. The buttons, which are easy to click even when wearing gloves, make it possible to haptically control standard commands such as track selection, volume and answering phone calls. This works well, even at faster speeds on the running track. With Spotify Tap, a direct link to the popular streaming service is available at the touch of a button and the user’s own playlist starts playing. Music fans can activate all smart features, such as the voice control option, in the Skullcandy app; this is divided into many clearly arranged widgets. The hands-free voice control is a nice add-on, but features such as an EQ, a wake-mode that amplifies ambient sounds or a search mode via “Tile” connection are even more valuable. Updates are also conveniently transferred to the system in the earphones via the app, and for us, this worked without any problems.
This is how the Skullcandy Push Active sports headphones sound
If you were expecting the extremely bass-driven and aggressive sound that is the focus of many Skullcandy models, then you will be surprised. In terms of frequency response, these in-ears present themselves with a rather moderate and balanced basic setting (in a positive sense). These headphones offer a pleasantly balanced sound image that doesn’t show any too powerful excesses in the bass range and draws solidly in the top-end range. The stereo image is also confident and conveys the spaces in songs well, whether with acoustic or electronic tracks. The mids could do with a bit more character and subtlety; overall, they lack a bit of warmth. It’s nice that you can still customise the sound in the Skullcandy app. There are three quick pre-sets for podcast, music and film, and there is also a simple, linear 5-band EQ that does not change the sound much, but it does make it a shade better.
The Skullcandy Push Active are flexible sports headphones with a comfortable fit for running, cross-training and any outdoor adventures. These headphones have staying power with around ten hours of battery life. In addition to voice control, the haptic feedback via the two buttons is a real plus. In partnership with the power of the Skullcandy app, these headphones open up many smart features that are not common in this price range. And you can give the balanced sound image a boost with the EQ.
But unfortunately, the Push Active lacks comfort features that have been standard for competitors in the price range of around 80 euros for years. The case can’t be charged wirelessly, the microphone quality isn’t particularly high, and when it comes to Bluetooth, high-quality codecs and multipoint are lacking.
- Ear couplingIn-ear
- Transducer principledynamic
- Frequency response (headphones)20 - 20.000 Hz
- Impedance22 ohms
- Sound pressure level (SPL)112dB ± 3 dB
- Weight without cable7 g each, incl. case: 95 g
What's in the box
- 3 pairs of ear tips (S, M, L)
- USB-C charging cable
- Charging case
- Available in black/orange, blue/green, grey/blue
- BT codecs: SBC
- BT version: 5.2