JBL Wave BudsSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 7.0 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Skullcandy Indy FuelSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 4.9 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||JBL Wave Buds||Skullcandy Indy Fuel|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||IP54||IP55|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✓|
|is dust proof and water-resistant||✗||✓|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✓||✗|
|has passive noise reduction||✓||✓|
|driver unit size||8mm||6mm|
|sound pressure level||100dB/mW||105dB/mW|
|battery life of charging case||24hours||27hours|
|has wireless charging||✗||✓|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✓||✗|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||✗|
|has aptx adaptive||✓||✗|
|MICROPHONE||number of microphones||2only||✗|
|has a noise-canceling microphone||✓||✗|
|EXTRAS||has ambient sound mode||✓||✗|
|has in/on-ear detection||✓||✗|
|has find earbuds feature||✓||✗|
|supports fast charging||✓||✓|
|has a mute function||✓||✓|
|control panel placed on a device||✓||✓|
|has voice prompts||✓||✓|
|travel bag is included||✓||✓|
|See price on Amazon||See price on Amazon|
IP ratings refer to the rating of protection given by an enclosure, against solids and liquids. The letters 'IP' are followed by two values The first value represents protection against solids such as dust, followed by the one that refers to resistance against liquids (water).
Scoring IP54, the JBL Wave Buds's rating is read as, the first number of 5 denotes that ingress of dust is not totally prevented but dust does not enter in harmful quantities to interfere with the correct operation or impair safety, and of liquids that they can withstand low pressure spray similar to that of a shower head when tilted at 180° for 10 minutes.
Compared to the JBL Wave Buds, Skullcandy Indy Fuel have a rating of IP55 meaning that they both have the same rating against dust and that of liquids is that, Skullcandy Indy Fuel has a higher liquid rating than JBL Wave Buds
JBL Wave Buds have a weight of 9g . We take in account a lower weight best for the reason that lighter devices are more comfortable to transport.
Skullcandy Indy Fuel, at 57g weigh more than the JBL Wave Buds by of 48g
True wireless devices have no wires linking any part of the device together, JBL Wave Buds are true wireless for this case since they have no cables. This is an important difference as some wireless earbuds have cables linking the 2 earbuds .
Skullcandy Indy Fuel also is true wireless since it has no cables linking the 2 earbuds together.
Skullcandy Indy Fuel have wingtips, these are reserved for earbuds for workouts and are usually an optional add-on to each silicone ear tip for a more secure fit.
JBL Wave Buds are resistant to sweat
Skullcandy Indy Fuel's resistance to sweat makes both devices fit for use during long-distance running, marathons, cardio sweat workouts , etc
The Skullcandy Indy Fuel are both dustproof and water-resistant.
JBL Wave Buds have stereo speakers, what this means is that JBL Wave Buds's speakers deliver sound from separate channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better listening experience.
Both Skullcandy Indy Fuel and JBL Wave Buds have stereo speakers
ANC utilises more advanced technology to reduce ambient sounds. ANC works when, it studies the sound pattern outside and inside the earbud and after generates a mirror signal to counter it. In simple terms, it's like having +1 (sound from your surrounding) then adding -1 (counter sound by the device) to make 0 hence "diluting" the noise.
JBL Wave Buds have Active Noise Cancellation enabling you to listen at lower levels of volume, good for your ears since you don't need to crank up the device volume to overcome background sounds.
JBL Wave Buds sit well in place, creating an acoustic seal that tones down background noise and also prevents the device sound from leaking out at the same.
Both Skullcandy Indy Fuel, and JBL Wave Buds have passive noise reduction this means that both reduce ambient noise without using ANC to cancel it out.
JBL Wave Buds driver unit is 8mm in diameter, bigger drivers are more powerful, therefor producing better bass.
A driver unit is basically a mini speaker that produces sound in the device, its size corellates with the sound made by the device.
Skullcandy Indy Fuel driver unit is 6mm in diameter, which means that they have a smaller driver unit than that of JBL Wave Buds by 2mm , as many tend to believe that driver units of a bigger size automatically produce better sound quality.
However, large drivers usually have difficulty producing high frequencies so it's true that, larger drivers can generate louder sound, but this does not imply that they deliver better quality sound.
JBL Wave Buds's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response inidcates how well an audio device generates low frequencies that can be heard, and if it alters the signal while at it.
Skullcandy Indy Fuel's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this implies that both devices can make sound with equal bass
The JBL Wave Buds's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, high-frequency response indicates how well an audio device produces high audible frequencies and if it changes to the signal while at it.
Skullcandy Indy Fuel's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, this implies that both devices can generate equal treble
SPL, is the level of pressure of sound, in decibels, dB, JBL Wave Buds's measurement is 100dB/mW. Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.
Skullcandy Indy Fuel's sound pressure level measurement is 105dB/mW. The sound pressure level, something is can be taken differently by separate people, so we need to have a way of getting an objective measurement of sound level expressed in numerical terms.
The JBL Wave Buds's battery life is 8 hours, these last longer than 5 hours of listening which is considered average before recharge. A device's battery life is usually given by the manufacturer, and with more battery hours, you get to use it for longer and requires fewer chargings.
Skullcandy Indy Fuel's battery life is less than that of JBL Wave Buds by 5 hours . Every time you recharge your device, they get a little less playing time. The effect is not noticeable at first, but over a few years, your wireless earbuds will no longer play for long like they used to.
This is given by the manufacturer, and the JBL Wave Buds's case is said to have a full charge of 24 hours. A charging case with more battery hours enables you to recharge your earbuds on the go many times before recharging the case itself.
Skullcandy Indy Fuel's charging case has a battery life of 27 hours, more than that of JBL Wave Buds by 3 hours
It takes 2 hours to fully charge the JBL Wave Buds's battery. It is recommended to charge fully the battery before using the earbuds when they have been in storage for long periods.
Skullcandy Indy Fuel takes 0.3 hours to fully charge the battery, less than that of JBL Wave Buds by 1.7 hours
JBL Wave Buds's battery capacity is 47mAh, battery power, shows the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store.
The Skullcandy Indy Fuel, the device supports wireless charging. To charge the device, you just put down on a compatible charging pad.
JBL Wave Buds have a battery level indicator, an indicator notifies you when the earbuds has a low battery. Its lights display the charging status of your earbuds and charging case.
Skullcandy Indy Fuel too have a battery level indicator, these allow you tell the charging state of your device, whether fully charged, or the battery is running low.
JBL Wave Buds have USB TYPE-C, a standard connector for transmitting both data and power through a single cable.
The JBL Wave Buds have Bluetooth version of 5.2, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that enables data transfers between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
Skullcandy Indy Fuel has a Bluetooth version of 5, older than that of JBL Wave Buds . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
The JBL Wave Buds have a 10meters distance connecting via Bluetooth.
JBL Wave Buds support AAC, a codec that is used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Because it uses psychoacoustic modeling, it provides better results than other codecs at a similar bit rate.
Being the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the JBL Wave Buds will work well with your MacBook. If you are planning on using these with Android you need to pay even closer attention to codec support for if they only have AAC they won't provide the best audio quality possible, ensure that they also support aptX HD, LDAC, or LHDC as well.
JBL Wave Buds support APTX Adaptive, an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that are developed by Qualcomm. It has a variable bit rate (between 279kbps and 420kbps).
JBL Wave Buds have 2 microphones.
The JBL Wave Buds have a noise-canceling type of microphone, these microphones are made to filter out noise from the desired sound.
The JBL Wave Buds microphone sensitivity is measured at -38dBV/Pa. The size of the analog or digital output signal from the microphone with its input stimulus is a measure of its sensitivity. It's the 'loudness' of the sound that the earbud microphone can recognize.
JBL Wave Buds support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to channel ambient sound to still be heard even when wearing them
The JBL Wave Buds have in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the earbuds can detect when removed from your ears .
When lost in a room, or can't be found in your bag, the JBL Wave Buds support the find earbuds feature.
JBL Wave Buds support fast charging. Usually, technologies like MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to lower the time it takes to charge the earbuds.
Also the Skullcandy Indy Fuel too support fast charging. This kind is similar to regular charging, only that the battery is filling up much faster. Say, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery is charged to 50% in 30 minutes.
The JBL Wave Buds have a multipoint of 2 connections, the multipoint feature allows you to link to more than one Bluetooth device and switch between them. For example, you can switch calls from one device to another without manually disconnect and reconnect.
The JBL Wave Buds have a mute function, they support the option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the earbuds.
The Skullcandy Indy Fuel also support the mute function. It means that you can turn off the device's microphone, but still hear the other party talk.
The JBL Wave Buds, so you can easily access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever functions are supported on the earbuds.
The Skullcandy Indy Fuel also have a control panel on them.
The JBL Wave Buds support voice prompts. With voice prompts, you receive information via audio messages, like if there is an issue with the connection.
The Skullcandy Indy Fuel also have voice prompts .i.e the device will notify you when the battery is running low, and you need to recharge them.
JBL Wave Buds come with a special case. Carrying earbuds openly, or putting them in your pockets without a casing may easily damage them.
Skullcandy Indy Fuel too have a case included, which offers safe transportation.