Ultimate Ears Drops
Overall Score 6 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Skullcandy Indy FuelSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 4.9 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Ultimate Ears Drops
|Skullcandy Indy Fuel
|ingress protection (ip) rating
|has no wires or cables
|is dust proof and water-resistant
|has stereo speakers
|has passive noise reduction
|driver unit size
|sound pressure level
|battery life of charging case
|has wireless charging
|has a battery level indicator
|has usb type-c
|maximum bluetooth range
|has aptx adaptive
|number of microphones
|has ambient sound mode
|has find earbuds feature
|supports fast charging
|has a mute function
|control panel placed on a device
|has voice prompts
|travel bag is included
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Ingress protection ratings refer to the rank of protection offered by an enclosure, against dust and liquids. The letters 'IP' are followed by two values The first value of the IP rating refers to protection against solids say dust, while the second refers to protection against liquids (water).
Having a value of IP55, the Skullcandy Indy Fuel's rating for solids indicates 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 medium pressure jet that's 6.3mm diameter, similar to garden hose from any angle for 3 minutes at a distance of 2.5 to 3 metres.
The Skullcandy Indy Fuel have a weight of 57g . We consider a lower weight better for the reason that lighter devices are more comfortable to carry.
For a device to be true wireless it should have no cables connecting any part of the device together, Ultimate Ears Drops are true wireless for this case since they don't have wires. This is an important distinction as some wireless earbuds have wires linking the two earbuds .
Skullcandy Indy Fuel also is true wireless since it doesn't have cables connecting the two earbuds .
The Ultimate Ears Drops come with wingtips, these are commonly used for earbuds for workouts and come as an optional add-on to the separate silicone ear tip for a better fit.
Skullcandy Indy Fuel too have wingtips, by resting against the triangular fossa and form a secure fit to match vigorous movement, wingtips come in handy for sports and other physical activities. When used as directed, they secure the earbuds from falling off.
Ultimate Ears Drops have sweat resistance
Skullcandy Indy Fuel's resistance to sweat makes both devices ideal for use during long-distance running, marathons, training in workout bodysuits, etc
The Ultimate Ears Drops are both dustproof and water-resistant.
Skullcandy Indy Fuel too are dustproof and water-resistant, thus preventing water and dust from entering the interior of the devices and damaging the interior components
Ultimate Ears Drops have stereo speakers, devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from separate channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better listening experience.
The Skullcandy Indy Fuel also have stereo speakers
The Ultimate Ears Drops sit well in place, this creates a sound seal that reduces background noise well as preventing the earbuds sound from leaking out at the same.
Both Skullcandy Indy Fuel, and Ultimate Ears Drops have passive noise reduction which means that both tone down ambient noise instead of actively using ANC to cancel it out.
Ultimate Ears Drops driver unit is 9.2mm in diameter, bigger drivers are more powerful, and can produce better bass.
A driver unit is the component that makes sound in the device, the unit size corellates with the loudness of the earbuds.
Skullcandy Indy Fuel driver unit is 6mm in diameter, which implies that they have a smaller driver unit than that of Ultimate Ears Drops by 3.2mm , many people have a misconception that driver units of a bigger size automatically produce better sound quality.
However, large drivers find it difficult to produce high frequencies so yes, larger drivers can generate louder sound, but this does not indicate that they produce better quality sound.
The Ultimate Ears Drops's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response inidcates how well a particular audio component generates low audible frequencies and if it makes any changes to the signal on its way through.
Skullcandy Indy Fuel's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this means that both devices make sound with equal bass
The Ultimate Ears Drops's highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, high-frequency response indicates how well a particular audio device produces high human frequencies and if it changes to the signal on its way through.
Skullcandy Indy Fuel's highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, this implies that both devices generate equal treble
SPL, is the level of pressure of sound, in decibels, dB, Ultimate Ears Drops's measurement is 110dB/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. How loud something is can be perceived differently by different persons, so we need to have the means to get a standard measurement of sound level expressed in numerical terms.
Ultimate Ears Drops's battery life is 6 hours, these last longer than 5 hours of listening which is considered average for a single charge. A device's battery life is usually given by the manufacturer, and with longer battery life, you get to use it for longer and requires fewer chargings.
Skullcandy Indy Fuel's battery life is less than that of Ultimate Ears Drops by 3 hours . Each time you recharge your earbuds, they get a little less playing time. The effect is barely noticeable at first, but over a few years, your wireless earbuds will have shorter listening time.
This is given by the manufacturer, and the Ultimate Ears Drops's case is said to have a charge of 9 hours. A charging case with more battery hours enables you to recharge your earbuds on the go many times before having to recharge the case itself.
Skullcandy Indy Fuel's charging case has a battery life of 27 hours, more than that of Ultimate Ears Drops by 18 hours
It requires 0.3 hours to fully charge the Skullcandy Indy Fuel's battery. It is highly adivsable to fully charge the battery before using the earbuds when they have been in storage for extended periods.
The Ultimate Ears Drops, the device supports wireless charging. To charge the device, you simply place down on a compatible charging pad.
Skullcandy Indy Fuel also support wireless charging, take note of the charging standard of a device.
The Ultimate Ears Drops have a battery level indicator, an indicator alerts you when the earbuds has a low battery. Its lights show the charging status of your device and charging case.
Skullcandy Indy Fuel too have a battery level indicator, charging indicators allow you tell the charging state of your earbuds, if charged fully, or having a low battery.
Ultimate Ears Drops use USB TYPE-C, a standard connector for transmitting both data and power through a single cable.
The Ultimate Ears Drops have Bluetooth version of 4.2, 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, newer than that of Ultimate Ears Drops . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
Ultimate Ears Drops have a 10meters distance to connect via Bluetooth.
Ultimate Ears Drops support AAC, a codec that is used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Since 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 Ultimate Ears Drops will work fine with your MacBook. If you are planning on using these with Android , ensure that they also support aptX HD, LDAC, or LHDC as well.
Ultimate Ears Drops support APTX Adaptive, an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that are developed by Qualcomm. It has a variable bit rate (between 279kbps and 420kbps).
Ultimate Ears Drops have 2 microphones.
Ultimate Ears Drops support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to pass through ambient sound so that they can still be heard even when wearing the earbuds
If lost in a room, or can't be found in your bag, Ultimate Ears Drops support the find earbuds feature.
Ultimate Ears Drops support fast charging. Most often, technologies like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge, are used to lower the time it takes to fully charge a device.
Skullcandy Indy Fuel support fast charging. It's very similar to regular charging, just that the battery fills up much faster. Say, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery is charged to 50% in thirty minutes.
Ultimate Ears Drops support multipoint of 2 connections, this feature allows you to link to more than one Bluetooth device and switch between them. For example, you can easily switch calls from one device to another without having to manually disconnect and reconnect.
The Ultimate Ears Drops have a mute function, they support the feature to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the earbuds.
The Skullcandy Indy Fuel also have the mute function. The mute function means that you can turn off the earbuds' microphone, but still hear the other party's voice.
The Ultimate Ears Drops, so you can access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever functions are supported on the device.
The Skullcandy Indy Fuel also have a control panel on them.
Ultimate Ears Drops have voice prompts. Automatically receive information via audio messages, say if there is a problem with the connection.
The Skullcandy Indy Fuel too have voice prompts .i.e the earbuds will notify you when the battery is low, and you need to recharge the earbuds.
The Ultimate Ears Drops come with their own special case. Carrying earphones without a case, or placing them inside your bag without a casing may easily damage them.
Skullcandy Indy Fuel also have a case included, which offers safe transportation.