Skullcandy Riff Wireless vs Skullcandy Grind

Skullcandy Riff Wireless review
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Skullcandy Grind review

The test of wireless headphones Skullcandy Riff Wireless vs Skullcandy Grind points out a lot in common. Both products have on the ear wearing style with a closed back. However Skullcandy Grind may be used with a wire as well.

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Features

The frequency response of both headphones is absolutely equal and states 20Hz-20KHz as well as sensitivity of 98 dB and impedance of 32 Ohm. The battery life in Skullcandy Riff Wireless vs Skullcandy Grind is equal and states 12 hours. You may use a Grind model with a cable that comes in a set and with a battery free listening mode while Riff has no such options. Also both have no aptX / aptX HD support.

Sound

The sound quality of Skullcandy Riff Wireless vs Grind seemed to me a little clearer at low frequencies, though both have a decent and harmonious reproduction at all frequencies. Even being a sensitive listener I felt no “scratching” my ear by sharp highs or pumping out lows. A nice sound for amateur listening.

Comfort and design

Both headphones have adjustable headbands, made mostly of plastic and have a soft foam inside the ear pads. Skullcandy Riff Wireless has an advantage vs Grind being foldable. The weight of Skullcandy Grind is 183 g vs 275 g of Riff Wireless.

Skullcandy Riff Wireless pros and cons

Skullcandy Riff Wireless pros and cons

Pros

  • I was not expecting that this model would allow me to answer phone calls since it has no microphone that is usually placed on a cord, which is absent here. So that is a quite pleasant surprise. By the way, it sounds nice and clear. So, hands free calling is a plus
  • The headphones have a really fast speed charge and a battery level indicator unlike Grind ones
  • Very fast and easy initial setup that took about 2 min

Cons

  • They have no audio suppression and you will hear the noise around because of the on ear design
  • The plastic looks a bit frail that makes me hesitate in their durability

Skullcandy Grind pros and cons

Skullcandy Grind pros and cons

Pros

  • Built in microphone adds here a function of audio calls, speaker, and voice control based on Siri/Google Assistant
  • I would call the sound quality even above the average for the type
  • A back-up option is also a bonus in the case the battery dies

Cons

  • Unfoldable design seems to me not a strong point in the terms of portability

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Headphones comparison chart

Overall
Skullcandy Riff Wireless
6.2
Skullcandy Grind
5.3
8
6
6
8
6
6
Skullcandy Grind

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May 27, 2020

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Common

Product

Skullcandy Riff Wireless
Skullcandy Grind

Model

Riff Wireless
Grind

Brand

Skullcandy
Skullcandy

Reviews

970
734

General

Wearing style

on ear
on ear

Enclosure

closed back
closed back

Wireless

Wired

Specifications

Transducer

dynamic
dynamic

Driver size, mm/inches

40/1.5
40/1.5

Impedance, Ohm

32

Frequency response, Hz

20Hz-20KHz
20Hz-20KHz

Total harmonic distortion (THD), %

1
0.1

Sensitivity (SPL), dB

98
98

Magnet type

Weight (headphones), g/oz

275/9.7
183/6.4

Comfort

Adjustable headband

Foldable

Noise cancelling

Active noise cancelling

Adjustable noise cancelling level

Microphone

Built-in microphone

In-line microphone

Detachable microphone

Cables

Detachable cable

has not

Audio cable length, cm/ft

has not
120/3.9

Jack connection (TRS)

has not
3.5

Balanced connection

Control

Built-in control buttons

In-line control

Touch control

Voice control

Google Assistant, Siri

App control

Control functions

volume, answer/end, play/pause, next/previous track
volume, answer/end, play/pause

Wireless connectivity

Bluetooth

Bluetooth version

4.1

aptX

aptX HD (Hi-Res Audio)

Bluetooth profiles

NFC

Wi-Fi

Battery

Battery type

rechargable
rechargable

Battery life, hrs

12
12

Charging time, hrs

Charging port

micro USB
micro USB

Charging cable

micro USB to USB-A
micro USB to USB-A

Speed charge

Battery free listening mode

Battery level indicator

Additional features

Water resistance

Light indication

Additional audio features

In the box

Audio cable

Carry case

Charging cable

1/4 Adapter (6,35 mm)

Interchangeable ear pads

User manual

Manual

Skullcandy Riff Wireless
Skullcandy Grind
Skullcandy Riff Wireless
Skullcandy Grind

Headphones HeadphonesArena comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.2
  • 5.3
  • 6.2Skullcandy Riff Wireless
  • 5.3Skullcandy Grind

The Skullcandy Riff Wireless is better headphones in this comparison. Check Skullcandy Riff Wireless price