Skullcandy was actually one of the original pioneers of portable audio, and is now one of only a few remaining American companies that is still relevant in that market. Both the Jib and Sesh Evo wireless earbuds are popular and successful products, and the aptly named Jib 2 is a next generation improvement on its predecessor. A lot of people ask: is one better than the other? which should I get between the two? I have fully reviewed both of these products and will fully expound on those questions in this comparison article.
Skullcandy Jib True 2 vs Sesh Evo Side by Side at a Glance
What Are the Main Differences Between the Skullcandy Jib True 2 and Sesh Evo?
The Jib True 2 and Sesh Evo are pretty similar – they both use the same noncontoured oval style design, with flat backs that have pressable buttons to execute onboard controls rather than being purely touch based. They also have similar hardware and audio tech specs. They do have a few key differences though:
Weatherproofing – the Jib True 2 has IPX4 certification, making it resistant to water up to light splashing but not dust or debris; while the Sesh Evo has a double digit IP55 certification, making it resistant to water up to moderate jets and dust and debris.
Battery Life – the Jib True 2 has better purported battery life, 9 hours on the buds and an additional 24 hours from the case; while the Sesh Evo only has 5 hours on the buds and an additional 19 hours from the case. The Sesh Evo is a relatively older product and has older Bluetooth v5.0 while the newer next-gen Jib 2 has Bluetooth 5.2. While Bluetooth version doesn’t really make a difference in sound quality, the decimal improvements on v5 do improve range and battery efficiency.
Rapid Recharge – The Sesh Evo has a fast partial recharging feature that can give the buds an extra two hours of battery with just ten minutes in the case, in case you need a quick reup. The Jib True 2 does not have this feature.
Case – the Jib True 2 case is more compact while the Sesh Evo case is rather large and bulky. The Jib True 2 case also uses micro-USB for the charge connector while the Sesh Evo uses USB-C.
Does the Skullcandy Jib True 2 or Sesh Evo Have Better Fit and Comfort?
Though the Jib True 2 is somewhat bulky and has a design that doesn’t seem at all ergonomic, it actually fits very comfortably and securely; whereas the the Sesh Evo, despite looking like it has a sophisticated ergonomic design, doesn’t fit that well and frankly doesn’t physically make sense in my opinion.
One issue with the Jib True 2, though, is that it takes a lot of force to push the buttons to execute onboard controls, to a degree that it’s a bit painful on the ear and it can mess up the fit/seal.
Does the Skullcandy Jib True 2 or the Sesh Evo Sound Better?
Both the Jib True 2 and Sesh Evo sound OK for their respective price-points, but not great. They both have tuned up bass that is pretty loose and and overall lack of detail that sounds kind of muffled. I would say that the Sesh Evo sounds slightly better – it’s a little more even which gives the mids a little more presence and resultant detail and clarity.
Which Is Ultimately the Better Choice: The Jib True 2 or Sesh Evo?
This one is a tough call – the Jib True 2 fits much better and has better battery life, but the buttons are annoyingly hard to press and the sound is a little worse. The Sesh Evo has better weatherproofing and slightly better sound, but is a bit bulky, dated, and has a worse fit and battery life.
If I had to pick one, I think it’d be the Sesh Evo, because I personally care more about sound quality and usability than slightly better battery life. But to be honest there are newer products that have all the features that the Sesh Evo has and are better in pretty much every way. Same goes for the Jib True 2. See the links below for some such alternative recommendations. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Sesh Evo to get a next-gen revamp pretty soon, and Skullcandy does sometimes make really great sounding headphones, so it might be worth a wait on it as well.
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Get the Skullcandy Jib True 2 wireless earbuds on Amazon (affiliate link)