Skullcandy’s Halo 5 Smokin’ Buds 2 (review)


It has been a while since my last headphone review. That being said I still have a love for good quality earbuds and cranking up to the highest volume. So here’s my review of the Skullcandy’s Halo 5 Smokin’ Buds. I haven’t been the biggest fan of Skullcandy since I’ve always found that in the past it has always taken style over substance. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised with its Smokin’ Buds 2 model. For only 30 bucks, it packs a pretty good wallop in sound and bass that makes it hard to pass up the price.

An added bonus is that each pair comes with a REQ pack, which are random digital items like unlockable weapons and armors, skins, vehicles and more that players can use in the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer modes.


Inspired by the latest Halo game, the earbuds model was designed with the help of the developers at 343 Industries. The dark chrome matte finish, along with the metallic blue accents and honeycombed graphics, makes these stand out over any other style in the Smokin’ Buds 2 line. The Off-Axis Technology offers comfort, stability, acoustic performance and driver size. The oval port design is shifted and angled in a way that offers a superior fit to most earbuds.

The flat cables are lined with a rubber that stops them from getting tangled and keeps them from coiling overtime like most generic headphones. This is one key feature that I really did like about them. I could shove them into my pockets and pull them out and not have a hard time untangling them. They also come with a built-in mic and a one-button remote that allows you to take/make calls, play/pause and cycle through tracks, which works really well with smartphones.


When it comes to sound, the Smokin’ Buds use Skullcandy’s trademarked Supreme Sound. The earbuds are sporting a 9mm driver, which is the normal standard. The frequency ranges from 18Hz – 20000Hz, which offers pretty clear high volume, but the bass tends to overpower the mids and highs. This is a common thread with Skullcandy headphones, but it is hard to complain when the audio is better than fair for 30 bucks. They’re fine for everyday use, but not if your are an audiophile looking to dive into some 320kbps recordings.

Final Reaction

You simply cannot beat the price for these earbuds. With no added cost for the Halo licensing, these are some cool headphones that pack a punch that won’t hit your wallet. While these are not buds that I would use to really feel like I’m at a live concert, they do the job and are great for being on the go.

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Skullcandy Halo 5: Guardians Edition Smokin’ Buds 2

Speaker Driver: 9 mm drivers
Frequency Response: 18 – 2000Hz
Impedance: 16 ohms
Cable: 1.3 m flat cable
Plug: 3.5 mm stereo plug
Price: $29.99

RATING: 5/5 Atoms

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