Skullcandy’s Air Raid Brings it with Badass Looks and Rugged Appeal
The Air Raid has two 50mm drivers that provide some sense of stereo. Skullcandy calls it 360-degree sound, but that’s pushing it a bit. Granted, I’m checking it out in a trailer in the middle of a parking lot at the Las Vegas Convention Center, but I’m not getting any sense of a wrap-around sound. Stereo, yes. 360, no. Connectivity is a breeze and it connected to my Sony Xperia without a hitch. It has track functionality so I could skip tracks directly from the Air Raid. Battery life is an impressive 14 hours at mid levels, but a mere 5 when it’s maxed out. And it does max out - this baby has an 8-watt amplifier. It won’t shake the foundations, but it does provide a decent sound for such a small, light (under 2 pounds) portable. Sam said that they specifically tuned the Air Raid to give the impression of loudness without distortion in the vocal range, a problem that plagues other speakers.
What is impressive is the build of this thing. Even though it’s quite compact, it has a certain about of heft to it, due to the steel faceplate. Add a removable silicon “boot” that adds to the impact resistance plus a water-resistant shell and you get a portable speaker that you’re not afraid to actually use. Luckily, it’s not raining here in Vegas, so I can’t attest to its weather resistance, but there might be a beer or two splashed on it later today and I’m sure it will survive.
Stay loud, my friend.