It’s very surprising actually that a brand like Skullcandy have been crushing it recently with their headphone offerings. A long time ago, when I worked for a very well known UK electronics retailer, they were pretty much the budget offering. But we’ve seen some of their more recent headphones, and they’re definitely becoming more prevelant, and in one major way, quite innovative too.
There’s one feature, and some might argue it’s the main reason why someone would buy a set of Skullcandy Crusher Evo Wireeless headphones is because of the bass slider, which allows you to, quite accurately, choose the amount of bass you want your headphones to produce. And spoiler alert, it’s a lot. As in brain rattling, haptic feedback style bass. But more on that in a minute.
So, Skullcandy have definitely toned down their new headphones from their once original wildly coloured past. The Crusher Evo Wireless is all black, apart from the orange detailing around the power button. They’re not overly large either, or not as large as you might expect for a set of headphones that produces that much bass.
The actual pads of each earcup are pretty small. So much so that I could call these close to being an on-ear headphone. I don’t want to take away how comfortable they are, because I’ve got no complaints here. But I was just surprised by the physical size. The headphones are also primarily made from plastic too, which does aid in keeping the weight down. The only metal here can be found inside the headband itself, but there is a soft piece of padding surrounding that to keep them comfy on your crown too.
And this is great, as the Crusher Evo Wireless also boasts a 40 hour battery life. I mean these things last FOREVER! Skullcandy has done a great job to ensure that the music is unstoppable, and I was easily able to charge these once a week for my music listening times. They also use USB Type-C to charge which is also a bonus to those with newer mobiles. Just use your phone charger to give them some juice and you’re away.
On the left earcup you can find the power button and the adjustment slider for the bass power, while on the right you’ve got your volume up and down, which double up as a skip track feature if you hold them down, and also a play and pause button inbetween the volume buttons. It’s all very simple, and even when turning them on for the first time, my Google Pixel 3 detected the headphones and paired straight away.
So, let’s get onto the sound, as that’s really what headphones are known for right? And, for the most part I found the audio quality to be pretty decent. Of course, bass is their focus, and I must admit, for the types of music I listen to I could only go to around 30% of bass power. Anything higher, and it really started to muddy and overpower the rest of the music. One crazy feature is the rumbling the headphones give off if the bass is too powerful. It’s a strange effect for sure, but unfortunately, it’s one that gets quite uncomfortable very quickly. It also needs constant attention too, as not all tracks are mixed and mastered the same,which means on one track I’ll find a suitable bass level, but the next track, it might be too much meaning I had to turn it down.
Secondly, if I turned it off all together, my music just felt very empty. It’s like the Skullcandy Crusher Evo Wireless relies too heavily on the bass slider. It’s a shame, because the bass slider approaches the realms of becoming a gimmick, but I feel bad for saying that because if you get the bass slider right for your track, the headphones sound decent.
If there’s one thing I can suggest with the Crusher Evo Wireless headphones, and that’s to download the ‘Personal Sound’ app, which is said to take a recording of your ear shape and size, and deliver you the best sound possible. It does this by firing a sequence of beeps into your ear and you have to let the app know if you can hear them. And for the most part, it makes a slight different to the tones that might not have been heard if you stuck to the flat default profile. It also improves the soundstage, but unfortunately, it is quite narrow here. Even though instruments can be heard clearly it’s not as wide as I would have liked.
There’s not really anything I can say negatively about the Skullcandy Crusher Evo Wireless headphones, they’re a fantastic set of cans that produce a decent sound, and with the 40 hour battery life, you’re going to be happy that you don’t have to reach for a charger every time you get to your destination. I suppose the only fiddly part is getting the bass slider right for your music, but even that is a bit of a nit pick. They also don’t feature any active noise cancellation either, which I reckon is the next step for Skullcandy to go in. They can be found for around £150 on the Skullcandy website, which for me personally, is an absolute steal for headphones of this quality. For more information, head over to the Skullcandy website.