Skullcandy Crusher ANC Wireless Headphones 2020 Updated Review.
“Music You Can Feel” is Skullcandys motto. And you can take that literally, because when it comes to “feeling” music, hardly any of the American Lifestyle-Companies are kidding. In this article, we have made available for you allyou should know about Skullcandy Crusher ANC Wireless Headphones before buying.
About Skullcandy Crusher ANC Wireless Headphones
Skullcandy Crusher ANC Personalized Noise Canceling Wireless Headphones are designed to be both rugged and comfortable, and to provide killer sound. They also have a noise canceling feature, which makes them a great choice for airports and other loud, crowded locations.
No matter how much the sounds around you change, Skullcandy’s Active Noise Cancellation monitors your environment and eliminates outside noise to keep your music crystal clear.
- Adjustable sensory bass
- Digital Active noise cancellation
- Personal sound with Skullcandy app
- Up to 24 hours of battery life with rapid charge
- Built in tile tracker
- Powerful audio performance with adjustable bass depth and haptic vibration.
- Solid mic clarity.
- Can be used passively with included audio cable.
- Merely decent noise cancellation.
- Sound signature is far from accurate.
Performance and Quality
The noise-cancellation circuitry does a stellar job with low-frequency rumble, so the headphones will do well on trains and plains. The results are okay, but not as good, with mids and highs like keyboard typing or general office chatter.
Unfortunately, the headphones suffer from a common pitfall of less-refined ANC circuitry: hiss. It doesn’t sound bad (think subtle tape hiss), but the ANC definitely adds sound to the equation. Thus, in a very quiet room, activating the ANC will actually make things a bit noisier. That’s fine for, say, $150 headphones, but in this price tier, the hiss should be less obvious, or ideally completely absent.
The ANC, at least, doesn’t seem to affect audio performance too obviously, which isn’t always the case with wireless headphones. Switching between ambient mode and ANC by placing your hand over the left earcup is a nice trick, and the ambient mics work well.
For audio, on tracks with intense sub-bass content, like The Knife’s “Silent Shout,” with the bass slider at minimum levels, the lows are delivered with gusto and arguably need no more boosting. But move the slider up just slightly, and suddenly, the lows can be felt.
Turning the slider all the way up loses the music completely in a see of bass. At the midway point, the bass is still far more boosted than needed—both the bass vibrations and the bass itself become almost separated from the music. It may be an experience some people enjoy, but this is about as far as you can get from the intentions of the mix engineers and musicians who recorded these tracks, even if they wanted you to hear serious bass depth.
Skullcandy Crusher App
The Crusher is not only equipped with Bluetooth 5.0, noise-cancelling and sensory bass, it is also Skullcandys first headset to be equipped with a personalised sound.
Together with Audiodo, a Swedish company that has taken on the topic of “audio personalisation”, the Skullcandy App (free for iOS and Android) now offers an option to compensate for possible hearing deficits by testing. A series of test tones are played first on the left and then on the right, each of which must be confirmed with “Yes” or “No”.
After a few minutes, two frequency curves are presented (for the left and right ear respectively), which immediately try to compensate for their own hearing impairments. Of course, it is also possible to create and save several profiles, which are stored in the headphones themselves.
To be able to change or deactivate these hearing correction profiles – for example, if the Crusher ANC is connected to a Mac or Tablet – the app with the stored profiles must be used. The app, which was installed on an iPad in parallel for testing purposes, has a yawning void when it comes to hearing profiles.
The Skullcandy App has little else to offer. Besides the usual links to FAQ sections and privacy pages, the only other avenue worth chasing here is registering your Crusher ANC.
The Skullcandy Crusher ANC is on the expensive side, but you’re paying for a premium pair of headphones, not for a toy. They have high-quality speakers, which produce a balanced, smooth sound whether you’re watching a movie or listening to your favorite tunes.
These headphones don’t look like much. If you told us you bought them at a bodega for $20, we wouldn’t be surprised. But once you hold them in your hands, you’ll feel the superior quality and durable construction. They’re also comfortable, with plush padding that rests softly against your cheeks and temples.
And of course, we loved the bass slider. It’s one thing to have an equalizer in your phone or iPod. It’s another thing to be able to adjust the bass with the swipe of a single finger.
So is this enough to make the Crusher worth the investment? We think so. But sound and comfort are a matter of personal taste; you’ll ultimately have to find out for yourself.