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Skullcandy Crusher Review

Great if you have a small to medium head and love bass over all else, but otherwise not worth the money
Skullcandy Crusher
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Price:   $150 List | $99.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Very powerful bass
Cons:  Uncomfortable for larger heads, mediocre noise isolation, average clarity
Manufacturer:   Skullcandy
By Max Mutter and Steven Tata  ⋅  Jan 7, 2018
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  • Sound Quality - 30% 5
  • Noise Isolation - 25% 4
  • Comfort - 25% 6
  • User Friendliness - 10% 6
  • Portability - 10% 7

Our Verdict

The Skullcandy Crusher is perfect for a very specific subset of people: those that want the most powerful bass possible, even if it means other aspects of the sound suffers, and that have medium to small heads. If you don't fit into every part of that definition, there are much better options available.

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Pros Very powerful bassInexpensive, powerful bass, effective active noise cancellation, comfortableGood sound quality, good active noise cancellation, less expensive than competitorsIn inexpensive, reasonably good sound quality, portableFairly portable
Cons Uncomfortable for larger heads, mediocre noise isolation, average clarityLacks some brightness in mid and vocal ranges, headband may be to large for smaller headsNot comfortable for those with larger ears/headsPoor noise isolation, not comfortable for large ears/headsMediocre sound quality, not very comfortable, poor noise isolation
Bottom Line Great if you have a small to medium head and love bass over all else, but otherwise not worth the moneyImpressively inexpensive given the sound quality, active noise-canceling performance, and comfortAn impressive combination of good quality at a reasonable price that makes for a good valueOffers a decent listening experience for a relatively low price, but certainly doesn't stand out in any aspectSound quality and user experience doesn't live up to those of other, comparably priced models
Rating Categories Skullcandy Crusher Soundcore Life Q20 JBL Live 650BTNC Tribit XFree Tune Cowin E7 Pro
Sound Quality (30%)
5.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
Noise Isolation (25%)
4.0
6.0
7.0
4.0
4.0
Comfort (25%)
6.0
8.0
6.0
5.0
3.0
User Friendliness (10%)
6.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
5.0
Portability (10%)
7.0
7.0
7.0
9.0
9.0
Specs Skullcandy Crusher Soundcore Life Q20 JBL Live 650BTNC Tribit XFree Tune Cowin E7 Pro
Type Over-ear Over-ear Over-ear Over-ear Over-ear
Noise cancelling No Yes Yes No Yes
Manufacturer reported battery life (hours) 40 40 30 40 30
Measured weight (ounces) 10.1 9.3 9.1 10.3 10.6
Included case Lined drawstring pouch Lined drawstring pouch Lined drawstring pouch Semi-hard case Semi-hard case
App No No Yes No No
Earcup padding cover material Leatherette Leatherette PU Leather Leatherette Synthetic protein leather
Charging cable length (inches) N/A 40" 47" N/A N/A
Microphone for voice? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bluetooth version N/A 5.0 4.2 4.1 4.0
Onboard buttons Volume, play/pause, forward/back, bass Volume, multifunction, power, NC Volume, play/pause, forward/back, noise cancelling, voice assistant, power/bluetooth, answer/decline/mute calls Volume, play/pause, forward/back, noise cancelling Volume, play/pause, forward/back

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Skullcandy Crusher has a lot of character with its over-the-top bass driver and imposing skull logo, but unfortunately, it doesn't back that character up with much performance.

Performance Comparison


Though the bass is impressive with this model, the Crusher is a one...
Though the bass is impressive with this model, the Crusher is a one trick pony.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Sound Quality


The Skullcandy Crusher produces an average clarity. Most music sounds good and crisp, but complicated melodies and very high or very low notes can sound a bit muddled. Think of the cheap earbuds you bought at Best Buy on a whim, and that's the level of clarity we're talking about here.

However, the Crusher isn't focused on clarity; it's focused on bass. It has exceptionally powerful bass, maybe even too powerful. If you turn the bass all the way up the headphones literally shake on your head. If that's the kind of experience you're looking for, then these are the headphones for you.

If you really like bass, the Crusher sounds pretty good.
If you really like bass, the Crusher sounds pretty good.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Noise Isolation


The Crusher suffers a bit here. These headphones do not offer active noise cancellation, which handicaps them in terms of providing good noise isolation. However, they are able to muffle most sounds to an ignorable lever, but you will hear most everything going on around you, at least to some extent, when wearing these headphones.

Comfort


The Crusher received a fairly average score in this metric, but its score doesn't tell the whole story. If you have a medium to small head with correspondingly medium to small ears, you'll likely find these headphones to be quite comfy. However, the minute we put them on people with larger heads we got comments like, "Dang are my ears itchy," and, "These things really are skull crushers!"

User Friendliness


The Crusher was again around average in this metric. It has standard play/pause and volume up/down buttons. To skip tracks forward and back you must hold down the volume buttons for 3 seconds. This felt more cumbersome than pressing buttons multiple times.

We were slightly annoyed at having to hold down buttons to skip...
We were slightly annoyed at having to hold down buttons to skip tracks, but otherwise the Crusher's controls are easy to use.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Portability


These headphones fold down relatively small and weigh 10.1 ounces, which is just around the average. However, they come with only a drawstring pouch as a carrying case, which isn't very protective.

The Crusher's drawstring pouch.
The Crusher's drawstring pouch.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Value


Here again, unless you just love the Crusher's over-the-top bass, it is a poor value.

Conclusion


The Skullcandy Crusher offers very powerful bass, but not too much else. If you're bass obsessed you may love these headphones; otherwise, there are much better options available.

Max Mutter and Steven Tata