Skullcandy has a mixed reputation – many audio purists feel that they don’t really live up to the hype, and most of their users aren’t really in for the audio, but rather the looks.
We can’t deny that Skullcandy has got good branding and marketing though, however, we definitely look at all things to consider in the Skullcandy Crusher objectively, and give you the lowdown on this very, attractive model.
Eyecandy you mean?
The Skullcandy Crusher comes in 10 colour variations, and while we won’t focus on them since colour preference is personal, it’s great that such a wide variety is available, especially since other brands usually have only 2 or 3 at maximum.
Keep in mind that while some colours are solid, like the matte black version, others have colour splashes in the diaphragm and at the bottom of the earcups too so that’s great for variation in design.
The Skullcandy Crusher has a very modern aesthetic to it, and a solid looking exterior with flush edges. The size of the Skullcandy Crusher also makes it hard to miss – the look is distinct, especially with the signature skull logo on the side of the earcups and its size.
Science and Style
The marketing team at Skullcandy have claimed that they used ‘engineers used standardized anthropometric data to develop the Crusher’s flexibility and clamping pressure’. As always, we decided to err on the side of caution and better judgement and try them ourselves. We don’t know if the statement was true, but the Skullcandy Crusher definitely is comfortable.
The plush earpads and the head band were soft, soft enough to feel; comfortable and the pressure not overbearing; the irony here in a good way was the Crusher didn’t actually crush our skulls in.
On top of that, the earcup padding was comfortable and provided a good seal for noise isolation. Despite our reservations over the flat earcup padding style, the reason being that the lack of extra material may not provide such a good seal as compared to other older models whose earpads are usually made of soft leatherette that is crinkled to provide a plush feel and good seal.
The Skullcandy Crusher is also light, and the hinges, while they don’t allow the earcups to swivel 180 degrees like some other models, can be folded inwards for mobility – to 40% of its original size.
The only gripe we have with this is that when you want to take around a pair of good looking headphones like these, a micro-fibre carry bag just won’t do the trick. No matter how tough the fibre, unless rigid, won’t give much protection against hard knocks.
Also included are a removable cable with a one button remote for voice calls, and playback functions. Just keep in mind due to the one button nature that you can’t control the volume with it.
Into the Crusher!
Here we take a look at what’s under the hood of the Skullcandy Crusher and what makes it so unique.
The Skullcandy Crusher uses two ‘custom tuned’ REX40 drivers made of Mylar (which is actually plastic) . On top of that, they also have the two Sensation55 patent pending bass extension drivers, which are the ones responsible for the hype and the unique selling point of the Skullcandy Crusher.
The two 40mm Sensation55 bass extension drivers are powered by an AA battery put into the left earcup, and the bass drivers help to boost the bass capabilities of the already powerful Skullcandy Crusher. The bass level can be adjusted by a slider that also functions as a switch for them.
The stated lifespan for battery usage for these drivers are 40 days, which is on and a third months, which when you take into consideration, is quite long, so props to the Skullcandy team for that.
The rated impedance for the Skullcandy Crushers is 32 ohms, and the sound frequency ranges from 20Hz – 20Khz. While the sound frequency range of the lower end is surprisingly high for a pair of headphones which focuses on boosting its bass, it must be kept in mind that the bass extension driver can boost bass up to a ridiculous level.
The sound quality for the Skullcandy Crusher was surprising to say the least. The highs and mids were accurate, with the bass boosted to 25% approximately.
The highs were clear, and they actually sounded well blended with the mids, which were balanced out and meaty, perhaps due to the dual bass extension drivers.
The bass was well balanced, but we decided to let it rip and maxed it out to 100%, and it was ear crushing, and we realized the name for the Skullcandy Crusher was well chosen beyond doubt.
However, whatever would drive someone sane and not deaf to put the bass at that level escapes us, if it will ever happen. The bass can be adjusted, and to each his own, but at that level we found that most music genres performed well, and some better than others.
We expected the Skullcandy Crushers to be better at more bass heavy genres, like R&B and dubstep, and sure, we were right but it also performed quite admirably in classical and soul. Then we maxed it out, and everything sounded comically loud and bass heavy like a bad trip.
All in all, the Skullcandy Crusher sounds, and looks good, although the peripherals like a hard carry case and a better cable could be used, although detachability of the cable is an added bonus.