Skullcandy Crusher Evo overview: Enamel-rattling bass

“Bone-shaking bass makes the Crusher Evo a stable alternative for bass heads.”

Loopy highly effective bass

Superior battery life

Good sound high quality

Efficient sound personalization

Tile monitoring

Mediocre name high quality

A bit heavy

No Bluetooth Multipoint

Skullcandy’s authentic $150 Crusher headphones launched the corporate’s Sensory Bass function which mounts a secondary, devoted bass driver inside every earcup. With an adjustable slider that permits you to tweak how a lot of this head-rattling bass you want, the function subsequent confirmed up on the $300 Crusher 360 and the $320 Crusher ANC.

Now, hoping to show that good issues are available fours, Skullcandy is tweaking the Crusher method as soon as once more with the $200 Crusher Evo. By eliminating lively noise cancellation (ANC) however bettering the way in which its Sensory Bass works and throwing within the Crusher ANC’s EQ function, the Crusher Evo makes an attempt to occupy the Goldilocks zone within the Crusher lineup. Right here’s how they carry out.

What’s within the field?

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Inside the big product field, you’ll discover the Crusher Evo, a USB-C charging cable, an analog cable, and a carry/storage bag. The field itself is closely coated in custom-printed surfaces, with a magnetic-closure entrance flap, making it arduous if not inconceivable to recycle. The interior black plastic tray is made out of polystyrene, which can even be arduous to recycle, relying on what services exist the place you reside.

Design

If you happen to’re a fan of Skullcandy’s Crusher line, the Crusher Evo, which is available in matte black or matte gray, will probably be immediately acquainted. Visually, they appear similar to the Crusher ANC, sporting the identical deeply cushioned artificial leather-based earcups, and the identical folding design that permits you to retailer them flat or simply collapsed.

The Crusher Evo’s bag is the perfect I’ve ever seen.

Additionally they use the identical bodily controls: Giant, straightforward to entry playback/name/quantity buttons on the correct earcup, with an influence button and the Sensory Bass slider on the left.

They’ve the Crusher ANC’s totally built-in wiring, which retains every little thing tremendous clear, however in addition they attain again to the unique Crusher to seize that mannequin’s fabric-topped headband.

I’m particularly impressed by the carry bag. Often, this stuff (once they’re included in any respect) are typically after-thoughts — only a skinny bag to guard your headphones from scratches.

The Crusher Evo’s bag is the perfect I’ve ever seen. The outer shell is made out of sturdy nylon cloth, whereas the within has a deeply plush lining that makes me imagine it will not solely shield the cans from scratches however most likely some impacts, too. Inside are two mesh pockets for the included cables, which is a pleasant contact, nevertheless it’s the closure design that deserves particular reward. No drawstring right here. As an alternative, you get a snap-together buckle that mixes with a double fold-over opening for a very safe method to retailer these headphones.

The bag particularly says it’s not waterproof and that’s true. The nylon isn’t coated in a waterproof layer so it would soak up moisture in case you get it moist, nevertheless it should not have any hassle conserving the Crusher Evo protected against the occasional inadvertent splash in case you take away them from the bag as quickly as potential.

Controls, consolation, and ease of use

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Weighing in at 11 ounces, the Crusher Evo are on the heavier facet so far as wi-fi headphones go — most likely because of their wonderful battery life (extra on that in a second) — however they continue to be fairly comfy. The headscarf supplies loads of clamping pressure and the ear cushions discover a good center floor between softness and help.

The one factor that retains them from being comfy for hours of use is their comparatively shallow ear cushion depth. My ears have a tendency to stay out greater than some of us, so your mileage could differ, however I discovered that the sides of my ears began to tire of being pressed in opposition to the inside floor of the earcups after about an hour and a half of use.

The controls are excellent so far as I’m involved.

On the plus facet, when the headscarf sliders are totally retracted, the Crusher Evo provide a a lot smaller minimal measurement, so these with smaller than common heads will doubtless discover that these headphones match them when different fashions don’t.

The controls are excellent so far as I’m involved. They’re well-placed, well-spaced, and enormous sufficient that you’ll by no means wrestle to rapidly find the button you need. You may entry quantity up/down, observe skip ahead/again, name reply/finish, plus voice assistant entry (Siri or Google Assistant).

Operation could be very intuitive, particularly when working with the Sensory Bass slider on the left earcup. I like that it provides an infinite vary of adjustment, from nothing-at-all to skull-pounding and every little thing in between.

One factor that may have been an enormous comfort — notably for these of us who bounce backwards and forwards between telephones and computer systems — is Bluetooth Multipoint, which helps you to pair to 2 units concurrently. Alas, the Crusher Evo don’t have it.

Battery and charging

With out an ANC function to attract down the battery, the Crusher Evo can final 40 hours on a single cost. That’s very spectacular. Panasonic’s RB-M700, which contains a comparable bass module, solely will get 20 hours of operation — and that’s when its bass reactor function is disabled.

The short-charge function is equally spectacular, with a four-hour enhance after simply 10 minutes of charging time.

We’ve seen on-ear headphones like the superb Jabra Elite 45h present as a lot as 50 hours of stamina, however with regards to over-ear cans, the Crusher Evo are among the many finest.

Tile monitoring

Skullcandy has began to incorporate Tile-based monitoring on its headphone merchandise, and it’s a enjoyable and helpful function. As soon as paired to the Tile app, you should utilize it to see their final recognized location and, so long as their battery isn’t lifeless, you possibly can set off a high-pitched birdsong-like melody to be emitted by the Crusher Evo so you possibly can bodily find them.

Personally I believe this function is sensible on a smaller product just like the Skullcandy Vert, which may simply get misplaced between a set of sofa cushions. I’m simply not satisfied it’s as helpful for one thing as massive and apparent because the Crusher Evo.

However it works and it’s free, so in case you occur to be the sort of one who misplaces every little thing that isn’t bolted down, it’s a great factor.

Name high quality

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Calls on the Crusher Evo had been very clear, however solely when voices didn’t must compete with background sounds. Even gentle automobile visitors or a brisk breeze offered a problem with various additional noise. There’s no side-tone function when calling, so your personal voice will sound muffled to you, one thing individuals typically discover off-putting.

They’re simply high-quality for informal cellphone calls, however you would possibly need to make a degree of discovering a quiet spot if you need your callers to listen to you clearly.

Sound high quality

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The Crusher Evo’s Sensory Bass system is the first purpose to think about these headphones over different wi-fi fashions in the identical value vary. However, in response to Skullcandy, the non-public audio tuning function is simply as vital to the headphones’ efficiency. Developed with Audiodo, a Swedish firm with deep roots in digital sign processing, the personalization is completed inside the Skullcandy app. After a sequence of exams by which you register your potential to listen to sure frequencies at various quantity ranges, you’re given a personalized EQ adjustment you can activate or off.

In response to the app, my listening to is off of “optimum” by a fairly large diploma, however the graph that exhibits this doesn’t clarify which frequencies are those the place I’m in want of assist.

The Crusher Evo sound actually good with none meddling with their EQ settings.

In contrast to virtually each audio personalization function I’ve ever tried, turning it on and off whereas listening to music delivered a definite enchancment to readability from the Evo’s base EQ.

Excessive frequencies had been considerably boosted to attain this, and I think that if Skullcandy provided a full set of EQ changes I may most likely have gotten comparable outcomes like this alone, however contemplating how straightforward it was to take the check, why hassle?

However even in case you don’t care to make use of the non-public audio adjustment (otherwise you occur to have optimum listening to), the excellent news is that the Crusher Evo sound actually good with none meddling with their EQ settings.

Whereas not as delicate or exact as what you’ll discover from dear higher-end fashions just like the Sony WH-1000XM4, these headphones ship a very pleasing mixture of lows, mids, and excessive frequencies. Their soundstage falls right into a center floor that’s simply vast and deep sufficient to provide you a great feeling of area.

My favourite facet although is the Sensory Bass slider. With even handed use of the management, you possibly can herald simply sufficient additional low finish you can really feel the deep thrumming of a hand-plucked bass in a jazz quartet.

Push it farther and fireplace up your favourite motion film and prepare to have your tooth rattled.

On the prime finish, it’s ridiculous, with the earcups virtually pushing themselves off your head as they attempt to accommodate the additional air motion created by the bass drivers — however why not? You may all the time dial it down when your imaginative and prescient begins to blur.

Our take

With distinctive battery life, a sound personalization function that isn’t only a gimmick, and unholy quantities of bass, the Crusher Evo are a fantastic set of wi-fi headphones for individuals who need the choice of loosening their fillings whereas jamming to their favourite tracks.

Is there a greater different?

For a similar value, you’ll get higher consolation and sound high quality plus lively noise cancellation from the Sony WH-CH710N, however you definitely gained’t get the Crusher’s insane bass. Another choice for comparable portions of growth is the $150 Panasonic RB-M700, however they’ll’t compete with the Crusher’s battery life, handy folding design, or helpful carry bag.

How lengthy will they final?

The Crusher Evo comes with a two-year guarantee from Skullcandy — double what you usually discover on this class. They’re stable and well-built and made out of first rate supplies. If you happen to stow them within the included bag if you’re not utilizing them, they need to final for a few years.

Must you purchase them?

If monstrous bass is your jam, then sure, the Crusher Evo have to be within the operating in your subsequent set of headphones.

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