The Skullcandy Crusher Evo Wireless are mid-range over-ear headphones designed with bassheads in mind. Although they look fairly generic, they have a unique haptic bass slider design that takes songs from a relaxed dose of thump, punch, and boom to intense and powerful rumble with a simple slide of the controls. Their companion app also offers EQ presets and a Personal Sound feature that optimizes sound based levels based on your hearing.
The Skullcandy Crusher Evo are good for neutral sound. Although they're designed to deliver bass, setting the haptic bass to its lowest setting ensures that the rest of the mix isn't completely drowned out by extra thump, rumble, and boom. Their balanced mid-range also ensures that vocal-centric content stays clear and present in mixes. If you prefer a different sound, they have a few additional EQ presets in the Skullcandy app and a haptic bass slider to help you adjust their bass.
The Skullcandy Crusher Evo are just okay for commute and travel. They're decently comfortable, and their over 34-hour continuous battery life is suitable for multiple long days on the go. However, they can't isolate against bus and plane engines or chatter from fellow passengers, which can be annoying. Also, their bulky design isn't the easiest to bring along with you.
The Skullcandy Crusher Evo are satisfactory for sports and fitness, though over-ears aren't the best choice for this usage. These well-built headphones are decently comfortable, but they aren't intended for wearing during your workouts. They're stable enough for casual listening sessions but may fall off your ears during low-intensity exercises. Also, their bulky design isn't easy to bring on the go.
The Skullcandy Crusher Evo are okay for office use. They're decently comfortable, and their over 34-hour continuous battery life is enough to get you through your workday. However, they struggle to block out background noises in an office, like chatter from nearby coworkers. They also leak a bit of sound, which can distract coworkers if you're in a quiet office setting.
The Skullcandy Crusher Evo aren't compatible with Xbox or PlayStation consoles on a wireless connection. They're compatible with Bluetooth-enabled PCs, but their latency is likely too high to be suitable for wireless gaming. While their latency is a bit lower on mobile devices, it's still quite high for gaming.
The Skullcandy Crusher Evo are satisfactory for wired gaming. With their included TRRS cable, you can plug these headphones into your Xbox or PlayStation controller for full audio and microphone compatibility, and they have negligible latency. Their bass-heavy sound profile also helps you feel the deep thumps and rumbles from action-packed scenes in your favorite games. However, while they're decently comfortable, the ear cups can feel warm after long listening sessions.
The Skullcandy Crusher Evo are mediocre for phone calls. Their integrated microphone has a decent recording quality, so your voice is understandable, but also a bit muffled and thin. It's best suited for making calls from a quiet environment, as it struggles to separate your voice from background noises in loud and busy settings. They also don't block out much background noise, which can distract you from your call.
The Skullcandy Crusher Evo come in the following color variants (although some colors may not be available anymore): 'Chill Grey', 'Budweiser Red', 'Light Grey/Blue', 'Rainbow Pride', 'Collina Strada', 'Dark Blue/Green', and 'True Black'. We tested the 'Chill Grey' variant, and you can see the label for the model we tested here. We expect the other color variants to perform similarly. If you come across another variant, let us know in the forums and we'll update our review.
The Skullcandy Crusher Evo are straightforward wireless over-ears. They're well-built, and they have an excited sound profile. Like the Skullcandy Crusher 360 Wireless and the Skullcandy Crusher Wireless 2016, they have a haptic bass slider to help you add more boom and punch to your audio. However, they don't come with a full graphic equalizer, and they have poor noise isolation.
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The Skullcandy Crusher Evo Wireless are better than the Skullcandy Crusher Wireless 2016. Both headphones have a bass-heavy sound profile and a haptic bass slider to add extra boom to audio. The Evo are more comfortable and have a companion app with EQ presets. However, the 2016 edition have a more stable fit.
The Skullcandy Crusher Evo Wireless are better headphones for most uses than the Skullcandy Hesh Evo Wireless. The Crusher Evo feel significantly better built and have a more neutral sound profile right out of the box. They also have a haptic bass slider and are compatible with the Skullcandy app, which offers EQ presets. However, the Hesh Evo have a more stable fit and longer continuous battery life.
The Sony WH-XB910N Wireless are better headphones than the Skullcandy Crusher Evo Wireless. The Sony are more comfortable, have a significantly better noise isolation performance, and have longer continuous battery life. Their companion app also offers a graphic EQ and presets to help you adjust their sound to your liking, and they support multi-device pairing. The Skullcandy have a haptic bass slider that some users may prefer.
The JBL Live 660NC Wireless are slightly better headphones than the Skullcandy Crusher Evo Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable and well-built, the JBL have a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box and have a decent ANC, which can help block out some ambient noise around you. Their companion app also has a parametric EQ and presets so that you can adjust their sound. However, some users may prefer the Skullcandy's haptic bass slider.
The Skullcandy Venue Wireless and the Skullcandy Crusher Evo Wireless are very similarly performing headphones, so you may prefer one over the other. The Crusher Evo come with a haptic bass slider, and they're better built. They have a longer battery life and a companion app with EQ presets. Also, their bass-heavy sound profile is a bit more neutral than the Venue's v-shaped sound profile. However, the Venue have a better case, are more stable, and isolate against more sounds.
The Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless are better headphones than the Skullcandy Crusher Evo Wireless. The Sony are better-built, more comfortable, and more stable. Thanks to the graphic EQ available on their companion app, they have a better noise isolation performance and are more customizable. However, the Skullcandy have longer continuous battery life.
The Skullcandy Crusher Evo Wireless are better than the Skullcandy Crusher 360 Wireless. Both headphones have a haptic bass slider, but the Evo have a bass-heavy sound profile compared to the 360's more v-shaped sound profile. The Evo have a more consistent audio delivery, leak less sound, and they have a companion app with preset EQ modes. However, the 360 come with a hard case and are more stable.
The Razer Opus Wireless 2020 are better than the Skullcandy Crusher Evo Wireless. The Razer are more comfortable, better built, and more stable. They have a hard case and better noise isolation and leakage performance. Their sound profile is more neutral than the Skullcandy's bass-heavy sound. However, the Skullcandy have a haptic bass slider, which may be preferred if you like a bass-heavy sound.
The Skullcandy Crusher Evo are straightforward wireless over-ear headphones with a similar design to the Skullcandy Crusher Wireless 2016. The manufacturer's logo is found on the headband's hinge.
These over-ears are decently comfortable. They're lightweight and don't clamp too tight on your head. Also, the headband and ear cups' padding feel plushy against the skin. They feel similar to the Skullcandy Crusher 360 Wireless. However, the ear cups can get warm after a long period of use.
These headphones have okay physical controls, which are easy to use. Each button has a different feel, making distinguishing one from the other easy. There are voice prompts for turning the headphones on and off and when pairing and connecting the headphones.
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On the right ear cup:
The Skullcandy Crusher Evo have a good build quality. They're mostly made of plastic, with faux leather padding on the ear cups and soft silicone and fabric padding on the headband. They feel very solid and durable. However, the hinges are a potential weak link and are prone to wear and tear over time.
Using the 'Music' EQ, which is the default setting, and the haptic bass slider set to its lowest setting, the Skullcandy Crusher Evo have an excited sound well-suited for genres like rock and pop. They deliver extra thump, rumble, and boom while sibilants are bright. Vocals and instruments are clear and present too. Their companion app offers a few EQ presets if you want to change their sound. You can also use the haptic bass feature to add more bass.
These over-ears have satisfactory frequency response consistency. Their bass and treble delivery can vary across listeners depending on their fit, seal, and positioning on your head, so it's important to take the time to adjust their fit each time you use them to get a more consistent sound. Having a lot of hair or wearing glasses can also break the ear cup's seal on your head and result in a drop in bass.
The bass accuracy of these headphones is good. The entire range is even but slightly overemphasized, which adds extra boom, thump, and punch to the mix. Songs like Satisfaction by Benny Benassi benefit from the extra bass, but if you want to feel your bones rattle, you can turn up the haptic bass slider.
The treble accuracy is good. This range is more uneven than the previous ranges, and the low-treble is slightly underemphasized, veiling vocals and instruments. In contrast, the mid-treble is overemphasized, making sibilants like cymbals piercing.
These over-ears have decent peaks and dips performance. The peak in the high-bass affects the left driver slightly more than the right and adds extra boom to the mix, while the dip in the low-mid thins out vocals and lead instruments. The dip in the high-mid and low-treble also affects the left driver more prominently than the right, and veils vocals and lead instruments. The peak in the mid-treble affects both drivers equally, making sibilants piercing or painful.
The Skullcandy Crusher Evo have satisfactory imaging. A good portion of headphones we've tested from this manufacturer have good quality control and imaging. However, there have been a couple of products with imaging issues, like the Skullcandy Jib Wireless. However, imaging varies across units. Our unit's left and right drivers are well-matched in group delay, resulting in tight bass and transparent imaging. The drivers are also well-matched in amplitude and frequency response, which ensures a stable and balanced stereo image. However, there's some mismatch in phase response. A peak in the phase response's mid to high-mid is noticeable in vocal-centric content and skews audio to the right.
Their passive soundstage performance is sub-par. Their soundstage is natural-sounding, but audio seems to be coming from inside your head rather than from speakers around you. Also, their closed-back design makes them sound less open and spacious than open-back headphones.
These are the settings we used to test these headphones. We also tested these headphones with the haptic bass slider set to its lowest setting to get a response as close to neutral as possible. Our results are only valid when using these settings.
These over-ears have poor noise isolation. They lack noise cancelling and don't block out bass-heavy noises like bus or plane engines. They also struggle to block out background voices, which can be annoying if you want to use them at the office. However, they do a better job isolating against higher-frequency noises, like the hum of a nearby AC unit.
The microphone has a middling noise handling performance. It can struggle to separate your voice from background noises in noisy environments like a busy train station.
These headphones have great battery performance. The manufacturer advertises them to last 40 hours continuously, though we measured just over 34 hours. However, battery life can vary depending on use. If you can't readily top up their battery life, you can use them passively with their included 1/8" TRRS audio cable. The manufacturer also advertises that you can charge them for ten minutes to get four hours of battery life. Unfortunately, they don't have any power-saving features to help conserve battery life when not in use.
The Skullcandy app is decent. You can use it to check the battery level or choose from one of the three EQ presets: 'Music', 'Podcast', or 'Movie'. You can also use the Personal Sound feature to take a test for the headphones to create a sound profile optimized to your hearing capabilities. However, the app lacks a graphic or parametric EQ for greater customization options.
These headphones also support Tile, so if you lose your headphones, you can use the Tile app to locate them.
The Skullcandy Crusher Evo have satisfactory Bluetooth connectivity. They don't support NFC or multi-device pairing, which is disappointing. Also, their PC latency is too high to be suitable for gaming. Their latency on iOS and Android is lower and still falls within good levels, so you can use them to watch videos or movies without significant lipsync mismatch. However, some apps compensate for latency.
These headphones can connect to Bluetooth-enabled PCs with full audio and mic compatibility. You can also use their analog cable with full compatibility.
If you want to use these over-ears on your PlayStation console, you can only connect their analog cable to your controller's AUX port. You'll have full audio and mic compatibility, though.
You can plug these headphones into your Xbox console's controller for full audio and microphone compatibility.