Skullcandy Crusher Evo Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Dec 02, 2020 at 08:24 am
Skullcandy Crusher Evo Wireless Picture
6.7
Mixed Usage
7.3
Neutral Sound
6.6
Commute/Travel
7.0
Sports/Fitness
6.4
Office
5.7
Wireless Gaming
7.3
Wired Gaming
6.3
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Skullcandy Crusher Evo Wireless are well-built wireless over-ears. They're designed to have a bass-heavy sound profile, and you can even use their haptic bass slider to add an extra boom and punch to your favorite music. They have a long, 34-hour continuous battery life, and their companion app offers a few EQ presets to help you customize their sound. Unfortunately, they don't isolate against a lot of background noises, so they may not be ideal to wear during your commute or in a noisy office. However, if you want straightforward headphones with a bass-heavy sound profile, they're a solid choice.

Our Verdict

6.7 Mixed Usage

The Skullcandy Crusher Evo are fair for mixed usage. Their bass-heavy sound profile adds an extra thump and punch to your audio, but this may not be preferred by fans of neutral sound. They aren't stable enough to wear to the gym, and they can't block out background noises typically found during your commute or in an office setting. Fortunately, they have negligible latency over a wired connection, and they have a few sound customization options.

Pros
  • Haptic bass slider and three EQ presets.
  • Good build quality.
  • Low latency over wired connection.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Bulky design.
  • Feel warm after long listening sessions.
7.3 Neutral Sound

The Skullcandy Crusher Evo are satisfactory for neutral sound. They're designed to have a bass-heavy sound profile, but this may be overwhelming if you prefer a neutral sound. However, their balanced mid-range makes them suitable for vocal-centric content. They also have a few different EQ presets available in the Skullcandy app, as well as a haptic bass slider to help you adjust their bass.

Pros
  • Haptic bass slider and three EQ presets.
Cons
  • Middling passive soundstage.
6.6 Commute/Travel

The Skullcandy Crusher Evo are adequate 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.

Pros
  • Long continuous battery life.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
7.0 Sports/Fitness

The Skullcandy Crusher Evo are decent for sports and fitness. These well-built headphones are decently comfortable, but they aren't intended to be worn during your workouts. They're stable enough for casual listening sessions, but they may fall off your ears during low-intensity exercises. Also, their bulky design isn't very easy to bring on-the-go.

Pros
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Bulky design.
6.4 Office

The Skullcandy Crusher Evo are acceptable for office use. They're decently comfortable, and their over 34-hour continuous battery life is more than enough to get you through your workday. However, they struggle to block out background noises typically found in an office, like chatter from nearby coworkers. They also leak a bit of sound, which can be distracting to coworkers if you're in a quiet office setting.

Pros
  • Long continuous battery life.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
5.7 Wireless Gaming

The Skullcandy Crusher Evo aren't compatible with Xbox One or PS4 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.

7.3 Wired Gaming

The Skullcandy Crusher Evo are satisfactory for wired gaming. With their included TRRS cable, you can plug these headphones into your Xbox One or PS4 controller for full audio and microphone compatibility, and they have negligible latency. Their bass-heavy sound profile helps you feel the deep thumps and rumbles from action-packed scenes in your favorite games, too. However, while they're decently comfortable, they can start to feel warm after long listening sessions.

Pros
  • Low latency over wired connection.
Cons
  • Feel warm after long listening sessions.
6.3 Phone Calls

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 a lot of background noise, which can distract you from your call.

Pros
  • Integrated microphone.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • 6.7 Mixed Usage
  • 7.3 Neutral Sound
  • 6.6 Commute/Travel
  • 7.0 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.4 Office
  • 5.7 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.3 Wired Gaming
  • 6.3 Phone Calls

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Skullcandy Crusher Evo are straightforward wireless over-ear headphones with a similar design to the Skullcandy Crusher Wireless 2016. They're available in 'Chill Grey' and 'True Black' color variants.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.69 lbs
Clamping Force
1.0 lbs

The Skullcandy Crusher Evo are decently comfortable. They're lightweight and they don't clamp too tight on your head. Also, the padding on the headband and ear cups feel plushy against the skin. They feel similar to the Skullcandy Crusher 360 Wireless. However, they can get warm after a long period of use.

6.8
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Haptic Bass Slider

These headphones have adequate controls. There's a button that lets you turn the headphones on/off and activate pairing mode. When held down, the volume buttons can also be used to skip tracks forward or backward. The center button lets you play/pause your music and handles all the call-related functions. There's also a haptic bass slider, which can increase audio bass as well as vibrations. The buttons are clicky, and there's some audio feedback, which is nice.

6.2
Design
Portability
L 5 "
W 6 "
H 2.9 "
Volume 87.5 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

Like most over-ears, these headphones aren't very portable. While they fold into a more compact format, their bulky design may not fit easily into your bag or purse.

6.5
Design
Case
Type Pouch
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A

The pouch is okay. There's soft cloth fabric inside, as well as a small pouch to store the cables. It clips to close. While it can likely protect against scratches and scuffs, it may not protect the headphones from the impacts of hard drops.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

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, but the hinges are a potential weak link.

6.5
Design
Stability

The Skullcandy Crusher Evo are adequately stable. They should stay on your head during casual listening sessions. However, they may fall off your ears during more intense movements, so they aren't ideal to wear to the gym.

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In The Box

  • Skullcandy Crusher Evo headphones
  • 1/8" TRRS audio cable
  • USB-C charging cable
  • Pouch
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
2.29 db
Treble Amount
-0.4 db

The Skullcandy Crusher Evo have a fairly balanced, but bass-heavy sound profile. The extra boom and punch in the bass range can please fans of genres like EDM and hip-hop. However, the mid-range is still quite neutral, so they're also suitable for vocal-centric content.

We tested these headphones with their default EQ setting: 'Music'. We set the haptic bass slider to its lowest setting, as the bass was further emphasized at any of its higher settings. You can see the difference in bass response across the different haptic bass settings here.

7.1
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.59 dB

The Skullcandy Crusher Evo have a decent frequency response consistency. Their bass and treble delivery can vary across listeners depending on their fit, seal, and positioning on your head. However, having lots of hair or wearing glasses can break the seal, resulting in a somewhat inconsistent audio delivery.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.6
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.34 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
2.46 dB
Mid-Bass
3.15 dB
High-Bass
4.72 dB

These headphones have good bass accuracy. The entire range is even but slightly overemphasized, which adds an extra boom, thump, and punch to the mix.

8.7
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.8 dB
Low-Mid
1.29 dB
Mid-Mid
-0.56 dB
High-Mid
-1.59 dB

These headphones have excellent mid accuracy. The entire range is quite neutral and balanced, so vocals and lead instruments are clear and present.

7.2
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.7 dB
Low-Treble
-1.59 dB
Mid-Treble
4.27 dB
High-Treble
-2.16 dB

These headphones have satisfactory treble accuracy. While most of the range is quite neutral, the overemphasis in the mid-treble makes sibilants like cymbals piercing or painful.

7.3
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.76 db
Dips
1.27 db

The Skullcandy Crusher Evo have decent peaks and dips performance. The peak in the high-bass adds extra boom to the mix, while the dip in the low-mids can thin out vocals and lead instruments. The dip in the high-mids and low-treble can hurt the comprehensibility of vocals and lead instruments, making them weak or distant. The peak in the mid-treble makes sibilants piercing or painful.

7.0
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.22
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.72
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.21
Weighted Phase Mismatch
34.43

The Skullcandy Crusher Evo have satisfactory imaging. Their weighted group delay falls below the audibility threshold, resulting in tight bass and transparent treble. They're well-matched in amplitude, but their phase and frequency response are a bit mismatched. As a result, objects in the stereo image like voices and footsteps may not be accurately placed. However, these results are only valid for our test unit, and your experience may vary.

5.8
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
2.48 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
2.91 dB
PRTF Distance
13.28 dB
Openness
5.6
Acoustic Space Excitation
4.0

The Skullcandy Crusher Evo have a middling passive soundstage. Their soundstage is natural-sounding, but audio seems like it's coming from inside your head, rather than from speakers placed all around you. Also, their closed-back design makes them sound less open and spacious compared to open-back headphones.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No App

These headphones don't have a virtual soundstage feature.

7.0
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.333
WHD @ 100
0.458

The Skullcandy Crusher Evo have a decent weighted harmonic distortion performance. Aside from a small peak in the high-bass and low-mids, most of the response falls within good limits, resulting in mostly clean and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
2.1.1
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 5.0
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Music (Default)
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings we used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid when using these settings.

We tested these headphones with the haptic bass slider set to its lowest setting to get a response as close to neutral as possible.

Isolation
4.3
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-11.15 dB
Bass
0.27 dB
Mid
-5.87 dB
Treble
-28.18 dB

The Skullcandy Crusher Evo have poor noise isolation. They don't block out bass-heavy noises like bus or plane engines, and they struggle to block out background voices. However, they do a better job isolating against higher-frequency noises, like the hum of a nearby AC unit.

6.5
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
42.55 dB

These headphones have adequate leakage. While they leak a bit of noise, it sounds mostly thin and may be distracting for those around you if you're in a very quiet environment.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No

The Skullcandy Crusher Evo have an integrated microphone.

7.4
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
169.51 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
3.37 dB
HFE
4763.35 Hz
Weighted THD
0.26
Gain
3.42 dB

The microphone has a satisfactory recording quality. Your voice can sound a bit muffled and thin, but whoever's on the other end of the line should be able to understand you.

5.5
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
7.17 dB

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.

Active Features
8.1
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
34.1 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
34.1 hrs
Charge Time
3.3 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
Yes
Charging Port USB-C

The Skullcandy Crusher Evo have an impressive battery performance. They last over 34 hours off of a single charge, so you don't have to worry about recharging them daily. You can also 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, but we don't test for this. Unfortunately, they don't have any power-saving features to help conserve battery life when not in use.

7.0
Active Features
App Support
App Name Skullcandy
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
Presets
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

The Skullcandy app is decent. You can use it to check the battery level, create a personalized sound, or choose from one of the three EQ presets: 'Music', 'Podcast', or 'Movie'. However, some listeners may be disappointed that they lack a graphic or parametric EQ for greater customization options.

Connectivity
7.2
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
290 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
238 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
32 ms
Android Latency
92 ms

The Skullcandy Crusher Evo have decent Bluetooth connectivity. They don't support NFC or multi-device pairing, which is a bit disappointing. Also, their latency on PCs is likely too high to be suitable for gaming. Their latency on iOS and Android is much lower, so you can use them to watch videos or movies. However, some apps compensate for latency, so your real-world experience may vary.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A

These headphones don't support any non-Bluetooth wireless connections.

9.5
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable Yes
Length 4 ft
Connection 1/8" TRRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms

These headphones come with a 1/8" TRRS cable, so you can use them with a wired connection. There's also a USB-C cable for charging.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
Audio + Microphone
PC/PS4 Wired USB
No
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No

You can plug these headphones into your PC or PS4 controller for full audio and microphone compatibility. They're also compatible with Bluetooth-enabled PCs, but their latency on a wireless connection may be too high for gaming.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No

You can plug these headphones into your Xbox One controller for full audio and microphone compatibility.

0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
No Base/Dock
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
No Base/Dock

These headphones don't have a base or a dock.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Skullcandy Crusher Evo comes in 'Chill Grey' 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 discussions.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Skullcandy Crusher Evo are straightforward wireless over-ears. They're well-built, and they have a bass-heavy 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. Check out our recommendations for the best over-ear headphones, the best headphones under $200, and the best wireless headphones.

Skullcandy Crusher Wireless 2016

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 they have a companion app with EQ presets. However, the 2016 edition have a more stable fit.

Skullcandy Crusher 360 Wireless

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, they leak less sound, and they have a companion app with preset EQ modes. However, the 360 come with a hard case, and they're more stable.

Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless

The Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless are better headphones than the Skullcandy Crusher Evo Wireless. The Sony are better-built, more comfortable, and more stable. They have a better noise isolation performance, and they're more customizable thanks to the graphic EQ available on their companion app. However, the Skullcandy have longer continuous battery life.

Skullcandy Venue Wireless

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, they're more stable, and they isolate against more sounds.

Razer Opus Wireless

The Razer Opus Wireless are better than the Skullcandy Crusher Evo Wireless. The Razer are more comfortable, better-built, and more stable. They have a hard case, more customization features, and better noise isolation and leakage performances. 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.

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