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Skullcandy Crusher Evo Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Review updated May 23, 2023 at 03:52 pm
Latest change: Writing modified May 23, 2023 at 03:52 pm
Skullcandy Crusher Evo Wireless Picture
7.5
Neutral Sound
6.5
Commute/Travel
7.0
Sports/Fitness
6.5
Office
5.7
Wireless Gaming
7.4
Wired Gaming
6.3
Phone Calls

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.

Our Verdict

7.5 Neutral Sound

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.

Pros
  • Built-in haptic bass slider and three EQ presets.
  • EQ presets available in companion app.
Cons
  • Sub-par passive soundstage.
6.5 Commute/Travel

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.

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

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.

Pros
  • Long continuous battery life.
Cons
  • Not the most stable for physical activity.
6.5 Office

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.

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

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.

7.4 Wired 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.

Pros
  • Built-in haptic bass slider and three EQ presets.
Cons
  • Sub-par passive soundstage.
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 much background noise, which can distract you from your call.

Pros
  • Mic has decent recording quality.
  • Long continuous battery life.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Mic has sub-par noise handling.
  • 7.5 Neutral Sound
  • 6.5 Commute/Travel
  • 7.0 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.5 Office
  • 5.7 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.4 Wired Gaming
  • 6.3 Phone Calls
  1. Updated May 23, 2023: We've updated the review's text to ensure accuracy and clarity. However, there hasn't been a change in the scoring of any tests.
  2. Updated Oct 28, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.5.
  3. Updated Dec 02, 2020: Review published.
  4. Updated Nov 25, 2020: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

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.

Compared To Other Headphones

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.

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

Skullcandy Hesh Evo Wireless

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.

Sony WH-XB910N Wireless

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.

JBL Live 660NC Wireless

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.

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, are more stable, and isolate against more sounds.

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. 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.

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, 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.

Razer Opus Wireless 2020

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.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Transducer Dynamic

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.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.69 lbs
Clamping Force
1 lbs

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.

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 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.

On the left ear cup:

  • Opaque circle button:
    • Single press: Raises the volume.
    • Hold and press: Skips the track forward.
  • Middle unmarked button:
    • Single press: Raises the volume.
    • Hold and press: Skips the track forward.
  • Circle button:
    • Single press: Plays and pauses audio. Also answers and ends calls.
    • Double press: Activates voice assistant.

On the right ear cup:

  • Haptic bass slider:
    • Slide upward: Raises the bass.
    • Slide downward: Lowers the bass.

6.2
Design
Portability
L 5.0" (12.7 cm)
W 6.0" (15.2 cm)
H 2.9" (7.4 cm)
Volume 87.50 inยณ (1,433.86 cmยณ)
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. It has a soft cloth fabric inside and a small pouch to store the cables securely. It clips to close. While it can protect against scratches and scuffs, it won't 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. However, the hinges are a potential weak link and are prone to wear and tear over time.

6.5
Design
Stability

These over-ears have a fairly stable fit but aren't the best choice if you want to use them at the gym or park. They stay on your head when you're on your way to work but will fall off your head during more intense head movements.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
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

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.

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

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.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.7
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

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.

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 neutral and balanced, so vocals and lead instruments are clear and present. A small dip in the high-mid slightly weakens vocals and instruments.

7.5
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.7 dB
Low-Treble
-1.59 dB
Mid-Treble
4.27 dB
High-Treble
-2.16 dB

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.

7.3
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.76 dB
Dips
1.27 dB

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.

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

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.

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

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.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No App
7.0
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.333
WHD @ 100
0.458

These headphones have a satisfactory weighted harmonic distortion performance. A peak in the high-bass and low-mid at moderate and high volumes affects the clarity of mixes. However, it's somewhat minor and tricky to hear with real-life content.

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. 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.

Isolation
3.8
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-11.15 dB
Noise Cancelling No
Bass
0.27 dB
Mid
-5.87 dB
Treble
-28.18 dB

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.

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

These headphones have adequate leakage performance. 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
Mic Yes
7.4
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
169.51 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
3.37 dB
HFE
4,763.35 Hz
Weighted THD
0.26
Gain
3.42 dB

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

5.8
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
7.17 dB
Noise Gate
No
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
6.0
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
5.5
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

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

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.

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 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.

Connectivity
7.1
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
290.00 ft (88.39 m)
PC Latency (SBC)
228 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
136 ms
Android Latency
139 ms

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.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
9.5
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable Yes
Length 4.00 ft (1.22 m)
Connection
1/8" TRRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms

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

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

These headphones can connect to Bluetooth-enabled PCs with full audio and mic compatibility. You can also use their analog cable with full compatibility.

Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
Audio + Microphone
PS4 Wired USB
No
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
PS5 Analog
Audio + Microphone
PS5 Wired USB
No
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
No

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.

Connectivity
Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
Xbox Series X|S Analog
Audio + Microphone
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
No
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless
No

You can plug these headphones into your Xbox console's 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