With the end of the traditional headphone jack, we’ve seen an influx of new wireless headphones. To compete, manufacturers are creating niche-specific headphones to attract customers. Simply put, the SkullCandy Crusher Evo is made for bass enthusiasts. If you like music with a lot of low-end, these headphones will not only let you hear the bass, you’ll feel it too.
Design of Skullcandy Crusher Evo
The Crusher Evo has a familiar over-the-ear headphone design. The outer surface is matte black with cushioned synthetic leather earcups. The headband is adjustable and features a folding design for easy storage.
Large, accessible buttons are located on both earcups. The left earcup features the power and Sensory Bass slider. The right ear cup has three vertical buttons. The top and bottom buttons control volume and the middle button controls playback, voice assistant, and answering calls. With a concave design, the middle button feels different than the volume buttons. This helps users to quickly identify it with their finger.
The Crusher Evo also comes with an impressive carrying bag. The exterior is nylon fabric, while the interior is lined with a soft, fleece-like material. This prevents the headphones from getting scratches inside the bag. Detailed instructions are included to close the bag with a buckle for safe, secure transportation.
Setting up Skullcandy Crusher Evo headphones
For easy setup, it’s important to follow the quickstart guide. Thankfully, the instructions are prominently featured on the box with step-by-step instructions. Pairing to your phone is super simple and it’s recommended you download the Skullcandy App to personalize your audio experience.
The user guide in the Skullcandy App goes through each of the buttons and asks you to press it before going to the next step. This invokes some muscle memory while wearing the headphones for the first time.
Personalize audio on Skullcandy Crusher Evo
We all hear differently and our hearing abilities change as we age. Skullcandy partnered with Audiodo to create a fully personalized audio experience through a series of audio tests. Audiodo technology analyzes the hearing in your left and right ear. The app plays sounds at different pitches and volume levels in each ear. You have to acknowledge if you can hear the sounds as they get fainter.
Through this 3-minute test, the app creates a personalized EQ profile based on your hearing abilities which they call a Personal Sound profile. The Audiodo technology automatically adjusts the audio to optimal levels in real-time based on your Personal Sound profile. Users can also use additional audio profile settings for music, movies, and podcasts.
Hearing and feeling the bass
The main feature of the Crusher Evo is the Sensory Bass system. The bass slider on the left earcup adjusts the level of bass. Not only can you hear more low-end, you feel it too. Adjusting the slider to full bass makes it feel like you’re in a nightclub. You can literally feel the bass in your head and bones. I can truly say that I’ve never experienced that much bass in headphones before.
Outside of listening to music, this extra bass would be perfect for watching action movies or playing video games.
Tile Tracking on Skullcandy Crusher Evo
Tile tracking is built-in with the Crusher Evo. By pairing the headphones with the Tile app, users can see the last known location and trigger a high-pitch melody to locate it.
To take advantage of this feature, set up to the Tile app has to be done before you lose your headphones. Because the Crusher Evo are large over-the-ear headphones, I suspect many users will not set up the Tile integration. It makes much more sense for smaller headphones that are easy to lose.
Testing Skullcandy Crusher Evo
Wearing the headphones for the first time was quite the experience, especially when I was adjusting the bass slider. Like the box advertises, you can literally feel the bass. If you’ve ever stood beside a speaker in a nightclub, you know what that feels like. I don’t know if it’s healthy to have that much bass so close to your eardrum. Still, this feature will definitely be a hit with younger people. My 17-year old self would be all over this.
The Crusher Evo headphones are also comfortable to wear for an extended period of time. It’s a great solution to take you out of your immediate surroundings to focus. In that sense, it’s perfect for studying, gaming, or working on a computer. With 40 hours of battery life, you don’t have to charge it after every use. The Crusher Evo also features rapid charge. The first 10 minutes of charging gives you 3 hours of listening time.
What I did find was that it’s difficult to determine the left and right cups. Labeling is on the inside of the headband which is hard to see. I suggest using the orange power button as a visual indication to identify each side.
The personalized audio feature is kind of neat but I don’t think a lot of people are going to take advantage of it. Unless you’re an audiophile you’re not going to be tweaking the EQ very much. Still, the Skullcandy app features different EQ settings for music, movies, and podcasts.
My suspicion is that most people will only adjust the bass with the left slider and not use the personalized audio feature.
Overall Thoughts of Skullcandy Crusher Evo
With so many headphones on the market today, it can be hard to decide which one to pick. If you love music with a lot of bass, these are the headphones for you. Hearing music is one thing, but feeling music is an experience like no other. It can help you escape from your immediate surroundings to focus. That makes the Crusher Evo perfect for students in loud dorm rooms with a lot of distractions.
Another thing that really impressed me was the included carrying bag. Most manufacturers include a carrying case as an afterthought. But I can tell the folks at Skullcandy took a lot of time and effort to make a great bag. This makes it a good choice for someone who carries their headphones with them everywhere.
You can purchase the Skullcandy Crusher Evo at Best Buy Canada today.