All about that bass
Despite fine stroke break Skullcandy neck lousy extra bass function.
- Pro: Fine sound quality, excellent design and impressive battery life.
- Contra: The built-in bass feature is simply miserable.
Many years ago I had a pair of headphones, which with an extra battery pack could shake my ears and pump extra bass into the ear canal. I do not remember the mark, but at that time I thought they were fun. I was therefore curious when Skullcandy lured his wireless Crusher Wireless, which should have a similar function. My colleague, John Hvidlykke, tested the wired edition a few years ago, and now it became my turn to listen to the wireless. It has been a mixed pleasure.
Nice sound and approved design
If we start with the positive, I’m quite happy with the design, which is quite subdued compared to what I have seen from Skullcandy. Yes, there are still headbills on the pages, but my white test set with light brown ear pads is a nice option. The sleeve is solid, sitting comfortably on the head while the ear pads with memory foam surround my ears. The headphones can be folded together when not in use – a nice touch.
As for the sound, I was also pleasantly surprised. We’re not out in hi-fi quality, and there’s obviously more focus on bass than midrange and tweeter. It all melts a bit, but for a couple in the middle class it is still quite respectable.
Skullcandy Crusher Wireless – excellent battery
Another very important point is battery life. This pair has impressive 40 hours of battery life, which is one of the longest I’ve come across for now. Should they still be out of power, it will obviously come with a 3.5mm cable that fits in with the included bag.
Design, sound and battery life aside, for now we come to the overriding sales argument – the additional built-in bass feature. On one side is a button that can be moved up and down. When moved, a built-in subwoofer activates, which, via a spring, creates extra bursts and brackets. Let me be brutally honest. That sounds unbelievably bad. Almost no matter how much or little extra bass you connect, it treats the treble and middle tone to an extent that makes mud. No matter what setting I tried, just leave it unnatural noise. No thanks!
The Skullcandy Crusher Wireless is in its basic form an excellent pair of wireless headsets in the middle class. The sound is nice, the design as well, and the impressive battery life keeps you driving for impressive 40 hours. However, the extra bass, which is the couple’s primary selling point, could have saved them. Rarely I have heard something so bad and would therefore suggest for Skullcandy to remove the feature completely in future versions. It does nothing good for the sound, and unfortunately only pulls down the rating.
- Over-ear wireless headphones
- 3,5 mm kabel
- Stereo Haptic Bass function
- Battery: Up to 40 hours
- Web: skullcandy.com
Price: $179, –