Skullcandy Crusher ANC
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The Skullcandy Crusher ANC not only offers a stepless bass control that activates an enormous bass, but also active noise suppression and a hearing test for individual sound profiles. While the latter is convincing in the test, the ANC is only mediocre. In addition, a high background noise is annoying.
The Skullcandy company traditionally produces headphones of the original design, so the new Crusher ANC model came out for the sight. In addition, it has a physical feedback system based on miniature motors.
They are designed to enhance the impact of the low frequency range on the listener by creating vibrations in time with the music. However, this function can be turned off, as well as configured in such a way that it works almost imperceptibly. The headphones also have an active noise cancellation system, plus the proprietary Crusher ANC mobile application allows you to adjust the frequency response to your liking. Dynamic radiators built into the cups are equipped with 40 mm diameters. Battery life with activated noise cancellation is declared at 24 hours.
Skullcandy Crusher ANC wireless headphones are for about 200 dollars.
Design : Skullcandy Crusher ANC
I know that it is not professional to introduce a subjective impression from the headphones into the review, however, it is difficult to do otherwise, because the review is the impressions of a specific person, not a robot.
Skullcandy Crusher ANC Wireless are made of inexpensive plastic, it feels, but they look surprisingly stylish and pleasant. Fingerprints do not remain on the case, and therefore the headphones do not need to be cleaned for a long time, even with intensive use.
The ear cushions are upholstered in artificial leather, soft and pleasant to the touch.
The buttons located on the bowls are made of even cheaper plastic, but they feel nice to press like on expensive models. There is a separate regulator for boosting low frequencies, it seemed to me too tight, but, perhaps, it was conceived so that, having adjusted the bass level once, you would not have to redo it every time you accidentally hit the switch.
The ear cups fold inward, making them great candidates for travel headphones. When folded, they can easily fit even into a handbag.
The headband has no upholstery; a rubber damper is attached to its lower part, designed to contact the listener’s head. In my opinion, this is a bad decision. I was not very pleased with the fact that when the headphone position was shifted, the rubber caught the hair and pulled it along. When walking calmly or while resting, this does not cause trouble, but when running or turning the head suddenly, unpleasant sensations appear, as if someone is pulling one hair out of the head.
I liked the look of the Skullcandy Crusher ANC Wireless, it is strict, simple, but at the same time cute. No logos or company names, just headphones without a hint of origin. This appearance allows them to be versatile, they can be worn for a walk, or even in the office when you are wearing a business suit.
Controls : Skullcandy Crusher ANC
To accommodate all control functions, Skullcandy placed controls on both ear cups of the Skullcandy Crusher ANC. On the left auricle, in addition to the bass control, this is the on / off switch, which, when pressed for a long time, also serves to pair Bluetooth devices and, when pressed twice, switches active noise suppression on and off. In addition, the left auricle has a sensor that activates “Ambient Mode”, ie the monitor mode for ambient noise, by placing it on the housing for five seconds. In addition to the on / off switch, four LEDs are installed that not only show the battery charge, but also whether the noise suppression is activated.
Three buttons are placed on the right auricle. They are used to control music playback and volume. The middle button is used for playback and pause and, if pressed once, to accept calls and, if pressed twice, to activate the voice assistant of the paired smartphone. The other two buttons control the volume and allow you to skip back and forth on songs when pressed for three seconds.
In order to know all the operating options of the Crusher ANC, a quick look at the instructions is necessary. The large buttons make the controls pleasantly easy and you don’t have to search long to find the controller you want.
The headphones are equipped with an unknown version of the Bluetooth wireless module , the manufacturer hides this data, which leads to sad thoughts. The only and simplest SBC codec is supported.
A reliable connection with a sound source is possible at a distance of up to 12 meters, after which interference begins.
On the left side there is a jack for connecting an audio cable.
Surprisingly, the Skullcandy Crusher ANC Wireless does not have desync when watching videos, the image and sound are synchronized, and therefore the headphones are perfect for watching movies and videos on YouTube.
Battery : Skullcandy Crusher ANC
Skullcandy claims the Crusher Wireless has an impressive 40 hours of battery life. During testing, we were very surprised that the earbuds worked longer than the stated: 57 hours. This is an absolute record, we have not yet seen a model that works longer than this mark.
There is support for fast charging, 10 minutes on the wire will give about 3 hours of continuous work.
Charging takes place using a Micro USB cable.
Without switching on the second driver, the Crusher ANC is tuned in a comparatively unspectacular manner and offers good bass and good highs. The mids are a bit underrepresented in comparison, but the test subject doesn’t make any major blunder here either. The sound is homogeneous and pleasantly warm, but not puristic.
Sound profiles reinforce underrepresented frequencies
As already mentioned, activating the personal sound profile actually leads to a subjective improvement in the sound, in that frequencies that are poorly heard by the user are raised.
ANC also erases the bass somewhat
By switching on the active noise suppression, the Crusher ANC loses some of its bass performance, especially when the “Sensory Bass” is activated. In everyday life, apart from use in the airplane or low humming background noises, the renouncement of ANC proves to be positive. The simple formula of simply leaving ANC activated at all times does not work with the Crusher ANC.
Extremely booming bass with the slide control
If the bass control is turned up, the bass clearly comes to the fore and the vibration does its part to make you sit up and take notice in amazement at the bass. You won’t find such a bass in headphones otherwise. The highest setting is not for continuous use, however, because the humming and vibrating lead to headaches and discomfort, at least for the tester, just as effectively. Rather, it is up to the user to actually use the controller differently depending on the music and consciously adjust it according to their own preferences – or simply give songs a new note. This thumping bass is of course no longer conducive to a differentiated sound, but this is not the aim of the Crusher ANC either. Paired with the computer via bluetooth.
Skullcandy app for the Crusher ANC
As soon as the Crusher ANC is connected to the app, you have to press the sound symbol at the bottom right and then the + symbol. After creating a name for the sound profile, the hearing test is started, which is best carried out in a very quiet environment. For each of the tones now played back, the app asks whether the user has noticed it, with the frequency and volume being varied. Here too, however, the strong background noise of the Crusher ANC is annoying, because the fact that one does not hear a quiet tone can also be simply due to the noise.
At the end of the test, the result is roughly visualized on the basis of a graph with the frequency curves for the left and right ears, as known from classic hearing tests. Rough, as a more detailed insight with display of the exact frequencies is not possible. The profile can now be switched on and off in the app. The profile that is activated via the app is always active, regardless of which device the headphones are connected to – it is stored on the latter.
If the Skullcandy Crusher ANC is used by several people, each user should create his own sound profile. However, the profiles are not transferred from the headphones to the app, which is why the profile must always be selected using the device with which it was created. Every user should therefore use their own device to create their own profile so that they can switch it at any time.
The setting of the bass control has no influence on the measurement during the test. If several measurements were carried out, the results were almost identical, whereby if one carried out several measurements one tends to want to hear tones that one cannot hear at all – answering honestly is of the greatest benefit to the listener. Because by activating the personal profile in the app, a difference can actually be perceived during playback. In the subjective case, the sound is a little clearer and light tones are amplified on the left. The difference is not always immediately audible.
Active Noise Cancellation
The user can switch active noise cancellation on and off by pressing the power button twice. It is supposed to switch off disturbing ambient noises in noisy surroundings by means of an audio signal in the opposite direction.
The test shows that the Skullcandy Crusher ANC can eliminate low, monotonous noises well, but only filters high frequencies to a very limited extent. Interesting side aspect: the model’s noise suppression also filters the bass reproduction of the headphones themselves when the bass control is used, as the vibration is also transmitted to the microphones and attempts are made to filter them. The active noise suppression can be described as good at best, but by no means first-class – Sony’s XM1000 series as well as Bose’s QC and 700 models have much better noise suppression, which Skullcandy with the Crusher ANC does not come close to.
Who is Skullcandy Crusher ANC Wireless for?
- For passengers. While the headphones don’t have active noise canceling , they do a good job of passive noise isolation thanks to the deep and thick ear cushions.
- For those who want to save money. For their price, the Crusher Wireless offer excellent ergonomics, good looks, and good battery life.
So lastly, The Skullcandy Crusher ANC actually only had one problem in the review that spoils the listening pleasure: its constant background noise. Regardless of whether the active noise cancellation is activated or deactivated, the ambient mode is switched on or off, the Crusher ANC is audible. With quiet parts of the song, silence or generally quiet music playback, the noise is annoying.
So If it suits your preferences and budget and go for it and buy.