Skullcandy Crusher ANC 2 review (2023) with noise-canceling

These headphones are stunningly comfortable

The Skullcandy Crusher ANC 2 noise-canceling headphones cost $229.99 and last longer and cost less than their predecessors. However, the main draw is how much bass they can make. If that’s the kind of sound you want and you like stylish, comfortable designs, your search can end here. Just remember that other headphones, like the Bose QuietComfort 45, which costs $329, have much better active noise cancellation (ANC).

Skullcandy Crusher ANC 2: Description

The circumaural Crusher ANC 2 headphones come in matte black and have a sleek, modern look. They are comfortable to wear for long listening sessions because the earpads are made with a lot of memory foam and the headband is lined with fabric. I never felt tired from the pressure of the clamps, and my ears never got too hot for comfort during testing.

The frequency range of the 40mm dynamic drivers on the inside is from 20Hz to 20kHz. The headphones work with Bluetooth 5.2 and are compatible with the AAC and SBC codecs, but not AptX. Bose has the same options, and the Sony WH-1000XM5 (which costs $399.99) and the Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless (which costs $349.95) are even more expensive but include the better LDAC and AptX Adaptive codecs.

The headphones have a bunch of push-button controls, including a red power button and a dial on the left earcup that lets you change the bass effect. Skullcandy actually uses two sets of drivers: the 40mm dynamic drivers we talked about above and a pair of haptic drivers that make vibrations at frequencies between 10Hz and 150Hz.

Skullcandy Crusher ANC 2: Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Excellent voice control
  • Great call quality
  • Stellar battery life

Cons

  • Limited EQ customizability
  • Average ANC with hiss
  • Pricey at $229

Specification Table

SpecificationsDetails
BrandSkullcandy
ModelCrusher ANC 2
Headphone TypeOver-ear
Active Noise CancellationYes
Driver Size40mm
Frequency Response20Hz – 20kHz
Impedance32 Ohms
Sensitivity105 dB
Bluetooth Version5.0
Battery LifeUp to 24 hours (with ANC enabled)
Charging Time2 hours
Weight308 grams
Foldable DesignYes
CompatibilityBluetooth-enabled devices
ControlsBuilt-in buttons and touch controls
MicrophoneBuilt-in microphone
ColorsVarious options available
Official linkVisit Website

Skullcandy Crusher ANC 2: Design

Skullcandy Crusher ANC 2 Review

Even small changes can have a big effect. The Skullcandy Crusher ANC 2s look a lot like the original Crushers, but they are more durable, more comfortable, and look more high-end because of some changes.

It starts with the soft-touch plastic that feels so good you can’t stop rubbing it. Up top, the fake leather headband that kept coming apart has been replaced with a tougher fabric. And the band itself has a lot less power to hold things together. You won’t feel like your head is stuck in a fence after listening to these for a long time, like you might after a long podcast.

At 11.7 ounces, they are a little heavier than the 10.3-ounce Space Q45s, but the weight is spread out evenly and the plus cups keep it from putting any pressure on your ears. Everything looks nice and has been well thought out in terms of comfort and being easy to wear.

Features and Battery Life

Skullcandy Crusher ANC 2 Review

All of the main playback controls are on the right earcup. There are separate buttons for play/pause, volume up/down, and ANC on/off. There is also a slider that lets you switch between three noise canceling modes: talkthrough, ANC on, and ANC off. The play button is set back, so you can tell it apart just by touching it.

We like that all of them, like Spotify, can be changed with double-press, triple-press, and press-and-hold actions. Tap to go right back to your most recent playlist or turn on the voice assistant on your phone. Skullcandy also has voice controls. Saying “Hey Skullcandy, more Crusher” will give the current song a little more power. If you do this in public, you might get some strange looks.

The USB-C and 3.5mm ports, the power button, and the Crusher bass control are all on the left ear cup. Now, it’s a wheel instead of a slider. You can press it to switch between different levels of strength, or hold it down to turn it off completely. We suggest turning it off unless you want all of your music to sound like you’re standing right next to a speaker stack at a music festival. But more on that below.

As you turn up the Crusher amount, an LED around the power button goes from white to purple in small steps. If you try to do the same thing when the feature is turned off, the LED flashes red. It’s pretty quiet, though, because it doesn’t stay on all the time.

There is no way to see if the battery is low, but that isn’t a big deal. Every time you turn on the headphones, a voice tells you how much power is left. If the headphones are almost out of power the next time you want to use them, a ten-minute trip to a plug will add between three and four hours of playtime.

In general, the battery life is great. With ANC turned on, you can listen for very close to the 50 hours that Skullcandy says you can. If you turn off the noise-canceling feature, you’ll get an extra nine or ten hours of battery life, which is more than you’ll get from competitors that cost much more.

Skullcandy Crusher ANC 2: Audio Quality

Skullcandy Crusher ANC 2 Review

Now things start to get interesting. The 40mm drivers sound like a pretty standard set-up, but what Skullcandy does with them, along with the Crusher Sensory Bass, is what makes the difference. Without any of the bass-heavy options turned on, the overall experience has a good balance and isn’t as warm as you might expect from this company.

That means you could put on some Tchaikovsky and be able to pick out the instruments with more subtle sounds. They aren’t as lively across the EQ as the Space Q45s, but the fact that this brand has better balance is a step in the right direction.

But when the Sensory Bass is turned on, the Crusher ANC 2s really start to divide people. For a quick lesson on how this patented technology works, Skullcandy has put powerful custom bass drivers in these headphones. These drivers send out vibrations that give low frequencies a little extra physical power. Have you ever been to a concert and felt the bass shake your toes and move up your body? It’s a bit like that, but it only happens in your head.

It’s a great experience for music styles that use distorted guitars. When you turn on “Avalanche” by The Ghost Inside and turn up the bass slider, you get a fierce, bone-rattling experience. These headphones bring metal to life in a way that you can’t find anywhere else.

But if you turn this feature on and try to listen to any other kind of music, it won’t work. When we put on one of my favorite songs, Mac Miller’s “2009,” the sharp stings of the 808 bass beat out almost everything else in the song, even when the volume was turned all the way down.

Final Words

The Crusher ANC 2 lives up to its name in every way. If you turn the bass slider all the way up, these songs sound so loud and funny that we wouldn’t want to listen to them for a long time, let alone an entire playlist. But if you turn it off, there is still a lot to like. They are well made, comfortable to wear, and can go a long time without needing to be charged.

They’re not meant to be listened to carefully; instead, they’re tuned for maximum fun. Every once in a while, it’s nice to be able to add a little more bass, and the companion app is full of useful software extras. Even though a pair of older Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones aren’t that much more expensive and cancel out noise better and sound better, they don’t have the fun factor of the Skullcandy.

FAQs

Is Skullcandy Crusher good for music?

The Skullcandy Crusher headphones are the least expensive on this list. They tend to sell for around $70 in stores. Even though the Crusher sets can be used for many things and are usually used for casual listening, they sound great and are more than up to the task of mixing and producing music on a DAW.

Does Skullcandy ANC have bass?

The Skullcandy Crusher ANC 2 headphones don’t do a great job of blocking out noise, but they are comfortable and have bass that will shake your head.

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The Skullcandy Crusher ANC 2 is a great pair of headphones for metalheads, emos, and punks, and it also comes with a long battery life and plenty of features. But the bone-dry bass is just too much for any other genre to make them a good buy for everyone.Skullcandy Crusher ANC 2 review (2023) with noise-canceling