Pros: Bass, Soundstage, Versatility, appearance, built-in amp
Cons: Clamping force distribution, cable is a bit thin
The Skullcandy Crusher is a consumer-oriented headphone that has highly impressed me with both its sound and features.
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Accessories - Carrying pouch, 1x AA Battery
The carrying pouch is a bit thin, in my opinion. It is quite stretchy due to that, and I'm a bit scared that it might rip after a decent amount of use.
On the front of the pouch is the Skullcandy logo.
Build/Design - The Crusher is all plastic, but it doesn't feel flimsy. The cups are made of a gloss-finished plastic, while the headband and adjusting frame is made out of a more bendable type of plastic.
Both cups have some vents on the bottom portion, probably for bass control. The left cup has a 3.5mm jack for the cable, positioned a bit further forward than most other headphones. Also on the left cup is the slider for the built-in amp.
The cable itself is a bit thin for a 3.5mm detachable. I don't see myself having any issues with it any time soon, though. Even if it did have a problem, one could easily buy another cable for the headphones. The side that goes into the headphones has a red accent on the jack. A bit farther down is the single-button in-line mic.
Slightly above where the headband meets the cups, is the Skullcandy logo, also made of plastic, but this plastic is quite reflective, and gives the appearance of metal.
Above this are the folding hinges. Their design is quite unique actually. Much more smooth than the common folding method used in headphones like Beats or Noontec. I wouldn't doubt their durability, either.
The top of the headband has the Skullcandy name branded onto it, however it isn't highly noticable.
The headband padding is also interesting. Rather than it being a form of pleather, it feels like it's some sort of rubber material. The padding itself has a distinct shape that will keep its form, however, of course, it is squishy, which is good.
The pads on the cups are made out of a somewhat plasticy material on the outer part, and a more smooth and soft material on the inner parts, including the part that makes contact with one's head.
The pad on the right cup can actually come off to reveal a slot where a battery fits for the built-in amplifier.
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Comfort - I had thought that these headphones would be a bit more comfortable than they actually are. It could just be my head, though. The pads themselves are soft and plush, but that doesn't really curve my issue. For me, when I'm wearing them, the back and bottom sides of the pads don't seem to be outward enough, making the front sections of the pads put a lot more pressure on my head. The headband has to be precisely adjusted for me to really get the headphones into a comfortable position.
The headband padding is quite comfortable, even though it has a rigid shape structure.
Sound - Skullcandy has really outdone themselves here. The Crusher is a bass-heavy headphone that doesn't disappoint.
(Note that my comments on the sound are for when the built-in amplifier is OFF)
Bass - Incredible impact. Simply incredible. I'm not sure what it is, but the amount of bass-impact these have, even when the amplifier is off, is just insane. Maybe it's due to the fact that the headphones were built to vibrate, that the bass has that quality. Subbass extension is quite good. Mid and upper bass plentiful, obviously. On top of all this, the bass is still mostly controlled.
Mids - No recession here. Very impressive indeed. Any music with vocals brings a lively experience to the song. I can't get enough of it. I especially enjoy listening to alternative rock on these for that reason.
Treble - For the most part, it's laid back. That's not to say that it lacks detail or anything, though. For sure it doesn't. It is extended well, actually. From what I can hear, there's a dip in the lower treble, which is one of the most fatiguing areas for many. I can listen to these for hours without any fatigue, granted the comfort lets me.
Soundstage - For real, these sound really spacey. I'm not sure what it is. Neither depth nor width seems to be that large, but I get a sense of openness when I listen with these headphones. The drivers are positioned a bit more towards the back due to the need for space for the battery and the bass-amplified driver, so that could be the cause. Either way, I really like it.
Bass-activated amplifer - Skullcandy has basically hit a home-run with this feature. The amplified bass and vibration are really something.
I had expected it to be less accurate than it is. But no. The vibration matches that of the bass from the music perfectly. When a kick comes up, the headphones vibrate with the intensity that's given by the kick, and decays right along with it.
The slider on the left cup adjusts the amount of bass in the music that needs to be present for the amp to turn on. This feature is pretty volume-dependant, though. If the music isn't loud enough, then it simply won't turn on, even if the slider is completely at the top. I'm not sure if this would really be an issue for many. I do listen to my music at relatively low volumes when I'm at home. I only turn them up when I'm, say, in public, like on a noisy street, hallway, or subway. When I'm in public, I don't have an issue.
Needless to say though, a higher volume will give you more control on how much vibration you want.
A really good thing about the amplifier is that it will automatically turn off within 10 seconds if it isn't used. I don't expect myself to go through batteries very often with these whatsoever.
Overall - Skullcandy's Crusher is not only a great-sounding headphone, but it gives you the bass that bass lovers crave, and makes you look good while doing it. I've already recommended these headphones to multiple people, and I wouldn't hesitate to do it again. Anyone who wants to feel their heads shaken by bass, look no further. These are for you.