The Skullcandy Crusher 2014 are mediocre critical listening headphones with a decently comfortable design. They have a unique bass-enhancing slider on the right ear cup that controls the amount of bass but it tends to make their sound quality a bit unbalanced and worse for more critical listeners. Unfortunately, they’re also not the most durable headphones being mostly plastic and somewhat cheaply built.
The Skullcandy Crusher 2014 has a simple wired design with a unique bass slider that lets you control the amount of bass they deliver. They have a decently comfortable design with spacious ear cups but unfortunately, they feel somewhat cheap and not as durable as some of the headphones compared below. The ear cups also don’t lay flat.
Their sound quality is also average at best and gets a bit too thumpy and muddy when turning the bass slider to the max settings. On the upside, that just might be what some fans of bass are looking for. The Skullcandy Crusher 2014 has a bland over-ear design that feels a little cheap. They’re entirely made out of plastic with large square-ish ear cups and a wide headband.
They’re available in a variety of color schemes to suit your taste, from a military-camo green to a bright red option that will stand out in a crowd. The Skullcandy Crushers 2014-fold into a more compact format which makes them moderately portable. However, they’re still relatively large over-ear headphones that aren’t ideal to carry without a bag.
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The Skullcandy Crusher 2014 are decently comfortable headphones. They’re fairly lightweight, and the earcups are well-padded and large enough to fit around most ears. Unfortunately, they’re a bit tight on the head which does get fatiguing during long listening sessions, and the padding on the headband is not as comfortable as that of the earcups.
The Skullcandy Crusher 2014 has a mediocre control scheme with only one button to play, pause, and skip tracks. They have a mechanical slider that controls the level of bass but not volume. This is slightly disappointing considering that the one inline control button offered, also doesn’t provide good tactile feedback. The Skullcandy Crusher 2014 is not the most breathable headphones.
They will make you sweat a bit more than average if you use them while working out and your ears will get warm after a couple of hours of critical listening. On the upside, they’re a little better than other closed-back over-ears thanks to the slightly perforated pads on the ear cups, but they won’t be ideal for more intense exercises. The Skullcandy Crusher 2014 comes with a pouch that will shield the headphones from scratches.
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Average for neutral listening. These headphones are not intended to deliver the most neutral sound. Their unusually springy design and bass slider make them geared towards a powerful low-end that if turned up, sounds overly bass-heavy. This may be exactly what some fans of bass are looking for.
However, in most situations, they will sound too uneven and poorly balanced for neutral listeners, except when the bass slider is at 0. The Skullcandy Crusher Wireless are better headphones than the Skullcandy Crusher 2014 thanks to their wireless design that you can also use wire. The wired Crushers have a more lightweight design and a better-balanced bass when not using the bass slider.
They’re also a bit more comfortable than the wireless variant since they’re not as tight on the head. On the other hand, the Crusher Wireless has a better range, a more durable build quality, easier-to-use controls, and can be used wired and wireless which makes them a lot more versatile. They also have a better default sound.
The Skullcandy Venue Wireless is better than the Skullcandy Crusher 2014 in pretty much every way. They’re wireless, better built, and have an active noise-canceling feature, volume controls, and better audio reproduction. They have 24 hours of playback thanks to a rechargeable battery, while the Crusher uses AA batteries.
The only test where the Crusher 2014 performed better was its microphone performance, which isn’t enough to make them an overall better choice over the Venue. The Skullcandy Crusher 360 Wireless are noticeably better headphones than the regular wired Skullcandy Crusher 2014.
Their sound quality is better, their wireless design offers more freedom to move, they’re better built, and their control scheme is good and easy to use, with a unique haptic bass slider. They even offer the same amount of battery life as the wired Crusher, which needs AA batteries. If you have the budget to afford the Crusher 360, they’re better headphones in practically every category.
The Skullcandy Crusher 2014 has a mediocre-at-best build quality. They’re entirely made out of plastic and they rattle when playing music, especially if you have the bass slider set up. They do not feel as durable as headphones below their price range like the Bluedip T4. For better-built Skullcandy headphones, we suggest taking a look at the Crusher 360 Wireless or the regular Crusher Wireless.
These headphones are somewhat stable due to their high clamping force. Unfortunately, the large ear cups and bulky over-ear design are not ideal for more intense physical activities. They will barely stay on your head during a mild jog and will not be suitable for working out and exercising. On the upside, the cable will detach if it gets hooked on something so the headphones won’t be yanked off.