The Drop: Skullcandy Crusher ANC 2 Headphones

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It’s a big EDC market out there, and tons of awesome gear is released all the time. We made The Drop to help you discover the latest and greatest essentials worth a spot in your EDC.

Skullcandy has always been a familiar inclusion on “best headphones for bassheads” lists, with the Skullcandy Crusher line usually heading the charge, thanks to its one-of-a-kind haptic bass slider that can literally turn up the deep end to 11. The recently released Skullcandy Crusher ANC 2 takes the brand’s bass-centric focus to the next level with significant upgrades over its predecessor on top of its earth-shaking signature sound profile.

Skullcandy puts a lot of focus on providing a customized listening experience. Users can personalize the proprietary haptic bass by rotating the adjustment wheel on the left ear cup or by using the Skull-iQ app to create and customize their audio experience to their unique hearing preferences. Skull-iQ Smart Feature Technology features hands-free voice commands to control bass levels, pick up calls, and interact with other voice assistants such as Alexa or  iHeartRadio.

Other upgrades include moving up to Bluetooth v5.2 connectivity, improved battery life of up to 60 hours (the first Crushers already had a respectable 24 hours), adjustable 4-mic active noise cancellation, multipoint pairing, and more. The Skullcandy Crusher ANC 2 headphones have also been redesigned for comfort, with larger ear cups, an asymmetric yoke, and a notch in the headband, making them ready for extended listening sessions. The headphones are also flat-folding and collapsible, and the included travel case makes them suitable for on-the-go use.

What we like: The Crusher 2s punch above their weight in features and can knock you out with their bass, for a reasonable $229.99 asking price.

What to watch out for: Is there such a thing as too much bass?

Final verdict: A no-brainer if you’re a basshead, but they’re also comfortable, feature-packed, and highly customizable enough to be worth a try even in this crowded market of wireless headphones.

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