- Powerful subwoofer
- Bloated distorted bass, Lack of clarity in mid range, Flimsy, Vibration can hurt your head
The subwoofer works quite well to create powerful, vibrating bass, but the overall sound quality leaves a lot to be desired.
Price$ 129.95 (AUD)
When one thinks of pounding bass, one typically thinks of a home theatre system with a subwoofer that dwarfs most other lounge room components. However, with their Skullcrusher headphones, Skullcandy are trying to challenge this idea. As hard as it is to believe, the Skullcrushers actually contain a subwoofer, and our testing found it didn't do a bad job. Bass is certainly powerful and the woofer had a noticeable impact on our music, but the overall sound quality left quite a bit to be desired.
This pair of headphones is rather aptly named, as at full volume the bass truly does shake your skull. It is quite impressive how well Skullcandy has managed to recreate the rumble and vibration of a proper subwoofer in such a compact package. However, while the bass may be powerful, it is of a rather poor quality. At times it becomes extremely bloated and is very slow, meaning the reverberation hangs around for a long time.
The woofer is controlled via a small remote that hangs from the headphone cord. You can change the level of bass, as well as switch it on and off. We found that without the woofer, the sound was extremely thin and bright, with no bass presence at all. When it was switched on, the headphones relied too heavily on the vibration to create energy within the music.
We were a little more impressed with the treble ranges, which were quite detailed and managed to sound smooth and powerful without verging on harsh. Most of the mid range was extremely cluttered though and female vocals sounded very flat; the overall sound was quite disappointing. It suits simple music like hip hop, as well as genres like dance and electronica, and if thumping bass really is your thing then you may enjoy the Skullcrushers' sound, but for most types of music we found them well below par. Also note that having your head constantly vibrating is a great recipe for a headache; we speak from experience!
Unfortunately things don't really improve when it comes to design. The Skullcrushers feel quite flimsy, with an entirely plastic build and a lot of poorly constructed hinges. They are designed to fold up and be placed in a bag, but we wouldn't be comfortable letting them take many knocks as they just don't feel sturdy enough. The aesthetic isn't quite as bold as some of Skullcandy's other models, but it still gives the headphones quite a unique look. They have a silver and black colour scheme, and are emblazoned with the Skullcandy logo in several places.
We found the Skullcrushers to be quite comfortable with the bass at moderate levels. The noise canceling design does squeeze your head a little, but not enough to cause any discomfort. They did a reasonable job of keeping out external noise, although they have no active noise canceling technology, instead relying on their closed design to merely block sound out. The woofer remote is rather heavy, and is powered by a single AA battery. It does however come with a shirt clip to help keep it in place.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Ring Video Doorbell review
- 2 Sony Bravia 2017 TVs: Full, in-depth review
- 3 Garmin Fenix 5 fitness tracker smartwatch review
- 4 LG 2017 OLED TV range full review: W7 Signature Wallpaper, G7, E7 and C7 UHD TVs
- 5 Tag Heuer Connected Smartwatch and Android Wear 2 review
Latest News Articles
- Apple's AirPods could deliver audio with multiple wireless protocols
- First look: Nuheara IQbuds smart Bluetooth ear buds do more than just music
- Convoy International restructures business focus
- Beats Solo2 headphones go wireless for $399
- Astro A38 review: A staggering price to pay for convenience
PCW Evaluation Team
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.
The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.
Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
- Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- Review: Nikon D7500 DSLR Camera
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTReact Developer - FrontendOther
- CCICT Business AnalystQLD
- TPSenior Web Developer - Wellington NZVIC
- CCMicrosoft Systems AdministratorVIC
- TPSystem AnalystQLD
- CCProject Manager - BrisbaneNSW
- CCSenior .Net DeveloperNSW
- CCTechnical Architect - Oracle Identity and Access Management - CANBERRA BASEDNSW
- FTBI Service Operations LeadOther
- FTSenior Database AdministratorOther
- FTSenior Systems Engineer (WINTEL) Midrange L3ACT
- FT.Net DeveloperNSW
- TPBusiness Intelligence ManagerNSW
- CCProject CoordinatorVIC
- CCTechnical SpecialistNSW
- CCFunctional Consultant (SAP IS-U)Other
- FTSenior Project ManagerOther
- CCSenior Business AnalystSA
- CCWorkday ConsultantVIC
- FTHR Systems and Reporting AnalystQLD
- TPTechnical Business AnalystQLD
- CCTest AnalystACT
- TPSenior Business Analyst - Fleet Management SystemQLD
- FTBusiness Intelligence (Data) AnalystQLD
- TPSQL DBAQLD