Skullcandy adds Active Noise Cancelling to their 'viral sensation' bassy headphones

Skullcandy's sonorous Crusher ANC 2 mixes personalised bass boost with active noise cancelling

Skullcandy Crusher ANC 2 launch
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We cover Skullcandy extensively on T3, mainly because we can't get enough of their whacky collaborations with IPs and brands such as Street Fighter and Doritos. However, their latest launch isn't a goofy collab but the reincarnation of headphones that went viral due to their bass-boosting ability. Say hello to the Skullcandy Crusher ANC 2.

As the name suggests, the most significant change compared to its predecessor, the Skullcandy Crusher Evo, is the addition of Active Noise Cancelling, or ANC. The best noise-cancelling headphones use passive and active noise cancelling; the former is often achieved via fit optimisation, while the latter combines digital adjustments and microphones monitoring the surrounding of the cans.

The Adjustable Sensory Bass feature was already available to Crusher users. However, the Crusher ANC 2 also adds upgradable features via SkulliQ, hands-free voice control and more. Plus, up to 60 hours of battery life, rapid charge technology and customisable EQ modes. Not bad for headphones selling for this cheap!

Skullcandy Crusher ANC 2 launch

(Image credit: Skullcandy)

The new Skullcandy Crusher ANC 2 is built with larger ear cups, an asymmetric yoke and a notch in the headband for improved comfort, which is said to be ideal for all-day wearing. The headphones are also flat-folding and collapsible, packaged in a durable travel case, so you can take them anywhere you want.

As for on-the-go sound customisation, you can personalise the haptic bass in three ways. Either by rotating the adjustment wheel on the left ear cup, using the hands-free voice command “Hey Skullcandy, More Crusher,” or creating bass preferences directly on the Skull-iQ app.

ANC can also be tailored to your liking in the Skullcandy app. According to the brand, the four-mic Active Noise Canceling not only detects and cancels noise, but you can also set up a Personal Sound profile to tune Crusher ANC 2 to their unique hearing through a short hearing test on the app. This makes noise cancelling even more effective, as it enhances sound while also layering on ANC.

The Skullcandy Crusher ANC 2 is available to buy today directly from Skullcandy UK, Skullcandy US and Skullcandy AU for a recommended retail price of £200/$230/AU$430.

Matt Kollat
Section Editor | Active

Matt Kollat is a journalist and content creator who works for and its magazine counterpart as an Active Editor. His areas of expertise include wearables, drones, fitness equipment, nutrition and outdoor gear. He joined T3 in 2019. His byline appears in several publications, including Techradar and Fit&Well, and more. Matt also collaborated with other content creators (e.g. Garage Gym Reviews) and judged many awards, such as the European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance's ESSNawards. When he isn't working out, running or cycling, you'll find him roaming the countryside and trying out new podcasting and content creation equipment.