A Skullcandy Headset 

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What do a Skullcandy headset and a character from Last of the Summer Wine have in common? Their name!

The title of a new headset from Skullcandy reminds me of the nickname used by a character in the popular long-running “Last of the Summer Wine” series.  In case you were wondering this character’s name was Milbern.  However, due to his size and dislike of having to wear a pinny when working in the café, he preferred to be known as Crusher.  And Crusher is the name given to the Skullcandy headset that I am currently wearing while listening to my favourite music.

The Skullcandy Crusher is a Bluetooth headset that is of the over-the-ear type.  Basically this is a headset that can be folded to take up less space when being transported between locations.  In fact this headset comes with a soft material bag for use when the headset forms part of your luggage while in transit.

Rather plain in appearance and predominately black in colour, the Crusher headset features a fairly wide headband.  Although the headband padding appears to be on the sparse side, I found that the Crusher headset to be reasonably comfortably when being worn for even lengthy sessions. Moving around when wearing the headset produced no problems although you do need to remain within the usual 10 metres of whatever device is providing the music signal via Bluetooth otherwise cut-outs could occur.

Once unfolded and in its contracted state, the headband has a length of 30cm.  This length can be extended to 36cm with a quick tug on the two ear-cups.  The well padded ear-cups do allow for some limited adjustment for a more comfortable positioning.  You can adjust the ear-cups by approximately 5 degrees inwards but that is about it.  No sideways movement was possible to ensure a better fit.

Placing the headset the correct way round can help a little for a more comfortable fit.  But which ear-cup fits over which ear?  It took a fair amount of careful searching, at one stage using a torch, in order to find the usual indication as which ear-cup was for the left and which for the right ear.  It was the use of the torch that finally produced the evidence in the form of grey text on the inside of the black headband indicating the correct right or left ear for the cups.

If no torch is available then you could indentify the ear-cups by the accessories built into each cup.  The right ear-cup contains buttons shaped as a cross, circle or rectangle.  These button can perform different tasks depending upon the duration of the pressure applied to them.  You can turn power on/off, set the pairing process in motion, adjust the volume level, move backwards or forwards through tracks plus accept and reject incoming phone calls.  The right ear-cup also contains an LED light indicating power and Bluetooth issues.

The left ear-cup has just a single control.  This is a slider button allowing you to adjust the level of the bass input.  Keeping this slider control company are a micro USB port for recharging the headset’s internal battery which is rated at providing 40 hours of use and a 3.5mm jack socket for attaching a mic attachment.  Both the USB and mic leads are included in the box.

The Crusher comes loaded with custom tuned drivers and stereo Haptic bass to help improve its audio output.  The headset also features noise isolating technology to remove any outside distractions that might interrupt your listening pleasure without making you feel you were totally cut off from the outside world.

The Skullcandy Crusher has been priced at £119.99.  For this price you get the foldable headset, carry bag, leads for USB charging and the mic plus illustrated mini documents showing the use of the various controls for carrying out tasks.  The Crusher manages to combine a comfortable fit with reasonable audio output.

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