Clash of the Candy Titans: Skullcandy Hesh vs. Skullcrusher

by paulb on January 27, 2012

If you’re in the market for some Skullcandy earphones or headphones, then you’ve probably come across the Hesh and Skullcrusher lines. The Skullcandy Hesh and Skullcrusher are both over the head headphones designed to look and sound nice. While they are cousins from the same brand, they do have differences and those differences in features may just help you decide which one suits you better.

The Similarities

Needless to say, the similarities between the Skullcandy Hesh and Skullcrusher don’t end with the same brand. Both have the same Neodymium iron boron (NdFeB) magnets in the power drivers, with a frequency response of 20 to 20,000 Hz, and impedance of 32 ohms. Both also have 3.5 mm gold plated plugs and 1.2 m cables. The Skullcandy Hesh and Skullcrusher headphones also have their headbands and earphones lined with the same soft leather padding for comfortable use. Though these are designed to make your music listening as comfortable as possible, your ears will get hot if you use them for long periods.

Also, these Skullcandy lines come in a wide variety of designs and colours so you can definitely find something that suits your tastes. Aside from the nice looks and decent sound quality, these two are also pretty affordable at under US$ 50, though the Skullcandy Hesh headphones are slightly less expensive.

The Differences

Let’s start with the Skull candy Hesh headphones. They feature 50 mm power drivers, in line volume control, and a maximum input power of 100 mW. The Hesh line is designed more with loud sound output in mind. The Skullcrusher, on the other hand, takes listening to music to a whole different level with mini-subwoofers powered by a AA battery. It features smaller 30 mm power drivers, an in line bass level adjuster, and can handle a maximum input power of 120 mW. It cancels ambient noise pretty well, can be folded so you can easily keep it when not in use, and comes with a 6.3 mm plug adapter and an Airline adapter.

In the end, the choice between the two depends on your preferences and needs. If you just need a decent pair of headphones, then you can opt for the slightly cheaper Skullcandy Hesh. If you are in need of some serious bass though, then go for the Skullcrushers.