SMS Audio “Street by 50” Wired On-Ear Headphones Review
Posted on Friday, April 26 @ 05:27:46 PST by Anthony Severino
These days, celebrity-endorsed headphones are everywhere. They’re as much a fashion statement for some as they are a luxury for an audiophile wanting studio-quality sound from their headphones. Sound like that doesn’t come cheap, and at $179.95, believe it or not, Street by 50 are on the lower end of the price spectrum of headsets of such high quality. Good thing, though, they’re not at all on the low end when it comes to sound. Not at all.
I’ve been reviewing a lot of headphones and speakers lately, but these ones are easily produce the best sound, and the most bass. And I mean booming, ear-thumping bass. Highs and mids are clear and sound just as nice, but the bass it he most instantly noticeable. Due to this, these headphones are exceptional for hip-hop music, which makes sense given the man whose name is attached. Still, I sampled everything from the Rolling Stones, to Culture Club, to Wu-Tang Clan, to Tiesto and couldn’t find not one song that didn’t sound better on these than any other speaker or headphones I have for comparison.
At that price tag, these aren’t for the casual listener at all, and instead are a luxury for anyone who takes their music seriously. A side benefit, I also tested these with the PlayStation Vita, and was impressed with sound improvement there too. So much better than the built-in speakers, which by comparison sound shallow and tinny. The detachable cord has a mic for taking calls on a smartphone, but I tried it out for in-game voice chat on the Vita. It’s not the stunning quality you’ll find when listening to music, but it’s good to know you can get your money’s worth out of it if you were to consider it.
Now that performance is out of the way, let’s talk design. I mean, look at these things. They’re stunning, and the Cobalt Blue model we tested has a metallic dark blue finish with a blackish hue to the shadows. The faux leather earcups and across the band is white, and it really pops next to the Cobalt blue for a truly unique look. The band is incredibly flexible, and along the band are points for folding the headphones up for carrying in an included hard-shell carrying case. Even the carrying case itself has a sleek look to it and matching blue trim. Should these bad boys get dirty, the entire package also comes with a same-colored fabric cleaning cloth.
The on-ear design is incredibly comfortable, and the earcups (or pads) offer passive noise cancelling due to how well they cup your ears. I found that I could hear very little, if anything at all, in the background while listening. Especially at higher volumes, there is no chance you’ll get distracted from your listening experience. On the other hand, though, at higher volumes, the people around me said they could clearly hear the music I was listening to, so that’s one caveat should you want to wear these in a situation that requires silence. Or just listen at low volume. Then again, why would you want to do that when these sound so damn good?
Hate him or love him, 50 Cent has an excellent product line-up featuring stunning, studio-quality, professionally-tuned headphones with SMS Audio. SMS Audio has teamed up with Feeding America to donate 250 meals to families in need for every set of headphones purchased in the US through SMSAudio.com—so even if you don’t like 50’s music or personality, you have to respect his efforts to make a difference in world hunger, and you can feel good about making a luxury purchase for yourself. Given the quality of the sound, the comfort, the style, you’ll be very happy you did.
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