Music is one of the main reasons I purchased my iPod Touch in the first place, yet Apple’s headphones, while iconic, are severely lacking in quality. Enter STREET by 50 Headphones. These super stylish headphones are incredible, not only are they super comfortable but they also look great wearing around your neck, meaning you can embrace your inner hipster and walk the boulevard in fashion.
I have to hand it to SMS Audio, their packaging is quite stunning. I could tell just by looking at the box, that they spared no expense for these headphones. Inside you’ll find the STREET by 50 Headphones of course, a convenient carrying bag, cleaning cloth, owners manual, and also as an added bonus, an airplane adapter which is great if you travel a lot.
The STREET by 50 Headphones are a pair of over-the-ear headphones, they come in blue with black or black with blue and feature leather padded ear cups and head band. The headphones are gorgeous with a matte trim and elegant logo. The 3.5mm cable is decent in length, and is completely detachable from the headphones like other high end pairs. The cable also has mic/music controls, great for playing or pausing music, changing the track, or calling up Siri. The microphone is well positioned and will capture every word you speak.
SMS Audio prides themselves on the durability of their headphones, the Street by 50 are no exception. SMS Audio uses a custom polymer plastic that is stronger and more flexible than alternative headphones. In fact, they are so confident on the durability that they dared me to try and break them, I passed them up on that offer; but 50 Cent himself didn’t, so check that out below. The only downside to this construction is the headphones do not fold up for travel, but SMS Audio claims that they purposely did this to create a more secure product.
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Another plus of the STREET Headphones is the design of the ear cups. SMS Audio uses sound absorption gaskets, fancy for overlapping seams and lots of padding materials, which provide very minimal sound leakage; meaning no matter what you may be listening to, I won’t judge, no sound will be heard by others. The Street headphones also include Passive Noise Cancellation, this means that instead of canceling outside noise by producing an opposite frequency SMS Audio chose to keep your music pure, and engineered the acoustics and mechanical construction to produce 95% Total Harmonic Distortion sound, which means when your music is playing, that is all you’ll hear.
Okay, by now you are probably wondering, “when is he gonna get to how these sound?” Well reader the time is now; the STREET by 50 produce stunning sound. Like melted butter, your music will flow into your ears, warming your soul. On a serious note, the sound is astounding. Every note is crystal clear, each melody is literally music to my ears. The bass is freaking awesome; each WHOMP WHOMP WHOMP can pound your brain in to mush, if your so inclined. The volume range is great as well. I generally keep my volume slide just past the play/pause button in the music app, yet with the STREET Headphones I can place it about half as far and still hear just as well.
So there you have it, my take on the SMS Audio STREET by 50 Headphones. In case you’ve decided to skim my article, and merely look at the pictures, let me break it down for you.
Good: Audio Quality, Comfort, Style, Packaging, Music Control
Bad: Not Collapsible, A Little Large
With a $249.00 price tag, they are a little on the pricey side, but still they are right along line with the other top of the line headphones. I definitely think they are worth it, 4.7 stars for sure. I mean I do wish they could collapse, but SMS Audio knows best, so I take comfort in the fact that my headphones will outlast my friend’s Beats.
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