Thursday, February 23, 2012

YurBuds IronMan Inspire Headphones

The YurBud company's mission is to make a product for athletes which don't hurt and will never fall out. Many athletes have a tough time finding an in-ear headphone that can keep up with them with every sprint, jump, or bike ride. All of the YurBud earbuds feature their signature Twist-Lock Technology, which I will elaborate on later in this review. Today, I will review the YurBuds IronMan Inspire model.

From the shape to the red silicone, the design is totally unique. These headphones don't look like any other, and they shouldn't since they are designed for a different purpose. The red silicone is sweat proof and flexible enough to be comfortable, yet stable. The earbuds are waterproof as well. This means there is no reason to worry about that thunderstorm when your halfway through that 14 mile run.

The signature Twist-Lock Technology is the biggest selling point for the product.   What you have to do is put the earbuds in your ears at a 45 degree angle and then twist up to lock them into place. For a full video demonstration on how to use the headphones, Click Here. I found that, depending on the person, it could take 10 seconds or hours to put the earbuds in the right way. Personally, I had a tough time getting the technique down while friends of mine had no problems from the first try. Once you are successful, the earbuds are going nowhere. There's no way you will have problems with these earbuds falling out, regardless of whatever activity your doing. With this said, these wouldn't replace your regular headphones as they would be inconvenient to use during daily use.

If your a serious athlete and are looking for a headphone that you can be sure will never fall out, the YurBuds IronMan Inspire Headphones are a great option.

Price: $50
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  • Waterproof
  • Never Falls Out
  • Unique


  • Ear Tips Are Flimsy
  • Some Might have difficulty with Twist-Lock
  • EarBuds Aren't Light

Overall Rating: 8/10

Thursday, February 16, 2012

50 Cent STREET by 50 Headphones

It was a long road to get to this point, but 50 Cent's line of highly anticipated headphones is finally available to the public. The line is made up of 3 models at various price points. Today I will be taking a look at the Street by 50 model.

Knowing the 50 Cent persona, I knew the headphones would come in a beautiful package, and boy was I right. As soon as you open the box, the packaging itself has a sleek and expensive look that is one of the best I have seen. While this might not seem important, every little thing matters when you're dishing out hundreds of dollars and there is plenty of competition.

The design is modern and sleek (no pun intended), without being too outrageous - unlike many headphones being released these days. They feature the SMS Audio logo on the top and its logo, "S", on the outer portion of each earcup. They are available in 3 colors: Black, White and Light Blue. The first thing you will notice about the design is the overall size. They are large and bulky which makes them harder to transport, especially since there's no included hard carrying case. The headphones don't collapse, so traveling with them might be an issue. Personally, I prefer when headphones don't collapse at all because I have found that the ones that do tend to break easier and feel cheap. One of the most significant design aspects of the Street by 50's has to be its incredible flexibility. In contrast to their main competitor, Beats by Dre Solo's, Street by 50's are nearly unbreakable. It's a great feeling knowing you can twist, pull, or bend without fear.

Comfort-wise, I really enjoyed the Street by 50's size and fit. My ears are larger than average, but I had no problem with the size of the earcups. Some discomfort might be felt after prolonged use, but it's either less or about the same as nearly any other headphone. One concern I have is the sound leakage, as it's more than I would like. If your MP3 player is set at anything higher than 75% volume, the person sitting next to you will be able to recognize which song you're listening to.

Now onto the sound quality portion of my review. All expectations were completely wrong with the sound quality of these headphones. While expecting a bass heavy sound, I quickly found out that the sound is much more neutral and less like the Beats by Dre. The Street by 50's can get extremely loud, so listening to anything with more than three quarter, or even half volume is probably unnecessary for most.

With each headphone purchased from, 50 Cent and his team will donate 250 meals to Feeding America. For more information about the partnership, click here.

Overall, the Street by 50's are a solid choice for anyone who is willing to spend the extra dollar for style, long-lasting quality, and name recognition.

Price: $300
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  • Stylish Design
  • Extremely Durable
  • Sound Quality
  • Expensive
  • Bulky
  • No Hard Case

Overall Rating: 7.5/10

Monday, February 6, 2012

LMFAO's 1 Million Dollar Beats by Dre Headphones

No, you didn't read the title wrong, and yes, LMFAO wore $1 Million Beats by Dre Headphones during last night's Super Bowl Halftime performance. But honestly, what else would you expect when you combine the outrageousness of LMFAO with the year's biggest concert? While I highly doubt these headphones actually cost the full $1,000,000 they are priced at, what a great marketing scheme for LMFAO and another great gimmick by Beats by Dre execs. Bravo!

UPDATE: Lil Wayne was seen wearing these headphones at this year's, NBA All-Star Game in Orlando, FL. For pics, Click Here


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Thursday, February 2, 2012

TJ Lavin Kicker HP541 Headphones

Whether you know him for his BMX career, music or hosting gig on MTV's reality competition show, The Challenge, TJ Lavin has joined the list of celebrities with their own headphones. Kicker Audio is an American company who is primarily known for their great quality subwoofers. With the growing demand for headphones, Kicker has developed a line with various price points and styles. The HP541's are the only ones with a celebrity endorsement.

The first thing that stands out with TJ Lavin Headphones is the design. The artistic look was designed directly by TJ Lavin himself. While I am not a fan of the design, I must say, it definitely is different to say the least. The headphones are made entirely of plastic so they do tend to feel cheap. The sliding earcups were not as easy to move as I like as they got stuck in some instances. Comfort wise, they are not exceptional nor terrible. The headphones have a tight fit which is nice at first, but after awhile, might cause some discomfort.

With a young demographic in mind, Kicker has tailored these headphones to be bass heavy. The HP541's sound much better than expected especially with the amount of bass produced. That being said, anyone who's serious about audio quality should look elsewhere. The headphones retail for over $100 but can be found at online stores like Amazon and for around $60.

Price: $55
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  • Doesn't Leak Sound
  • Sound Quality For Price
  • Accessories Included


  • Cheap Plastic Feel
  • Artistic Design
  • Uncomfortable for Some

Overall Rating: 6.5/10