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
Available Now

  • Stylish Design
  • Extremely Durable
  • Sound Quality
  • Expensive
  • Bulky
  • No Hard Case

Overall Rating: 7.5/10


cell phones for cash said...

Such a cool, really flexible!

Sell Electronics said...

I love Dr. Dre's beats!

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