The SMS Audio STREET by 50 Active Noise Cancelling are fashion-forward headphones that look stylish and deliver decent bass-heavy audio reproduction. They feel relatively sturdy but the poor noise isolation performance means they should not be your first choice to cancel out ambient noise from noisy commutes.
- Good reproduction of the mid-range.
- Leak minimal sound.
- Poor noise isolation.
- Bass-heavy , treble lacking audio profile.
The STREET by 50 Cent Over-Ear are a good looking pair of headphones. They feel sturdy enough to handle a few drops and the large ear cups encompass the ear well, creating a decent seal. Unfortunately, they are slightly heavy, the headband creaks a lot under stress and the ear pads are stiff, which reduces their overall comfortability once on the head.
The SMS Audio STREET by 50 have a stylish matte black design that looks modern but is slightly bulky. They have bright blue accents on the stiching of the underside headband and the provided cable. The ear cups have a black glossy coating that adds a little more flare and the padding has a faux-leather texture that gives it a high-end esthetic.
Comfort level for the Street by 50 is decent but could be better. They are slightly heavy, have stiff padding on the ear cups and the headband puts moderate pressure on the head, which is uncomfortable over long listening sessions. However, the over-ear design does encompass the ear successfully, which is a plus.
Button layout and functionality is simple but basic. There is only one button to enable noise cancelling and the rest of the controls are relegated to the inline control of the cable. Unfortunately, the inline control is only a call/music button with no volume controls, which is slightly disappointing.
The SMS Street by 50 cent are moderately stable headphones. They stay in place during casual listening sessions. The broad headband helps the earcups sway less during physical activity but not enough to comfortably use these headphones at the gym. They will slip off your head while running or jumping but on the upside, the cable is detachable and won't pull the headphones of your head if it gets hooked on something.
Build quality is decent but not great. These headphones feel relatively sturdy and the metal frame, though a little thin is solid and flexible enough to handle a fair amount of physical stress. Unfortunately the headband is a little creaky and they do not feel as robust as some other headphones within their weight and size.
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The STREET by 50 Active Noise Cancelling have a decent audio profile that performs well in the mid range. They reproduce the body of lead instruments and vocals quite well but are bass heavy and weak on treble. This means the bass on an already bass-heavy track may sound overpowering and the dip in the high tones causes higher instrument harmonics to sound lacking, giving these headphones a punchy, warm sound that lacks clarity. On the upside, harmonic distortion is rarely noticeable, even at high volumes.
Good performance. The lowest octave of the spectrum (20Hz-40Hz) is a bit lacking, and instead there is a bump at around 50Hz. This bump is where the fundamental frequency of kick drums sits, therefore over-emphasizing kick drums compared to melodic bass instruments.
Very good results. The slight dip surrounding 500Hz and the slight bump surrounding 1KHz could have the overall effect of very slightly thinning out the body of the vocals/lead instruments while projecting and intensifying them.
Poor treble. The discrepancy between left and right channels around 10KHz is most likely due to the structural stiffness and lack of consistency in the pads. Additionally, the broad dip around 5KHz significantly weakens and dulls out vocals/lead instruments, adding to the bass-heaviness of the sound.
Good overall distortion performance. The amount of harmonic distortion in the low-bass and bass regions, however, is a little worse than average.
The SMS Audio Street by 50 struggle with noise isolation. They do not block much sound actively, the noise cancellation technology only mildly improving the passive isolation provided by the seal the ear cups. They may not be the right choice for international travel, as a lot of low frequency ambient noise will seep into your listening experience. However, the seal does prevent a decent a mount of sound leakage.
Sub-par noise isolation, especially in the bass region. These headphones seem to be adding a few dBs of their own low-end noise, which may be noticeable in quiet situations. The mid and treble isolation is decent, maxing out at -14dB and -34dB respectively.
The profile is rather broadband (covering high-mid and low-treble), but the overall amount of leakage is small enough for that not to be a big problem in most situations.
The Street by 50 only have noise canceling as an active feature. This makes them less versatile for other use cases except as noise canceling headphones, as they lack both wireless features or an app, to enhance and customize their sound. On the upside, the rechargeable battery delivers an excellent 57.1 hours of continuous playback, but have no power saving features and take quite a bit time to charge.
The SMS Street by 50 deliver a great battery life but take a bit long to charge. They're decent headphones for long flights or road trips but do not have any battery saving features like an auto-off timer and can't continue playing audio when charging.
No compatible app.
In the box
- SMS Street by 50 Headphones
- Audio cable
- Airline Adapter
- USB cable
- Carrying case
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The SMS Audio STREET by 50 Active Noise Cancelling are good looking headphones that feel relatively sturdy and deliver decent audio reproduction. Their amped bass profile fairs well with the mid range, reproducing the lower harmonics of lead instruments and vocals accurately. The boosted bass profile, however, may not be for everyone, as it adds unecessry lows to melodious tracks and could make already bass-heavy music sound overpowering. Treble reproduction is also subpar and causes these headphones to sound less open because of the lack of brilliance. The build feels relatively sturdy and the large over-ear ear cups encompass the ear, fully providing a decent seal that does not let much sound escape. Unfortunately, the Street by 50 struggle with noise isolation and cannot be recommended for use in loud environments such as on planes, trains and buses.