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.
Below-average for mixed usage. They're bulky headphones that leak a lot and feel cheaply built. They're a little uncomfortable but have a decent but bass heavy sound that might work for some listeners.
Average for critical listening. They have a slightly bass heavy sound that lacks a little detail with instruments and vocals. They also do not sound as immersive due to their closed-back ear cups which won't be ideal for more critical listeners.See our Critical Listening recommendations
Average for home theater use. Since they're wired, they have no latency, but the cable is not long enough unless you're watching your movie on a PC or tablet. They're also not the most comfortable headphones to wear for long periods of time.
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.
The SMS street by 50 are below-average portable headphones. They fold up into a more compact format but are on the larger side for over-ear headphones and still take up a lot of space in a bag.
Comes with a stylish, soft case that will protect the headphones against scratches. However, it does add a little bit of bulk and doesn't shield the headphones from hard falls or water damage.
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.
Comes with a 1/8" TRRS-TRRS with call/music but no volume control and a USB charging cable.
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 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.