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SMS Audio Street by 50 Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v0.9
Reviewed Mar 09, 2016 at 12:00 am
SMS Audio Street by 50 Picture
Test Methodology v0.9
5.7
Mixed Usage
6.6
Critical Listening
5.8
Commute/Travel
5.6
Sports/Fitness
5.0
Office
6.4
Home Theater
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless No
Noise-Cancelling Yes
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

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.

Our Verdict

5.7 Mixed Usage

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.

6.6 Critical Listening

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
5.8 Commute/Travel

Subpar for commuting. They block enough noise to use on the bus but they're also not very portable leak enough to be distracting and lack a good control scheme.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
5.6 Sports/Fitness

Not made for sports. They're cumbersome and too unstable for sports.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
5.0 Office

Poor for office use. They will block some of the office chatter but leak way too much to be a good option in quieter environments.

See our Office recommendations
6.4 Home Theater

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.

  • 5.7 Mixed Usage
  • 6.6 Critical Listening
  • 5.8 Commute/Travel
  • 5.6 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.0 Office
  • 6.4 Home Theater
Pros
  • Good reproduction of the mid-range.
  • Leak minimal sound.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Bass-heavy , treble lacking audio profile.

Check Price

Black STREET by 50 Active Noise Cancelling
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Silver STREET by 50 Active Noise Cancelling
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Test Results

Design
Design
Style

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.

6.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.68 lbs
Clamping Force
1.11 lbs

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.

5.3
Design
Controls
Ease of use Good
Feedback Average
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control No
Noise Canceling Control No
Talk-Through No
Additional Buttons No

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.

6.5
Design
Stability

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.

5.8
Design
Portability
L 5.91 "
W 7.28 "
H 3.15 "
Volume 135.47 Cu. Inches
Stand required N/A

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.

7.0
Design
Case
Type Soft case
L 6.1 "
W 7.87 "
H 3.94 "
Volume 189.1 Cu. Inches

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.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

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.

5.8
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 7.5 C

Design
Cable
Detachable Yes
Length 0 ft
Connection 1/8" TRRS

Comes with a 1/8" TRRS-TRRS with call/music but no volume control and a USB charging cable.

Design
Front

Design
Angled

Design
Side

Design
Rear

Design
Top

Design
In The Box

  • SMS Street by 50 Headphones
  • Audio cable
  • Airline Adapter
  • USB cable
  • Manual
  • Carrying case

Sound
5.9
Sound
Bass
Std. Err.
5.9 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
33.88 Hz
Low-Bass
-0.79 dB
Bass
4.38 dB
High-Bass
1.24 dB

8.1
Sound
Mid
Std. Err.
2.55 dB
Low-Mid
-1.34 dB
Mid
0.2 dB
High-Mid
1.36 dB

4.9
Sound
Treble
Std. Err.
6.08 dB
Low-Treble
-4.36 dB
Treble
-0.5 dB
High-Treble
0.13 dB

9.0
Sound
Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
0.168
Weighted THD @ 100
0.209

Isolation
6.4
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Overall Attenuation
-15.18 dB
Bass
-3.78 dB
Mid
-12.87 dB
Treble
-31.5 dB
Self-Noise
14.67 dB

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.

2.6
Isolation
Leakage
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
59.46 dB

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.

Active Features
0
Active Features
Wireless
Type
N/A
Obstructed Range
N/A
Line of Sight Range
N/A
NFC
No

10
Active Features
Latency
Base Latency
0 ms
aptX Latency
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
N/A

7.0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Battery Life
57.1 hrs
Charge Time
3.2 hrs
Auto-off
No
Audio while charging
No
Passive Playback
No

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.

0
Active Features
App Support

No compatible app.

SMS Audio Street by 50 Price

Black STREET by 50 Active Noise Cancelling
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Silver STREET by 50 Active Noise Cancelling
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