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.
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.
The SMS Audio STREET are a mediocre sounding pair of closed-back over-ear headphones. They have a sub-par bass, a good mid-range, and a poor treble. Additionally, their bass lacks sub-bass and is uneven, their mid-range is slightly forward sounding, and their treble doesn't have enough detail and presence. On the plus side, they don't produce too much distortion.
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 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.