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SMS Audio STREET by 50 Over-the-Ear Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v0.9
Reviewed Mar 09, 2016 at 12:00 am
SMS Audio STREET by 50 Over-the-Ear Picture
5.7
Mixed Usage
6.5
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 Over-the-Ear 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 shouldn't be your first choice to cancel out ambient noise from noisy commutes.

Our Verdict

5.7 Mixed Usage

The SMS Audio STREET by 50 Over-the-Ear are 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.

Pros
  • Good reproduction of the mid-range.
  • Leak minimal sound.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Bass-heavy, treble lacking audio profile.
6.5 Critical Listening

The SMS Audio STREET by 50 Over-the-Ear are average for critical listening. They have a slightly bass-heavy sound that lacks a little detail with instruments and vocals. They also don't sound as immersive due to their closed-back ear cups, which won't be ideal for more critical listeners.

5.8 Commute/Travel

The SMS Audio STREET by 50 Over-the-Ear are sub-par for commuting. They block enough noise to use on the bus, but they're also not very portable. They leak enough to be distracting and lack a good control scheme.

5.6 Sports/Fitness

The SMS Audio STREET by 50 Over-the-Ear aren't made for sports. They're cumbersome and too unstable.

5.0 Office

The SMS Audio STREET by 50 Over-the-Ear are poor for office use. They'll block some office chatter, but leak way too much to be a good option in quieter environments.

6.4 Home Theater

The SMS Audio STREET by 50 Over-the-Ear are average for home theater use. Since they're wired, they have no latency, but the cable isn't 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.

  • 5.7 Mixed Usage
  • 6.5 Critical Listening
  • 5.8 Commute/Travel
  • 5.6 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.0 Office
  • 6.4 Home Theater
  1. Updated Mar 09, 2016: Review published.

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Test Results

Design
Design
Style

The SMS Audio STREET by 50 Over-the-Ear have a stylish matte black design that looks modern but is slightly bulky. They have bright blue accents on the stitching of the underside headband and the provided cable. The ear cups have a black glossy coating that adds a little more flair, and the padding has a faux-leather texture that gives it a high-end aesthetic.

6.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.68 lbs
Clamping Force
1.11 lbs

The SMS Audio STREET by 50 Over-the-Ear's comfort is decent but could be better. They're 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

The button layout and functionality is simple but basic. There's only one button to enable noise cancelling and the rest of the controls are relegated to the in-line control of the cable. Unfortunately, the in-line control is only a call/music button with no volume controls, which is slightly disappointing.

6.5
Design
Stability

The SMS Audio STREET by 50 Over-the-Ear are moderately stable headphones. They stay in place during casual listening sessions. The broad headband helps the ear cups sway less during physical activity but not enough to comfortably use these headphones at the gym. They'll slip off your head while running or jumping but on the upside, the cable is detachable and won't pull the headphones off your head if it gets hooked on something.

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

The SMS Audio STREET by 50 Over-the-Ear 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 inยณ

They come with a stylish, soft case that will protect them 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

The 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 don't feel as robust as some other headphones within their weight and size.

5.8
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 7.5 ยฐC
Design
Cable
Detachable Yes
Length 0 ft
Connection 1/8" TRRS

They come 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 Audio STREET by 50 Over-the-Ear
  • 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
5.9
Sound
Soundstage
Openness
5.6
Acoustic Space Excitation
7.4
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

They have 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 Audio STREET by 50 Over-the-Ear deliver a great battery life but take a bit longer to charge. They're decent headphones for long flights or road trips but don't 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.

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