Rookie headset-maker vs veteran
Street by 50 & Sennheiser Momentum on-ear headphones
STREET by 50 is a new headphone line from rap legend 50 Cent's brand, SMS Audio.
The line's headphones look refined, with memory-foam earpads encased in soft leather. When folded, they fit nicely into an oval-shaped case, much like a rugby ball.
Sound-wise, the impedance seems quite low and the headphones can work with the tiniest MP3 player, delivering big and loud sound.
But there are two areas that can be improved: comfort and sound quality.
They feel rather tight and a bit uncomfortable when worn for a long period. The sound quality seems a bit rough and can be most grating on the ears if pop music is the preferred choice.
Sennheiser's Momentum, by comparison, is a high-end headset designed for comfort and good-quality sound. Indeed, there is minimal discomfort when worn for a extended period (about six hours), and the sound is smooth and detailed.
To be fair, Sennheiser has a much longer history as a headset-maker, whereas SMS Audio is a newbie and its products are meant more for street pop than anything else. The Momentum also costs twice as much as the Street by 50.
Momentum ($569). Street by 50 ($270), including limited-edition collection with colours like blue, magenta, red and teal.