‘We Are the Superlative Conspiracy’, better known as WeSC, paired up with the music producer, rapper, actor and the multi-talented RZA to produce this pair of on ear headphones.
I feel that a lot of effort was put into the boxing of the product, which is something I appreciate because the unboxing experience is the very first contact we have with the headphones. And first impressions do count. Without wanting to spoil too much, there is that new plastic smell when you open the box.
What you get:
- the headphones;
- 1 black wire with an in-line remote control
- 1 red blank wire (or blue, if you get the blue versions)
- airline adapter;
- zip carrying pouch;
The one I have is the black/red coloured pair, but there 3 other options available: black/blue, white/red and white/blue.
Personally, I prefer headphones that are not too eye-catching, so I chose the black pair. However, I admit that the red colour on the headband and next to the ear cushions adds some style to them and so, they can definitely be used as a fashion accessory.
As you can see, the ear cups have a closed back design, with an aluminum ring around them and the signature of the artist.
The head band is also adjustable (not a continuous one, but with clicks) and has the brand’s logo on the side.
The headphones are made of plastic, with a matte finish. Overall it is not a fingerprint magnet, you can barely see them normally. However, if you take a closer look, you’ll slightly see the fingerprints. Of course, this is not a deal breaker.
Personally, I prefer headphones made of leather and/or aluminum. However I cannot say that these look cheap or that they aren’t sleek.
This pair of headphones can fold up, but cannot fold flat. Although this makes them more compact, easier to store and to carry them around, some people would prefer that they folded flat, so that they would have a “thinner” set to put in their bags. The hinge system, however, is a bit flimsy and after a couple of weeks the headphones started to fold really easily, which can be annoying sometimes.
After folding them up, the carrying pouch given provides almost none or very little protection to the headphones, so I would be a lot happier if it was an actual soft or hard case, for example.
The 3,5 mm plug cable with an in-line remote control and a microphone allows you to play/pause, switch music or take calls by pressing the middle button and also control the volume of your iOS device. A red standard cable is also provided, for those that don’t need or don’t want the remote control. The jack that connects to the headphones is also 3,5 mm and this means that it will be way easier to find a cable in case the provided ones break or have some kind of problem.
One of the best features of these cans is that you can plug in the cable in any or both of the ear cups. If you are right handed, for example, you can plug the cable on the left ear cup, so that the cable doesn’t bother you when you are writing. And the opposite can happen for left handed people.
Furthermore, this feature lets you share your music: simply connect a pair of headphones on the ear cup that is not being used and done, both of you are listening to the same music. That is pretty cool.
This is the part this pair of headphones upset me the most. On my very first use, I could wear them happily for 40 minutes, but after that my ears started boiling and were hurting. Of course, that was my first wear and most of the headphones are not comfortable right out of the box.
These are on-ear headphones and so, they tend to be less comfortable than over-ear ones. Moreover, the facts that the ear cushions are made of plastic and do not feel soft at all, don’t really help to make the headphones a pleasure to wear for long periods of time. I’m afraid I have to say that these are not even comparable to other brands that use leather or fabric on their cushions.
However, as you can see, the cushions started to mold themselves to my ear shape and they are more tolerable now, after some months. I can use them more comfortably(ish) for around 2 hours. Still, it was a very disappointing aspect, for a good pair of headphones.
These are bassy headphones. Heard many people comparing these to the Beats Solo by Dr. Dre and I have to say that these are an amazing and a cheaper alternative to the Beats.
With its closed back design, the Chambers provide a very punchy bass and do a very good job on not leaking sound to disturb people in a quiet elevator or something like that. Overall I would say that they are very detailed and very clear, I could hear the different melodies from the different instruments used. And this is where the headphones shine: the instrumentals. They have the spotlight when it comes to electronic, hip-hop, dubstep or any other genres that have a very precise beat. One word I would use to describe the instrumentals of these headphones: exciting. However, the overpowered bass weakens the vocals.
Don’t get me wrong, the vocals are clear and they are able to deliver the highs quite well, but the lows are a lot stronger and so, the mid and higher range got weaker and not as exciting by comparison. They have a great soundstage as well since you can easily identify which instruments are in the right, left or center.
They were obviously designed for certain genres of music and so, I wouldn’t say they are an all-rounder pair of headphones.
The Street Chambers have a good sound quality – with empowered lows and a portable stylish look but they fail in comfort. Their RRP is £149,99 and with that price tag it has giant competitors such as the Bowers and Wilkins P3 (£169,99, which is £20 more), or the new Harman Kardon SOHO (£179,99, £30 more). The prices in Amazon UK differ slightly from the described, and you can find the black/red version for £125.85 or the white/red colours for a cheaper £76.90, which, in my opinion, is a fairer price.
Depending on which genre of music you enjoy the most and whether comfort plays an import role for you or not, I think you should definitely consider this pair of headphones as a serious alternative for the expensive Beats by Dr. Dre if you enjoy bass heavy headphones.
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