Hi everyone! I am a frequent visitor of this site but I only created an account today over lunch as there was something I would like to address. I am no audiophile but I do have a collection of some fine iems and headphones such as the tf-10, westones and ath m50, etc. (I appreciate music)
I just got myself a Soul SL150 over my local store and I wanted to do some justice to it as many
'audiophiles' are dissing it just because it is endorsed by a celebrity. I do not mean to direct this to everyone on this site
but all I want to say is that a highly advertised/mainstream product is not a basis to be judged as lousy cans. My impressions come without any pictures as I am currently at work and I am not allowed to take pictures here :D
The SL-150 comes in a very sleek hard boxed package (obviously) and this is the kind of packaging that I do not mind keeping as part of the collection habits that I practice. Upon un-boxing it, you will find a travel case in a shape close to an egg with the headphones inside and a box containing all the accessories. What's nice of them is that they provided 2 flat wires, 1 with the Apple® In Line Controller and the other without, very thoughtful there!
The shape of the SL 150 is quite unique and is IN NO WAY ALIKE WITH ANY BEATS BY DR DRE PRODUCTS. CM' ON,
ANY HEADPHONE HAS A BAND AND 2 CUPS AND THE BRAND HAS TO BE PLACED SOMEWHERE SOMEHOW!
It looks big due to the outer cups being elongated and you may think it is an over the ear phone but its an on-ear.
Pressure on the ears can be felt but this keeps the phones from moving.
Comfort is an essential factor in the headphones/iems I buy and this phone is surprisingly comfy. The soft ear cushions allow
me to use the phones for hours without feeling any soreness or heat.
Actually I am leaning towards a 3.5 but the element of surprise just got me there. Being an ex user of a few products by dre, I expected the SL 150 to be bass heavy with distortions in the highs and poor separation... how wrong was I.
I was at the store when I hooked it up to my iPhone 4s and upon having the music played for 5s, I simply smiled.
You know deep down that a phone is of a certain calibre when the music makes you smile heihei!
Bass is more forward but it is not overwhelming, leaving room for the mids and high to shine as well. It handles acoustic in a manner that I like, which is not as bright as my ath m50. Imaging was above average and noise isolation is fairly good being passive. I ran many tracks involving a wide spectrum of genres and the SL 150 handles them all pretty well. It still shines the most in R&B, trance and dubsteps where there is more emphasizing on the bass.
With me being very satisfied with the product, I still feel that the price tag on it is intimidating at a retail price of 449SGD. I decided to buy it because there was a 25% discount. There are many other good alternatives such as D2200, that I know, but then again, I was looking for something that can work as a fashion accessory and yet play darn good music.
All in all, the Soul SL 150 is a product that I am very satisfied with. I would highly recommend these phones over the beats series as I felt that both the aesthetics and sound quality of the SL 150 overkills the SOLO Hd. For 'audiophiles' out there, give this a shot, I honestly feel that it is a tier higher than any celebrity endorsed cans out in the market, I felt that it gives a sound signature very close to HD25-I.
If both looks and sound come together, the Souls are really the perfect combination, give it a try and reply this thread!
Edited by riccatwist - 12/15/11 at 12:50am