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Review of Slappa HardBody headphone cases (full size, folding size, earbud size) w/lots of pics!!!

  1. twister6 Contributor
    I have a lot of headphones in my collection which I've reviewed in various android communities (fyi: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2192333), and with an exception of V-Moda (M-80 and M-100 cases don't need any special introduction), I never been happy with any OEM cases.  I know they all trying to stand out from a crowd, but in my opinion a lot of them are just not practical.  So I just accepted it as is, until I got ATH-M50 which as you all know comes with just a draw string pouch.  That triggered my search for after-market headphone cases, and discovery of Slappa products.  I have seen some cheap stuff on ebay and amazon, but when I actually visited their official webpage (http://www.slappa.com), I realized their prices are actually a fraction of how much it costs on Amazon.  Yes, I know its bizarre and typically works all the way around, so keep it in mind if you are planning to get these: directly from Slappa website it will cost you a lot less.
     
    For my review I decided to get all 3 types of their HardBody cases, for Full Size headphones, Folding headphones, and In-ear headphones to test with my ATH-M50, B&W P7, "Beats", UE900, W40, and also E18 and Sansa clip.
     
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    Starting with HardBody Pro Full Size case ($20.99, http://www.slappa.com/HardBody-PRO-Full-Size-Headphone-case?sc=2), it's duro-shock xEVA molded case is designed for a full size headphone fitment, and according to Slappa is actually water resistant and fire retardant.  Obviously, you don't want to throw it in a water or a fire, but it's nice to know that it can withstand water splash and can stand a heat.  It has two molded alloy zipper pullers, and zipper itself is externally hidden once a case zipped up.  There is also an exterior tab to hook up carabiner if you want to.  Exterior has dimpled finished, and stamped "slappa" symbol.  Inside, it has a very soft black velveteen lining, definitely no worries about scratching your headphones.  I also noticed the design has a nicely rounded/wrapped inner case edge to protect cables from getting pinched or anything rubbing against a zipper.
     
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    Here is how it looks with "Beats", B&W P7, and ATH-M50.  With a later two, I used E18 in various positions.  There is plenty of room for your DAP or portable AMP.  Of course, you would want to keep your DAP/AMP inside of its own OEM sleeve/case, but for the sake of pictures I left E18 without one.  What's great about full size case fitment, you don't need to remove audio cable and can possibly leave your headband extended per your adjusted fitment without a need to collapse it.
     
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    Next is the HardBody Pro Folding-headphone case ($14.69, http://www.slappa.com/headphone-case?sc=2&category=744).  It also features molded duro-shock xEVA shell, but actually comes with a smooth rubberized PVC exterior finish and a soft synthetic lining.  This case is also available in dimpled finish exterior.  It has only one zipper puller, but comes with a removable cary strap.  The edges are also wrapped and raised above a zipper so nothing will rub or get pinched inside.
     
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    Once folded, ATH-M50 had a perfect fitment!!!  I also tried it with my MDR7506 (not pictured), and was able to fit B&W P7 without a problem.  "Beats" didn't fit because of a less flexible headband.  Including Sansa+ clip mp3 player was not an issue either.  In addition to like-a-glove fitment, I had no problem closing and zipping up the case, and didn't have to apply any force to close it.  Obviously, this case will have a come compact fitment in comparison to full size.
     
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    Last, but not least, is HardBody Earbud case ($9.09, http://www.slappa.com/HardBody-Earbud-Case?sc=2).  Featuring the same molded xEVA shell, this little guy has a sort of inter-weaved synthetic finish reminding me of carbon fiber texture, and a single pulley alloy zipper with Slappa symbol (the same design used in all of their cases).  Inside, you will find a soft black velveteen lining, with a special soft red lining around the edges to protect headphones from coming in contact with a zipper.  Furthermore, there is a generous mesh pocket to store the cables so they don't get tangled up with earbuds.
     
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    It worked great for both UE900 and W40 and mesh pocket was large enough to house the cables with 3.5mm connector, even considering UE900 had a cable with in-line remote.  I liked the look with W40 especially since I'm using custom color black and red (for Right earpiece) plates so it matched the color scheme.
     
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    Overall, I was VERY impressed with a design and a build quality of these cases. Also, as long as you shop directly from their website, price is very reasonable.  It's funny how I have in here almost grand and a half worth of headphones, but the picture is not complete without $9, $15, and $20 cases :wink:  Definitely gets my High Recommendation!!! 
     
     
     
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