Soul SL150CB Pro Hi-Definition On-Ear Headphone review – The Gadgeteer


When I review hearing aids or hearing aids, I love to be surprised. soul electronics can best be described as hip hop star ludacris’ answer to dr. Bass Monsters’ Dre’s Beats lineup. soul has a good selection of headphones, earphones in many price ranges. This review will cover the SL150CB Pro High Definition In-Ear Headphones. that’s a mouthful, but above all, it’s a mouthful of raven that I have to swallow. Before you heard the SL150, you would have sworn the bass would overpower everything else to the point of being distracting. after all, this is a hip hop brand headphone, so that’s a given. right?

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wrong. very very bad. i am totally amazed at how lame the sl150 phones are. but I’m even more amazed at how accurate the bass is. I did not expect this! It doesn’t seem to matter what I hear; the music (especially the bass) sounds detailed, warm, and fun. Is the bass heavier than other headphones? in some cases, absolutely. but here it does not matter because as much attention is paid to the mid and high frequencies as to the bass.


The soundstage, that sense of placement of the instrument and vocalist around you, is rendered quite well by the sl150. Note that these are closed in-ear headphones, so any listening space won’t sound as airy as open-back headphones. on the other hand, you can’t listen to open headphones in a quiet office or while traveling because people around you can hear what you hear. so getting any sound stage with closed phones is a plus.


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i appreciate the way the sl150 picks up little subtleties in certain songs. one of the things i always liked about the beatles song “strawberry fields forever” from the album “magical mystery tour” was that it’s slightly out of tune. things don’t happen when expected on this song, and the new 2009 remix brings a lot to the fore. the sl150 lets you appreciate how good the fab four were with rediscovered subtleties and details.

“baby, you’re so strange”, by the Australian group icehouse, has a bass undertone layered with a horn section that competes with the distortion-laden guitar. It’s a sonically wonderful mess that gets louder and louder until it crashes abruptly with a wry, “you’re weird, man” comment from lead singer Iva Davies. the sl150 handles it all by allowing individual instruments to be heard within the dense wall of sound.

a real bass test is lou reed’s classic “walk on the wild side”. if your speakers don’t buzz with distortion on this song, then you probably have decent speakers. the sl150 did not exhibit any buzzing, even when brought to a painful volume level. later in the song, when the now-famous saxophone solo comes in, it’s not muffled by the bottom end. this tells me that not only can any bass player appreciate these headphones, but people who prefer a more accurate sound may also like them for entirely different reasons.


the sl150 is constructed of shiny plastic, leather and stainless steel. the steel serves as a skeleton for the headband. the outer shell is almost all plastic. the black-on-chrome look is masculine, with the logo prominently placed on each earcup and the top of the headband. there are blue and white versions for those who want a brighter look. unfortunately, they are all fingerprint magnets.


The SL150 folds into a compact shape for easy storage in a fitted case. This zippered case is sturdy and has a felt lining with a carabiner clip to attach to a backpack loop. there are two sets of replaceable cables: one with a microphone for making/receiving calls with play/pause/skip capabilities and one without.

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another feature of the sl150 is comfort. the earcups rotate a bit, which helps with the fit. these are over-ear, so they are lighter and more compact than over-the-ear headphones. the leather-covered cups and padded headband are thick and soft. i’ve been listening to the sl150 for almost two months straight in my office, sometimes up to 6 hours straight with no issues other than “headphone hair” when removed. that is appreciated, because there are much more expensive headphones that I can only use for a couple of hours until they become uncomfortable. long-term comfort is not as easy to achieve as you might think.


The earcups open with a satisfying click, but lowering the earcup isn’t as precise as it could be in this price range. there is a lot of flexibility to bend and twist the headband. it feels well built as long as you don’t abuse them.


the soul by ludacris sl150 headphones are top notch headphones. what I find interesting, and a little amusing, is that many people will buy these headphones solely because of the celebrity association that is so common these days. however, remove that mark with its flashy looks and the sl150 will continue to compete with any headset in its price range, and then some.

I wonder if the raven tastes like chicken.

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