Soul by Ludacris SL99
After Dr. Dre started a disturb with his successful Beats by Dr. Dre audio line-up, many celebrities—several of them hip bound stars like 50 Cent, Sean “Diddy” Combs, and Ludacris—have followed fit with their possess earphones. The Soul by Ludacris SL99 is partial of a second era of audio offerings from Ludacris. At $99.95 (direct), a SL99 is labelled to contest with pairs like a Bose IE2 ($99.95, 4 stars) and a somewhat some-more costly Shure SE215 ($119, 4 stars). With clever drum and tweaked high frequencies, a SL99 offers absolute audio performance, though purists seeking prosaic response will be disappointed.
The primary tone of a SL99 is black, with some lead accents on a earpieces, as good as a “S” trademark for Soul by Ludacris. The wire is true out of a Monster Beats by Dr. Dre Tour High Resolution In-Ear Headphones ($149.95, 4 stars) propagandize of design—flat like linguini. It’s a good look, and a lifted buttons on a control cell for a iPhone (and iPad and iPod) are easy to use. But their placement, high adult on a right earpiece’s cable, make them tough to see. This is a common emanate with Apple earphone controls, however—and given it’s scarcely opposite a board, it’s probable Apple mandated this placement, bearing call clarity over convenience.
That aside, a controls hoop playback, as good as lane and menu navigation, along with call responding and ending. The ASL99 fits in a ear utterly securely, and it comes with 3 pairs of eartips in several sizes. A black protecting zip-up carrying box is also included.
One common problem with $100-and-below earphones is exaggeration on low drum tracks. Even during maximum, painfully shrill volume, a SL99 does not humour from this issue. The drum response, in fact, is utterly intense. On a Knife’s “Silent Shout,” a lane with adequate low-end to spin reduction absolute earphones into a hairy twisted mess, a SL99 has no issues reproducing a song’s deeply musical electronic strike with gusto, even during tip volume.
After it passes a energy test, however, a SL99 is a bit lacking in aesthetics. Bill Callahan’s vocals on his many new album, Apocalypse, as good as a coronet sections on John Adams’ “The Chairman Dances,” can during times sound pinched, or nasally. The altogether response is never painfully bright, though it does sound as if certain frequencies in a mid-to-high area are too boosted, that is a common emanate with earphones that strike a low frequencies as high as a SL99 has.
Without a reciprocal boost in a mids and highs, a altogether brew would sound like mud. As it is, a sound signature is never muddy, though a drum could be some-more articulate. Alas, a SL99 seems to preference low-end participation some-more than low-end clarity. For hip hop, electronic music, and some complicated pop, this can indeed have a pleasing effect. Many complicated mixes are done for clubs with large sound systems, where a drum is a many critical aspect of a music. It’s not a really accurate sound, however, and it boundary what genres a SL99 excels with: Classical, folk, and jazz do not transport as good as bass-oriented cocktail music.
By no means a bad choice, the Soul by Ludacris SL99 shows critical promise, though it’s overpriced deliberation what a foe is offering. The Editors’ Choice AKG K 350 ($79.95, 4 stars) provides extensive value in an presumption package. It exhibits teenager exaggeration during high volume on low drum tracks, though during reasonable listening levels, a altogether sound signature offers a improved balance. Even for drum lovers, a same-price Bose IE2 offers a some-more secure fit and better-balanced sound. If we have a small some-more income to spend, a $120 Shure SE215 facilities glorious audio performance, as good as a singular detachable cable, a underline that helps extend a life (and value) of a earphones.