SOUL by Ludacris SL300WB - $199.99

 SL300WB - Elite Noise Cancelling Over Ear Headphones with Mic/Remote for Apple Products -Black/White
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SL300WB - Elite Noise Cancelling Over Ear Headphones with Mic/Remote for Apple Products -Black/White

Item# SL300WB
Price: $199.99


 
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 Product Specifications
Cable Length:
1.2m (49")
Connector Type:
1/8" (3.5mm) & 1/4" (6.3mm)
Headphone Fit:
Over Ear
Headphone Type:
Apple Controls, Closed Back, Noise Cancelling, W / Microphone
Manufacturer:
SOUL by Ludacris
Price:
199.99
Usually Ships Within:
1-2 Business Days
Color:
Black, White
Warranty:
1 Year Limited Parts and Labor Warranty
Product Line:
SL300


Music should move you...make you feel something. It's about expression and passion. If you're getting a proper musical experience, you can feel it in your soul. - Chris "Ludacris" Bridges

SL300 - Elite High Definition Noise Cancelling Over Ear Headphones with Mic/3-Button Remote for Apple Products

As a respected artist and philanthropist, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges has taken the headphone market by storm with the introduction of the SOUL by Ludacris headphone line. Prepare for a high definition, fully isolated listening experience any time, any place with the SL300. The flagship model SL300, represents countless hours of fine tuning to exact specifications by the SOUL by Ludacris team to achieve the perfect sound that suits taste of any music lover, not just rap and hip-hop fans. These powered performance headphones are engineered to deliver such a high quality of pristine, balanced sound that they are appropriate for use by music professionals. The SL300 headphones include a superior noise cancelling technology that is second to none while also being stylish. Another great feature of the headphone is the cable, which has a 3-button remote for iPhones, iPads, iPods and other Apple devices. Whether you're a producer, a DJ or a music aficionado...the SOUL by Ludacris experience delivers sound that moves your soul.

Features

  • Advanced Driver and Circuitry Design for Superb Bass, Clear Mids and Highs, Creates High-Precision Audio Balance
  • World Class Active Noise Cancelling Technology, eliminates unwanted sounds and noises
  • iPhone Ready 3- Button Remote: Compatible with iPhone 4G and 3GS, iPad and iPod
  • Compatible with Most Smartphones and Multimedia Devices with 1/8" (3.5mm) or 1/4" Headphone Input Jack
  • Includes Straight Audio Cable with In-line Remote Control and Standard Straight Audio Cable
  • Superior, Over-ear Design with Full Ear Cup Articulation Ensures the Best and Most Comfortable Fit Every Time
  • Music Playback in Passive Mode After Battery has Been Drained
  • Illuminated Earcup Badges on the side of the Headphones
  • Sleek Portable Folding Design for Easy Storage
  • Tangle-Resistant and Detachable Cable for Easy Cable Management
  • Gold-Plated Connector for Seamless Signal Transfer
  • Design by Award Winning Team Commands Quality and Innovative Style Features such as Advanced Breathable Headband Pad and Ear Cups
  • Protective Road Case for Convenience and Storage
  • Available in Gold/Gold or White/Black

Specifications

  • Driver Type: Dynamic
  • Magnet Type: Neodymium
  • Cord Length: 1.2m (49")
  • Connector: 3.5 mm (1/8") Gold-Plated Stereo Plug
  • Weight: 252g (8.89oz) without Battery
  • Warranty: 1 Year Limited Parts and Labor Warranty

For measurements and details of this headphone's performance, please feel free to download this informative data sheet, generously supplied by our friends at innerfidelity.com.  This download provides a series of graphs detailing the headphone's unique frequency response, isolation ability, impedance and phase characteristics, Total Harmonic Distortion characteristics as well as other headphone-specific measurements. 




Music should move you...make you feel something. It's about expression and passion. If you're getting a proper musical experience, you can feel it in your soul.

- Chris "Ludacris" Bridges



Expression, Passion and Superior Sound are at the core of the SOUL by Ludacris experience.


There are plenty of cool looking personal audio options available, but so few are able to provide true studio level sound quality without distorted, out of whack sound balance. On the flipside, most offerings that do provide a more professional audio experience neglect to infuse any style or personality into the look. But style and sound quality can coexist. SOUL by Ludacris is here to change the game.

Years of research by several of the audio industry's most prestigious engineers bring you a professional line of personal audio tools that masterfully balance elements such as world-class noise cancellation technology with superior sound quality, allowing you to experience the full range of your music. Pair that with an award winning design team and the expressive vision of world renowned artist Ludacris, and you get the first headphone that effectively merges style with professional acoustics.

SOUL by Ludacris presents a full suite of elite quality, stylish options aimed to please artists, producers, DJs, jetsetters and music snobs alike.



About Chris "Ludacris" Bridges


Boasting a collection of hits that spans over a decade, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges has sold more than 12 million albums domestically thanks to the blockbuster success of such singles as "Stand Up," "Get Back," "Number One Spot" and "Money Maker." 2010's acclaimed "Battle of the Sexes" album release brought more chart topping hits, including "How Low" and "My Chick Bad." With an unrivaled match of lyrical acumen, wit and imagery, Ludacris has solidified himself as one of music's premier entertainers. Although he's best known for his infectious tunes, Ludacris has shown that he's equally adept at writing powerful songs with serious subject matter, including runaways on "Runaway Love." This versatility and artistic complexity enabled Ludacris to make a seamless transition to acting. His global popularity soared with his work on the Fast & the Furious motion picture series, and his acclaimed performances in films such as Crash and Hustle & Flow plus noteworthy television roles (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) have Hollywood and critics alike buzzing about his increasingly impressive screen resume. The SOUL by Ludacris audio line joins Ludacris' Conjure Cognac and Disturbing Tha Peace Records as yet another successful venture of the business mogul.

Expert In House Review - Dave Solomon
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A TRIUMPH OF SOUL

For me, a great noise cancelling headphone does a lot more than just allow for more detail to be heard (at a lower volume) in noisy environments; it actually allows me to sleep in noisy environments when I otherwise would toss and turn. For a headphone to be both "sleepably" comfortable and block out an extreme amount of ambient noise, I would be willing to pay the asking price of the SL300. However, the SL300 is not only the most effective and comfortable noise canceling headphone I've ever worn, but it sounds as good as it looks – And I think it looks pretty darn good!

THE FIT AND FINISH

The folks over at Soul by Ludacris know how to make me smile just looking at the box. I have to say, for me, the entire Soul line has some of the most attractive packaging in the industry. The SL300 is one of the most attractive headphones I've ever seen. Coming in two colors the SL300GG and the SL300WB, I especially like the Othello-like look of the Black & White version. The gold version is truly eye-catching, but it may be slightly more difficult to fit into a wardrobe.

The SL300 fold up compactly to fit inside a stylish hard travel carrying case. This carrying case fits perfectly into my backpack and brief case. The headphones come with two different cables: One has an embedded microphone and remote for Apple products while the other does not. Both connect to the headphone on the left side via mini-plug and terminate to a right-angle mini-plug. I greatly prefer the right-angle style of cable termination because it tends to stress out the mini-plug headphone jack much less. The ear pads are plush and have pleather-like material which does not overheat my ears. I was surprised how comfortable the headphones felt when worn on my head. The ear pads feel soft and generously padded. The headband too is soft and plush and demonstrates Soul by Ludacris brand's signature stitching design.

While the noise canceling activation button is found on the back of the left ear cup, the batteries which provide the power for this feature are manually installed inside the right ear cup. The right faceplate comes off by toggling it counterclockwise. The package comes with the first pair of triple A batteries to be installed. Fortunately, in order to preserve battery life, you can still use these headphones for music listening even when the Noise Cancelling feature is not activated. However, you will notice a drop in overall output volume when the noise cancelling feature is not activated. The level of noise cancellation on the SL300 is superb! And what's equally impressive is that I have found that the SL300's noise cancelling feature is less intrusive than I have typically found with other noise cancelling headphones. What I am speaking of here is the awkward feeling of slight pressure which some sensitive ears can feel when noise cancelling is activated. When I observed the noise cancelling quality in my apartment, I was amazed that the hum of my louder-than-average air conditioner had been entirely eliminated. The call quality of SL300 showed to be very clear and reliable when paired with my iPhone. Speech is easy to understand and recipients can hear me well. The iPod controls rest at my shoulder for easy accessibility.

ALL ABOUT THE SOUND…

I feel that the SL300 have a sound that would please a variety of music listeners. While the bass is definitely raised for that extra oomph and punch (best suited for listening to Hip Hop, Pop and R&B), I have found that the bass region is controlled enough to sound really good with a variety of music including Rock, Metal and Jazz. The midrange allows for vocals to come to the forefront. The highs are just slightly subdued for a more mellow tonality.

A Comparison between Beats Studio & Soul SL300 – Which is the better Noise Canceller/iPhone compatible headphone at $300?

First things first: If you hold the SL300 in one hand and the Studios in the other, you may be as surprised as I was to feel just how much more substantial the SL300 look and feel. It's not something that can be noted in pictures, but the difference is very apparent in person. The stitching of the Soul by Ludacris headband is an awesome feature. The SL300 headband is also slightly larger and feels more impressive than the Beats Studios. The noise cancelling and call quality are on par with one another, though I do feel the SL300 edges out the Studios just slightly in the amount of ambient noise it is able to eliminate. The comfort on the ears is about equal, however the extra padding on the headband allows the SL300 to rest more comfortably on the head.

The difference in sound quality is not as night and day as it was when I compared the SL150 to the Beats Solo HD (Soul by Ludacris's and Beats by Dre's $200 models respectively). Make no mistake about it, I prefer the SL300's sound quality by a significant margin over the SL150 for its tighter bass control and purer-sounding midrange. However, the sound quality of the Beats Studio is of a similar tone to the SL300. The most distinguishable difference between the sound of the SL300 and the Beats Studio is in the way in handles bass. The bass of the SL300 feels more controlled and tighter, while the Studios have more bass emphasis. I preferred the SL300 in this regard. The SL300 have a slightly more forward midrange which allows for vocals to have greater presence. The Beats Studio have a slightly more forward treble response which I enjoy for the detail it provides. However, the Studios have a slightly more U-shaped frequency response than the SL300. What this means is that the bass and treble feel more inflated and there is a perceived dip in the midrange. In other words, the Studios sound more colored to my ears than the SL300. However, neither headphone is a neutral headphone – both are fun sounding.

When listening to "John" by Lil Wayne featuring Rick Ross, I preferred the way the SL300 sounded. The rapping was easier to hear. However the percussive elements had slightly more impact when listening to it with the Beats Studio.

I took a listen to "Astral Weeks" by Van Morrison and I preferred the sound representation of the SL300. In this instance, I felt that the Beats Studio had a bass which overwhelmed the mix and as a result, the vocal and the acoustic guitar were compromised.

Listening to Eva Cassidy's interpretation "Over The Rainbow, I preferred the extra feeling of air which the Beats Studio seemed to have. However I felt the vocals were slightly fuller when listening with the SL300.

Megadeth's "Foreclosure of a Dream" sounded more aggressive and tighter when using the SL300. The bass simply felt looser on the Studios. Loose bass and metal are like oil and water.

When listening to Katy Perry's "Teen Age Dream" I felt both headphones offered a similar quality of sound, though slightly different in approach. The voice was more forward using the SL300, but the percussive elements including the guitar chops was more audible when using the Studios. I did not mind the extra bass emphasis which the Studios offered, but I did prefer the forwardness of Katy's voice when using the SL300.

Overall, it was my impression that while both headphones boast a similar fun sound, the SL300 was able to make more genres sound good. For this reason, I would say that they are the better sounding headphone.

LAST WORD

The SL300 are one of those headphones which seem to have it all: Good sound, comfort you can sleep in, a compact design, noise cancelling which can block out the noise which irks you, a mic/Apple compatible cable option and impressive looks. Soul by Ludacris has succeeded here on many levels, creating one of the best noise cancelling headphones on the market today!

Sound Quality 8.5 (bass emphasis)
Design & Features 10
Portability 8
Isolation 9 (active noise cancelling)
Value 9

Customer Reviews

Not bad1/8/2013
 
Pros:
I bought these for my son who is 14 and wanted a "slick pair of headphones." He appears to like them. He didn’t want Beats by dr dre because he said they’re too normal. I don’t know what that means, but he seems to like these.
Cons:
None

Just Perfect!11/18/2012
 
Pros:
These are honestly the best pair of headphones I’ve used. Why use Beats whene these are mosre stylish, lighter, more durable and sound much better!!!!! They have strong bass with crystal clear highs and a tight equalizing midrange. They have those sexy LEDs and overall sexy looks. Honestly i highly recommend these. 10 out of 10!!!! It’s worth the price tag!
Cons:
Non what so ever

SUPERB7/3/2012
 
Pros:
Excellent comfort, sound is well balanced but with amazing kick to it, they are still exclusive because everyone still wants a pair of Beats for some reason; and although they are lighter, they are much more durable than the Beats
Cons:
other than the cord being a little short at times NOTHING is wrong with these.
Other Thoughts:
song Suggestions- "On&On"- Erykah Badu
"Voodoo Child"-Jimi Hendrix
"Super High"-Rick Ross
"What U Smoking On?"- Ludacris.....why have Beats when you can have SOUL?

Great Headphones4/2/2012
 
Pros:
Great sound quality, excellent comfort
Cons:
Fingerprint Magnet
Other Thoughts:
Awesome headphones, my suggestions:
Wings-French Montana,
Fresh Fruit-Tiesto,
In and Out of Love-Armin van Buuren,
MMG Untouchable-Rick Ross

Great Headphone2/24/2012
 
Pros:
Great Comfort, Sound and Noise Cancelling. Cool looking too may I add.
Cons:
None so far I don’t really care for the sound leakage
Other Thoughts:
Man these headphone are worth the investment the sound comfort and noise cancelling is superb better than the beat by dre studio witch I do own as well and I wish I never bought them but the soul are my primary head set so I’m good. One last thing, durable headphone unlike the beats that break in 3 to 4 months on consistent use the souls are built with a better quality plastic and flex band. I would definitely recommend the soul sl300 and I can’t wait for them to come out with other color scheme.

Better Than Beats ! 2/18/2012
 
Pros:
Don’t waist your money on Beats by Dr. Dre: ! After my second day of having these I brought them to school. In my gym class there where 2 ppl who had Beats Studios so my first reaction was to compare them of course. We swapped headphones and about a minute into listening to my Souls he had mad his decision. His exact words were, "yours are better" . I too agreed as I noticed the bass on his Beats sounded uncontrolled and sloppy when played on my amplifier and the sound was not as clear. I let about 6 ppl hear my headphones after winning the comparison and they all where amazed at the sound and no longer concerned about my classmates Beats lol. These are also super comfortable and fits perfectly over anyone’s ear. The cushion is designed so that your ear fits behind the cushion and puts your ear as close to the sound as possible. The noise cancellation is excellent by the way, it’s like you enter your own planet when these are playing. I love them !
Cons:
Nothing!

SOUL SL300WB12/24/2011
 I purchased these for my son for Christmas. The delivery was perfect and he absolutely flipped over them. Everything was packaged perfectly and works great.

SL300WB Review10/31/2011
 this is probably the first expensive pair of headphones i ever owned. First of, the cons of this is that when you are in a very quiet place..the amount of leakage on this headphones is quite obvious. making it a little bit difficult to use in when you are in libraries and you’re the kind to have your music above the average volume. another con is that it is a finger print magnet due to its glossy material. however, thats about all of the cons! (for me that is) i like how the sound quality of the headphones are..they dont just focus on pumping bass..theres actually a clarity in terms of the little details u never really expect to hear from the song..and the voice of singers are very clear! the noise cancelling is superb.. the design is beautiful (LED lights that gives you the extra shine at night..its not blindingly bright to catch all the wrong attention..just bright enough to show off it’s awesomeness..would have been even better though if the lights would blink according to the beat of the music..) the design is nice and it fits very well without being too tight on the head nor too lose.. for ppl who wants a nicely designed headphones that isnt just all about the bass while standing out in a Beats-wearing-crowd..should definitely consider getting this :) no regrets here!

5 star balanced sound10/18/2011
 cheap affordable and comfortable. solid build. Not easy to break. Love the sound crisp. Not only focus on bass. But more to music and vocals. Everyone should get 1 of these. Great job LUDACRIS 5 star for the staff in headphones. Keep it up.

get a pair8/25/2011
 these headphones deliver a superb sound quality with amazing lows, mids and crisp highs. these headphones knock out the studio beats by dr dre headphones by a long shot, the only pair of headphones that these are in equal to, are the beats by dre pros, if you own a pair of pros, expect sorta the same thing. the souls are isolating and louder than the pros due to it being battery powered, and unlike the studio headphones these headphones will work with or without batterys, but they will sound alot better with the beatteries in them. so i deffinatly reccomend these headphones to DJ’s or just really big fans of music.

get a pair8/20/2011
 these headphones really outdone the beats with style, comfort and sound. these look better with the stitched leather headband and the charcoal black finish which really brings out the white. these headphones have better build quality and can even carry on working when the battery is ran out, these even come with free warranty if you register these on the soul website under support. so overall these beat any beats by dr dre product, the only one which stands out against the souls, is the beats pros, but in some cases the pros win, and in other the souls, if you own a pair of souls, be expecting the same sorta things with the SL300’s except the souls have a louder and more isolated sound, due to it being battery powered, but the pros are better build quality so wont break, so i would say it is a tie between these two. to see an unboxing of these headphones visit me on youtube- kingferro7 an unboxing will be coming shortly, and i recommend these headphones to any one looking for good bass, lows, highs and isolating sound.

best ever8/18/2011
 best headphones ever!

kicks beats by dre’s butt7/20/2011
 I have a pair of beats by dre sutdios - same $299 price tag. The Souls win in comfort, style, and most importantly sound. I listen to a lot of rock as well as hip-hop; these things make it all sound good. Headphones.com delivered in 2 days and I was the first I know to get ’em

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