Soul by Ludacris headphones are endorsed by American rapper/actor Ludacris (aka Christopher Brian Bridge) and Signeo USA. We reviewed the SL150 headphones, one of five models said to be suitable for use in live-sound situations, such as performances and studio work. It's a bold claim by the manufacturer, putting Soul by Ludacris directly up against some tough competition from high-end players such as Sennheiser, Ultrasone and AKG, all renowned for their superior audio quality.
We were particularly impressed with the SL150's stylish looks and robust design. These medium-size, tri-folding headphones feature leather earpads, which we found comfortable to wear in most situations. An adjustable headband lets you correctly position them over your ears. See all audio reviews.
The packaging boasts of studio-level sound quality, yet no technical specifications are provided as evidence. You won't be able to glean the frequency response, impedance and weight of these headphones without further research - even then, you may struggle. Given the £189 price tag, that's important. These headphones are a serious investment - but for the audiophile or the fashion-conscious?
Our testing suggests purists may be dissatisifed with these cans. For our money, we'd expect something in the way of noise-cancelling circuitry (get the SL300 if this is important to you). And the SL150 offers only modest performance; while it does a good job capturing the mids, highs and lows, some colouration of the sound is present. The thick bass boost is well suited to rock, pop and dance music, however.
There is a range of colours to choose from and several useful accessories thrown into the box, including a carry case, a cleaning cloth and two 1.2m tangle-free audio cables - one with an-inline remote control for use with iPad, iPhone and iPod, the second for other devices with a 3.5mm audio jack.