Wireless headphones are always a sketchy affair. As much as we love the convenience and practicality of wireless audio, there’s always the concern that audio quality will suffer through a wireless connection, and will not match its wired counterparts. Thankfully, SMS’s Sync by 50 wireless audio puts these concerns to rest, and proves to be one of the best mobile music listening devices that I have experienced.
Sync by 50 impresses right out of the box. You are greeted by Mr. Cent’s image as you open the box and dig through the contents. The box contains the headphones, a charging cable, a wire with a 3.5mm jack in case you don’t want to use the wireless function, a user’s manual, SMS brochure, a blue cleaning cloth, and finally, a premium hard shell case to keep everything packed in nice and tidy. The headphones themselves are incredibly lightweight, with a sleek black look, upper padding cushion, and a foldable design that makes it easy to pack them in the aforementioned case. The ear cushions are made of the soft memory foam OVALFIT, which fits comfortably in your ears and causes less sweat than usual.
The external side of the right ear features a control pad that gives you basic control of your music – next song, previous song, volume up and volume down. And next to controls you have a physical on/off button. My only gripe with it is that can feel slightly tight after extended periods, but I have a big head (actually, physically big), so I my experience might differ from people with regular sized heads.
Connecting the headphones to the phone was a fairly simple process, and after you do it once the process becomes much more streamlined. However, the headphones don’t come with a dongle for PC use (unlike their Over The Ear counterparts), so unless your PC or Laptop has a bluetooth driver, you’ll have to rely on the wired cable to use the headphones with your PC.
Now, onto the performance. I am quite weary of headphones and audio devices that promise bass heavy audio, since this means that any genre aside from hip hop and trance/techno would be unlistenable. Fortunately, that was not the case with Sync by 50. While the headphones still provide the rich bassy goodness that it promises, it still works with music genres that don’t put much emphasis on bass. I tested the headphones with various music genres, ranging from trance, to heavy metal to pop to even a few game soundtracks, and it the headphones were great everytime. Even progressive multilayered songs were crystal clear, where you could hear every instrument clearly without anything being drowned out. The bass is always strong, but its never overpowering. That’s more than what I can say for other headphones *cough* Beats by Dre *cough*.
It is worth noting that Sync by 50 are not active noise cancelling headphones, but with that said, I have found that they good job at isolating atmospheric sounds. I put them on while riding the metro and walking down the street, and found out that they do a great job at drowning out the sounds of cars, wind and the train engine. Since its not active noise cancelling, some sounds are bound to seep in, but they still do a much better jobs than the in-ear headphones I usually use
Keep in mind though that Sync by 50 are not audiophile headphones. They sure do provide a great listening experience, whether it’s music, movies or games, just don’t expect the same level of depth and clarity that $400 dollar headphones provide, or the same precision you may find in dedicated gaming headsets. Thus the price tag may be a bit hefty, considering that these are not specialized headphones. However, they still provide an excellent experience to the average consumer, and a great choice for those looking to have one less wire in their lives.