Soul XTRA Review: Washable Sport Headphones

Soul XTRA Review: Washable Sport Headphones


– [Reviewer] Last year I
reviewed four different headsets with acoustic noise canceling, which actively eliminates external sounds, so you can better hear your music. Well that can be great
on a plane or a train, but there are plenty of
places out in the world where ya don’t always want
that kind of perfect isolation. So for the past six months or so, whenever I’ve gone out
for a walk to listen to one of my favorite podcasts, I’ve swapped out my Bose QC35s, for the SOUL X-TRA headphones. I’m Mr. Mobile, and these
are the highs and lows. (upbeat pop music) The SOUL X-TRA is marketed as
a sport and exercise headset, but you don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to appreciate the thought
that went into the design. The split headband and
plastic construction keeps the weight down, the volume and power controls
are easy to identify by feel, and the ear pads are made
out of breathable material, kind of like what you might
find on a running shoe. That lets enough outside
sound in to keep you aware of your surroundings. These also help your
surroundings stay aware of you. White LEDs sit behind
four rear-facing windows to make you more visible on
your night time walkabouts. You can set them to
steady or flashing modes using the volume keys, or just turn them off
to extend battery life. That’s an important note, by the way, the lights are on by
default, and for a while, I wondered why I was only
getting six to eight hours of battery life between charges. Turn those lights off
to get the full 20 plus. Would you wanna wear ’em
for 20 hours straight? Well, not really. Your head size will effect how
comfortable these cans are, but I found that after an hour, the tight grip of the headband
made me wanna take a break. Also the construction
is chintzy at points, that headband pad is cheap feeling rubber, and see how mangled this charging plug is? That’s because it’s so poorly designed that every time I charge I have to use a sim tool to open it. I got so sick of it I just
stuck a magnetic Micro USB cable in there, so I wouldn’t
have to mess with it so much. I don’t remember what brand cable this is, I’ll link to something
similar in the description. For 150 bucks, I just expect better. Yeah, I know, headphones
built for diehard audiophiles routinely reach up to many
multiples of that figure, and maybe I’m spoiled
by the fit and finish of products like those
Sennheisers I reviewed. That said, the SOUL X-TRAs do come with the typical array
of inbox accessories, from the carrying case to
the 3.5 millimeter cable, for when you don’t need to go wireless. Oh, and my favorite part,
those ear pads are removable, and the cushions themselves even slip off so you can wash off all that
salt from summertime sweat. The headphones also fold flat for packing, and oh yeah, the sound is pretty good. These aren’t made for
the insane audiophile, and if you’re expecting a life-changing acoustic experience on workout headphones, I don’t think you’re buying
these for the right reasons. But I found them nice,
and fairly well-balanced. And capable of getting plenty
loud when I needed them to. Don’t expect any miracles
on voice calls though, as with every set of
headphones I’ve ever tested, your phone will provide a much better noise
cancellation experience. So are they worth it? Well most fitness audio
solutions I see, are earbuds. Which personally, I don’t like as much as over-ear headphones. So, I like that the SOUL X-TRAs exist to serve that particular niche, and yeah, I’d buy them. But they look and feel a lot
more like 99 dollar headphones than 150 dollar ones, so I’ll
maybe wait for some discounts before you pull the trigger. Be sure to check out my
other headphone reviews. Visit The Mr Mobile on YouTube, and don’t miss another high
profile headphone video coming later this season. Hit that subscribe button,
so you get a notification when it lands. Until next time, thanks for watching, and stay mobile, my friends.

100 Comments on “Soul XTRA Review: Washable Sport Headphones”

  1. I really love your videos. I love the fact that you are honest and not just recommend everything. But more tells whats are ups and downs on every piece of equipment. Love it man. Keep up the good work ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Edit: to all you "first" guys out there. You might be the first to post here, but i was the first one to like the video. And isnt that what counts more ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. You should review the LG Tone Studios! I would use those on a hike while I played the score from Star Trek V where Kirk is climbing El Capitan during the opening credits.

  3. How many other techtubers can review something so comprehensively in under 4 minutes? This was amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Hey, it's nice to have washable headphones!

    Great review as usual Mr Mobile (or Michael Fisher whichever you prefer).

  5. So I know I'm showing how much of a neophyte I am with this comment, but I bought a pair of refurbished Altec Lansing headphones, and they serve me well enough. Any opinions on Altec Lansing in general?

  6. I love the way you speak and present your videos and I watch all of them although I probably won't buy anything. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

  7. I had these for a while… Not that comfortable and that led light is such BS…. every single time you turn the headphones on you have to go through the hassle of turning led lights off lest you look like some throwback to 80's discomania

  8. I bought these earphone upon released I pretty much agree with with review. What sold me was there over the ear long battery life was washable earphones as I sweat alot during workouts.

  9. looks very cheap !!!! the design sucks !!!! sound quality average !!!! there are better headphones within 100 bucks!

  10. That's a bummer about the price. What other headphones can be recommended that are exactly like the Soul Xtra but cheaper? I go for walks frequently and sweat always gets in my cheap POS headphones.

  11. Mr.mobile has the best reviews on youtube, you can really tell how hard he works on the script while somehow still making it sound natural, this is David Hunsinger bringing you my full review, of Michael Fisher.

  12. Bluetooth headphones keep ripping people off. Low quality. Overpriced. Poor sound. Bluetooth headphones seem to be rated by their reliability in staying connected and range and audio quality is some distant priority because they know Bluetooth sucks for audio in general so they make shit cans. Here's hoping Apt-X and 4.0 improve that, but the price on these things will still be at a premium for a product that at this time, simply cannot actually be premium by any standard. These are headphones. In this arena, excellence is defined quite clearly. Bluetooth plays in a field and prices themselves at a tier they hardly deserve, and every phone without a headphone jack trying to pretend they are ready to be considered equals with Audiotechnica ATH-M50s at that price, have nothing to say to me. They've lost me entirely.

  13. Bose soundsport ear buds are insanely comfortable and sound great. I wear them every day all day at work. They charge fast and keep a charge for a couple days. For anyone looking for comfortable light weight ear buds that stay in your ear, look em up.

  14. Nice, honest and as always funny review man.

    I have three headsets, the Astro A50, the HyperX Revolver and the Patriot Viper V370, well, the Revolver are winning against the others even with the lack of features like being wireless.

  15. Hello guys I have a little question to you. Im wondering about changing my phone (now I have Xperia Z3 Compact) and two main candidates are Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G6. I care the most about performance and good camera. My budget is around 500$. If you have any other offers to this price I would be very grateful.

  16. Can you also give your views on audiotechnica I'm sure there are Lots of reviews on YouTube. But your reviews are much cool ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. I'll just have to assume that the 14 people that have thus far downvoted this video either don't like the headphones featured herein or just hate headphones in general. Because Mr. Mobile is the best. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. I love that you review new tech I've never seen before. A nice change from those tech reviewers who only talk about iPhone and Samsung leaks and products. Keep up the great work! I've been watching you for years and you've only gotten better

  19. Just wondering… Where do you find out if an item is discounted? With all the tech out there I would think it would be hard to keep track of it all, or to constantly check for price drops. Is there a specific application you use?

  20. OR you could get one pair of great headphones called the Sony Mdr 1000x that can do noise cancellation or make outside noise clear as having them off, or just passive dampening from them covering your ears. And they are Bluetooth with great battery

  21. Best Tech channel on YouTube!!man I can also learn how to construct an essay from you.techs reviewer & English teacher at the same time.thank you sir ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. So….. just OK sound, uncomfortable, "chintzy" quality, and a horrible charging port. SOLD!

    I have no idea how these are "workout" headphones.

    My QC35s just wept watching this.

  23. I like the Bluetooth headphones they look nice and they look good I will be getting me a pair

  24. Would a person be able to take off the hard plastic ring on the rear of the earmuff and use the earmuff without the ring on a different set of headphones? The kind where you shove the edge of the muff material into the little crack?

  25. Hi, I'm looking for over or on ear headphones for playing basketball. Just some dribbling and shooting. In-ears always drop out of my ears. If possible it would be nice if could go around the neck as well :). Any recommendations? ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you

  26. Great review was thinking about getting them until I saw this. Any other recommendations for over the ear gym headphones?

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