Published on March 17th, 2013 | by Greg0
Voxx 808: Value-Priced Hip-Hop Style
The numbers 808 have a specific meaning to us here: it’s the area code for the Hawaiian islands. Of course, it’s also a number perhaps most associated with hip-hop music, thanks to the Roland TR-808 drum machine. If you’ve heard rappers talking about them or asking to “hear those 808s”, well… now you know what they’re looking for.
And we’re guessing the VOXX 808 over the ear headphones are playing on that association, and not so much recalling the land of leis, volcanoes, and lovely beaches. It makes all the more sense when you see and listen to these headphones- they’re definitely looking for street cred with their style and the 40mm drivers tilted towards bass with their audio.
As they say: “Feel it. In every bone of your body and every fiber of your soul. With balance and clarity. With uncompromising comfort and convenience. Every tone in crystal clear sound quality.” Ours were the matte black models, though glossy black and glossy white versions are available too. They take cues from other hip-hop music gear on the market, with their slightly chunky looks tempered by the sleek rounded edges. We liked that they were fairly lightweight, and felt durable- plastic, to be sure, but the kind that holds up to just about anything. Plus, they fold up for easy portability, and the cables are detachable.
Nicely padded earcups and headband meant both decent sound isolation and comfortable listening over a couple of hours, though they aren’t really adjustable for those with larger or smaller noggins. These also aren’t wireless, don’t have any active noise cancellation. Instead, they are great for listening on the streets, subways, or trains- or anywhere you could some personal sound with an extra dose of power, and don’t mind a slightly muddy sound. The cables are one of the best parts of the package, since they are a unique flat design, which not only helps prevent tangled cords but looks pretty cool as well. There’s a microphone on one of the two cables (the other is DJ-style) that gets the job done- it was a bit muffled and crackly at times though.
The VOXX 808s won’t blow your mind, but they won’t make much of a dent in your wallet either- $90 MSRP is a good value for headphones that are pretty well-made, and we even found them for $75 or so online. They aren’t the best choice for those with smaller ears or larger heads, but the 808s ring up as a good value for big, bold headphones in a market where there are plenty that are overpriced.