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Published on March 17th, 2013 | by Greg


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.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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