Soul Combat+ headphones
Soul recently sent me a pair of its new Combat+ headphones to take for a spin. Both Tim Tebow and Usain Bolt have had a hand in developing a set of headphones with the intention of being everyday headphones you also can wear while working out.
- Heavy duty case
- Two sets of earpads
- Volume is a little low
- Where’s the Bluetooth?
The Combat+ over-the-ear headphones come in three colors: Bolt Green, Electric Blue and Storm Black. The first color comes courtesy of Usain Bolt, along with his familiar victory pose on one of the ear cups. The blue seems to be Tebow’s choice, with the black remaining for those who aren’t a big fan of the colorful approach.
Included in the box with the Combat+ are two sets of earpads. The first set, which is installed when you first open the box, is the Comply set. These pads are designed to form and fit to your body, while also locking out sound and remaining comfortable while working out.
The mesh earpads, my favorite of the two, are a tad more comfortable and allow for air to move through them, providing for more circulation (important while working out).
The process to remove and install new earpads only takes a few seconds. By pulling on the edge of the pad, and pressing with your thumbs in the middle of the headphone’s earpiece, the pad pops right out. Installing a pad is as simple as snapping it in place.
Also included in the box is a heavy-duty carrying case. The case is seriously the most durable, sturdy case I have seen included with headphones. I have no concern when throwing the headphones in it, and then into a bag, that I’m going to find some busted headphones when I unpack them.
The sound quality is on par with what I experience while using my main headphones, the Jabra Revo Wireless. The only issue I have found is that the sound is consistently lower than other headphones. Meaning I have to turn up the volume on my Mac or my smartphone to achieve the same loudness on the Soul. I’m not sure if this was done intentionally by Soul, but I don’t like having to have the volume on my phone or computer almost maxed out just to have the volume at a comfortable level. (I’m not the type to blast deafening levels of music into my ears. I need to be able to concentrate while listening.)
As for connecting to a playback device, you’ll need to rely on a 3.5mm cord included with the headphones. With headphones being marketed as something you can wear while working out, why must there be a cord!? In my opinion Bluetooth is the only way to go in a set of headphones designed for working out. When moving around the cable gets wrapped up and randomly caught. On a few occasions I accidentally unplugged it from either the headphones or my phone. Luckily the cable is durable enough to hold up to the punishment.
Overall, I have to say I had a pleasant experience with the Combat+ headphones. They are durable, sturdy, comfortable and provide a good enough sound experience I can, and would, recommend them. Just be careful when working out with that cord. It will never make sense to me.
You can purchase Soul Combat+ in any of the available colors from Amazon.com for $199.
*Review sample provided by Soul Electronics