Buying headphones for a lot of people is now an investment -- do I go with Beats? Harman? SMS? There are so many choices out there that it just isn't as easy as going to a store and picking out a pair and calling it a day.
If you're willing to spend a few extra bucks and you're a huge Star Wars fan (as I admittedly am), then SMS's latest offering might be worth the investment.
First unveiled at the CES in Las Vegas in January, SMS, which has partnered with rapper and business mogul 50 Cent, unveiled a second edition of its Star Wars-branded headphones, aptly named Star Wars: Second Edition.
The review unit I was sent was Tie Fighter, but there are other options -- Chewbacca, R2-D2 and of course, Darth Vader. Right away, you realize this is a Star Wars product, with a lot of Star Wars images, stickers and even a poster inside the box.
But let's focus on the headphones. They come in a black glossy finish with grey and black colors, surrounding each ear, and despite being on-the-ear headphones, which can sometimes get uncomfortable after long periods of use, I had no problems wearing these for extended periods. I tested the headphones several times, in periods ranging from an hour to three hours, a time frame most people would use them, be it for going to the gym or listening to a movie. Wearability was certainly not an issue.
Like the first edition of the headphones, the second edition uses 40 mm drivers to help deliver the sound. This allows it to provide noise cancellation and a clarity one would expect from higher-end studio headphones.