Soul by Ludacris SL49

Portable earbud headphones for iPhone®, iPod®, or iPad®

  • Soul by Ludacris SL49


  • Soul by Ludacris SL49

    In-line remote/microphone

  • Soul by Ludacris SL49

    Product package (back)

  • Soul by Ludacris SL49

    Product package (front)

  • Soul by Ludacris SL49

    Storage case

Item #: 791SL49B

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The look is cool, but the sound is hot. Soul by Ludacris SL49 in-ear headphones offer a serious upgrade in sound quality and style for your iPhone, iPod, or iPad — or any portable music player. Advanced driver design in each earbud delivers superb bass, plus super-clean mids and highs. Your music will come through loud and clear.

Control your iPhone, iPod, or iPad with ease
These earbuds give you control of the music loaded on your favorite Apple device. A three-button remote control built into the cord lets you answer and end calls, change the volume of your calls or music, and pause, play, or skip through your songs. The remote also includes a built-in microphone for hands-free conversations when using your iPhone®. The cable's tangle-resistant design and cord manager give you hassle-free listening with a customized fit.

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  • in-ear design seals music in and noise out
  • in-line remote and microphone for use with iPod®, iPhone®, and iPad®
  • tangle-resistant 51" cable with gold-plated 3.5mm headphone plug
  • includes small, medium, and large eartips for an custom fit
  • protective zippered storage case included
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Fit Style In-ear
Earcup Type Closed
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Frequency Response Not Given
Sensitivity Not Given
Impedance Not Given
Weight 0.9 ounces
Cord Length 51"
Airline Adapter Included No
iPod Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Built-in Microphone Yes
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
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What's in the box?

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  • In-ear headphones with in-line remote/microphone and attached 51" cord terminated by a male 3.5mm connector
  • 3 Pair of silicone single-flange ear-tips (S/M/L)
  • Carrying case
  • Owner's manual (English/ French/ Spanish)

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Sound Isolation Eartips: Three pair of eartips are included with the SL49s, small, medium and large (medium already installed). Choose the best fit to optimize sound quality noise isolation.

Gold-Plated Connector: The SL49 in-ear headphones utilize a right angled gold-plated 3.5mm connector.

Carrying Case: A compact carrying case is included to store the headphones while traveling.

Remote and Microphone: The in-line remote and microphone let you answer phone calls and control music playback when used with compatible iPhones, iPods, and iPads; the remote control and microphone are Made for iPod, Made for iPhone, and Made for iPad compliant. The remote functions include volume up/down, play, pause, skip forward, skip backward, scan forward/backward within a song (compatible with select iPods only), answer call, end call, reject call, and answer call waiting.

Compatibility Chart: The following Apple iPod, iPhone, and iPad models are compatible as detailed below (as of November 2011):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Audio Playback Music Control Mic Phone Control
shuffle 1st Y N N N
2nd Y N N N
3rd Y N N N
4th Y N N N
dock connector 3rd Y N N N
clickwheel/color screen 4th Y N N N
mini 1st Y N N N
2nd Y N N N
video 5th Y N N N
classic 1st gen-80/160GB Y N N N
2nd gen-120GB Y Y Y N
3rd gen-160GB Y Y Y N
iPod nano 1st Y N N N
2nd Y N N N
3rd Y N N N
4th Y Y Y N
5th Y Y Y N
6th Y Y Y N
iPod touch 1st Y N N N
2nd Y Y N N
3rd Y Y Y N
4th Y Y Y N
iPhone 2G Y N N N
3G Y N N N
4 Y Y Y Y
iPad All Y Y Y N
iPad 2 All Y Y Y N

Note: May require the latest iPod/iPhone software update. Audio is supported by all iPod models (as well as most devices with a 3.5mm headphone output).

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4 out of 5

nice earbuds

Written By Bryan, jefferso city, MO on Wednesday, December 12, 2012
These are a nice set of earbuds. Good sound quality, nice bass and high end. The cord is nice and thick but doesnt want to lay flat in some positions or actions of the body. Be careful unpacking them as they are packed tight where you do not want to pull them by the cord to get them out. For the price I paid for the SOUL, these are great earbuds.
good sound, very nice looking, comfortably, good noise reduction
cord is just a little stiff but I would still highly recommend them
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5 out of 5

Soul SL49 in ear headphones

Written By TomP, Cedar Rapids, IA on Monday, February 13, 2012
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These in ear headpones have excellent bass while still maintaining very good midrange and high end response. They are a tremendous step up from the stock ear buds in performance. They are worth every penny that they cost! You will not be sorry if you purchase these.
performance for the money is top notch
be careful removing the ear buds from the packaging
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2 out of 5

Great Sound but...

Written By CRL, Colorado Springs, CO on Monday, January 23, 2012
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These headphones have outstanding sound. I had tried the Dr. Dre in a store display and was not impressed, especially at that price point. The Souls sound has great bass and midrange, tough to do with a micro speaker for this price. Now here is the bad, I am on second pair since Christmas, both with the same problem. They lost sound in the left ear bud. I don't think it is anything I am doing, since my last pair of $20 Panisonic is still working after 4 years. I think I may have gotten two lemons. Crutchfield support has been EXCELLENT, as you would expect from them. Not sure if I will risk a 3rd pair or try a different brand.
Outstanding sound quality.
Durability/manufacturing defects.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great deal

Written By S M, Bismarck,ar. on Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Just got them in today sound great I'm sure after some use they will only get better!!
Great sound awesome price works great with apple products
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5 out of 5

Dynamic sound

Written By astewa65, New Orleans LA on Monday, December 05, 2011
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The Soul by Ludacris SL49 in ear headphones has a dynamic sound and they look good, to me the sound quality is better then the beats by dr. dre tour at half the price and they work will with iphone.
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