Review: Coloud Brings 'The Boom' With Light Headphone

The Boom Melds Affordability With Extra Features

"The Boom" headphone by Coloud. Photo © Jason Hidalgo

When mulling the available choices for headphones, consumers are often faced with a choice between affordability and performance. Ideally, the best ones offer a good mix of both — which is exactly what Coloud appears to be going for with its latest headphone entry, “The Boom.”

Now this isn’t our first rodeo with a Coloud product. A couple of years back, I reviewed the company’s Ironman-branded C22 headphones, which I also ended up including in my list of gift ideas for kids.

At the time, I found Coloud’s audio performance to be OK but not great, though pricing compared favorably with other over-the-ear headphones. Fast forward to the present and we now have Coloud’s Boom.

After initially launching for $39 when this review was originally done in 2013, Coloud has since lowered the price of the Boom to $29.95 as of 2016. This further positions the Boom within the budget headphone category for folks who value affordability. Despite some difference with the C22 cans, the Boom retains the same design cues, most notably its headband shape. It also piles on some extra features that improve on the C22.

Sound quality, for example, is better and the Boom’s volume can also be pushed pretty high without any noticeable distortion. Another key addition is the inclusion of a mini panel that comes with a control button. Pressing the button once lets users either play or pause a track from a compatible music player.

A double tap allows users to skip one track forward while quickly tapping the button three times makes the player skip a track back. Included in the same mini panel is a microphone that can be used for phone calls when connected to a smartphone. If you happen to be listening to music while a call comes in, you can press the control button once and you’ll automatically pick it up.

Unlike some other headphones, the neat part about this functionality is that it is not limited to the iPhone. In addition to my iPhone 4S, I tested it in on my Galaxy S3 and verified that it also works with Samsung’s popular smartphone. The control functions for pausing and skipping tracks also worked with the S3, so I assume it’s compatible with the latest Android devices. Another nice addition is its “Zound Lasso” feature that allows you to use the rubber around the headphone jack to coil and lock. This, combined with the linguini-style flat wiring allows you to fold your wires more neatly for storage, which is a very useful feature , especially when you’re on the go.

Fitting is comfortable and snug. The Boom is one of the lightest headphones I’ve tested so it won’t fatigue your head and neck as much as heavier headsets. The ear cups aren’t big enough to fit around the user’s ear, but the padding for this over-the-ear headphone is soft and cushy. The design itself has an IKEA vibe to it and therein lies one of the issues with Coloud’s Boom. In one sense its modern minimalism looks good with its clean lines and simple appearance, especially in tandem with the wide range of available colors.

At the same time, it also seems cheap and flimsy — particularly around the headband area. This potentially could be an issue for folks who are rough with their headphones or like to lie down in bed with their headset on. Also, while the sound is improved and clearer compared to the C22, it’s still a bit muffled compared to my favorite cans within my personal collection.

Despite its drawbacks, the Coloud Boom offers pretty good sound for the price as well as a noteworthy list of features. If you’re careful with your headphones and don’t mind the Boom’s IKEA-style design aesthetic, then it’s worth looking into for folks in the market for an affordable headset.

Final rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

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Jason Hidalgo is’s Portable Electronics expert. Yes, he is easily amused. Follow him on Twitter @jasonhidalgo and be amused, too. For more about headsets, make sure to check out our Headphones & Speakers hubDisclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy.

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