Extreme sports and music go hand in hand, so it's not surprising that companies such as Skullcandy and Nixon take advantage of this relationship to market headphones to teens and young adults with an interest in such activities. Now you can add Roxy to the list. The female-centric surfwear maker has teamed up with JBL to offer a line of stylish earphones aimed at young women. The middle-of-the-road model is a canalphone called the Reference 250 earphone that sells for $40. This reasonably priced set offers the best value of any of the headphones in the Roxy line, and sound quality isn't half bad.
The Good The Roxy Reference 250 earphones are stylish and comfortable. Sound quality is decent, bass is present, and the earphones offer a reasonable amount of noise isolation. A cool carrying case and a built-in mic for taking calls are nice included features.
The Bad The Roxy Reference 250 earphones come with only two sets of eartips and may not fit all users correctly. The cable is on the short side and may not be durable in the long run. Certain songs sound overly bright and forward.
The Bottom Line The Roxy Reference 250 earphones offer great value for the money: they are stylish, work with music phones, and include a cute case that does double duty for your MP3 player.