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. At the top end of the spectrum are the still-affordable Reference 430 headphones, an on-ear set that lists for $70. They're not particularly comfortable and the bass may not be thumping enough for many, but the colorful style has a good chance of appealing to the target audience.
The Good The JBL Roxy Reference 430 headphones offer a fun and colorful design and decent audio quality. A stylish travel pouch is included, and the cable is thick and feels durable.
The Bad The earpads of the Roxy Reference 430 headphones aren't terribly comfortable, and the headphones don't fold down for compact storage. The plastic earcups feel cheap, bass response is underwhelming, and there's quite a bit of sound leakage.
The Bottom Line The Roxy Reference 430 headphones feature a vivid design that should appeal to any ladies fond of Roxy's fashions, but comfort and construction may cause some issues. If possible, try before you buy.