Review: Gerrard Street PRINCE, a great and sustainable headphone

Avatar for Martijn Hoogeveen
By
Gerrard Street's PRINCE
Likethumbsup(4)Dislikesthumbsdown(0)

Gerrard Street PRINCE headphone/headset

8.8

Easy to assemble

8.0/10

Easy to pair

9.0/10

Sound quality (without ANC)

9.0/10

Sound quality (with ANC)

8.5/10

Sustainability

9.5/10

Pros

  • Sustainable manufacturing & delivery
  • Flexible switching between wired and wireless
  • Competitive noise canceling functionalities
  • Subscription option

Cons

  • No plug & play option available yet
  • Need to seach online for the specs
  • Somewhat heavier than what I am used to

Especially, since the lockdowns, I have become an active user of headsets. Increasingly quality-oriented. Not in the last place when my 8- and 10-year-olds were banned from school, and created background noises in their -e-school breaks. Then I invested in a wired Jabra headset with active noise canceling, which does an excellent job for me during the many Zoom, Meet, Skype and Teams calls we have with clients, colleagues, investors, partners, and suppliers. One level up is the PRINCE, the BlueTooth headphone/headset of Gerrard Street with Active Noise Canceling (ANC). Gerrard Street has a somewhat similar sustainability philosophy as Fairphone by adopting a modular design. If one component is broken it can be easily replaced. In a bid to reduce waste, Gerrard Street offers a headphone-as-a-subscription service with unlimited repairs for a fixed amount per year.

Efficient delivery of the assembly package

I receive the PRINCE at my home address in a slim carton box that fits the standard mailbox of our front door. This makes the last mile of e-commerce more efficient. Furthermore, congruent with its mission, I receive the headphone as an assembly package with 9 elements: two speakers, two earpads, one headband, one headband bracket, two G-branded screws, and a USB charging cable. Complementary, two alternative 3.5mm-plugged headset cables are added.

Given that the assembly will need some attention, I plan it on a Friday, which is normally not my busiest day.

Quick assembly

Although assembly is a small threshold, with the four steps graphical manual, it’s a walk in the park. In a few minutes, I have the “IKEA”-job done. Given its sustainability and modularity philosophy, the assembly approach makes sense. However, for Gerrard Street to reach a mass market, a plug & play option will be a requirement. The only thing confusing me is the three wires. They are not described in the quick manual. But, I learn quickly that I don’t need any of them if I use the BlueTooth option.

Wireless versus wired use

After pressing and pairing the BlueTooth headphone with my notebook, I come into known territory. I switch the noise-canceling on and off and indeed experience the difference. Quite similar to what I am used to with my Jabra. I also switch to wires and then back, and experience small sound quality differences. The supra-aural earpads plus ANC make me shut out my environment so good, that only the nonverbal in my visual periphery makes me aware of my oldest, politely asking if he can read a book in the room. He does that aloud for training reasons. Of course, he can!

Using the PRINCE in an online meeting also works well. Though, my own voice sounds strange as the supra-aural pads isolate too well for such use. By adjusting one to leak some environmental sound, I can hack it, but it’s clear that active meetings are not the primary purpose of the product’s form factor.

Conclusion: great sustainable headphone option

In conclusion, the Gerrard Street PRINCE is a great, sustainable headphone and headset option. Given the sustainability trends, a great consumer and professional choice. Not just for an audiophile , but also for online meetings. Although better for listening than talking.

Avatar for Martijn Hoogeveen

Founder and CEO of Icecat NV. Investor through iMerge. PhD Multimedia at Delft University of Technology. Former Professor at Open University Netherlands/Technical Sciences & Environment.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 November 3, 2019
 October 4, 2018

Manual for Icecat Live: Real-Time Product Data in Your App

Icecat Live is a (free) service that enables you to insert real-time produc...
 June 1, 2018
Manual for Icecat CSV Interface

Manual for Icecat CSV Interface

This document describes the manual for Icecat CSV interface (Comma-Separate...
 September 28, 2016

Manual for Open Icecat JSON Product Requests

JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) is an increasingly popular means of trans...
 September 17, 2018
icecat addons

Icecat Add-ons including Magento, PrestaShop, Oracle, SAP Hybris, Google Shopping. NEW: Shopify

Icecat has a huge list of integration partners, that make it easy for clien...
 August 1, 2020

Manual for Personalized Interface File and Catalog from Icecat

With Icecat, you can generate personalized or customized CSV or Excel files...
 December 4, 2020
WordPress editor guidelines Iceclog

Iceclog’s WordPress Editor Guidelines: Writing Compelling Posts

These Iceclog Editor Guidelines for WordPress are a quick guide fo...
 August 17, 2016