Sources:○ galaxy note 3 >fiio e11 portable headphone amp○ pc >arcam rdac >graham slee solo srgii headphone ampoverviewi’ve long been a fan of v-moda’s uniquely styled headphones along with their military level build quality, but never really warmed to their bass emphasized sound signature after briefly owning the lp2 back in 2012. Back then i was testing between the lp2, sennheiser hd 25-1 ii and my favoured audio technica ath-m50 (which i still love). The v-moda xs seem to be an updated version of the v-moda m80, keeping the same style but introducing a cliqfold system for improved portability and offering a more neutral sound signature with a flatter frequency response. Style, durability & comfortthe v-moda xs look very stylish and feel durable. There is some plastic used in these, but there’s still a good amount of steel and aluminum to keep them strong and durable. The steelflex headband feels very durable and comfortable, and can be flexed to reduce clamping force, which is minimal anyway. The new cliqfold technology allows these to fold down to fit into the compact and cool looking exoskeleton zippered hard carry case, making them one of the most portable on-ear headphones i’ve seen. The headphones are supplied with nice quality, kevlar reinforced fabric one buttoned speakeasy mic cable, with a gold 3. 5mm straight plug at the headphone end and 45 degree angled plug at the other.
I’ve had a number of headphones in the passed, all okay, couple of really nice but as a whole they have been much of a much. Then i received my v-moda xs headphones which has pretty much blown all the others away, these truly are outrageously good sounding headphones. When i first received them i guessed they were going to be better than average, you can almost always tell with how they are presented, nice box, hard carry case, quality cable and build that oozes quality. They fit snuggly, the weight is set perfect, you forget you have them on. Sound is exceptional, all the boxes are ticked for me, the bass is solid with out being boomy, mid and treble are pitched just right, i have a fairly eclectic taste in music, anything from led zeppelin, pink floyd, to a bit of take that, coped brilliantly with my mad tastes. I did enjoy listening to led zeppelin and dire straits i thought the guitar riffs sounded like they were being played live in the room. I have used them on my ipod, imac, ipad mini and my samsung galaxy s4 and they sound great on the all. They cleverly fold so that i can pop them in the case supplied, ideal for when i off on holiday, they will fit in to my pocket which is great as the plane people seem to have a thing about you carrying anything other than hand luggage. 100% recommended, best set of headphones i have tried, even better than my brainwavz hm9 hi-fi noise isolating headphones which i being using daily for sometime, now its my v-moda xs that i am using.
This is the v-moda xs metal noise isolating on ear headphones and when i was approached by v-moda to do a review, i knew i couldn’t refuse. When they first arrived i was really impressed by the packaging, it looked absolutely incredible and very professional with a nice carrying feature on top. These headphones are absolutely fantastic, i had never heard of v-moda before they contacted me but i was blown away by the quality of these headphones. They really do deliver a surprisingly good, satisfying audio output. Being on-ear headphones, i was surprised by the audio, especially because of the size of the headphones but they held out well. Holding the product in my hand i could tell they were a nice and solid build. The headband is made with a nice, soft material and can quite easily bend to allow you to fit it over your head easier. The headband is very comfortable and won’t make your head ache through a long period of usage. The headphones ear cups have a nice soft padding for the ears, they offer great comfort and they are just the right tightness so there is no chance of the headphones falling off your head. Here are the specifications for the V-MODA XS Metal Noise Isolating On Ear Headphones:
- Award-winning sound and ultimate ergonomics in an ultra-portable size
- Unique collapsible CLIQFOLD design for compact storage
- Metal construction and military level testing ensures unrivaled durability
- Supreme comfort, natural noise isolation, bespoke fit and 3D sound with over 3 years of fitting R&D
- Ultra compact exoskeleton hard carry case and detachable cable with 1-button microphone
Just the perfect portable headphones you will ever need. . These cans are absolutely great. They are a perfect companion for your media needs and are insanely well built. They are also great for masking flaws in audio making them perfect for streaming services like spotify. They are not completely neutral, they have some ‘colour’ in them but not very much. Just enough to make them just right for movies and games. These are the most balanced cans i have ever owned. They perform everywhere and with anything i throw at them. I take off a star because of the high price and because you are going to need some days for your ears to get used to them. They will probably make your ears hurt when you first put them on within the first half hour or so.
Are they the best headphones?. Vmoda======they have been around for a few years now and they are know as makers of stylish but durable headphones. I also like the fact that it’s possible to customise them with your own design. The custom shield kit can be purchased directly from vmoda and isn’t that expensive. Beats=====beats are an admirable set of headphones that sound fine and look good. They are in the premium headphone category as these are. Overall i prefer these for the sound and style. But there’s not a huge difference. Pros=====they look lovelythey feel so soft, like a pair of clouds on the earsthey have a light grip on earsthey can be worn for hours without discomfortthe sound is perfectnot a great deal of sound leakagecons=====none that i can hear. Sound======they’re headphone so although they look beautiful the sound is important.
Reviews from purchasers :
- Great compact headphones, comfort issues for big ears.
- Built to last, unlike most tech these days.
- Tough, portable and great-sounding
- HUUUUUGE Sound from tiny cans
- Expensive, but really nice.
- Great set of headphones in swanky packaging
In my opinion the headphones lack bass. I’m far from an audiophile so i strongly recommend double checking this with other sources, but the bass was minimal on these headphones. I couldn’t hear that much under ideal listening conditions and barely any at all on a bus. I’m not a bass monster but i felt like the music needed more of a kick than these headphones were giving it. Perhaps this flat, transparent, uncoloured, balanced sound is what you want, but i wanted more bass. Otherwise i have no other issues with the sound quality. As far as i can tell, and i repeat i’m not an audiophile, they sound good with clarity etc. I wouldn’t go as far as saying they are stylish but they don’t make you look like an idiot when out in public. Even the bright orange kevlar cable doesn’t look silly.
Fantastic, if pricey, headphones. . These are primarily designed for use as portable headphones. They fold up to fit in a small case and are, although featuring a lot of metal, lightweight with cables which surprisingly resist tangling. I have a pair of grados i use at home and, while they are excellent, they were far too expensive for me to risk losing on the train. Usually i buy cheapish buds, though one does end up going through a lot of them. Anyway, got these for testing and, while they aren’t quite to the standard of my grado headphones, they’re good enough for wearing around the house if i am, say, doing the housework. Still don’t trust myself not to lose them on the train, though. Not too leaky, which is nice. The cable is detachable and can be put into either cup. So, build quality is excellent and they are well designed. The most important thing, however, if you are thrashing out the amount these headphones are, is what they sound like. The bass is punchy and clear but, more importantly, it is well defined. So many times i find the bass on headphones can be powerful, but it is all horrible and distorted.