Hands-On Vmoda's Vibe Duo Headphones for iPhone (Verdict: Punchy, No Remote)

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What made these $100 headphones irresistible Apple store iPhone retail bait? If it was a sin to use white earbuds with a nano, it surely was a sin to use it with a $600 phonepod. They're also the only headphones to launch with the iPhone that explicitly work with the recessed headphone jack. They sound great, but they've got one flaw.

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Pros:Listening to a frequency sweep, base came in more clearly and with more tactile oomph off the line, while slightly peaky on the high end. They were more punchy, and the earpieces (comes with several sizes) were comfy and stayed in while not picking up too much ear grease. More efficient, so louder at a given volume setting than stock buds. Better sound isolation. Cloth covered black cables were nice. Microphone built in for calls. Leather carrying pouch included.

Cons:Headphone jack stem is too tall. Unbelievably, no remote control button for play/pause, track skipping, or call accept/reject.

Verdict: If you're into the headphones for calling, instead of using a bluetooth headset or the handset itself, you'd better pass. If you find yourself using the iPod in the iPhone a lot, these might be worth it, but consider Belkin's $10 adapter that will allow all your old headphones to work with the iPhone, first.

[VModa]

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DISCUSSION

deathbytray-old
deathbytray

I have been using these for a little less than a month now. Overall, I'm quite satisfied.

For my personal taste, it has too much bass. I don't like the exaggerated bias toward lower frequency... I prefer clarity and unbiased, even eq to punchiness. But the mid and high frequecy details are there... they just kinda get buried in the bass. If you listen carefully, they are there.

Besides that, they seem sturdy, they are comfortable, and even the little pouch that comes with them are a velvety smooth satisfying leather. (leatherette?)

I also have the Bose earbuds, and the V-Moda are about 500 times better. I wish I could return the Bose. Maybe I'll burn them.

If you're an audiophile, and a faithful rendering of the entire tonal range is important for you, buy something else. (Probably something more expensive.) If you want something much better than the apple earbuds, sounds good enough for most situations, comfortable, and will last you a long time, I recommend these.