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V-Moda Vibe Fashion Earbuds Hands-On (Verdict: Audibly Sexy)

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With the iPod's white earbuds being as much a fashion accessory as the iPod itself—with people even buying them to wear with other players—earbuds must now look good in addition to sounding good. These V-MODA Vibes? Well, they're not only pleasing to the eyes and ears, they feel like butter in the ear canal. Butter made of soft, molded silicon.

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Although the expensive Shure-brand earbuds are usually the ones audiophiles turn to for music on the go, not everyone feels comfortable throwing down $400 for something that undoubtedly gets lots every six months. Good news, as the V-Moda Vibe performs as well as $100 earbuds should.

V-MODA touts "vibrant bass, vivid mid-range, and vivacious highs" on the Vibes. My experience? That's actually fairly accurate. The bass wasn't overloaded like in most cheapo earbuds you find for under $50. The mids and highs were also clear; much clearer than the default iPod or Zune earbuds.

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But of course how they sound is less important if you can't stand wearing these earbuds for a long period of time. Not a problem here. The "ultra-soft silicon" fittings feel fine in my ears, sliding easily into the ear canal. Essentially the Baby Bear of earbuds—not too deep and not too shallow—just right. No harsh earbud pad to scrape off both your earwax and the skin underneath.

And finally, the looks. To me they genuinely look better than most other earbuds, even if they do stick out a bit Frankensteinishly when you wear them. No matter. That's everyone else's problem. You're busy rockin' out to Journey.

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I too recently purchased a pair having been a long time Shure E3c user. I have rather large ear cavities so was initially concerned since even the largest size insert was not as tight as the Shure's. However, the bass turns out to be comparable with the mids and highs significantly cleaner. They are also extremely lightweight to wear for extended periods. The cables are nice and both noise and tangle-free.

There is room for some tweaks. I enjoy wearing them over the ears (ala Shure's) and had to cinch the split wires higher using electrcal tape. Also the L/R designation is very faint so I placed a, 1/8" band of black tape around the outside of the silicone attachment tube on the clear left one (black has an "L" in it). It is both discrete and easily noticed when inserting. Both of these tweaks can also be done with heat shrink tubing.

Overall these ar a steal for $100.