V-Moda, the decade-old veteran of the new-wave of headphones is just launching a fresh set of impressively over-engineered cans. They fit you snug like a tailored suit and last as long as a tank.
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Last Year, V-Moda made a specially designed headphone amp/DAC case for the iPhone. It was awesome but way too expensive for what it did. V-Moda's new Vamp Verza is an infinitely more flexible product you can use with iPhones, Android phones, and even your computer — but it might fall flat for exactly the same reason its predecessor did.
V-Moda says they liked our cheap headphones expose so much, they'll give you $US35 toward a set of V-Moda buds if you trade in your old, crappy pair. Pretty awesome.
They join Etymotics, Klipsch, Monster and Scoche, who announced theirs yesterday. Theirs should support the newest shuffles, plus the latest MacBooks and nanos.
If you check out the ratings for V-Moda's Vibe or Vibe Duo headsets at Amazon or Apple, they're kinda crappy, bogged down a tons of complaints that they die fast. After an "unacceptable" rate of returns, V-Moda is acknowledging that the jack is behind the genocide and quietly launching a redesigned, reinforced one that'll hit shelves next week. Unfortunately there's no way to know if you're buying the newer, longer lasting model with a quick glance at the box.
If the $100ish V-Moda iPhone headphones are slightly out of your price range, RadTech's got a cheaper alternative for your iPhone listening and talking needs. It's essentially the same as the V-Modas or the default iPhone headphones: a pair of earbuds with a microphone on board so you can take a call. For US$24.95, we don't expect great quality audio, but they look similar enough to the V-Modas in appearance and much more comfortable than Apple's standard ones. So what's our recommendation? As long as this doesn't suck in terms of audio quality (wait for a review), you should probably pick one up.
V-Moda's Vibe Duos have been out since July, but even though they had an iPhone-friendly 3.5mm jack and an inline microphone, buyers complained about the lack of a "clicker," a button to take calls without touching the iPhone. Well, whine and ye shall receive: the new V-Moda Vibe Duo has it, and at no extra cost—they are still $99.99.
Since the iPhone's headphones jack is leaving us all with precious few options, it's not surprising to see headphones made specifically with the gadget in mind. The V-MODA's Vibe Duo headphones deliver the same quality sound V-MODA earbuds are known for, and act as a headset to boot. That means you don't need to whip out the iPhone to answer calls—just trigger it on the headset. While not as colorful as previous designs, these sleek, high-end earbuds will fit any standard jack, as well as the iPhone's mysteriously recessed jack.
The Vibe Duo earbuds feature the same technology V-MODA puts into all their high end headphones, so you'll get plenty of bass, less spillover, and black fabric cables ending in durable, metal enclosures. They cost $99, but are well worth it as they won't get in the way of your calling, either. It's also worth noting that they're the only third party headphones in the Apple Store. The quality might make you want to chuck the iPhone earbuds anyway.
Oddly, there isn't much else that sets them apart from previous V-MODA headphones, save their "DUAL compatibility," which is just a fancy way of saying it fits everything you should expect and then the iPhone as well. Still, buying a fresh set is lot faster than waiting for Apple to issue a redesign. But if you've got an iPhone, these are definitely the way to go if you're looking for a V-Moda set, thanks to its dual mic/headphone capability.