Headphone Review: V-Moda M80

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V-Moda is a really well-known company that has really delivered to the mainstream crowd with their club-ready headphones that boost style beyond belief. Both Rob (RMC) and Joe (Kiks52) have had the pleasure of reviewing the Crossfade LPs. I will be tackling their newest on-ear model that has a more balanced sound to them.  Read on for the full review:

Specifications

  • Driver: 40mm Dual Diaphragm Dynamic
  • Frequency Response: 5Hz – 30 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 105 dB
  • Impedance: 28.5 ohms

In the Box

  • V-Moda Crossfade M80 Headphones
  • Two Cables (One 3-button Mic’d Cable; One Single-button Mic’d Cable)
  • Exoskeleton Carrying Case
  • Karabiner
  • Cable Clip
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The M80s come with a good amount of accessories.

Design

V-Moda really didn’t do much with the housing in comparison to the hexagonal LPs. Actually, they did do one thing, they shrunk it. The M80s are extremely tiny in size, but still look absolutely stunning. Available in two colors, Shadow and White-Pearl, the M80s shine gorgeously in just about any light. A True Blood edition of the headphones, called the V80s, is also available. The white pearl shines brilliantly and is visible from 100s of feet away on a sunny day (this isn’t a joke, or a hyperbole, I mean this literally). They just gravitate for attention. Unlike Beats however, these do have better style in general. A white metallic finish has been done on the housings while the plates are silver. V-Moda offers customizable plates for listeners who want a more custom look.

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From the cups, to the headband, back to the shields, everything just screams style.

Design: ★★★★★

Audio

V-Moda comes in to show that they are, indeed, serious about audio with the M80s. They offer a signature that just about anyone could enjoy. The lean slightly towards the low end with a beautiful warm and smooth signature. The bass has slam, but doesn’t overpower in any ways while the midrange is smooth while still having a rough edge to it. The highs roll off by have beautiful sparkle and crispness.

Bass

The V-Modas dig extremely deep into the bass spectrum, granted they could go slightly deeper. They do a superb job with texturing the bass albeit being slightly on the solid side. Bass impact and slam is strong, but never overbearing. Really just wonderful on the low, even sub-bass, end. These do lack one thing though, mid-bass balance. The punch just isn’t where it should be as it can be washed away by the impact and texture at times. Besides that, V-Moda did an amazing job tuning the bass to really be enjoyable altogether.

Bass: ★★★★½

Mids

The midrange on the V-Modas, like the bass, is great, but not perfect. The M80s offer a warmer midrange that is inviting and smooth. Although smooth, it never affects the timbre as they still offer great dynamics overall on the instrumentals. They vocals, however, can use a little more energy to them as they can seem overly warm at times. That’s not to say that vocals lack energy, they have plenty, it’s just every now and then. Separation among the mid-range as a whole is really top notch due to the slightly large soundstage.

Mids: ★★★★½

Treble

The high end is probably the “weakness” of these, although it really isn’t weak. The treble does roll off a bit early for my liking. The roll off, however, doesn’t affect the splash and sparkle negatively at all. Contrary, actually, the sparkle and splash on these holds great energy and are quite enjoyable. Separation and clarity are among top notch. However, some detailing in the lower highs can seem absent at times. The treble may be rolled off, I may want more, but it really doesn’t affect too much of the spectrum.

Treble: ★★★★½

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A cable clip is included to reduce microphonics, although it really isn’t needed in my opinion.

Audio: ★★★★½

Build

V-Moda states that the M80s go through some torturous testing: flattening the headband multiple times, dropping them from 6 feet up, bending the headphonejack in each and every direction multiple times… Well, I must say, it shows. I won’t test it myself, but these things seem built rock solid.

The housings are constructed entirely of metal. There will be 0 plastics anywhere on these headphones. They feel strong, look strong, and I guarantee won’t break on you. They literally look like they are built like a tank. All the metal joints seem strong and secure while there is nothing loose.

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The housings are built like a tank.

The headband is covered up, but metal as well. It is extremely supple, and not in a bad way. The headband can be bent in every which direction, and it won’t snap. Quality was surely put into these headphones. They’ll take a lickin’ and get up to go again.

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The headband isn’t solid since it’s flexible. That doesn’t mean they can’t take a fight.

There are two cables included, both with equal build quality. The cables themselves are wrapped in fabric and thick. They aren’t too flexible, but also don’t ever tangle. The headphone jack just looks durable. It’s at a 45 degree angle with a large strain relief that is strong and flexible.

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The angled headphone jack is not only angled, but it’s strong and well-built.

Included with the M80s is a beautiful carrying case that is form-fitted for the M80s. V-Moda calls it an exoskeleton case. It has a hard exterior and will protect your headphones further. The inside is lined with soft linen, and has straps for holding your cables. A Karabiner is included to attach the case to a bag.

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The exoskeleton case isn’t just for looks, it will protect your already well-built headphones.

Build: ★★★★★

Comfort

Continuing in a strong fashion, the M80s are comfortable. The pads may be small, but they are extremely soft. The memory foam padding surrounded by pleather feels nice on the ears. They don’t feel like clouds like the Philips Downtown, but they are nothing to laugh at. The headband is padded as well. A small camping force can be felt when you first get the headphones. However, once they break in, everything just feels comfortable.

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V-Moda uses memory foam in the pads which helps the comfort.

Comfort: ★★★★★

Value

These headphones are priced at around 230 dollars MSRP. However, all three colors of the M80 and V80s can be found for around 200 dollars. Even at MSRP they are well worth the price. They provide a package that is really rare to see. The design is really flashy, yet composed in its own way. They are coupled with outstanding comfort and military-grade build. The M80s come with 2 cables with remote and mic, one for Apple users, but Android users are also not forgotten either. Of course, at this price, the sound quality is where these are competitively priced. They are well worth their money.

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A three button remote and mic is included, if you don’t have an Apple device, a single button one is also included.

Value: ★★★★★

Final Thoughts

V-Moda not only built the M80s with quality in mind, they tuned them that way too. The signature on these is warm and inviting, but high quality while the build is as close to perfect as you can get. Flashy designs aren’t the only thing V-Moda is known for anymore. Great sound is another thing they can check off.

I’d like to thank Matt for the review sample.

Overall Score

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V-Moda Crossfade M80

† All prices are in US currency.
This review was written by the iFans.com Review Team. Cumulative scores are rounded to the nearest half or full star.
This accessory, product, or app was received as a sample. Thanks Matt for the product sample.
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