V-Moda | In-Ear Monitor | $ 129.00
Step into any Apple Store and you’ll see many shiny headphones wrapped in many types of unique packages. None, however, really match the unique properties that V-Moda does. Mixing sound, style, and comfort, V-Moda really did a great job with the Vibratos. Read on for the full review:
- Driver: 8 mm Dynamic
- Frequency Response: 5 Hz – 24 kHz
- Impedance: 16 ohms +/- 15%
- Sensitivity: Not given
In the Box
- V-Moda Vibrato
- 8 Pairs Silicone Tips (Hybrid Clear: S/M/L; Hybrid Black: S/M/L; XS Clear; XS Black)
- Carrying Case
- Ear Hooks
- Cable Clip
Included with the Vibratos is a nice set of accessories.
V-Moda offers a very stunning, attractive design with the Vibrato in-ears. The black, zinc housings are glossy and shine beautifully while the silver accents complement the black beautifully offering a good contrast to the rest of the housing. A nice cross design is on the back of each housing. The Vibratos are an absolutely beautiful pair of IEMs.
V-Moda knows design, and their hard-cut lines, and modern looks really make these things breathtaking.
The Vibratos follow a classic V-shape when it comes to audio signature. It’s a pretty deep V, but not the biggest by far. The IEMs tend to focus more on vocals as well as the low end of the spectrum. Booming bass is coupled with lush vocals and soft treble.
V-Moda’s most recent offerings are strong in terms of build quality. Included with the Vibratos is a professional-looking, leather pouch that uses the V-Moda V as a design aspect. The case looks high quality and has an additional pouch inside for additional accessories or a small MP3 player.
The included case is leather and professional.
The housings are made of a zinc alloy, that said, they are strong. They feel strong, and they even look strong with their industrial designs. The housings are a good amount of heft to them without being too heavy. I do wish the strain reliefs were a little bigger on them as they seem a little small for the weight of the housings.
The housings are made of zinc and extremely tough.
The cable is a braided, Kevlar enforced cable. It does have a slight tendancy to tangle, but if you use the included case and wrap them up correctly, they’ll withstand. The cable is strong and durable as well.
The cable is strong, and the cable clip helps reduce microphonics.
At the end of the cable is the headphone jack. The headphone jack uses a strong rubber that is flexible as well. It has been angled to 45 degrees which is good for durability.
A strong, angled headphone jack terminates the well-built cable.
Despite using strong metals in the housings, these housings remain relatively light for day to day use. If inserted properly, they will not fall out. That said, they can also be worn up or down. Included are some sport ear-hooks if you plan on wearing them up. The ear-hooks are comfortable and do their job.
The earhooks don’t ruin the style of the housings.
A set of 8 tips are included, four sets clear, four sets black. Of each of these sets, 3 pairs are hybrid while the forth XS-sized tip is not. Each hybrid tip is color coded to denote its size.
8 Pairs of tips are included to ensure a good fit.
These IEMs come in around 130 dollars. They are within the right price range and priced competitively. Are they the best you can get for 130 dollars? Well, not really, but they do fare well for themselves. The blending of a beautiful design, great audio and build; all topped off with amazing comfort make these things worth they money.
If you have a smartphone, or iPod, the remote and mic will be of good value.
V-Moda’s Vibratos take everything V-Moda wants to do and does it right. It has good sound coupled with a strong build and outstanding comfort. As with any V-Moda product, the design aspects are fun, sharp, but professional.
I’d like to thank Matt for the review sample.