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post #1396 of 1475
How are the Vibes for durability? I had a pair of Bass-Freqs and even though I loved the sound, they crapped out on me after four months. I've got a guy who wants to trade his Vibes for my Etymotics.
post #1397 of 1475
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Originally Posted by Punky View Post
How are the Vibes for durability? I had a pair of Bass-Freqs and even though I loved the sound, they crapped out on me after four months. I've got a guy who wants to trade his Vibes for my Etymotics.
I got my pair of 1G in january, and had ductape around them from day 1 and they died about a month ago (got a new pair from V-Moda though) but the new model feels better
post #1398 of 1475
The first style Vibes had a problem with the plug where the edges where the cable came out would wear out the cable and cause it to fray, the new style has a new plug and shouldn't have that problem. Also, any of the first style you buy now will likely be the latest model with strain relief on the plug, so they should be pretty bulletproof.
post #1399 of 1475
How can I tell the difference between the different generations of the Vibes? What does the strain relief plug look like?
post #1400 of 1475
Do they get cold in your ear on a cold day? They look awesome but metal has its problems.
post #1401 of 1475
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How can I tell the difference between the different generations of the Vibes? What does the strain relief plug look like?
The new Vibes have this plug. Style wise at least. There are only two rings for stereo, no mic on the regular Vibes, and I believe it is gold-plated, not nickel. The old strain relief looks like this.

As for being cold. I've had them in while outside on a day where it didn't get out of the 30s (fahrenheit of course) and they didn't bother me. My ears were no more cold because of the Vibes than they were just because of the cold temperature.
post #1402 of 1475
Big pallet of V-Moda Vibes at my local Costco. iirc $73/pr.

I'm not buying any, just found it interesting, and then odd that i hadn't seen their sale at costco mentioned here.
post #1403 of 1475
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Originally Posted by Jon118 View Post
The new Vibes have this plug. Style wise at least. There are only two rings for stereo, no mic on the regular Vibes, and I believe it is gold-plated, not nickel. The old strain relief looks like this.

As for being cold. I've had them in while outside on a day where it didn't get out of the 30s (fahrenheit of course) and they didn't bother me. My ears were no more cold because of the Vibes than they were just because of the cold temperature.
What if it looks like this?

Whoops, sorry about hte double post.
post #1404 of 1475
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Originally Posted by Jon118 View Post
The new Vibes have this plug. Style wise at least. There are only two rings for stereo, no mic on the regular Vibes, and I believe it is gold-plated, not nickel. The old strain relief looks like this.

As for being cold. I've had them in while outside on a day where it didn't get out of the 30s (fahrenheit of course) and they didn't bother me. My ears were no more cold because of the Vibes than they were just because of the cold temperature.
What if it looks like this?

Is this the durable good plug, or a non-durable crappy plug?
post #1405 of 1475
That is the first style with strain relief. The same as the second link I post, just a different color of the Vibes. The black piece sticking up out of the plug around the cable is the strain relief.

*So to answer your question that is one of the good ones.
post #1406 of 1475
Thanks!
post #1407 of 1475
It pains me to say it but the red vibes I picked up back in, what, January? are starting to crap out in the left ear... It is definitely trouble near the plug because if i shake it there the sound goes in and out. I can't see any obvious fraying, but we all saw this coming, and even v-moda added some protection in the newer versions. Has anyone had much luck fixing this problem? Or if I go in and do a little surgery on the cable am I going to hurt sound quality?

EDIT: How about luck sending them in for a warranty replacement? I have seen plenty of people with the same problem as me but I haven't had so much luck searching and finding anyone who reported a solution?
post #1408 of 1475
V-Moda has always been good with customer service, so if you are under warranty, they will replace them. Most people used to heat shrink their plugs to prevent this. It isn't necessary on newer ones since they now have strain relief. If you do re-terminate them yourself you shouldn't see any degradation in sound quality. If you choose to go that route.
post #1409 of 1475
can somebody help me find the best ones to get on amazon?

this one says "newest version", but also costs 78 dollars
http://www.amazon.com/V-MODA-Vibe-Ea...9813421&sr=8-7

whereas there are the other colors, as well as another gunmetal on amazon listed for 60-66 dollars. are the cheaper ones definitely older?

ideally i'd like a flashback new version
post #1410 of 1475
The cheaper ones are assumed to be older, just the leftover stock. I haven't seen any confirmation of it yet though.
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