The V-MODA M-80 is, to my ears, a worthy competitor to the likes of the Sennheiser HD 25-1 II and the beyerdynamic DT 1350, and is already one of my favorite portable on-ear headphones.
V-MODA recently exhibited at CanJam @ RMAF 2011, and the response (especially to the new M-80) was very positive. Last Saturday, V-MODA also exhibited at the Tokyo Headphone Festival, and was met with similar enthusiasm. In some pre- and post-Festival listening in Tokyo, some seasoned Head-Fi'ers had a chance to listen to the M-80, all coming away surprised, impressed.
V-MODA founder Val Kolton is serious about targeting the headphone audiophile market with the V-MODA M-series headphones, the first (and currently only) model from that line being the M-80. How serious? A few weeks ago, we met in downtown Chicago (he brought the V-MODA headphones, I brought many other headphones and a plethora of headphone amps), and we spent what ended up being two nearly sleepless nights doing nothing but listening to, and evaluating, several V-MODA headphones and prototypes in several rigs.
In our forums, V-MODA asked for volunteers to serve as reviewers / focus group members to evaluate the M-80. V-MODA picked the members of that panel, and each of them, after some time with the M-80, posted their reviews. The purpose of this thread is to have one place for all of the M-80 reviews from those focus group members.