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post #856 of 2828

Yes, tonality it's the same as SM3, the mids are inside my head (centered) with the more veiled highs.


But presentation is better as it is deeper and the soundstage is wider than the SM3, since it's a on-ear can.


Originally Posted by izaku View Post

Sound Wise is up to my expectation based on |Joker|'s review. It's similar with earsonic SM3 with more veil on the high side.

This is what i am looking for (now) :)

Build is excellent.

It's my first portable headphone so i still need to adapt with it (only use IEM or earbud previously).

But It just does not isolate the outside noise very well.




post #857 of 2828
Originally Posted by ScottishRangers View Post

Got these yesterday and the sound is amazing but they seem to be clamping quite a bit and i have small ears so they kind of go round my ears does it loosen up?  anyone got any suggestions to improve the comfort?




You need to wear them more and as others have said bend them until you get them comfortable then you could bend them to get a better seal if you don't feel its right. The cushions will also soften up as you wear them more. 

Originally Posted by skyline315 View Post


Yikes, that sounds pretty horrific.  I guess buying them in-store from Radio Shack would be the way to go, but I'd hate to give them my business at all after that debacle.  Did they give a reason for the order cancellation?


Originally Posted by houseofspears View Post

Yeah, turns out the problem is that they said that the headphones were in stock online, however once I ordered it, they realized that they didn't actually have any. I dont have a problem buying from my local RadioShack because the people in there are pretty reasonable, however I will never buy from them online again. I talked to them today and they said that they decided that they would send me a check instead of puttin ght emoney back on my gift card without letting me know. They is (supposably ) the reason for the delay. So the check is supposed to be here in another 2 days...however I am obviously extremely leery that they will actually send me a check.

I bought mine in store from radioshack and no problems though I had to drive about 30 minutes to the closest store with them in stock...


post #858 of 2828

Hi everybody, it's been a long time since I posted and I dearly apologize - the weeks leading up to and CES week is grueling. We are overachieving with our small, yet passionate team - but the 2012 lineup we feel is going to be legendary.


@ CES we had a huge penthouse at the Venetian, fitting for V-MODA as I work on our designs and inspirations in Italy.  I feel our designs are too special to be seen in the public, and I've been burned before...  OUR PUBLIC BOOTH, WAS THE DJ BOOTH, and I killed it on the decks at Haze and Drais on Friday from 11:30pm to 9am!  Those who were there are still talking, good mostly!


We had M-80s starring, M-100s guest starring (not fully tuned but getting there), Faders VIP, as well as our FLAGSHIP future product.  However, the big star was our engraving machine on-site.


Here is a video interview I did there, check it out!!!






post #859 of 2828

I got mine about an hour ago! :) Mine were delivered though - no idea about the VAT? 0.0

They really do sound amazing! So glad I bought them! :) Funnily enough I have such small ears that they fit over them instead of on.


Originally Posted by ScottishRangers View Post

I ordered mine on about the 3rd and got mine yesterday (17th) they were at my post office had to pay some fees to get them.



Edited by HuskyMidget - 1/19/12 at 5:33am
post #860 of 2828

Got em..

first impression:

holy ****!!! everything is so fcking high-quality... from the wrapping to the headphones!!

im no audiophile, cant describe the sound nor compare to other high-end prodcuts. but i definitely can tell a huge different between the koss ksc75.

saw people complaining about the bass... never heard the bass going sooooo loow.. its like im inda club. amazing

finally seeing separations of instruments. rock never sounded so good



more than satisfied. ill definitely recommend them here in germany :D

Edited by JohannLiebert - 1/19/12 at 12:38pm
post #861 of 2828
Originally Posted by JohannLiebert View Post

Got em..

first impressoin:

holy ****!!! everything is so fcking high-quality... from the wrapping to the headphones!!



more than satisfied. ill definitely recommend them here in germany :D


So happy to hear, where did you buy in Germany?  Thanks for helping to spread the word as we put our $ where our materials is!  (vs marketing and plastic)


post #862 of 2828

Hey Val,

Why is the M80 still not for sale here in the Netherlands?


post #863 of 2828

Val, I'm not really sure how businesses work, however if it is possible, I would get your headphones into a wider variety of stores. RadioShack, your biggest retailer, barely even carries your headphones. And when you order them online........you end up in the same predicament I am, waiting for my money for the past 2 (almost 3) weeks. My local RadioShack found a pair of M-80's, and they have been waiting for me at the store for the past 4 days, and I can't even pick them up because RadioShack wont give me my money.

post #864 of 2828

^ They sure jacked that up. Sorry to hear you had such a painful experience. 


All retailers have screw ups though, and overall I don't think Vmoda should avoid using a well known retailer like RS just because of a screw up here or there. Amazon, Best Buy, etc etc all of horror stories, but for the most part, are credible and function well. 

post #865 of 2828
Originally Posted by valkolton View Post


So happy to hear, where did you buy in Germany?  Thanks for helping to spread the word as we put our $ where our materials is!  (vs marketing and plastic)


The only place i found in germany so far...


Very fast delivery, ordered them 4 days ago!

12h burn-in so far, love em even more

post #866 of 2828

Has anyone found replacement ear pads for these yet?


I just received my m-80s from amazon and there is a small hole/cut on the inner seam of one of the pads. Don't feel like sending in my brand new headphones for warranty work.

post #867 of 2828

I tried them using outdoor, on crowded bus stops, and I'm not satisfied with its isolation. Maybe a change of earpads may help.


I tell you these headphones are a head-turner on public. It stands out on a crowd. Even the man with Beats Pro standing in front of me cannot contest. I see the people on my queue eyeing on my headpieces' side, wondering what brand I was wearing. I was smiling secretly beyersmile.png.


Then suddenly my folly was cut-off with someone on another queue wearing a LCD2 on his ear. wat the...?! blink.gif

post #868 of 2828

I'm still a pretty new "audiophile" but I've been a musician for all my life so I will try and do an "ok" review. I'm actually studying electrical engineering and economics in college to hopefully go into the musician/audiophile gear business for myself. Anyways here is some newbie reviewage for you guys ;)



I've had my M-80's for about 3 weeks now, they're so amazing. They still get a little uncomfortable after a few hours but Im tweaking the headband to become more and more comfortable. I am really sensitive to this though because I have migraine issues that stem from muscles in my face(head)/shoulders/neck, I usually can't stand glasses for too long because of this. I also want to add if you wear glasses with these you may need to readjust to get some pressure off the glasses arms and to get a better seal. This happens to me with my sunglasses ever so slightly, but if I wear my normal  glasses instead of my sunglasses I don't seem to notice any extra pressure or lessining of the seal.


They have the best build quality I've ever seen, come with some great accessories, I got these when he was giving away free faders, shields and audio only cable. (not sure if he's still doing this). The faders are great, except they're pink so I may not wear them to an animals as leaders concert or something =P.  Right now I have 1 red shield and 1 original black brushed shield on my m-80, both look great but I sort of wish I could get a brushed red shield.


I use the audio only cable the most but on the go I use the iphone cable since I have an iphone. The iphone cable is a little stiff however, the audio only cable is more plyable but longer so it may not be as good for travel. Overall great cables, of course better than the custom 3's that I have...and that broke... haha. In the future I may buy a red audio only cable or some other custom cable just to give some more options and looks.



SQ is very good, to my ears it seems pretty flat (which I love). My basshead friend wanted a little more bass out of them but I found they had more than enough bass for me, bass extension is very good too. The bass is also punchy and not bloated in the slightest.


Mids are smooth, flat and crisp. Not much to say other than I love the mids and I don't think I'd change them at all.


Highs are present, not recessed like I saw maybe 1 or 2 people say.

Treble is a little more warm than some other headphones I have but I don't have a problem with that at all. The only thing I could really ask is possibly a little more definition and sound stage but both are fairly good, I would say the soundstage is bigger than my custom 3's but some instruments aren't as defined sometimes.


Isolation isn't bose q3 level or in ear level but they work well. While walking around and listening to music I can still hear car noise and wind noise but it is very windy in orlando and I notice wind noise with iems in too. Voices are basically gone when listening. Sidenote: I don't listen to my headphones very loud, about halfway on my iphone. Some may hate the isolation not being dead quiet but I like to be aware of my surroundings especially since cars like to try and hit you around campus so I am giving isolation a 5/5 on the Joe scale of meaningless numbers ratings I only use once.


None of the cables have any microphonics and I haven't had time to test the mic on the iphone cable, some complained about the mic getting microphonics but they include a clip for the cable now.


I haven't had much time with headphones past this pricepoint so I can't tell you how they compare to anything more expensive but I can say I prefer these to beats, bose q3's and senn hd 555's, all of which friends own but they let me testdrive. Sidenote: I didn't notice much of a different from break in but I didn't take many notes around this time



For reference, I listened to a huge assortment of Dream Theater, Steve Vai, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Blues Bros, Paul Gilbert, Soundtracks (LOTR, Inception, hyrule symphony), Guthrie Govan, Animals as Leaders, Victor Smolski, Victor Wooten, Super Bass (the group not the song), Marcus Miller, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and some hip hop and pop songs I had friends send me. (Can you tell I like raw guitar and bass? haha)


I mainly listen through my ipad or iphone with either high bitrate music or, if I can, apple lossless files. I have a biosciencegeek cmoy and I noticed the bass comes out a little more but seems to be slightly bloated with the cmoy; however, the amp is tailored to my custom 3's so don't think amping these are "bad." I don't think they need amping though. On my desktop I have tested with my audio card and also my m-audio recording interface as a DAC. I think the m-audio makes things a little clearer but nothing too noticeable. I can't really comment on how these sound with expensive DAC/Amps but I wanted to mention my small findings.



Lastly, the looks... if natalie portman was a headphone, the m-80's would be it (or her, whichever way you look at it). These things are classy and wild at the same time, very expressive too if you get some custom shields. The carrying case is a work of art in itself as well, it almost reminds me of a romanticised H.R. Giger piece. Also like I said before the build quality is very very good which only adds to the sexiness of the phone. I hate when headphones have that fingerprinty hard plastic nonsense. I'm more of a metalhead myself (pun intended)


Overall I am very very impressed and feel like a more complete person just owning a pair haha. The main drawback to these is if you are like me and just starting out in the audiophile world it will make you lust for more; however, every time you look or listen to these you will remind yourself you don't need anything better... well until you are out of school and a rich audio-whore.

I can't wait to check out the m-100 once they're released (and once I have some damn money, college makes me poor haha). Who knows maybe V-moda will give a few test pairs out to some lucky folks here on head-fi and maybe I'll be one!




I hope you guys enjoyed my quaint review, I may have some mistakes or poor grammar here or there but I have a slight migraine and just realized it is 3am so I should probably be asleep. I seemed to have lost track of time listening to my headphones!

Edited by Jzbass25 - 1/20/12 at 12:19am
post #869 of 2828
Originally Posted by kingice10 View Post


Then suddenly my folly was cut-off with someone on another queue wearing a LCD2 on his ear. wat the...?! blink.gif


post #870 of 2828

They actually are good for isolation if your just walking around town. They would be twice as good at isolating if the three vents were covered because when I cover them Things get noticeablyquieter and the sound doesn't SEEM to change to ME. I'm thinking about just covering them if it ends up bugging me that much. 

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