Originally Posted by JamesMcProgger
this was intentionally because the cups have no movement, (less movement parts equals to less prompt to break or fail)
most heads are like this \(HEAD)/ hence the angled cups. if you happen to have parallel ears like this |(HEAD)| then you just have very bad luck.
The headband's flexible material and angled cut on the pads also helps it to properly align to your ear angle. I would argue that ergonomics is more important than drivers. As I like to say to my team "the fit is the sound".
Bass = large variance from seal
Mids = angle of driver and reflection on the concha
His = large variance from direction
ERGONOMICS - TIME DOES TELL
I have to pinch myself to not tell TOO much sometimes in case other companies are lurking, but ID changes the ergos and therefore the sound so I guess it's semi-OK. This fit=sound is why legendary headphones cannot be made for mass market in less than 2 years. It's IMPOSSIBLE, so fly-by-night fashion headphone companies do not have time, labs or the $ to do what we do. Look how much time Bose has had, their slogan "better sound through research" is 1000000% true. V-MODA, in fact, started as Kolton Technology for R&D. I tip my hats to Bose, I looked up to them for many years for their ergonomic R&D. Yet remember their first IEM? Even the best ergo/R&D had to recall the fittings, because of TIME TO MARKET.
You can make a headphone sound amazing for one person in a few hours. Yet, to make a SINGLE product adjust to fit and sound nearly the same for many people of different origins/ages takes YEARS of research. In fact, it took >5 years for M-80, 3 years was ergonomics. Yet, even after those years and data I am semi-astonished it sounds like I intended for so many people as I read through this forums true reviews. I always thought through our research we would have to delete some data because of what I call "nice bias", and its hard to fight that since I'm the owner/designer.
"The Greatest Sound for the Greatest Amount of People"* and "Rome Wasn't Built in a Day" is my wallpaper!
edit *that the model targets, considering demographics, environment used, psychoacoustic sound pref, music content, ergos, source devices and many other secret sauce random variables including religious views, carnivore vs vegetarian, sail vs speedboat, brunette vs blonde preferences.. (sic)
Edited by valkolton - 2/4/12 at 10:25am