Originally Posted by djsquared
*edit* It's insane to me that this thread has nearly 1500 posts for being about a product that isn't yet released! Compare with the M-80 thread that has only a couple hundred more posts... I think this product release is going to boost V-MODA to a new plane of existence here on Head-Fi and elsewhere!!
MODERN ROMAN FORUM
I am so AMPED about the input of everybody as we also are vocal about our Italian "Roman" heritage, so in this spirit it is amazing to have a modern forum. Trust me, EVERY one of these thousand posts is running through our team's heads and makes this the first semi-open source headphone for the people as we put all the feedback into the product development. The customer is truly #1 and I am a customer myself with you!
As I discussed with Jude, even if we cannot make M-100 appease ALL of the users here that gave input, I'll be sure to make other products that are bulls-eye for the others in the long-term. I don't believe in the user tuning of the product as it always compromises something, but I can make models with radically different sound curves and we are experimenting with our flagship Revolver (which is now 8 years in the making).
DON'T GET TOO HIGH
No matter what, I cannot make the highs spiked as some other brands do, and we never will above 8kHz. As you may know from our own response curves, labs and Fletcher-Munson research that the perception of highs is also relative to the volume that the user is listening. Therefore, V-MODA always keeps the highs flat and let the user EQ as necessary to prevent hearing loss. We also never test if we are sick or not feeling 100% as this is critical in perception. In fact this delayed M-100 over a month as I was not feeling 100% for a while so I had to wait it out until my audiogram was up to par.
Our team does audiograms a few times a year, and we know if we have hearing loss. It is ESSENTIAL for us ALL that as we get older or are exposed to NIHL that we check our own hearing, get our ears cleaned and EQ if necessary vs buy a headphone that is EQed falsely to our needs. Tuning the headphone for a wide age group without hearing loss is essential for all of our listening enjoyment vs killing the ears of kids. EDIT - Also, like Fine Wine we must make sure our drivers are consistent so that we don't spike highs on a single unit. We strive for <2dB variance which is VERY VERY VERY tough to do in mass production. Some headphones have up to 15 or even 30dB variance from unit to unit. It is astonishing as this even happens with high end brands.
Having said that, the highs of M-100 are "brilliant" and extend very far. In fact, one of our beta M-100s was ABSOLUTELY flat past 30kHz!
Edited by valkolton - 5/23/12 at 11:54pm