Did you buy the headphones from Amazon, or a 3rd Party seller on Amazon that sells refurbished items? Because that is NOT how V-MODA ships them.
I bought them directly from amazon with amazon prime and Saturday shipping. http://imgur.com/UPTX9IY
I don't blame V-MODA, I think it was a previous amazon return.
After playing with it since yesterday, I noticed that the left wingplate seems to be squeaking whenever I adjust the ear cup. It isn't a big issue, but I have slight OCD in that I want everything to be relatively the same. Will tightening the screws on the wingplate fix the squeaking? I don't want to do anything before asking since I've read of people cracking their wingplates and such by doing so.
On another note, is there a specific name (or measurement) for the size of screwdriver that's needed for the wingplates? The ones available to me don't fit so it looks like I'll need to grab one somewhere.
Well then, I just checked my wingplate...... :|
The #0 Phillips screwdriver I use seems to do the job.
DON'T TIGHTEN THEM TOO TIGHTLY.
I don't have any issues with my Shadow M100's, and I'm not very gentle with them. The headband material seems quite durable as I haven't noticed any wear, but I can't make comparisons.
I have had the V-MODA V-80, which has the suede Shadow headband, for almost 2 years now and there is no noticeable wear on them beyond some light discoloration. The faux leather headband on my White M-100, which is my replacement pair I got in January of this year, already has spots which have worn through into the foam padding. I fixed the tears with liquid leather.
I should add the caveat that I use my M-100 a lot more than the V-80. It's mostly a comfort issue, although I still enjoy both. Although I've owned the V-80 longer, I've probably given about equal head-time to both headphones.
They perform well enough. It won't completely isolate like a pair of IEMs will, but I use my M-100 daily on the subway and, with the exception of obnoxiously loud people, the high-pitched squeal of brakes or the boomy rumble of old train wheels upon older train tracks, you'll be able to enjoy your twerking videos in relative peace.