Originally Posted by elnero
I was like you, I avoided V-Moda because they seemed a little too fashion oriented to be taken seriously.
Aye, but I really should know better by now. Forming a blanketed bias based on a small sampling or selective attributes has proved foolish time and again... whether it be an audio-related purchase or otherwise. I don't mean to drag this thread further off topic, but years ago I was looking to segue from a gas-guzzling SUV to a more economical/practical vehicle. I test drove several sedans, coops, and hatchbacks coming away unsatisfied with all of them. They all felt very confined and uncomfortable to me. I then found myself at a Toyota dealership after closing looking at Camrys. Sitting next to one was a Scion XB, a car that I always thought looked "stupid" and was "for kids." I don't know why, but I decided to pull on the door handle anyway and it was open. I sat inside and was immediately stunned by the headroom and upright seating position. I shut the door, grabbed the steering wheel, and it just felt right. The next morning, I took one for a test drive and immediately signed on the line when I got back. 30K miles later and I still love my car... and I see more grandmas than teenagers driving them.
Point being, putting the blinders on due to (baseless) initial turnoffs is an idiot's game. Aesthetically, I've already stated that the M-100 and V-MODA's general approach to design doesn't hold much appeal to me. Still, while I have a tendency to prefer low-key to stylized, I have to admit that I am warming to what they have to offer in the physical sense. I've already stated my appreciation for a matte black option as I find it both more elegant and functional (i.e. not a fingerprint magnet) than gloss, but the hexagonal pad design is actually pretty damn smart. Not only does it set their products apart from the competition in an immediately recognizable way, but it's also akin to oval pads that I find to be more intuitive and hassle-free than completely round designs. With a phone that has large circular pads like my K550, there's a lot of leeway on how I can wear them and my ears' positioning within the pads directly correlates to driver placement relative to my ear canals. Different positioning affects the sound to a degree. When the pads are smaller and shaped more closely to conform with the ear, the guess work is at least somewhat taken out of the equation. Furthermore, and this is a very personal note, there's a part of me that does enjoy the "industrial" look of these. After all, Einstürzende Neubauten (Silence is Sexy, in particular) is the band that I credit for first filling my ears/head with something wholly new thereby sparking my musical interest/passion. Damn... I just realized that was over a decade ago.