Personally I scorn all businesses who prioritize making money over producing quality products. I felt very certain, right before details about the M100 started coming out, that VMODA was in the latter category; I can hardly place them clearly as the former, but I no longer feel so drawn to them on the basis of wanting to actually support the company. And that is something I truly did feel when I realized that it was a family-owned company, and saw the build quality, and heard about the sound quality of their products. I thought they were really trying to do something huge in the audio market and finish what the Beats started, and I thought that taking on a hugely successful company that clearly fits into my former category was something I was willing to use my $250 to really get behind. I'm the kind of HeadFier who goes around showing off my stuff to my friends, and recommending things to my OWN customers if I think they are really a good buy. I had had bad experiences with VMODA products previously, having worked at RadioShack and seen way too many BassFreqs and original LPs returned, or broken after a couple of days, or missing tips out of the package, or God knows what. So, I dunno, I guess I got my hopes up too high; I was really ready to have my mind changed about VMODA, and it has changed a bit, but not as much as I was hoping; I can still think of other products in just about every area that VMODA competes in that I would be more likely to recommend.
As for the M80s, I have no desire for a supra-aural headphone that doesn't isolate; to be honest they look like toys to me...I very much like the look of the LP2 but I find myself severely let down by any phone that markedly emphasizes bass over mids.
As for the amp, apparently it isn't 100% VMODA's. But even without that...the cans costing a full $100 more than the M80/LP2 and requiring an amp is more than enough to keep me away. I could understand if the LP2s were amp hungry; they're DJ headphones, after all. But marketing a product to the masses (which, make no mistake, VMODA is; they sell their products at RadioShack) and expecting them to buy an amp just seems...foolish. Maybe the M100s wont be sold at RadioShack, maybe they are just a sidestep for VMODA into the realm of typical audiophilia; if that turns out to be the case, well, sucks for me I guess. But if Val expects RadioShack salespeople to hustle portable amps alongside the M100, I can say for 100% sure, having worked there, that he is going to be very disappointed.
Originally Posted by skyline315
It also doesn't make it worthy of scorn. It is a perfectly admirable practice as long as the products being released are of high quality and offered at a reasonable price for what they are.
Now, if this supposed amp ends up being of very poor quality and it is forced upon consumers in some way, THEN we have an issue. We have no evidence of either of those things thus far.
As for your personal headphone choice, what was keeping you away from the M80s?