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M-80s Vs Diamond tears? which to choose?

post #1 of 39
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Hi, i was wondering if anyone had compared these two headphones? i'm debating between these two.

 

Why Monster's Diamond tears? (Diamond tears were on sale for a while at $150 from their $300 price tag, i figured id snatch them up if they were ever on such a discount again)--> also heard their easily the best monster headphone produced so far (most neutral, with a slight mid-bass bump)

 

Why Vmoda- m-80s? ( their easily the best portable headphone in terms of all around (sound, build, style, and comfort). 

 

i will be using them straight off my iphone without amp. 

 

my priority is isolation, (for commuting on bus and subway) and sound of course. I was wondering if anyone could give me any insight on either in regards to their sound signature or anything about them.

 

thanks!

 

ps i was wondering if anyone know if the warranty (2 year and the lifetime "immortal" on the vmodas are still valid if you buy them off someone?


Edited by Tom22 - 1/5/13 at 9:56pm
post #2 of 39
well i am not sure about the diamond tears but if they are any better than the dnas well then they are worth it. the vmoda m-80s are great headphones for under 150$. they are also very portable and durable so they can withstand bus and subway clutter.
post #3 of 39

I own both of them. The M-80's sound better overall but are very uncomfortable in my opinion.


Edited by Mheat122134 - 1/6/13 at 8:54pm
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Originally Posted by shiorisekine View Post

well i am not sure about the diamond tears but if they are any better than the dnas well then they are worth it. the vmoda m-80s are great headphones for under 150$. they are also very portable and durable so they can withstand bus and subway clutter.

i'm not as worried about the build, because i currently own the noontecs and i baby my headphones a lot!

 

i was wondering if you had any experiences with the m-80? i heard the vents on the them prevent them from isolating for MY portable purposes. ( i'm not expecting iem isolation but i would like it to the best on ears can get)

 

btw where do you see them for under 150?? i'm from canada i dunno if that makes a differences

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I own both of them. The M-80's easily sound better overall but are very uncomfortable in my opinion.

fantastic! i was wondering if you mind giving me a small snapshot on what they sound like? ie their sound signature, comfort,fit, isolation, and build. ( obviously the m-80 is more durable but i hear the diamond tears is durable in its own right)

 

if i can find the diamond tears on sale again at $150 it'll be a hard decision btw them and the m-80 but right now in mind the m-80s hold an edge.

 

style-wise i think both looks fantastic. ( the diamond tears more flashier, but the m-80 i can see its style being appreciate for a long time)

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Originally Posted by Tom22 View Post

fantastic! i was wondering if you mind giving me a small snapshot on what they sound like? ie their sound signature, comfort,fit, isolation, and build. ( obviously the m-80 is more durable but i hear the diamond tears is durable in its own right)

 

if i can find the diamond tears on sale again at $150 it'll be a hard decision btw them and the m-80 but right now in mind the m-80s hold an edge.

 

style-wise i think both looks fantastic. ( the diamond tears more flashier, but the m-80 i can see its style being appreciate for a long time)

 

They're both bassy cans. but the bass is more boomier on the Diamond Tears (as expected from Monster.) isn't muddy distorting the quality. Like all Monster products the sound signature/main focus is on the bass but the DT have surprisingly good overall clarity as well. But I find that the M-80's surpass them in every other way. Mids shine more and Highs aren't as rolled off. 

 

Comfort I would say the Diamond Tears, because the M-80 barely fits. (Could be because I have a bigger head though.)

 

The Tears isolate better (cups should be able to cover your whole ear.)

 

M80 seems to have to better build I think the DT is mostly plastic.

 

(Please note these are just my opinion.)


Edited by Mheat122134 - 1/9/13 at 11:06am
post #7 of 39
Tom,

Were the DTs $150 from an authorized seller? Am a bit surprised Monster would cut MSRP in half on a headphone that has been received in a mostly favorable light.
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Tom,
Were the DTs $150 from an authorized seller? Am a bit surprised Monster would cut MSRP in half on a headphone that has been received in a mostly favorable light.

yup it was from best buy in canada( online only though). surprised me as well. but i bought the noontec zoros 3 months back but it really made want to pull the trigger.

 

but also it was only the white diamond tears, but thats fine with me i prefer the white over the black 

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Originally Posted by Mheat122134 View Post

 

They're both bassy cans. but the bass is more boomier on the Diamond Tears (as expected from Monster.) isn't muddy distorting the quality. Like all Monster products the sound signature/main focus is on the bass but the DT have surprisingly good overall clarity as well. But I find that the V80's surpass them in every other way. Mids shine more and Highs aren't as rolled off. 

 

Comfort I would say the Diamond Tears, because the M-80 barely fits. (Could be because I have a bigger head though.)

 

The Tears isolate better (cups should be able to cover your whole ear.)

 

M80 seems to have to better build I think the DT is mostly plastic.

 

(Please note these are just my opinion.)

 

 

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Originally Posted by Mheat122134 View Post

 

They're both bassy cans. but the bass is more boomier on the Diamond Tears (as expected from Monster.) isn't muddy distorting the quality. Like all Monster products the sound signature/main focus is on the bass but the DT have surprisingly good overall clarity as well. But I find that the V80's surpass them in every other way. Mids shine more and Highs aren't as rolled off. 

 

Comfort I would say the Diamond Tears, because the M-80 barely fits. (Could be because I have a bigger head though.)

 

The Tears isolate better (cups should be able to cover your whole ear.)

 

M80 seems to have to better build I think the DT is mostly plastic.

 

(Please note these are just my opinion

of course, i'm thankful for your insight. thing is i think my heads not particular large ( on my noontecs there is 10 adjustment knobs and i put it down 4 clicks) soo average i would assume and my ears are about average as well. 

 

i think the dts hinges are metal i think but i see your point....

 

the warranty on the m-80 has me swaying their way, but if they don't isolate enough for my years of schooling and commuting, theres not much point... thats were i listen to most of the music anyway.. ( i dun want something as flimsy as my klipsch image s4i, that looks like it wont last me another year even after being babied) 

 

so its the quest for on ears for me ( iem seem too fragile, over ears too bulky) 

 

i wonder if the Diamond tears could be near audiophile like the m-80s but at i wouldn't pay $300 for that for sure... i'll just have to wait for it to drop

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i'm not as worried about the build, because i currently own the noontecs and i baby my headphones a lot!

 

i was wondering if you had any experiences with the m-80? i heard the vents on the them prevent them from isolating for MY portable purposes. ( i'm not expecting iem isolation but i would like it to the best on ears can get)

 

btw where do you see them for under 150?? i'm from canada i dunno if that makes a differences

Idk if you can find them under 150, uh this is probably the best deal you can get. http://www.amazon.com/V-MODA-Crossfade-On-Ear-Noise-Isolating-Headphone/dp/B005HSDLCO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1357561870&sr=8-1&keywords=m-80+vmoda

 

Also as for isolation I believe they do fairly well, they are a fully closed back headphone and I doubt it will be to loud that they don't isolate you. 

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Idk if you can find them under 150, uh this is probably the best deal you can get. http://www.amazon.com/V-MODA-Crossfade-On-Ear-Noise-Isolating-Headphone/dp/B005HSDLCO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1357561870&sr=8-1&keywords=m-80+vmoda

 

Also as for isolation I believe they do fairly well, they are a fully closed back headphone and I doubt it will be to loud that they don't isolate you. 

 

sorry but your referring to the m-80s the entire post there right? i read somewhere that someone emailed vmoda in regards to the vents apparently it aids in creating a larger soundspace. i guess thats why the diamonds may seem closed. 

 

you wouldn't happen to know if the warranty would still work if you buy it off someone, i see on my local kijiji for about 130 i think or 150, amazon i think is about 170 before shipping and would total to about 200 including import fees. 

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sorry but your referring to the m-80s the entire post there right? i read somewhere that someone emailed vmoda in regards to the vents apparently it aids in creating a larger soundspace. i guess thats why the diamonds may seem closed. 

 

you wouldn't happen to know if the warranty would still work if you buy it off someone, i see on my local kijiji for about 130 i think or 150, amazon i think is about 170 before shipping and would total to about 200 including import fees. 

Yes, and my experiences with the M-80 were that it isolates well. I'm not sure about the vents but I wouldn't be surprised about that being there for soundstage. 

 

As for the warranty if you shoot Vmoda a Email they should get back to you in the next day or so.

post #13 of 39
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Originally Posted by shiorisekine View Post

Yes, and my experiences with the M-80 were that it isolates well. I'm not sure about the vents but I wouldn't be surprised about that being there for soundstage. 

 

As for the warranty if you shoot Vmoda a Email they should get back to you in the next day or so.

thanks for your reply!! i wish i could try the m-80s on to see how they actually sound but being in toronto i've only been able to try the diamond tears.

 

only been seeing reviews about them unfortunately, its hard to drop 150-200 on something i haven't seen or held, if you know what i mean

post #14 of 39

The Diamond Tears is on the warm side while the M80 is on the flat side.

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The Diamond Tears is on the warm side while the M80 is on the flat side.

hi thank you! i subscribe to you on youtube! could you describe exactly what you mean by warm?? 

 

Like the previous post how would you compare the two in terms of clarity, isolation, comfort, durability, etc. i love to hear your take on them. 

 

its too bad i didn't win the m-80 contest you were hosting before

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