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Upgrading From V-moda M80. Which to choose: M100 or momentum?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Since the M80 are the first audiophile headphone I own, this is what I can tell to describe my personal taste.

 

I love the m80 a lot, though I tend to love boosting the bass and tremble on the EQ. I find the m80 might sound somewhat thin sometimes especially during outdoor use. I guess I'm not that much of a bass head however. I don't listen to hip-hop or rap, but mostly pop and sometimes acoustic, sometimes electronic also but not a lot.

 

How do the m80 compare with m100 and momentum? I prefer the m100 for the looks and build and cheaper value, as well as my personal love towards v-moda. But sound quality is what I care most for headphones. I commute quite a lot so sound isolation is also something.

 

I'm not trading my m80 away, this is more like purchasing an upgraded headphone for primary use but I might as well use the m80 sometimes as well.

 

Thanks~

post #2 of 12
I personally think the momentums sound better but I think you'd like the m100 better. The m100's have a more V shaped sound than the m80 and definitely don't sound thin. You'd appreciate the good looks and v-moda grade build quality. Happy listening! smily_headphones1.gif
post #3 of 12

Really, you've basically spelled out exactly that you want the M100. The M100 is basically an around ear M80 that can fold and has boosted bass and treble. And of course, you retain the good looks, build quality, accessories and I agree about V-Moda as a company. Sounds like you should go with the M100.

post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys. I've just got a chance to visit the sony store and tried on the mdr-1r. The amount of bass is quite about right for me. I also like the 1r's faster bass more in comparison with the m80.

 

How does the 1r compare with the m100 and momentum? Since I don't really listen to any rap and similar genres which the m100 seems to excel at most. And although I do love tuning up the bass and tremble sometimes on the m80, I occasionally find that too much bass on some songs and would eq it back to flat. Very rarely, I would keep the tremble boost though.

 

I wonder if the m100 would be too bassy for me. I ask this because it seems that many people are complaining that the m100 bass is too exaggerated. 

 

Also, how well do each of them work with the eq? (1r, momentum, m100)

 

thanks guys

post #5 of 12

Ah, well in that case you'd probably find the permanent MEGA BASS EQ of the M100 to be too much. Really, if you've tried the 1R and you were pleased with it, that seems like a good option.

post #6 of 12
I never tried the 1r but always wanted to. If you like the 1r get the 1r. Also the m100 has noticeable more bass than the m80 so if you liked the faster bass get the 1r.
post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 

lol, the 1r build quality is a big turn off for me though, which is why I didn't mention it since the start. I'm just so spoiled by v-moda. This is also why I ask about how they work with the eq. I don't mind tuning the eq around if the headphones scale well with it.

 

By " permanent MEGA BASS EQ“, does it mean that the m100 doesn't work too well with the eq?

post #8 of 12

Here's some graphs that can help you make a decision. It's measurements for the headphones, but the main one you'll be interested in is the Frequency response graph, which essentially shows how much bass, mids and treble each headphone has.

 

Here's the graphs for the M80 and M100:

http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/VModaM80.pdf

http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/VModaM100.pdf

 

As you can see, the bass on the M100 is much more boosted over the mids than in the M80, and there's a treble spike at 10'000Hz in the M100 that isn't really there so much on the M80. So, really, I think it'll be too uneven and v-shaped for you compared to the much more smooth and even M80 which you like so much.

 

Now compare the M80 to the 1R and Momentum.

http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/SonyMDR1R.pdf

http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/SennheiserMomentum.pdf

 

As you can see, they have much more comparable levels of bass and treble to the M80. The 1R has comparable amounts of bass to the M80, as you noted. The Momentum looks comparable, too, so if you have the chance you should try that as well to see if you like it. However, since you've tried the 1R and liked it, that's a pretty safe bet. There's no bones about it though, the M100 is much less even than the other three, and will definitely be the poorest all rounder by a noticeable margin. 


Edited by HeretixAevum - 10/7/13 at 6:48pm
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by LimeCoke View Post
 

lol, the 1r build quality is a big turn off for me though, which is why I didn't mention it since the start. I'm just so spoiled by v-moda. This is also why I ask about how they work with the eq. I don't mind tuning the eq around if the headphones scale well with it.

 

By " permanent MEGA BASS EQ“, does it mean that the m100 doesn't work too well with the eq?

 

You can still EQ it, I just mean that it's very bassy from the getgo, and will always sound that way without EQ. 

 

If build quality is a high priority, the Momentum has reportedly great build quality. I especially like that is uses real leather.

post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 

wow! Thanks a lot for the graphs. I have been looking for them for quite a while. Hmm......I'll see if I can find the momentum for test drive, which should be relatively easy. Too bad that there's no v-moda headphones around. I just wonder how their 60 days test drive guarantee program works.

post #11 of 12

Hi everyone,

I would like to resurrect this thread be cause I am in search of a small sealed headphone with idevice remote/mic of good quild and sound quality.

I was interested in the sennheiser hd25alu and hd26pro but the fact that they dont have a remote or mic is a problem for me.

So I am now thinking about the momentum onear or the vmoda m80. I think the m100 would have too dominant bass for me and am a bit afraid of this with the momentum onear as well.

Has anyone compared the momentum onear with the m80 and can give me a description?

Is the m80 available outside of the usa as well or do you have to order from vmoda directly?

Are there any other options htat i might consider? This market seems small if you want portable sealed good quality sound and looks.

Is it true that the m80 will soon be discontinued?

Thanks,

Greetings, Anouk,

post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 

V-moda has come up with the new product (Vmoda XS), which is a direct upgrade from m80. I have never heard it myself but many people have said that it generally sounds a little better than the m80 and is much more compact and more comfortable. The XS has the same fold mechanism as the m100 does but is on ear. Val said the XS isolates better due to the better headband design. Price is basically the same as the m80 when it was launched. You maybe able to get the m80 much cheaper now but I guess you should consider the XS as well.

 

In comparison with the on ear momentum, I would personally choose m80 myself. The on ear momentum may sound a bit harsh on the highs and is generally less pleasant than the m80. 

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