Originally Posted by SpiderNhan
Just some quick impressions of the XS from my day with them yesterday.
Since the discomfort issues of the M-80 have been fixed you can just enjoy the music and let the headphones become a part of your head. For subway use they are adequate, but will not isolate enough for the really loud sounds like screeching subway wheels, crying babies, breakdancers or panhandlers. Even a really loud conversation next to you will interfere with your musical bubble. On the bus they fare better.
roma101 and dbdynsty25 have reported that the clamping force is lighter than the M-80, but IME it's about the same. Then again, my head is pretty big at the top and I had to stretch the crap out of my V-80's headband to get rid of the pain. For the record I use all 11 clicks of the ear cup arms on my V-80 and only 9 clicks on my XS. Despite the clamping force being the same with both models, the XS is infinitely more comfortable as I wore it yesterday for around 3 hours and experienced no pain. I cannot claim that with the V-80 even though I've had it for over 2 years. There was some mild pressure discomfort, but nothing close to pain. Just a feeling that there's some pressing against my ear. Oh, and I wear thick, black-framed glasses.
I won't give any more sound impressions until the end of the week. For now I'm exclusively using my XS and abstaining from the V-80 and M-100 until I'm sure I've gotten the sound signature imprinted on my brain. After that, I'll be able to give a clear review.
thats so odd spidernhan i'm listening to my xs right now,
i'm using them at 4 clicks (is my head small =0) and yes they go all the way to 11 clicks
i've never heard the m80 so i can't compare but these are by far one of the most comfortable on ears i ever tried (i own the noontec zoros and they are very comfortable too, and lighter by far, but made of cheap plastic, looks so fragile in comparison)
and they seal perfectly while being so comfortable
i also own the m100s and i find even though these are on ears they're more comfortable so far (the very top of my ears touch the drivers on the m100 slightly) and my ears barely fit inside the m100s stock earpads (the edge of my ears touch the inner part of the earpads) but oddly its still not uncomfortable (maybe i have higher tolerance =p)
well i just got my xs today i'm heading my first hour or so with them, (which is saying a lot for the comfort, the earpads are even broken in yet and their plenty comfortable!!!) no hot spots on the headband either