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post #241 of 747
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Anyone know where to get the XS in Canada? Thanks:)

Yes. Try headphonebar. The have free shipping.
post #242 of 747

so far enjoying my xs! this is just my early impressions so far 

 

but here it is, some of which is probably been said  before but  i will say it again

 

it looks like the m100 or the m100 looks like it but it sounds nothing like it 

 

both are incredible in their own right

 

but something i want to disagree on with others is the fact that its "neutral" its not neutral by any means to me

 

its not even on the edge of being bassy its like smack dab in that territory

 

is it bassy heavy? nope thats the m100s job

 

so far i find that they have a different emphasis in their bass

 

the m100s has more emphasis on the subbass, still punchy but in terms of sheer punch the xs beat the m100 in that but the xs lack that subbass rumble (more mid bass punch >subbass) but still has good extension down there when needed

 

the treble on the xs is not as extended or as sparkly as the m100 which i think makes the sound stage more closed and intimate ( i love the sparkle on the m100s)

 

but the mids omg (the mids especially vocals (both male and female) are so clear and liquid, and natural its ridiculous! i've listened to gear with strong mids mostly iems (re400, gr07 be) but vocals are just sublime on the xs, i love listening to my pop music with female vocals especially. its like honey but  for my ears =) 

 

mind you its forward especially the vocals so the rest of the mids hang back a little bit, but guitar riffs are great, piano sounds great!

 

the m100s mids are good not great id say are clear but i feel that they are more laid back and that its not as natural sounding as the xs  being a bit overshadowed on the bass and treble on the m100s

 

soundstage the m100s win at that in terms of width and depth 

 

the xs are good for on ears in terms of soundstage but the m100s is just bigger

 

have i heard larger soundstage ? yes but rarely on closed headphones like the both the vmodas which i find are standouts in that regard

post #243 of 747
Thread Starter 
got my XS today. You can't compare the XS to the M100 because they're entirely different. I don't have enough time with the xs to make a review / impression, stay tuned.
post #244 of 747

Damn these XSs are tiny!

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Is this your new "stand up" look?
post #246 of 747

No. More a "trying to get cast as a stockbroker" look. I prefer to do stand-up in my normal garb.

post #247 of 747
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No. More a "trying to get cast as a stockbroker" look. I prefer to do stand-up in my normal garb.

Nice but a bit too formal.  I think it needs to look a bit more mathematical, lose the tie perhaps?

post #248 of 747

I've got a much fatter neck than you.  Wonder if wearing the XS as pictured is going to allow blood flow to my brain!

post #249 of 747
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Nice but a bit too formal.  I think it needs to look a bit more mathematical, lose the tie perhaps?

Hollywood. It's about ties in Hollywood. I hate ties.

 

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I've got a much fatter neck than you.  Wonder if wearing the XS as pictured is going to allow blood flow to my brain!

Guess you'll have to upload your test results with that one. :p I almost don't notice them on my neck.

post #250 of 747
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Originally Posted by SpiderNhan View Post
 

Damn these XSs are tiny!

 

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Originally Posted by DrSheep View Post
 

Nice but a bit too formal.  I think it needs to look a bit more mathematical, lose the tie perhaps?

i think having the tie is fine, its just the choice and the style of the tie is a bit off, maybe try a thinner all black tie? the shade of the brown and the design doesn't really fit with the overall ensemble

post #251 of 747
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I've got a much fatter neck than you.  Wonder if wearing the XS as pictured is going to allow blood flow to my brain!

actually i think my neck is a bit on the wider side too they fit fine but because of the elongated shaped of the headband theres a bit of a gap behind my neck (when its around my neck) and the sides of my neck actually rubb against the sides of the headband

 

is it a bit annoying? yes but not a deal breaker

 

you can always flex the headband outwards if you want to alleviate this 

 

i already did a bit because on my head i have these two edges on the back side of my head and the headband was a bit too "slimming" and would rubb against the two edges of my skull

 

to give you a visual comparison think of a inverted triangle with the two edges on the top and 3rd point pointing downwards. my heads odd i guess 

 

but thats the great thing about vmoda headbands, you can flex them till they fit =)

post #252 of 747
Thread Starter 
Can't wait to amp these cans. I'm buying the Verza, so nothing could compare biggrin.gif
post #253 of 747
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Originally Posted by Tom22 View Post
 

so far enjoying my xs! this is just my early impressions so far 

 

but here it is, some of which is probably been said  before but  i will say it again

 

it looks like the m100 or the m100 looks like it but it sounds nothing like it 

 

both are incredible in their own right

 

but something i want to disagree on with others is the fact that its "neutral" its not neutral by any means to me

 

its not even on the edge of being bassy its like smack dab in that territory

 

is it bassy heavy? nope thats the m100s job

 

so far i find that they have a different emphasis in their bass

 

the m100s has more emphasis on the subbass, still punchy but in terms of sheer punch the xs beat the m100 in that but the xs lack that subbass rumble (more mid bass punch >subbass) but still has good extension down there when needed

 

the treble on the xs is not as extended or as sparkly as the m100 which i think makes the sound stage more closed and intimate ( i love the sparkle on the m100s)

 

but the mids omg (the mids especially vocals (both male and female) are so clear and liquid, and natural its ridiculous! i've listened to gear with strong mids mostly iems (re400, gr07 be) but vocals are just sublime on the xs, i love listening to my pop music with female vocals especially. its like honey but  for my ears =) 

 

mind you its forward especially the vocals so the rest of the mids hang back a little bit, but guitar riffs are great, piano sounds great!

 

the m100s mids are good not great id say are clear but i feel that they are more laid back and that its not as natural sounding as the xs  being a bit overshadowed on the bass and treble on the m100s

 

soundstage the m100s win at that in terms of width and depth 

 

the xs are good for on ears in terms of soundstage but the m100s is just bigger

 

have i heard larger soundstage ? yes but rarely on closed headphones like the both the vmodas which i find are standouts in that regard

Very nice post, this.

 

I went back to listen to the XS and compare to the M-80 to see what is similar and what is different.  I think Tom22 is right about the bass -- it definitely is elevated like that on the M-80.  It isn't a huge bass boost like what the M-100 gives, but it is definitely there.   

 

I am thinking now that the main changes in sound Val made in going from the M-80 to the XS are in the treble -- perhaps smoothing it out and elevating the response above 10kHz.  The mids and bass were probably not changed much at all.  That is good for me, as I can use parametric EQ to tweak the bass and mids.  

 

Right now, I am using the following settings in Rockbox to "neutralize" the XS:

 

Band 1:  110Hz center frequency, a reduction of (-4) dB, and a Q of 0.3.

Band 2:  670Hz center frequency, a boost of +3 dB, and a Q of 0.8.

 

Getting Rockbox to allow the ultra-low Q value of 0.3 means editing a saved preset, but it is pretty easy in disk mode if I connect the player to the computer.

 

With those settings, the XS has a very nice sound to it.  It is a bit less exciting than the stock sound, but definitely more neutral -- great for orchestral and jazz ensembles.   It still has the low frequency rumble for those tracks that have it, too.   

post #254 of 747
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Damn these XSs are tiny!

 

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You're not joking!!I I had to scroll through your pix twice to find it. For the moment I thought you were jesting!

 

I agree that the M-100 and XS are just different. Personally for me, I'm looking forward for the XS for summer use 'cos the M-100 is too hot for the then.

post #255 of 747

Guys,

 

I've joined the forum last year just to figure out my next closed pair of headphones which turned out to be Beyerdynamic DT-770 PRO 80 Ohm.

These ones helped me out vastly at night gaming sessions on weekends thanks to closed can design.

 

Now I'm planning to enroll to the gym but these cans are too bulky and cord is quite lengthy to stick them around, so it will just look abnormal.

So, thanks to recent news from V-MODA looks like I found another pair of nice cans which can be brought to the gym without any hassles.

 

Please tell me are these cans bassy enough? What type of music is meant to be played in these ones?

How do you see them fit in gym activities? Won't cord be long enough or are there any other points I should take a look at?

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