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post #331 of 946

Looking forward to any comparisons. I loved the solid build and solid sound of my M100 when I owned it....but the bass was a bit too much for me.

post #332 of 946
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Originally Posted by Red Jacket Mike View Post

 

On topic, my XS should arrive tomorrow; so far there have been lots of comparisons to the M80, but not much to the M100, other than that the XS will have less bass and be physically smaller.  I'm hoping to switch from the M100 to the XS for the smaller form factor, without having to sacrifice too much in the way of SQ.  At times the M100 are a bit too bass heavy for me, so hopefully the transition won't be too difficult.

 

That is a correct assumption.  If the M100 can be a bit too heavy handed, you're gonna really like the XS.  Sometimes, it is.

post #333 of 946
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I'll agree to an extent.  You'll probably be getting about 85-90% of what the M-80 offers sonically with the XS.  However, then you also add in the Click-Fold collapsable design, dual-inputs (if that matters to you), and improved fit and comfort...  With all that added in, you'll end up getting about 50-75% of what the XS offers with the M-80.  If those aesthetics don't matter to you, then no, I wouldn't pay for the XS unless you could sell your M-80. 

 

I received my XS today, and to me it sounds just like my M80.  100% the same.  Fit and comfort are the same as well - the XS was more comfortable out of the box, but once I bent each to fit my ears they feel the same.

 

The collapsible design is really nice though, and I like the matte black much better than the fingerprint magnet glossy finish of my M80.  All things considered it's a nice upgrade of my favorite portable headphones, but I wouldn't recommend that anyone buy the XS as an audio quality upgrade over the M80.

post #334 of 946
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I received my XS today, and to me it sounds just like my M80.  100% the same.  Fit and comfort are the same as well - the XS was more comfortable out of the box, but once I bent each to fit my ears they feel the same.

The collapsible design is really nice though, and I like the matte black much better than the fingerprint magnet glossy finish of my M80.  All things considered it's a nice upgrade of my favorite portable headphones, but I wouldn't recommend that anyone buy the XS as an audio quality upgrade over the M80.

That's strange. I notice a very slight difference between my V-80 and XS. Mostly with the bass. The XS has noticeably less mid-bass and, to a smaller extent, more sub-bass. Trebles are also a bit airier.
post #335 of 946
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Cheeky ******. U knew exactly what happened to me last night ;-).

On a more on topic note, my XS are on the way!! Thx Val!
post #336 of 946

figured id post this either here or in the other xs thread. i tried my xs on the my commute today (two different types of subways the new and the old trains) in toronto if any torontonians here  you know what i mean

 

on the old trains the everything was louder the wheels screeching the sound of the train moving (oddly there was not one talking or babies crying or anything else

 

on this trip i normally set my volume at 6 on my fiio e6 amp ( at home listening), i had to set it 10, and even then the wheels screeching and the subway moving sound was coming through 

 

i had to use the eq3 (bass and treble booster) to mitigate the background noise as much as possible because i just didn't want to turn up the volume any more  (and wreck my hearing), with no eq the subbass all but disappeared the treble already a bit soft on the top end got cancelled out 

 

so i was basically listening to midbass and vocals (abeit the vocals retained their beautiful lushness) its not the same

 

it made the bass a a bit too thick for my liking with the overly forward lower treble but anyways.

 

i felt if your transit system is old fashion, the xs wouldn't be enough to get you through your commute  (for example new york transit, id say the xs won't help you much)

 

however once i transferred out of the old trains to the new ones (everything was quieter, the wheels bumpping and screeching, train moving all quieter)

 

i was able to lower down to about 7-8 without using any eq (not needed) and most of it came through pretty well (i forget these are on ears, its hard cause i'm use to using iems for so long, especially for commuting)

 

the subbbass came back (well most of it) the midbass was still punchy as before (still feeling the rhythm without turning up), mids were the same (beautiful) the softer treble was coming through much better than before

 

and again on this trip on the new trains, no conversations going on around me, no babies crying)

 

actually in the end there was a couple talking next to me (I heard everything!) the announcements on the overhead for each stop was heard pretty clearly ( if i was perfectly immersed into my music, i probably won't notice. I had to concentrate a bit to hear what stop it was)

 

so if your transit system in this case is on the quieter end it should be okay! 

 

also i tried these while walking around the busy downtown core of toronto from class to class and from school to school (had to go to a different school for a class, 20 min walk)! same at volume 7 on my fiio e6 no problem! it came through better > on the new subway carts! these xs i feel they thrive in the urban environment! i actually feel they sound better walking around in the streets > at home tbh (it made the warm sound signature more neutral) so the bass became more linear to me

 

most of the songs i listened to was pop music 

 

i tried some acoustic music and ballads (aside from walking around downtown, the xs didn't isolate enough to really enjoy listening to them, i guess on the new subway carts, i could give them okay recommendation, just okay though)

 

hope that helps anyone looking at the xs, no one really posted on its isolation yet

 

oh btw after my commute and my walk (which was about 2 -2.5 hours or so my ears still feel okay! so for comfort especially as an on ear headphone they get a very solid recommendation!

post #337 of 946
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Then again, the XS are meant to be a portable headphone for movers, not a completely isolated pair of cans.
post #338 of 946
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Then again, the XS are meant to be a portable headphone for movers, not a completely isolated pair of cans.

 

Well, when they say the on-ears are the new in-ear...  It kind of conveys that notion of isolation as well as portability.  They definitely have the portability thing down, but definitely not the isolation for busy, crowded, commutes.  That still goes better with IEMs. 

post #339 of 946
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Then again, the XS are meant to be a portable headphone for movers, not a completely isolated pair of cans.

Well, when they say the on-ears are the new in-ear...  It kind of conveys that notion of isolation as well as portability.  They definitely have the portability thing down, but definitely not the isolation for busy, crowded, commutes.  That still goes better with IEMs. 
Bah, but I'd rather be able to hear people and have good sound if I'm on the move. If I want isolation, I'd go with my M100s.
Note ---- Isolation on the XS = volume headphones are at and how good of a seal you have. Remember that.

On ears ARE the new in ear, I think. I have a pair of $90-100 earphones (IEMs, courtesy of Val [thanks, val!] because my O Positives broke, called the Remix Remote, also made by V-MODA. The bass is amazing for a little IEM, as well as the isolation, but I'd rather better sound as I said.
The on ear could only be the new in ear if V-MODA and other companies do what Bose did - isolation using vacuums, but V-MODA have a no-battery policy. Half the sound is the fit, which Bose got right. Imagine a mod where V-MODA drivers were put into bose headphones or the vacuum technology was put into a pair of V-MODAs? It'd be droolable and I'd want it, bad.

just my .2
post #340 of 946
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Bah, but I'd rather be able to hear people and have good sound if I'm on the move. If I want isolation, I'd go with my M100s.
Note ---- Isolation on the XS = volume headphones are at and how good of a seal you have. Remember that.

On ears ARE the new in ear, I think. I have a pair of $90-100 earphones (IEMs, courtesy of Val [thanks, val!] because my O Positives broke, called the Remix Remote, also made by V-MODA. The bass is amazing for a little IEM, as well as the isolation, but I'd rather better sound as I said.
The on ear could only be the new in ear if V-MODA and other companies do what Bose did - isolation using vacuums, but V-MODA have a no-battery policy. Half the sound is the fit, which Bose got right. Imagine a mod where V-MODA drivers were put into bose headphones or the vacuum technology was put into a pair of V-MODAs? It'd be droolable and I'd want it, bad.

just my .2

 

 

For isolation and portability in a package, there really is no beating in-ears, they isolate better than over-ears and are more portable overall IMO.  If you don't need total isolation, then these are a great medium, but then again, I'm one to walk around with a full-sized around my ears XD 

 

On a side-note, I wasn't a fan of the Remix Remote when I tried them.  Enjoyed the Vibrato much more.  It's a shame they don't make it anymore :/  I do hope that V-Moda makes another IEM, if they voice it like the XS, it'll be a winner for sure XD 

post #341 of 946
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Bah, but I'd rather be able to hear people and have good sound if I'm on the move. If I want isolation, I'd go with my M100s.

Note ---- Isolation on the XS = volume headphones are at and how good of a seal you have. Remember that.


On ears ARE the new in ear, I think. I have a pair of $90-100 earphones (IEMs, courtesy of Val [thanks, val!] because my O Positives broke, called the Remix Remote, also made by V-MODA. The bass is amazing for a little IEM, as well as the isolation, but I'd rather better sound as I said.

The on ear could only be the new in ear if V-MODA and other companies do what Bose did - isolation using vacuums, but V-MODA have a no-battery policy. Half the sound is the fit, which Bose got right. Imagine a mod where V-MODA drivers were put into bose headphones or the vacuum technology was put into a pair of V-MODAs? It'd be droolable and I'd want it, bad.


just my .2


For isolation and portability in a package, there really is no beating in-ears, they isolate better than over-ears and are more portable overall IMO.  If you don't need total isolation, then these are a great medium, but then again, I'm one to walk around with a full-sized around my ears XD 

On a side-note, I wasn't a fan of the Remix Remote when I tried them.  Enjoyed the Vibrato much more.  It's a shame they don't make it anymore :/  I do hope that V-Moda makes another IEM, if they voice it like the XS, it'll be a winner for sure XD 
Yeah I mean to elaborate
XS are the new in ears if you have the M100 - lighter, smaller.
post #342 of 946
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Cheeky ******. U knew exactly what happened to me last night ;-).

On a more on topic note, my XS are on the way!! Thx Val!

 

Just when I thought that you would hold that temptation off. 

post #343 of 946

I loved IEMs (I even had JH-13s) but the only time I wore them was outside walking.  (I sit working in my home studio all day, so walking is really the only exercise I get).  The problem was I could never seem to get the perfect seal with any of the IEMs I tried.  The JH-13s of course, sealed perfectly, but the micro phonics with each step I took was distracting.  With other IEMs I constantly was adjusting the fit, the cords, etc.; and it wasn't fun.

 

A year ago, I got rid of all my IEMs when I got the M100s--all problems with walking were now solved.  So, now with the XS (which should arrive today) I'm just hoping to shrink the size and improve the fit a little.  It's nice to just put headphones on and go--no worries about constant adjustments, etc.

 

So, yes, I'm hoping that on ears will be the new in ears.

post #344 of 946
Does anyone in the Metro-Atlanta area have the XS's? I absolutely LOVE the design of the V-Moda headphones, but have only had the opportunity of hearing the M-100's at a local Brookstone's. Through their switcher/amplifier the M-100's sounded awful. Very bass heavy and distorted overall. The salesman let me hook them up directly to my iPhone 5 using a Beats cable and the sound was much better, but I still felt the bass was too strong as well as the treble with the mids being a bit too recessed.

For reference, I loved the sound of the PSB M4U-2's in passive mode but I don't care for the design of them at all. Based on what I've read about the XS's I think they might be a little more neutral sounding compared to the M-100's. But I'd love to hear them first. My ultimate wish would be the V-Moda design with something close to the PSB sound.

So if anyone in the area has them I'd love to take a listen sometime!
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