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Over-Ear item created by AnakChan, Sep 29, 2012
Pros - Strong and detailed bass. Rock solid build quality. Comfortable (with XL Pads installed).
Cons - Stock pads are really thin
(Note - XL ear pads are installed. The sound will be judged based on that.)
These headphones are absolutely fantastic! They have a futuristic look to them that makes any person, in my opinion, look unique. The design and build of these headphones was all made possible by the by the design team of V-MODA, and the vision aspects of CEO Val Kolton. The M100s have a mostly metal construction, mainly in the headband, and the Y- shape connector that is connecting the headband to the earcups. They have plastic built into them, which i assume is to cut down on weight and cost, but it is still very high quality, and i do not see these breaking any time soon. The cables you get are extremely high quality. They are made out of kevlar, and one of them has your one button remote for apple and android devices, while the other one has a built in splitter so you and a friend can listen to the same music source at once.
The headphones come with a very nicely molded hard shell carrying case that has two little pockets inside that you can slide your cables into.
In terms of comfort, these are absolutely fantastic when the XL pads are installed. The earcups completely go around my ears, and they kind of conform to my head shape.
For a portable around ear headphone, these are really great. The bass quality of these is absolutely fantastic. I was actually shocked when i put the XL pads on and heard the bass. I was able to hear an immediate difference between the XL and stock pads. It is like night and day, for me anyway. The headphones overall have an emphasis on the bass and treble, and the mids take a backseat to those particular frequencies, but it is not to a point where the midrange is nonexistent. They have a slight fullness to them that makes you get lost in your own little realm. Talking about the treble, it is not a bright headphone by any means. V-MODA did not want this headphone to be bright in any way, but the treble gives life to rock music and others that have treble forward sounds. It is very rich and crisp, to my ears, and the rest of the frequencies kind of make the headphone worth the $310 or $299 price tag.
Overall, if you are anywhere from, let's say 14 to 35 years old, you will love these headphones. I also highly recommend replacing the stock pads with the XL pads. Thank you for checking out this review!
Pros - Mobile, Durable, Quality Sound, Classy Design, Comfortable
Cons - Sharp Mids
Great for all types of music specially with bass.
If you use an iPod, iPhone or any iDevice, set the Music Setting EQ to Electronic...!!! Perfect sound! Try it to believe.
You can play with the sound by EQ-ing it depending on the type of sound output you like.
This is one of the best thing about the M100, sound output can be adjusted from Equalizer of your music player if you want a different warm smooth sound.
Default sound signature for me is a bit high on Midrange...which I find a bit harsh on my ears however when you try EQ-ing according to your sound preference which for me is "Electronic", The best sound so farrrrr....better than the Sennheiser Momentums Over ear.
You can also choose the headphone 3 classy colors and since I have big ears, changed the original earpads to XL.....Whewww!! blew me away. Comfort, Sound, Foldable, Durable Design (cannot go out of style)
What else could you ask for.... whether DJ-ing or quality music listening, perfecto!
But nothing is better than trying every headphone unit first before buying...choose well!
Pros - Design, build, isolation, accessories, portability, versitility
Cons - Thin pads
The M100 is V-Moda's top of the line over ear headphone for just about everyone, from DJs, to audiophiles, to casual listeners.
Accessories - Clamshell case, 6.3mm adapter, V-Moda Crossfade advertisement, owner's manual, extra headphone jack cover, and 2 cables- one orange with mic and single-button, one black with a headphone splitter for shared music listening. Both sleeved in Kevlar.
One thing I must say, though. V-Moda has made the best cases that I've seen so far that come with a headphone. Not only do they look absolutely fantastic in style, but they're extremely rugged. This is no different here. While it is shaped differently than V-Moda's other cases, like the one for the Crossfade LP, it sacrifices nothing in doing so.
Packaging - when the headphone arrived, I was ecstatic. Of course, that's both due to my true want for this headphone, and the package that it came in. Many headphones come in a rectangular box; not these. The M100 comes in a more of a shape that's true to V-Moda's excellent styling.
The handle to the package is made of an excellent and soft pleather. Before opening, one must cut off a small ribbon that holds the top shut. Then the user can "un-button" the top, and open the case into the world of V-Moda.
Spoiler: Images: Package and All
Build/design - Like all of V-Moda's headphones, these are built like a tank. Industrial.
The cups are high density plastic, and the shields are stainless steel, as is the adjusting frame and folding hinge. It's almost impossible to break these from normal use.
The outer headband is made of a smooth pleather with the standard V-Moda name branded onto it. The inner headband that rests on the head is made of a cloth that is decently cushioning.
The pads are very soft to the touch, but lack a good amount of space. My ears are relatively small and they get cramped pretty easily inside the cups. V-Moda does have their XL memory foam pads, and I plan to try those out sooner or later.
Comfort - I have no issues with comfort. My left ear gets a bit sore after around an hour, but it's hardly noticeable. The headband feels nonexistent, which is surprising, considering the headphone's weight and the headband's lack of good much cushioning.
Spoiler: Images: Misc
Sound - The V-Moda M100 didn't have the initial sound signature that I expected, but nonetheless, it is excellent. It has a V-Shaped frequency response and sound, so bass and treble are boosted.
Bass - Starting with bass, the M100 boasts some of the most excellent bass that I've heard. Of course, it is boosted, but that's beyond the point. The bass gives the headphone a more heavy sound without giving any detriment to the sound in general. Too often, I find a headphone that sounds amazing on some tracks, but when a bass heavy track comes on, they become a muddy tragedy. That's not anything like the M100 whatsoever. The bass is flawless no matter what. When listening to some of my more recent favorite music (Bossa nova, oddly enough), the bass stays where it
needs to, while adding some extra energy to the bass notes as they play. With EDM, most preferably DnB and house, the bass is really energetic and powerful, making many songs much more engaging.
Midrange - I can tell that the M100 was aimed more at consumers than the faithful M80. The midrange is recessed to about the same level that the M50's mids are recessed. This can be a good or bad thing, depending on the user's preference. I don't like it much, personally. To me, it's more noticeable with electronic music over rock and jazz, which is a bit counterintuitive to what I expected.
Treble - Bright and well extended. It's not anything I would call harsh, since it's done very well. Cymbals are highly detailed and energetic. These do make electronic music really fun to listen to. Most notably for me anything from "Furries in a Blender," which is already fun to listen to to begin with.
Soundstage - This region is a bit odd. It's not spacey, nor is it congested. It's immersive to an extent with accurate positioning. It's pretty wide, to say the least.
Overall - The M100 combines tank-like durability, style, portability, and a bass lover's heaven into one package. For DJ applications, I would probably look around before buying this on impulse. Otherwise, take up your impulse and buy it.
Pros - Low impedance, size, can daisy chain,and the durability.
Cons - Sound stage, genere specific, and comfort(replaceable ear pads available.)
The V-Moda M100 is a headphone that will please the average consumer but not please audiophiles.
(Note:This is my review from someone who has had only a few other headphones.)
The V-Moda come with vivid highs and lows with tame but detailed bass.The Mid's could use some work but are not muffled or drowned out and can have this fixed with a simple equalizer. These headphones are not very painful to listen to. Example:when you hear very sharp tss and sis. These headphones come with replaceable shields that you can buy at V-Modas website for 45$ and 20$ replacement ear pads for comfort improvement. This Headphone in my eyes are a good headphone with little or no problems and for the average person this will be a good upgrade and since headphone listening experiences are different for every person because of point of view but to a modern audiophile another good portable headphone but not that great as a home headphone
What the M100s come with
*Share play cable
*One button cable with mic
*2 year warranty
*1/4 millimeter jack
Pros - Durable & fold-able, full mid-range, lots of bass
Cons - Uncomfortable, lack of treble & clarity, too much bass?
Originally published on June 16, 2013
Note: this review is an exact cross-post from post #1 of this thread on Head-Fi, which contains some user discussion on the review that may be relevant to read: http://www.head-fi.org/t/668277/review-v-moda-m-100
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I first heard V-MODA's M-100 at CanJam@RMAF 2012 (in October), where it was "unveiled" for the masses following a long period of pre-hype on Head-Fi. I'd previously owned the M-80 so I was interested to hear the new M-100 at the show, and it sounded very promising. I finally got around to buying my own set back in February and this is my review of them. This review is based on approximately 3 months of ownership (Feb-May '13).
- Source components: Plinius CD-101 (CD player) (Signal Cable Silver Reference power cord, directly into wall), desktop PC w/ headphone jack on Yamaha YSTMS50 speakers, iAudio X5
- Analog interconnects: Emotiva X-Series RCA
- Headphone amplifiers: Burson Soloist, Schiit Magni
- Headphones: Audio-Technica ATH-AD2000 & ATH-ES7, Beyerdynamic DT1350, Fostex TH900, HiFiMan HE-400
- Alison Krauss & Union Station - Paper Airplane
- Carlos Kleiber & VPO - Beethoven Symphonies 5 & 7
- Coldplay - X&Y
- Dave Brubeck - Time Out [Legacy Edition]
- Diablo Swing Orchestra - Sing-Along Songs for the Damned & Delirious
- Gojira - L'Enfant Sauvage
- Jane Monheit - Surrender
- Julia Fischer - Bach Concertos
- Katy Perry - Teenage Dream
- Lee Morgan - Tom Cat [AudioWave/Blue Note XRCD]
- Massive Attack - Mezzanine
- Megadeth - Countdown To Extinction [MFSL]
- The Crystal Method - Vegas [2007 Deluxe Edition], Tweekend
- The Prodigy - The Fat of the Land
- Tool - Lateralus
- Far Cry, Half-Life 2 [Windows]
Pros & Cons
+ Highly durable construction
+ Highly transportable with a convenient hard-shell molded travel case
+ Deep, heavy bass & full mid-range
+ Forgiving of poor-quality recordings
- Very uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time (> 1 hour) due to supra-aural clamping pressure
- Not efficient enough to get loud enough out of portable sources at medium settings
- High lack of clarity, especially in lower mid-range and bass
- Slow impulse response
- Relatively "dark" frequency response due to primarily a lack of treble quantity to counterbalance the mid-range & bass
- Forgiving of poor-quality recordings
Computer & Portable Applications
I briefly tested the M-100 on my PC for Internet video streaming (i.e., YouTube) and some PC gaming (first-person shooters). It turned out to be moderately good for this purpose and provided satisfactory explosions & gunfire effects, though it also had a lack of clarity that affected primarily clarity of multiple simultaneous audio streams, like gunfire on top of ambient effects (water, wind, or other natural/mechanical ambience) with footsteps at the same time (i.e., firing while moving).
I also tested the M-100 on an iAudio X5 DAP (with MP3 files @ 256 kb/s VBR). It sounded ok this way but it was also clearly a step down from my dedicated audio setup, as it lacked general force to the sound in all parts of the frequency spectrum. It also required extra-high volume settings to achieve loud volume—on average 25-28 to sound loud, compared to my JH13 IEMs which were loud at 17-18.
Critical Music Listening
For this review of the M-100, I changed up my usual set of test music CDs and discarded some, replacing them with much newer music from the likes of Coldplay, Diablo Swing Orchestra, Gojira, Tool, and Katy Perry (I'll freely admit to liking her songs, they're catchy and have cool beats!). I did this on purpose for two major reasons: (1) I figured most of the targeted audience for the M-100 would be listening to modern music from the past decade or so, and (2) Too many of my CDs were still stuck in the 90s anyway. They needed updating. I thought it was time to use more recent stuff!
The M-100's sound made me think of it as a consumer-level headphone for the masses. It simply had the sort of sound that I associate as prime for American Top 40-type music—an assertive-sounding signature, with focus on the mid-range & bass, in a somewhat compacted soundstage that placed vocals close-up yet clearly setting up "walls" for some illusion of 3D depth. It was actually really good, probably at its best, with the variety of modern music that I tested it on. It made pop/rock, electronica, & metal sound quite bassy overall, with very good depth, force, and impact. Its mid-range was nicely full-sounding as well, translating to full (but not "forward") vocals & bass guitars, for example. Drums also sounded appropriately "heavy" on it too. The M-100 essentially had a strong, solid, & full/heavy sonic signature overall, with nicely stereo-diverged imaging as well (yet severely lacking in the aspect of an open/airy soundstage). And I just have to say it again, it had bass to spare too!
However, while the M-100 sounded "very good" for general intents & purposes, there was no way that I found it acceptable for "critical listening" or as a serious "audiophile" level headphone. It sounded like a mid-level set of headphones to me and I'd class it as "average", in the company of the $200-$300 mid-level headphones from AKG and Sennheiser, for example. To me its biggest flaws were a lack of clarity, a "slow" impulse response that blurred over fast sequences, plodgy bass (most obvious on fast-paced electronica & metal), and a lack of treble quantity. Add "bloated" bass quantity too—but I viewed this more as a positive than a negative in the case of the M-100, as the high level of bass added to its fun & enjoyment factor. In fact, if it weren't for the bass, I thought the M-100 would've had less going for it.
As far as other types of music, I briefly ran the M-100 through some classical and jazz. Its lack of clarity hurt both genres in particular though, as IMO classical is inevitably dependent on a clear-sounding violin section and jazz is dependent on clearly-audible instrument textures (for brass & bass instruments especially). The M-100's stereo-diverged imaging also made both genres sound the opposite of cohesive, as it effectively took out the "center" part of the sonic image. (This didn't negatively affect any other genres nearly as much.) So while classical & jazz didn't sound ideal on the M-100, they weren't terrible on it either though and were acceptable for non-critical listening. I'd add a caveat here though that vocal jazz (i.e., Jane Monheit) was generally better on the M-100 than instrumental jazz (Dave Brubeck & Lee Morgan), primarily due to the M-100's portrayal of vocals.
Comparison: Beyerdynamic DT1350
The DT1350 wasn't a "better" headphone to me than the M-100, mostly just different. Although it was substantially clearer-sounding compared to the semi-hazy/blurred sound of the M-100, it also had less bass & mid-range quantity that negatively affected electronica, pop/rock, & metal for me. Drums & bass, for example, didn't have as much weight & presence on the DT1350. In fact, when directly comparing the two, I typically found that the DT1350 sounded mid-range- and bass-anemic coming right after the M-100. The M-100, on the other hand, had very emphasized weight, presence, & physicality in comparison.
As far as imaging/soundstage, the M-100 was clearly the more intimate and "forward-sounding" of the two, as it made everything sound close-up, almost in a Grado-like sort of way. It also set up "walls" in the soundstage, which enhanced effects like reverb and helped to make room acoustics stand out, which the DT1350 didn't do as much. Because of this, the M-100 had more consistent illusion of 3D depth between the position of a singer and the back wall of the virtual studio/room. So it had a definite advantage for certain types of music like pop/rock & metal.
I'd be inclined to recommend the M-100 for primarily electric, synthesized, or otherwise "American mainstream" types of music as it had a great type of sonic signature for those, and the DT1350 more for "period" or traditional music like classical, jazz, or acoustic/folk (or even traditional "European" type music to go that far). In other words, general sonic expectations for an American vs German company wouldn't be amiss.
Comparison: Audio-Technica ES7
I've owned the ES7 for a long time (since 2007) and have become so heavily biased to it that it's actually my measuring stick for all other closed portable headphones now. And true to my bias for it, the ES7 was not beaten by the M-100—in fact, I thought the ES7 was superior to the more-expensive M-100! The ES7 had the following aspects in its favor: (1) A "faster" sound, as it had less plodge and faster/cleaner note attack, (2) Higher amount of clarity throughout the spectrum, (3) A more "open" soundstage, and (4) Higher efficiency (or "sensitivity" for the technical term). The ES7 is also my preferred computer headphone, specifically for gaming, as machine guns always sound appropriately "fast" on it. The M-100 simply didn't compare to it in that aspect, as it was just too plodgy-sounding.
For those who also own the ES7 and like how it sounds, I'd recommend keeping it and not "upgrading" to the more-expensive M-100. The M-100 was more of a side-grade (at best) to me than an upgrade. Though the M-100 had a lot more bass than the ES7 and a more full-bodied mid-range, the ES7 was simply more "clean" and "agile" sounding.
I ended up disappointed by the M-100 coming after the M-80. It wasn't really the upgrade I'd been hoping for, and I thought it suffered from the same flaws too. Not to take anything away from it though. At $300, I view the M-100 as great-sounding mid-level closed headphones for listening to any type of mainstream music. Anyone upgrading from iBuds or anything less than about $150 (roughly) will probably find it to be a worthwhile purchase.
I'd probably sum up the M-100 as something of a closed micro-version of the Audeze LCD-x headphones. Not that the M-100 is sonically comparable with the Audeze headphones though, just loosely similar in overall type of sonic signature—i.e., a similar American-type assertive sound skewed towards the mid-range & bass. To put that another way, anyone who likes the M-100 and wants an upgrade without drastically veering away from its sonic signature might want to look into the LCD-2 or LCD-3.
Beyerdynamic DT1350 review: http://www.head-fi.org/products/beyerdynamic-tesla-dt-1350/reviews/10284
V-MODA M-80 vs Audio-Technica ES7 review: http://www.head-fi.org/t/587296/mini-review-v-moda-m-80-vs-audio-technica-es7
Story of my closed portable headphone journey: http://www.head-fi.org/t/235997/how-my-journey-for-closed-portable-bliss-came-to-an-end
Pros - The sound quality and bass is very nice, they are comfortable to wear over long periods of time, the build quality is superb.
Cons - Sometimes vocals get washed out a bit.
I got these headphones off of V-moda's site and i have to say from the second i opened the box to this very moment (i am listening to them as i write this review) i have been very impressed by their over all design and sound quality. I have tested these headphones with all sorts of music and they do perform well across the music spectrum. The bass is very "club-like" so to speak and provides a nice warm feel to most music. The mids are good and the highs flow well with a comfortable and pleasant bass background. I have experienced no distortion at high volumes. In fact, i compared these m100's with my friend's ath-m50's and both sounded very similar with the bass being the major difference (the V-moda's are a little more loose while the audio technicas are more tight). The ear pads are soft and fit well around my ears while doing a spectacular job at isolating outside noise. The accessories the headphones came with include a convenient and cool looking carrying case, extra shields, a mic/button cable and an extra share cable all of which very well made. I am very happy with this product and i highly recommend these headphones to anyone looking for a great looking, great sounding, well built solid headphones with a few extra convenient accessories.
Pros - Clear sound, strong but not-bleeding bass, distinct highs, sturdy and good looking design
Cons - bass vents leak sound easily, pads warm up your ears a lot,
My first ever 'good' headphones which I bought off ebay for £170. Or in other words, better-than-apple-earbuds-and-better-than-skullcandy's, so I can't write much of a review.
Really fantastic. I'm not a basshead but these are pretty damn good for bass but I use these to listen to all sorts of pop, alternative and classical. If you're in a quiet space then the sound really is very sharp and the audio-imaging (closest i can describe it) is so huge, it genuinely blew me away; played my music in a completely different light.
Not so great for anything active, like walking for more than 30 mins straight or sports etc (duh, they're not sports headphones ;D) but really, the pads do warm up your head and ears quite a lot, which kinda causes a little discomfort and sometimes, even after adjusting, the headphones can feel like they clamp a little, but nothing major.
All in all, a great pair of headphones and a good price. (especially for the price I got them for ^^)
Pros - Comfortable, non-fatiguing, portable w/mic and controls, very enjoyable sonic presentation (musical, w/adequate detail)
Cons - Slightly recessed lower mids.
These are not flat or analytical sounding cans, but they are a pretty good slice of the sonic cake for portables. I'm crowning these cans as Electronic Dance Music (EDM) king contenders for sure.
First off, let me say that I love Head-Fi, and I enjoy reading so many impressions of so many pieces of gear. I've learned so much about portable sound over the years thanks to this place and Head-fi has cost me a lot of money (in a good way) too! Thanks to Head-Fi again, I discovered 2 more treasures to add to my growing collection (V-Moda V80 and M100). I typically read way more than I post, but I felt like giving back a bit and offering my impression of the M100 cans I recently bought.
I was really after a portable headphone that offered an overall sound arrangement that was fun, clean, non-fatiguing, yet not lacking in detail so much as to sound muddy or overly veiled in the mids. I had trouble finding what I was looking for until I stumbled upon the M100, which gave me everything I was looking for.
The M100 does NOT have overbearing and fatiguing bass that destroys the rest of your music like Beats do (tried & compared Mixr). The M100's have deep, clean, and plentiful bass WITHOUT over-delivering. I did not find mids and highs getting crushed in the aftermath of bass punch, which was epic relief to me since I like bass, but not the absolutely dominating and overbearing amounts that kill any hope of hearing the rest of your music. I never felt like I was having a sonic tug of war like I did with Beats Mixr headphones, where I know my music well, and I had to struggle to hear subtle pieces I know are supposed to be there. Also here, you get good sub-bass, which is more felt than heard. I absolutely love how these drivers deliver bass frequencies and volume. This bass is not as tight and punchy as the M80, but this is my preference.
I'm enjoying the arrangement of the mid emphasis where it is, which seems to be upper mids, with slightly lowered lower mids. I tried the Sony MDR-1R, which sounded horribly forward in the mids, and artificial IMO. I don't feel frustrated trying to discern anything in the lower mids in this arrangement either, but as others pointed out before me, female vocals really stand out with emphasis to upper mids nicely here. Overall, I love the articulation here and clean presentation that lets me effortlessly pick up inflection and great nuances in female vocals, especially.
Highs on the M100s are about perfect for a portable, and is rolled off at a sweet spot that still gives me a good taste of effects and instruments in the upper spectrum without the fatigue. I think they got this right for a portable setup, and I love listening to these for hours on end without my ears feeling like they have to throw in the towel.
What is interesting about these cans is that I resented paying 300 for them at first, until I discovered that there aren't many other portable choices that offer a combination of competing sound, style, portability, comfort and build quality. These are very good quality cans on the go. I really couldn't find a better pair that offered the same combinations, and I love the inline mic and control buttons on the cable!
These are not analytical, flat cans, no. These are high quality portables with warm, clean, adequately detailed and non-fatiguing sound. Seriously, these are what Beats really should have been in my opinion. And to offer more context to my impressions, it should be noted that I listened to Electronic Dance Music (EDM) extensively, contemporary R&B, soul, reggae, some alternative, rock, and some metal. I like so much music (except most country), but EDM is my favorite, and it sounds amazing on these. I use Neutron as my music player on a Samsung GS4 (hence the desire for portable cans), EQ off, dithering on. I rip my own CDs with Exact Audio Copy to 320 CBR using lame as the encoder. The stock Samsung music player sucks and adds noticeable distortion to the sound.
Finally, I was surprised to hear some people feel that the bass was too heavy... These cans never crushed upper frequencies with bass and the bass is not overwhelming either - it's perfect in my opinion since it has good sub-bass and decent punch, and no distortion on anything I put through them, even at max volume.
Pros - Very powerful headphones, Nice Bass, Crisp Mids and Highs, Great for Djing and listening to music.
Cons - Removable Cable Snaps out easily if pulled, cable could be longer. Not Good for music production.
I bought these to replace a pair of Pioneer HDJ-500 headphones which I mainly used for DJing and everyday music listening. The HDJ's were awesome in terms of sound, but broke in half after less than a year of normal use and hurt my ears if I wore them for too long. So for my next pair I decided I wanted something:
a) with good sound
b) comfortable to wear for long periods of time
The M100's in my opinion nail all three of these pints, plus they look very nice. They also come with a very nice case that you can attach to your dj bag, making them very handy to carry around for gigs. Another plus is the cable which is wrapped with a kevlar enforced fabric making it very durable.
I would deffinitely recommed these headphones for someone who is looking for a good pair that will last. The only thing I don't like using the m100's for is music production. I use a pair of KRK studio monitors during the day, but at night I sometimes resort to my heaphones. The overpowering bass makes mixing confusing with these, which is fair since they are not meant to be studio headphones. I just placed an order for AKG K240's to use with my DAW. Ill let you guys know how they are.
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Pros - Bass, durability, look nice
Cons - midrange, comfort
Comfort is not good at all, bass is pretty good, mids are OK but partially hidden behind the bass and feels like bits are missing due to uneven frequency response, treble sounds very uneven as well with a big spike at 8-12khz with everything else almost inaudible behind this. Overall I do not see what all the fuss is about. They are certainly not bad headphones but they are technically pretty flawed and are not really that good for the amount they cost, it sounds like you are missing a large amount of the sound of the original recording. If they were £100 less then I would say they are very good for the money but at this price, the sound quality and POOR COMFORT does not justify the price tag.