V-MODA M-200: Official Impressions & Reviews Thread
Aug 10, 2020 at 12:00 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 153

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Since our inception in 2004, V-MODA has been committed to developing and delivering high-end, high resolution audio experiences through headphones in our own unique style. Often, that means experimenting with new hardware and methodologies to integrate with our engineering and design practices. This was true of V-MODA in 2004 and it remains true today, now with a turbo-boost thanks to our partnership with Roland.

With the M-200, we developed an entirely new sound profile compared to what we had typically built our headphones around: Live performance sound, the club DJ experience, real power and adrenaline. M-200 was our response to what music is becoming now: DJs are no longer just live performers but are also often the producers behind their own music, and they need the right tool for that production process. For this type of sound profile, we needed to build something new with more of a studio production focus specifically for sound monitoring, recording and mixing process. What we got was truly extraordinary, even by our standards. M-200 possesses a frequency curve that projects higher resolution audio than previous generations of V-MODA headphones but not as it is measured from ‘on’ the ear; This is as perceived from within the ear, resulting in clearer audio and pristine accuracy which set it apart.

Graph showing M-200 right ear frequency response in white and compensated HATS frequency response in red.

Graph showing M-200 left ear frequency response in white and compensated HATS frequency response in magenta.

The magenta & red lines represent the compensated frequency response as measured from within the ear.
Beyond paying attention to the frequency curve our headphones respond to, we also look at four other key areas when tuning our hardware: positioning (panning), dynamics such as volume and sensitivity, reverb (taking into account things like room size or distance from potential microphones), and the listening point, which, for M-200, is about ½ inch from between the listener’s eyebrows.

What about the comfort aspect, you might ask; And practicality? I mean, a headphone is a whole sensorial experience, especially when you’re using it as a serious tool, so almost just as much attention must be paid to the design upgrades, right?

Right. Longer music production sessions naturally demand that a headphone be comfortable and practical – there’s no point in having something sound amazing if you can only stand to have it on your head for 20 minutes. That’s why, with the M-200, we took our classic V-MODA shapes and re-engineered them for studio use. The headband? The same sturdy yet flexible metal core, but now it’s just that little bit wider to more evenly distribute weight. Larger ear cups similarly relieve pressure and contribute to the lack of any single pressure point forming.

Image of M-200 with the cushion removed showing the tilted hi-res ccaw coil 50mm dynamic drivers.

Tilted for your listening pleasure.

We also heard you like magnets and memory foam. So, we put some magnets and memory foam together to create our new, larger replaceable memory foam magnetic ear cushions with a 100% PU leather coating to add to the M-200’s incredibly comfortable fit. We even angled them ever so slightly to make sure that they fit ergonomically to the curvature of your head. Remove the cushions and you’ll see our similarly angled driver, tilted at exactly the right degree to ensure that sound flows directly into your ear with minimal obstacles. We stayed up at night thinking about the M-200’s design. Do you know why? Because details matter. Details make your experience better.

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Form factor & feature comparison overview; M-100 Master vs M-200


We once again want to thank you all for the warm welcome back - we missed being more involved with this community and we’re excited to be a part of it once again. We look forward to reading your comments and feedback as well as seeing awesome photos of your audio gear.

The V-MODA Team

UPDATE (28 September, 2020):
Hey everyone, just wanted to post an update here as well -- We just launched our new hardware review program which will feature the M-200 in this flight.

Apply to join here: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/v-moda-hardware-review-program.943472/
 
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I've always loved the look of the V Moda's but never gotten around to listening to one, I think the M-200's might be the ones!

Any chances V Moda will be venturing in to the Video Gaming industry? I mean, you guys have the Mic's and headphones available but not in one complete package!

Would be pretty to cool to see a M-200 with Mic attachment! ;D
 
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I've always loved the look of the V Moda's but never gotten around to listening to one, I think the M-200's might be the ones!

Any chances V Moda will be venturing in to the Video Gaming industry? I mean, you guys have the Mic's and headphones available but not in one complete package!

Would be pretty to cool to see a M-200 with Mic attachment! ;D

Hey volly, thanks for the feedback! More and more people are using them for communication online whether for virtual meetings, for playing games, or for streaming. A must-have combo for sure. We have seen great success with the BoomPro microphone and it's definitely something we have considered; At this time however, I don't really have any other news I can share, sorry! I'll just say stay tuned for now! :)

Side note, what games are you playing at the moment? I've been playing a lot of Warzone recently on PC.
 
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Hey volly, thanks for the feedback! More and more people are using them for communication online whether for virtual meetings, for playing games, or for streaming. A must-have combo for sure. We have seen great success with the BoomPro microphone and it's definitely something we have considered; At this time however, I don't really have any other news I can share, sorry! I'll just say stay tuned for now! :)

Side note, what games are you playing at the moment? I've been playing a lot of Warzone recently on PC.
Apex Legends, CSGO, Valorant, sorry but I couldn't get in to Warzone (just not my jam!). Also Discord chats are pretty much the norm for me when I'm gaming nowadays!

I'll be definitely add the M200's to the list as I can source it local from the Musio store near me!

What's up with the driver in the M200, supposedly material source from Japan? CCA driver?
 
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Apex Legends, CSGO, Valorant, sorry but I couldn't get in to Warzone (just not my jam!). Also Discord chats are pretty much the norm for me when I'm gaming nowadays!

I'll be definitely add the M200's to the list as I can source it local from the Musio store near me!

What's up with the driver in the M200, supposedly material source from Japan? CCA driver?

Apex Legends is a fun one too! I just got burned out after playing so much of it hahaha. I played Caustic and Lifeline a lot. For your sourcing question, I'd have to check with my team to see if I can get you a solid answer on that and for my reference as well. The drivers in the ear are hi-res CCAW coil 50mm dynamic drivers. If I get more info on your first question I'll add it here in an edit :)

I found the cups on my wireless crossfade a bit small, bigger and plusher is the way to go.

I was very much the same with mine, needed the XL cushions. The enhanced size on the M-200 is nice though, for me, I don't have to change a thing for it to fit comfortably. Additional huge plus for me, because I wear glasses a lot when doing computer work, the material in the ear cups in the M-200 don't give me that pressure on the sides of my head I have gotten with a lot of other headphones in the past.
 
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Unfortunately to me the M200 is a list of opportunities not taken... while the magnetically attached pads are nice and the wider opening welcome, they are much too shallow. The case is much harder too use (just a tad too small), but not as strong as the older one. But my biggest problem is the sound: sorry to say, but it's neither the fun V-Moda signature nor a reference/balanced one... upper mids sound strange (voices especially), bass does not reach deep enough for my taste and overall it's always so in-your-face, maybe due to the negligible distance between ear and driver. I was really looking forward to this one, but I have to admit it rather turned me off. If at all I prefer the M-100 Master, but that one is not really comfortable either. At least it's fun though...
 
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Unfortunately to me the M200 is a list of opportunities not taken... while the magnetically attached pads are nice and the wider opening welcome, they are much too shallow. The case is much harder too use (just a tad too small), but not as strong as the older one. But my biggest problem is the sound: sorry to say, but it's neither the fun V-Moda signature nor a reference/balanced one... upper mids sound strange (voices especially), bass does not reach deep enough for my taste and overall it's always so in-your-face, maybe due to the negligible distance between ear and driver. I was really looking forward to this one, but I have to admit it rather turned me off. If at all I prefer the M-100 Master, but that one is not really comfortable either. At least it's fun though...

Hey Plakat, thanks for taking the time to share your feedback and experience here too with your setup; What you describe is definitely not the sound we expect from M-200. I'll DM you.
 
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Wow these are pricey for what they are. I've been looking for a closed-back but would have to order some sort of custom 2.5mm cable to play nice with my HiBy R3 Pro, or any balanced source for that matter. @AndrewY What DAP/Phone/Dongle uses 3.5mm balanced? Include a 2.5mm cable and I'd buy.
 
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Hey Plakat, thanks for taking the time to share your feedback and experience here too with your setup; What you describe is definitely not the sound we expect from M-200. I'll DM you.

Yes, it left me a bit puzzled. Which is why I kept rather quiet until now. Thanks for reaching out, much welcome.
 

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