Product Type: Vivanco headphones
Newest Review: ... did at least feel well made. Sadly however, that was not the case. Just after the 30 day refund limit expired, the right 'bud began cutt... more
Too Bassy, Not Well Made
V Moda Vibe Flashblack Chrome
Member Name: DanB7290
V Moda Vibe Flashblack Chrome
Advantages: None really
Disadvantages: Overpriced, poorly made, poor frequency response
I got these as I fancied something which would give much better sound quality on a small budget, and from reading up on various internet reviews, got myself a pair of these. I must stress that sound quality is the most important aspect for me, I don't buy headphones because they look good (a reason why there are no Beats products in my collection these days).
However, these do look pretty good. The "chrome" effect is simply aluminium and in my experience did go a bit dull after a few days of use, but that's not really important. Build quality however, is important, and with a sort of clear plastic coating around the cable, these did at least feel well made. Sadly however, that was not the case. Just after the 30 day refund limit expired, the right 'bud began cutting out intermittently. Then a few days later, it stopped working altogether. I have identified the cause of this to be a loose connection at the earbud end, which could be repairable. However, the cost of equipment needed to repair it probably outweighs the cost of a replacement. Furthermore, the remote button stopped working pretty quickly, not something I expect at this price point.
Now, the sound quality. I was expecting it to be pretty decent. Again, sadly not the case. I can't remember the technical specifications from the top of my head, but it doesn't feel as though the frequency response is wide enough. It does one thing brilliantly though, and that's bass. There is so much of it, that it drowns out pretty much everything else. To try and combat this, I turned the EQ on my iPhone to Bass Reduction. It did reduce the bass a little, so the mids and treble were more audible, but then things got worse. The trebles were way too harsh, and developed what I call hissing. Not the kind where there is a background hissing, as you get with low quality headphones, but whenever an S syllable is made on the vocals, it sounds extremely harsh, almost to the point where I want to claw out my eardrums. So I tried Treble Reduction, and that brought me back to the start; too much bass. There was not a single EQ setting on my iPhone which made these headphones sound right. I appreciate that an iPhone isn't going to give true audiophile quality, but on a set of headphones with a mic, they should sound reasonable with it. And these were no poor quality, 128kbps YouTube rips, these were Lossless format songs.
Final thought is, all things considered these are fairly poor given the price point. If you can do without the mic/remote function, then a set of Bose IE2 earphones will give you much better quality sound for the same money. However, for the more budget conscious, I would recommend Sennheiser CX300, which can be had for less than half the amazon advertised price. If a mic/remote function is required, then the MM30i is essentially a CX300 with that function.
Summary: A poor effort from V-Moda, especially for almost £90.
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