I know this isn't a review, but a comment about audio would be helpful. Any chance of these living up to their "audiophile" billing?

Posted by mattwardfh on March 21, 2006 at 6:17 PM (PDT) Comment 1

They offer extended but detailed bass relative to Apple's earbuds, which have a more noticeable treble bias. If by "audiophile" you're expecting bass detail, you'll be satisfied, but the term is really sort of BS for $50 headphones, especially ones that form no seal with your ears.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on March 22, 2006 at 1:37 AM (PDT) Comment 2

Thanks for the response. I was just curious if they had managed something approaching what you get from in-ear monitors, and it sounds like they don't!

Posted by mattwardfh on March 22, 2006 at 4:55 PM (PDT) Comment 3

I received my v-moda earphones early last week and have been listening to them now for several days. I bought these hoping they would fit the bill for an everyday pair of earphones. I also own several sets of headphones that are much more expensive (UE-5c, Grados, etc.).

These earphones surpassed what I expected and are overall significantly superior to any other bud type earhphones that I have tried. As Jeremy noted, these are not in-ear phones - so as long as you are not expecting UE-5c type sound reproduction in a sealed ear, you will not be disappointed (I bought these specifically because they are not an in-ear model). Even so, they beat my Shure EC2s hands down and are much more comfortable. They are significantly better than the Apple buds, and while looks are not a big concern of mine, they look fantastic.

Bass response is excellent, but very balanced. Jeremy is right on the money here. The sound overall is better than any similar earphones that I have tried. I am still amazed at the quality - what a great surprise from a new manufacturer.

The metal makes a big difference. They are very well made and feel substantial as opposed to the plastic light of the Apple buds. The M-class earphones have that quality feel to them that I look for in the audio products that I buy - something that tells me that they will last and perform over a long period of time.

I agree with the A- rating; they are great everyday phones.

I think these are worth the money, and it won't kill your wallet to replace them (or to buy a second set). One other thought, these are some of the nicest people that I have dealt with on internet orders. Quick response, great communication and follow up. Buying from people who support their customers is a big plus in my book - and these folks want their customers to be happy. I wish more product providers were truly oriented toward customer service like v-moda seems to be.

Jeremy, your rating is consistent with my feelings before your review came out. Maybe I'm learning something from you guys!

Posted by runningman on March 25, 2006 at 4:52 AM (PDT) Comment 4

I've been seriously thinking about picking these up, but I've been really happy with my Sony MDR's. Do you think the Remix'es stack up ?
Also, Jeremy, I think you mentioned that other colours were comming out soon. Do you know if they're going to do a green version? If so, I'd be very inclined to buy some.

Posted by MirandaKali on March 25, 2006 at 9:22 AM (PDT) Comment 5

They look like the cheap 99 cents ear phones @ wal mart! kinda cheap loo- wait! VERY cheap looking!

Posted by LawnBoy on March 25, 2006 at 12:31 PM (PDT) Comment 6

I received two pairs (blue, pink) of V-moda earphones over 3 weeks ago and I have been listening to them ever since.

The audio range is quite good. It easily exceeds the Apple earphones with its deep rich sound and no distortion.

I especially like the rubber border which fits well in my ear as opposed to Apple's all-plastic body.

In short, a great product! I would highly recommend them.

Posted by rgbmagician on March 26, 2006 at 4:06 PM (PDT) Comment 7

Just got my pair today and am listening to them as I type this. All I can say this is the best sounding set of ear buds I've ever bought. I'm not an audiophile (obviously) but rich deep, distortion free bass and well defined highs -- these do that very well IMO.

I have a pair of Etymoitc ER•6 ear buds and did not like them (absolutely no bass) the highs were incredible, however. I've never had any luck with the 'audiophile' ear buds as they always lacked bass. They never sounded as rich or well balanced as my Sennheiser HD515 tukes. Since I'm not an audiophile, this is probably why they don't work for me.

I'm definitely going buy more of these in the near future -- I'm gonna get them while I can. I only hope these guys do really well and keep selling these things for a long, long time.

Great work v-moda!

P.S. they should really make disproportionately more black ones as they are beyond a shadow of a doubt going to sell 10-1 more than the blue or pink. I had to buy the blue as you had sold out of the black ones! smile

Posted by Takeo on March 26, 2006 at 9:28 PM (PDT) Comment 8

Anyone care to comment on how these compare with the Sennheiser 400s or 500s? I'm happy with the Senns, but would move up for a little more "oomph" from the drivers.

Posted by Aceon6 on March 27, 2006 at 9:54 AM (PDT) Comment 9

Anyone Know where to get the regular Ipod Earphones.

Posted by Whitley Bales on March 27, 2006 at 12:23 PM (PDT) Comment 10

I received a pair of v-moda Remix M-Class Earphones and can't say enough good about them. The difference between them and the pair I purchased from the Apple Store is like night and day. I feel like I'm experiencing my music for the first time because there is so much acoustic quality picked up by the v-modas that my other earphones were missing. Hats off to v-moda for caring enough to put this kind of quality into an affordable earphone.

Posted by anniegirl on March 27, 2006 at 1:14 PM (PDT) Comment 11

the BEST place to get REGULAR ipod earbuds.....EBAY....$5 or so for 2 pairs..

Posted by crschol7 on March 29, 2006 at 2:59 PM (PDT) Comment 12

Am I the only one who has done this? I took my Apple buds and fitted my Jabra silicone ear pieces to them and voila - comfortable buds that sound great. Jabras came with my cellphone, but retail for about $20.

Posted by rverginia on March 29, 2006 at 3:09 PM (PDT) Comment 13

cool earbuds

Posted by Moshman on March 29, 2006 at 7:07 PM (PDT) Comment 14

I'd like to get hold of a pair of these for reviewing purposes. Has a UK distributor been appointed yet?

Posted by thedodgyguy on April 2, 2006 at 4:17 PM (PDT) Comment 15

I haven't gotten mine yet but this is a real stand up company. I ordered the "bling-bling black" pair on March 27th and they emailed me on the 28th to say that they were back ordered. So they promised to send me the black ones as soon as they got some in stock for 2-3 days as opposed to ground. I was pretty happy with that deal. Well the kicker is that on April 1st they sent me an update saying that they are sending me a pair of the blue ones for FREE since they are so back logged on the black and they'll send me the black pair when they get them. Hell...any company that is willing to take a loss to make a NON-complaining customer happy is just fine and dandy in my book. you think there is any chance Apple will send me a free iod when I have to sit and wait through back orders again? grin

Posted by joer1978 on April 3, 2006 at 7:11 PM (PDT) Comment 16

Could anyone tell me how well these fit into somewhat small ears? I find the standard iPod ones painful, and they often fall out. I like the idea of sticking with earbuds as opposed to in-ear ones as I want to be able to hear SOME outside noise while running, plus I like to be able to easily remove and replace to have a conversation, etc., but love the idea of the rave sound reviews these get. But will they be comfy in my smallish ears?

Posted by mama2em on April 8, 2006 at 6:19 PM (PDT) Comment 17

Just got my v-moda remix earbuds. Took longer that expected (almost two weeks) but the sound is a lot better than the standard iPod earbuds. A little more bass and a cleaner sound to the point that I am hearing more texture (including less than perfect audio rips) that the old iPod earphones were obscuring. Plus, it is a good alternative for those who don't want to stick something too far into the ear canal.

Posted by densan on April 10, 2006 at 8:58 AM (PDT) Comment 18

This is gonna be a bold statement: "Best Earbuds, PERIOD!"

I listen to Trance/House/Hip-Hop music which all have a lotta bass. These earbuds bring out the rich, deep bass you typically hear from stereo speakers. You don't get that buzzing distortion, you get from cheap earbuds or headphones. I definitely think they're worth fitty bucks. I've tried a good # of the earbuds on the market. These are by far the best IMHO.

Posted by spaceboy27 on April 11, 2006 at 6:05 PM (PDT) Comment 19

I just got mine, and like's already been said, there is a slightly better, richer sound quality than Apple's earbuds provide. I would not recommend trashing an already functioning set for these, but if you need new ones, these are very good. As a frugal cheapskate, I am okay with spending $50 for these.
for mama2em: I have smallish ears, too, and I found the standard Apple buds to be almost painful. They would sometimes leave little pressure ridges in my ears. These are a little smaller and a lot more comfortable. The little silicone edges around the bud itself really help a lot, and the ear foam things they provide are a lot better quality, so they make a better 'seal' in your ear.

Posted by lucky13 on April 12, 2006 at 5:12 AM (PDT) Comment 20

I have had mine for about two weeks now, and they're OK. I also have a pair of Etymotic ER-6's which I swear by.

Compared to the Apple earphones, these are slightly superior, but nothing jaw dropping. I was delighted with much more detailed bass and detailed highs.

I got these to be my everday earphones since the ER-6's can be a pain to put in. But I was disappointed with the fitment of the V-moda's in my ears. Because of the build material, aluminum, it has a greater tendency to slip out of your ears than the plastic Apple earbuds. So jogging with these are totally out of the question. I was hoping that since they were similar dimensions that I could jog with them like I do with my standard Apple earphones. In addition, the metal construction is also heavier than the equivalent plastic Apple earbuds which have a tendency to yank the earbuds out of your ear (specifically the aluminum part at the split). Lastly, the build construction isn't what you would think. The earbud part that contains the drivers are a separate piece of aluminum from the stem part, simply held together by glue. When I first received them I noticed the glue right away (sort of a shoddy construction in my opinion for $50). Anyways, because it is just glue when I put them in my ears one day, the twisting motion popped the earbud off the stem. Pretty disappointing. I'm going to replace these with some cheap ### headphones instead.

Bottom line: If you want everyday headphones similar to the Apple earbuds, just stick with the Apple earbuds or get a cheaper variant because sound quality is barely better in the V-moda. If you were looking for a sound upgrade anyways, you shouldn't be looking to these type of earbuds, go for Shure or Etymotic for that.

Posted by ebpsi2k on April 21, 2006 at 12:31 PM (PDT) Comment 21

I have had my vmoda remix phones for nearly a month, and I have to say I really do enjoy the sound but I am no audiophile so I canot compare to others except stock. I think they looked cool and I liked the chrome metal! They are more comfortable and fit better for my ears than the stock earbuds maybe because of the rubber on the outside, I actually had better luck jogging with them than the stock earbuds as Jeremy also mentioned in his review. I do like to wear the pads though since they are warmer, and they include 3 sets which is good since I always lose them.

Ebpsi2k - I accidentally stepped on mine a few weeks ago with the heels of my motorcycle boots, and I thought they for sure would be done for but they survived without a scathe, and I have to believe it was because they were made of metal and had good construction.
I do not think my plastic buds would have survived this scare, they may have cracked but I ain't gonna try!

Did you contact vmoda for warranty, how did they handle?

Overall - I am very satisfied and agree with Jeremy's rating, highly recommended

pce jody

Posted by jodywein on May 4, 2006 at 10:25 AM (PDT) Comment 22

I bought these earphones based on the recommendations here at iLounge. I found the review to be correct regarding the sound quality and level of comfort wearing the 'phones... but I was less than impressed with the construction quality. I went through many pairs of these headphones and eventually I just gave up and went back to the stock Apple 'phones. Don't get me wrong - the Customer Service was great and they sent me out lots of replacement sets, but all I really wanted was a nice set of 'phones that would go the distance. In that regard I would say that these 'phones let me down, as they did a previous poster on this thread. I will however be looking closely at the 'vibe' series as I hope the construction quality will have doubled along with the price - if they can pull that off I would be very happy.

Posted by lostkiwi on February 2, 2007 at 12:29 PM (PDT) Comment 23

I recently purchased these to replace my everyday Apple earbuds, whose cord had rotted. I have large ears and the Apple earbuds were great for me. I chose to avoid noise-canceling models or those w/ seals because I have a baby and need to be able to hear noises other than my music. I've been pleased with the dynamic range of these Remix earbuds and they seem more durable than the standard issue Apple model. Overall, if you need to replace your Apple buds, you can't beat these for $50.

Posted by BiggiesBeats on August 29, 2007 at 7:32 AM (PDT) Comment 24
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