V-Moda Vibe In-Ear Monitors (earbuds) (Review)

March 5, 2007

V-Moda Vibe In-Ear Monitors (earbuds)I’d never tried an “in-ear monitor” before — mostly because the ones I’d seen were always very expensive, and because I hate “earbuds” with a passion that almost defies description.

But the V-Moda Vibes absolutely rule.

I don’t know if I have overly tiny ears, or they’re shaped wrong, or what, but I’ve never been able to get earbuds to stay in, and they are always painful — often amazingly so.

Which sucks, as it leaves me dealing with headphones; since I end up wearing them for several hours every week when working out, I get a choice of lightweight back-of-the-head phones that fall off, or over the head phones that look goofy. I also end up going with the open-ear variety, sacrificing sound quality for not looking like some DJ that just fell out the booth.

One of the selling points of the Vibe for me was that they come with three different sizes of earpiece.

They are advertised as being affordable (compared to other in-ear monitors), comfortable, and most of all, as having great sound quality.

They live up to the claim.

Mine (I got the gunmetal black ones) came with not only three sizes of earpiece, it came with two sets; one in black, and one in white. Since the only thing that might see them when you’re wearing them is an earmite, it doesn’t make much difference.

I tried both the small and medium earpiece (‘scuse me — “ultra-soft silicon fittings”), and the small was a much better fit. Even more, they were very comfortable, once you got used to the feeling of having something stuck in your ear canal.

But the sound — damn these things sound great.

Being an aging headbanger, I find that most headphones attached to an iPod have barely acceptable volume, and the bass is tinny at best.

These are different — I actually had to crank down the volume a few times, and when the bass hit, it hit — at least compared to your average headphone.

The sound reproduction was excellent; I could hear things in the music that I’d have trouble noticing on a decent 1,000 watt room system at home.

Granted, I don’t go through an elaborate gymnastics routine when I work out, but there was no issue with these things staying in; they fit comfortably, and without that “it’s going to fall off/out” feeling I so often get with everything else.

They’re even reasonably good looking — the driver outside your ear is a bit on the largish-side, (maybe 1/2″), but it’s light (12 grams), and is available in your choice of discrete gunmetal, chromed out black, blinged-out gold, or “look at me, I’m an attention whore” red.

Best of all, they don’t cost an arm and a leg. They list for $100, and you can routinely find them for $85 or so (Amazon sells ’em for $82).

Which isn’t exactly cheap, compared to a $5 set of earbuds, or even a $25 set of headphones that I’m ultimately going to hate, but it’s far cheaper than the $150 – $300 I’ve seen in the past for in-ear monitors.

If you’ve been looking for a set of earbuds you can live with, you may just want to give these things a try.

You just can’t have my pair.

V-Moda Vibe In-Ear Monitors (earbuds)

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One Response to “V-Moda Vibe In-Ear Monitors (earbuds) (Review)”

  1. rickie on November 18th, 2010 12:09 am

    I’ve had the exact same buds for a few months. I’m returning them TOMORROW. The quality & voltage of sound is almost gone, and one ear is worse than the other. They don’t last. Sure, they have a kevlar cord. I’ve always wanted bullet-proof earbuds! O_o… The sound just goes.

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