On-ear headphones (Matte Black Metal)
Our take on the V-MODA XS by Crutchfield's Jeff Miller
The V-MODA XS headphones (pictured in black) fold up into a portable bundle, so you can quickly grab them and go.
Music, an essential accessory
Your choice of portable headphones isn't limited to earbuds. When folded up and packed inside their included compact "exoskeleton" case, the V-MODA XS on-ear headphones are easy to carry anywhere. The flexible metal headband slips onto your head and rests comfortably, keeping a striking, yet low-profile look.
We passed a sample pair around the Crutchfield offices, and everyone who tried them enjoyed them. We marveled at how light and unrestricting they felt, even as the soft, memory foam earpads fit snugly — keeping sound from leaking in or out. And the energetic, up-front soundstage really had us impressed.
Memorable, exciting sound
Writer and in-house audio aficionado Dave Bar called the V-MODA XS 'phones "a great value." Dave's a hard man to please when it comes to audio, so when he raves about nicely spaced sound with punchy, detailed bass, it means something. On a Jorma Kaukonen acoustic track through a headphone amp/DAC and the XS headphones, he heard guitar reverb tails extend further than on other 'phones.
I happened to get my chance with them the same day the new Kendrick Lamar album dropped. It was a pretty impactful combination. The 40mm dual-diaphragm drivers created an immediate soundstage that highlighted the album's frantic, in-your-face attitude. Percussion was tight and powerful. Meanwhile the jazzy, funky bassline that weaves the songs together got a pleasant boost, without overwhelming the crystal-clear vocals, guitar samples, and horns.
Top-notch construction that can handle punishment
The XS headphones' solid metal earcup and steel headband sliders feel extremely well-built, and V-MODA wants to prove it. All parts pass a quality and stress assessment that's beyond military standards, so they can really take a beating. The heavy-duty hinges open and close with a firm, hearty click. Even the included cable is reinforced with Kevlar®. It has a rugged one-button remote and mic for taking phone calls.
Customize your 'phones
V-MODA goes to great measures make sure the headphones fit your needs and taste. You can add a BoomPro mic cable for video games, Skype®, or podcasting. Also, the metal shields on the earcups can be personalized — V-MODA will laser-engrave replacement plates with your own design or message.
- on-ear, closed-back design with unique airflow offers exceptional noise isolation
- 40mm dual diaphragm drivers produce an up-front, immediate soundstage with deep bass and clear mids and highs
- tested for consistent response over an incredibly wide frequency range
- memory-foam cushioned earcups for comfortable listening sessions
- parts tested beyond military (MIL-STD-810G) standards
- flexible steel headband and replaceable metal earcup plates
- 52" Kevlar-reinforced cable with 1-button in-line SpeakEasy mic remote for answering phone calls
- cable terminated with an angled, gold-plated 3.5mm miniplug
- cables can connect to inputs on either right or left earcup
- two V-CORKs included to prevent debris from entering unused earcup connector
- CliqFold Hinge™ design for rugged durability and compact storage
- "exoskeleton" hard case with carabiner
- frequency response: 5-30,000 Hz
- sensitivity: 105 dB
- impedance: 28.5 ohms
- weight: 6.9 oz.
- warranty: 2 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- On-ear headphones (black)
- 54" Straight SpeakEasy cable with in-line 1-button remote and microphone (angled 3.5mm plug)
- V-cork plug
- Hard plastic storage case
- User's Manual
- Accessory booklet
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Features and Specs
|Earcup Width x Height||1.996" x 2.77"|
|Mic For Taking Calls||Yes|
|Frequency Response||5-30k Hz|
|1/4-inch Adapter Included||No|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
Overview: The V-Moda XS on-ear headphones feature an immersive 3D soundstage, and a rugged metal construction, built to withstand the rigors of everyday life. The headphones include a 54" SpeakEasy cable, and fold for storage in the tough hard-shell carry case.
On-ear Design: The XS has a supra-aural (on-the-ear) design that sits comfortably upon the ear. The supple Memory Foam cushions naturally form to your ears, providing ergonomic comfort, and creating a seal to shut out external distractions and minimize sound leakage.
40mm Drivers: The XS headphones have V-Moda's M-Class "Modern Audiophile" sound signature, with large 40mm Dual-Diaphragm drivers with inner and outer rings that separate the bass from bleeding into the mids and highs. Made with master-crafted materials, the drivers deliver deep, precise bass, lifelike vocals, and crystal clear highs. V-Moda uses more expensive driver components than other headphones in this price range, and quality tests them so that there is less than 1dB variance from unit to unit.
Metal Construction: The headphones are built and tested beyond military-level quality standards (MIL-STD-810G). Unlike the plastic headphones from their competitors, the XSs have a steel frame with interchangeable, aircraft-grade metal shields. The Steelflex headband is virtually indestructible; each band is bend-tested flat over 10 times. The headphones are tested with over 70 drops from 1.5 meters onto concrete. They will also stand up in high or low temperatures, humidity, salt spray, and UV exposure.
Note: Custom metal shields are available from V-Moda in several colors, and with pre-made or custom designs.
SpeakEasy Cable: The XS headphones come with a 54" straight SpeakEasy cable for use with your smartphone or tablet. The cable has a 45-degree 3.5mm plug, and is made withstand over 1 million bends. The SpeakEasy cable has a microphone and an in-line 1-button remote that can control music playback and phone calls on most smartphones and tablets.
Dual Input Ports: The headphones have a 3.5mm port on both the left and right earcups. This gives you the choice where to connect the cable. You can daisy-chain headphones to share your music with your friends, or mix two sources at the same time. The headphones come with two V-Corks that can be used to seal and protect the unused input.
Exoskeleton Case: The included hard-shell Exoskeleton Case protects your headphones when they're not in use. The Cliqfold Hinge on the headphones precisely folds the earcups for storage in the case. V-Straps in the bottom of the Exoskeleton Case can store your cable. The case includes a carabiner clip for securing your headphones to your backpack.
Optional Accessories: The following items are genuine V-Moda accessories for the XS headphones:
- BoomPro Microphone: a flexible, professional-grade boom microphone with an in-line mute and volume control.
- XS Memory Cushions: memory foam cushions for extended listening comfort. (available from V-Moda)
- CoilPro Cable: lockable coiled cable stretches from 47" to 12' in length; includes threaded 1/4" adapter. (available from V-Moda)
Warranty: The XS on-ear headphones have a full 2-year warranty. If your headphones are accidentally destroyed, the V-Moda Immortal Life Program offers 50% off a replacement for a lifetime.
- Frequency Response: 5Hz - 30kHz
- Sensitivity: 105dB @ 1 kHz 1mW
- Microphone Sensitivity: -42dB @ 1 kHz
- Impedance: 28.5 ohms
- Earcup Dimensions: Width 1.996", Height 2.77", Depth 1.467"
- Weight: 7.4 ounces (with cable)
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Why did you buy this?
Awesome design Great reviews [ Rich Jul 18, 2017 ]
Past reviews describe exactly what I'm looking for in a set of headphones. [ STEPHEN May 08, 2017 ]
I need a headphone, on ear, to carry around with me. The reviews are excellent on the V-MODA. I came back to Crutchfield because of the top notch customer service. [ David Apr 19, 2017 ]