Welcome back for another budget audiophile headphone review. The specimen we will be reviewing today is a pair of V-Moda XS on-ear headphones.
V-Moda has yet to disappoint in any essential area that a devoted listener could really complain about.
V-Moda XS On-Ear Headphones – 4 Main Areas To Pay Attention To
1. Comfort – We Seek and They Deliver
We all want to be able to wear our favorite pair of headphones for extended periods of time. During my time spent with the V-Moda XS’s, I can’t really complain in this area at all.
One difference that should be noted is the fact that since these headphones are the on-ear style, they will sit on your ears as such. Do not be steered away by this because where some on-ears sacrifice quality in the stead of comfort, these do not.
I am currently listening to That’s The Spirit by Bring Me The Horizon. It’s a colorful album, despite the artwork being black and white. If you’re into anything pop punk, alternative, or rock related, you would be remiss not to give this one a good listen.
2. Sound Quality For The Budget Audiophile
These headphones feature a different sound signature than the V-Moda LP2’s do.
The XS on-ears feature the M-Class Modern Audiophile sound signature that highlights a more balanced sound in the areas of bass, highs, lows, and mids.
Keep in mind that while playing an album such as That’s The Spirit, the need for a bass-quake is not as important.
The need for a well-balanced, crystal clear, precise execution of sound reproduction is of the utmost importance.
This is where the V-Moda XS rival, if not surpass a more bass-heavy headphone such as the Crossfade LP2s.
Now, don’t think that the XS’s under perform in the area of loud, precise bass. The small size of these on-ears might deceive you into worrying about that, I know they did for me.
I decided to switch gears a little bit and listen to some heavy dubstep. Borgore’s music seemed like the perfect testing candidate.
Upon the drop playing on Borgore’s “Guided Relaxation Dub” I was instantly proven wrong in thinking that there’s no way the bass could sound that good in these tiny little headphones.
3. Mobility For All You Go-Getters
This brings us to the next criteria. Mobility. Does size really matter? Well that depends. Where do you most often use headphones?
At home? On the train? In the backseat of an Uber? Running?
All of this should be taken into consideration, as you know.
The V-Moda XS feature an ultra-portable design equipped with the patented CLIQFOLD technology.
This is to ensure full compatibility with those of you out there who lead an extremely active lifestyle.
Do you want to take a run with these?
Are you looking for something compact but quality?
Do you need a pair of commuter headphones?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions that’s a good sign. The XS on-ears have been calling your name and you finally heard the voice of reason. It sounds like a joke, but seriously.
As you can see in the above picture, the XS headphones have a very befitting name. They are designed specifically for mobility. Barely bigger than an iPod Classic, they can easily fit into your pocket, purse, or backpack.
4. Design – Made In Italy Overlooking Da Vinci’s Old Stomping Grounds
No one wants to look like one of those people that wear the Elmo-haired motorcycle helmets when wearing a pair of headphones. Maybe it’s just me but I really don’t understand why certain companies build headphones that look like the beer chugging baseball helmets.
That debate is for another day. These not only feature a compact folding design but also come ready for customization.
The XS come with 3D laser-engraved shields that allow you to design. Your personal design will be sculpted not too far from where Leonardo Da Vinci worked for more than a decade on his masterful artwork.
If the customizable shields are designed in Italy with the foresight to have an office overlooking Da Vinci’s workplace that should signify the attention to detail and quality that V-Moda specializes in.
Bonus: Affordability For The Budget Audiophile
But wait, doesn’t better quality always require me to fork over an entire months earnings?
Some would tell you yes, you get what you pay for. Here, the case is similar in that you do get what you pay for but you literally get every penny spent’s worth out of the XS’s.
I would challenge you to find me an example of a better pair of headphones being offered at the same price point.
These headphones speak for themselves and the customer reviews don’t lie.
I would strongly encourage you to check these out. Also, don’t forget that V-Moda offers a 2 year Premier Warranty Program as well as a Immortal Life Program where you can get up to 50 percent off on your next pair of V-Modas, when and if, you decide to upgrade to a newer model.
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