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Review of V-Moda Vibe Duo (for iPhone)

March 28, 2008 by · 24 Comments 


V-Moda Vibe Duo

Well all know that although they’re cute and white, stock iPhone headphones aren’t that great sound-wise.
There are two problems, however:

1) The jack for the iPhone is slightly narrower, so traditional headphones don’t fit.

2) The stock headphones come with a microphone extension and pause button which are useful for phone functions.

So, even though there are plenty of solutions out there that will adapt the jack for the use of your regular headphones, most of them omit the microphone component.

Shure has a solution that seems to be pretty good, however it’s not at all easy to carry. Their solution is essentially an extension cord with a mic at the end. From what I understand, it works great, but the length added to the cable makes it unwieldy for me.

V-Moda shoots for a total replacement of the stock headphones with the V-Moda Vibe Duos. These come with a Mic built-in like the stock iPhone headset and allow you to pause and move forward a track (press the button twice). I want to now make a comment on several things that I’ve seen critiqued around the web, and add my thoughts:

Sound-

I think the sound of these is great. However, I prefer my music with some ‘technicolor’, in that I don’t look for a neutral set of headphones. I listen to House music, and well, these make the bass just have more oomph. If you’re not into that, well, these may not be for you.

Construction-

I’ve read complaints about these headphones falling apart on people at the connections. I have only had mine for a week, so I can’t comment on longevity, but will update this post if something should fail in the near future. That said, these ‘look’ pretty hardy. The cord is of a weave type which helps ‘reduce’ entanglement, but doesn’t do away with it entirely. Because of the metal construction, they do have some ‘heft’ to them, which affect the comfort slightly. One thing that is odd, is that the jack part is abnormally long. The problem here is that you can easily bend it or break your iPhone’s jack if you’re not careful. I don’t understand why they had to make it protrude from the iPhone as much as it does.

Comfort-

As mentioned above, these are heavier than normal. So far I haven’t been dis-satisfied with the comfort, but you need to use the shirt clip to make sure the big metal joint doesn’t tug on your ears. The microphone is pretty large and thus you need to be careful of where it is, lest you get it caught on something, but it’s not as bad as some people make it out to be. The button is on the smaller end of things, but not unusable. I give comfort a ‘pass’ but could be better.

All in all, I would say that provided these headphones don’t fail, I’m pretty happy with them as a replacement for my stock iPhone headphones. They’re a bit clunky at times because of the weight of the metal parts, but the sound quality and sound isolation properties make it up for me.

UPDATE (Mid-July 2008):

I started suffering from what other people are suffering. Audio loss on one side due to a cable issue. These lasted roughly the same as they have for others. Very disappointing. I no longer recommend them for durability. For the record, I took very good care of them and kept them in a pouch all the time.

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