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5.0 out of 5 stars
Like having bionic ears -- especially excellent fr EDM and other electronic music, 6 Dec 2013
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Astonishingly reassuring - everything is made from very lightweight - but incredibly strong - metal. The only bit of plastic on these cans is on the ear cups, and that had a metal plate covering most of it. They have been extensively drop-tested, and have been built to a military standard. These headphones aren't going to let you down. There are no corners cut here: when I look at some of the equivalent models from other companies and I see the amount of plastic on them, I start to realise that these ones are a really good buy: they'll last a lifetime. The matt black ones are beautifully understated: even the logo is printed black on black, with only the gloss to draw the eye. Gorgeous. Like a cross between a sleek tank and a stealth bomber.
The headband is incredibly flexible - you can bend or twist it as much as you dare without the slightest fear of permanently warping them.
They fold incredibly small - this is due to some special hinges, I think. It feels like a weapon of some sort, as it gives a very satisfying metallic click as they fold up. The design is ingenious, and the accompanying case protects them from scuffs. I'd say that they're at least a third smaller than you'd expect when folded. There's a pleasure in touching cold, hard metal too. They feel engineered rather than built. The case is similarly compact, and pleasing to the eye; it fits nicely in the hand, and has a carabiniere attached for easy connection to baggage etc.
The cushions are very comfortable, and the cans are light, but after four or so hours my head felt a little squeezed; they fit right around the ear (not quite the case with the Sennheiser Momentums for ewample), and at times I can feel my ears touching the driver housing. Not at all bad though - I wouldn't be inspired to wear many of my pairs of headphones for that long.
Very adaptable. In a typically eccentric move, V-Moda have designed these cans with replaceable metal guards (they come in a variety of colours, and can be ordered with your own design engraved on them with a laser for about £30. This sounds a bit unnecessary, but take the time to see some of the finished results and I'm sure you'll see what potential this idea has. I love the fact that there's very little plastic or logo fetishism on display - if you compare these to other makes at an a similar price level the difference is clear: these are made for individualists at heart; I laugh at the thought of plasticky Beats, delicate Sennheisers... these are the real deal.
The M100s were developed in conjunction with a massive number of testers, consisting mostly of industry pros such as DJs. This has allowed them to fine-tune the output the way that those who play the music want to hear it themselves; there is no active noise cancellation - which means that you do get to hear a small amount of your surroundings - but the sound is crisper and clearer as a result.
- Trebles: nice and extended; absolutely precise and clear, but without the harshness that can make the ear wince. They retain their complete nature even when heard alongside a powerful bass.
- Middle Range: Warm. they make you want to sing along with them. Female vocals are particularly vibrant, I have found.
- Bass: A real treat. It's slightly brought forward. I'd really recommend that you try these with any sort of Electronic Dance Music if you get the chance. Maybe it's because they've been developed by so many different DJs, but the bass absolutely PURRS. Find a track with a constant rumble in the background, and enjoy! The integrity and definition of other areas is never compromised by the power of the lower levels; incredibly good seperation and retention of detail.
The drivers used are 50mm, and have an innovation not seen in others - a dual diaphragm. This makes the bass sound nice and tight even at the highest levels.
Soundstage: - the effect of being in a large room, and being able to identify where each instrument is. The soundstage here is very unusual: it feels like I'm on the stage in lead vocal position, rather than having the musicians in front of me like a normal audience perspective would do. As a result, I'm picking up much more noise to the rear of my head rather than to the front. Perhaps it is this quirk that makes me want to sing along so much when I wear them (it's very embarrassing to discover yourself wailing tunelessly along to something in public, ten times louder than you realised!). For classical and acoustic recordings I preferred the lighter touch of the Momentums, but for any sort of music with electronic beats, these phones absolutely throb with joy.
These headphones love music with many components - a wall of sound, if you like - they have the remarkable ability to portray every part with absolute clarity, no matter how many other things are going on at the same time. I was particularly impressed with the way 'The Final Cut' by Pink Floyd sounded, and DJ DSK CHK (and lots of other electronic dance music) really gets the bass on this thing throbbing; because of the double diaphragm on the driver, the bass never disturbs the airy sparkle of the high notes. Lovely for the ears to experience for the first time. And the hundredth.
Even at this price, these headphones are very good value. You get a year's guarantee and 50% off your next pair if you break them (you won't). They have had so much thought put into them - there is a jack socket in each headphone can, so you can choose left or right side if you wish. This also gives you the ability to input from two different sources if you wish - you can also 'double' from one source too!
The M100 comes with two detachable leads - one with a basic inline control, and a longer one with an output for a friend to connect up and listen to your stuff if you want them to (this does reduce the overall volume to about 70% at a guess). They are typically tough (coated with Kevlar) but they do fray after a while.
You have the option to purchase a BoomPro from the V-Moda website for a mere $30, which will make the M100s an excellent choice of headset for next generation consoles.
VERDICT: Spectacular. Ultra high-end, ultra satisfying. Stick to the more fragile Momentums if you're more of a classical music lover. IF YOU LOVE EDM, GET THESE. Steal them if you have to; they are essential.
There's so much to say about these headphones. I would be truly devastated to lose them (I thought I had once - what a relief to find them later). Even the largest of music lovers could sit on these without damaging them.
+ Build quality
+ Understated style
+ two input sockets
+ 'daisy chain'-able
+ Customise options are actually very cool
+ They love electronic beats, and walls of detailed sound
- No rotator cuffs
- Soundstage feels a bit narrow when listening to classical music
- Quite a lot of sound leakage
- Two little rubber plugs are included, which fit into the input sockets to stop dust entering. THese are very small and easily lost. They can also be put in back to front and can be difficult to remove.
I have researched into these extensively - if anyone is interested, I can post some of the links as well as some tracks on soundcloud which highlight the extraordinary responsiveness that these lovely things possess.
These are the only high-end headphones that I would feel confident throwing at a friend to catch, for example. At this price, all headphones should be this tough as well as looking and sounding good.
The M-100s have won more than 13 'best product' awards this year (and counting) - there's a reason why this is the case.
V-Moda have raised the bar.