V-Moda's Vibe Headphones: Big Audio DY-NO-MITE

<img src="https://future.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/01/video player, the V-Moda Vibe excels in both sound quality and style. And at a price of $101 they deliver a large listening experience for a relatively small investment.

The V-Moda Vibe’s are certainly more sophisticated looking than most in-ear headphones. Made from a metal alloy, they are incredibly lightweight (.42 ounces) and are compact, which makes them nice for sports. And depending on how deeply you insert them (and they can go in pretty deep), they just about disappear into your ear. Because of this, extended listening (more than two hours) caused some soreness. The black cable is long (45.5 inches), thin and flexible, though it’s encased in clear plastic adding some extra durability without making the cable stiff. The plastic also gives the cord a metallic silver appearance.

The company says the metal alloy the ’phones are made from allows for “sculpted sound curves” producing a better audio experience. All I know for sure is they produce enormous sound for such a small earpiece.

The Vibe’s V-Masque dynamic driver delivered a full and quite commanding listening experience. They can be a little bass heavy at times, but it was accurate and punchy. (Definitely not the muddy experience you get from some in-ear models.)

Further improving the sound is the Vibe’s strong noise-isolating abilities. Again, these things can be buried deeply into your ear canal, and the silicon fittings do a terrific job of sealing in music and keeping out surrounding sound.

A smattering of accessories is included: three sizes of silicon fittings (small, medium and large), a gold leather pouch for storage, and a modawrap, basically a handy piece of plastic to wrap your cord around to keep it from getting tangled when not in use. There’s a VIP card to gain access to exclusive V-Moda “modcasts,” music and other products.