V-Moda M-80 (V-80 True Blood) Headphones Review
Overview: Check out the full video and written review of the new True Blood V-Moda V-80 on-the-ear headphones to see how they stack up against the competition. I was very impressed by the style, sound quality, durability, and features of these compact headphones...so much so that I may just have to keep these for myself. These headphones are very versatile and could be the perfect companion to DJ's, Producers, and Cell phone/MP3 users alike. Peep the full video review inside
Review Video & Demo
The V-Moda V-80 Headphones are designed with very high-quality standards in mind. The black and red design cues are really fashionable and have a True-Blood-Vampire-like theme to them with the True Blood logo on the earcups. They have removable metal faceplates on each earcup that can be replaced with other True Blood designs (sold separately). The V-Moda V-80’s are mostly made out of metal and they are nearly indestructible.
The top of the Headband can bend and flex in ways I did not think was possible, while the actual sides that connect to the earcups are all metal and built to last. The padding on the headband is about an inch or so thick and provides good cushion for long performances or extended usage. The earcups themselves are on-the-ear style 40mm drivers which were just big enough to cover most of my big ears. They did a great job of isolating the outside sounds from interfering with my monitoring needs, even though they did not completely cover the entire ear.
I used these headphones for a huge Block Party gig that I had last week and the DJ monitoring performance of the V-Moda V-80’s was right on par with other professional-grade headphones that I have tested and reviewed in the past. Even though the music was very loud and I had active monitors right in front of my face, I only had to turn up the headphone volume on my mixer half-way in order to accurately hear my mixes. The hard carry case called the Exoskeleton Blood Vial Case provided more than enough protection for these cool headphones while also looking stylish in the process. The V-Moda V-80 headphones also comes with (2) Kevlar reinforced cables that are built to last for a lifetime. One of the two Kevlar cables also has a Microphone built-in for Cell phone calls.
The Sound quality of the True Blood V-Moda V-80 headphones is very impressive. The highs were very crisp and the lows were heavy and punchy. The levels of the lows, mids, and highs don’t drown out one another nor did I hear any bleed through of the highs over into the lows or vice-versa. The 40mm drivers were adequate enough to produce deep bass without crazy distortion. Even at high volumes, distortion was basically non-existent. They deliver excellent 3D quality sound all around, with great sound isolation as well. The V-Moda V-80 headphones are definitely in the upper echelon when it comes to the sound department.
Conclusion / Recommended For
When I first heard that HBO’s True Blood Vampire series was teaming up with V-Moda to create a set of headphones, I must admit that I was a bit skeptical. Usually when a TV show gets involved with other forms of entertainment, the consumer is left with a watered-down and expensive product that is more of a novelty than it is a useful item. I am happy to report that I was completely wrong with my initial assumptions. All of my fears have been put to rest as soon as I opened the box and put my hands on the V-Moda V-80’s.
These are truly professional headphones with features that will appease DJ’s, producers, and regular MP3 or Smartphone users who want a high-quality set of headphones that also look really cool and stylish. The V-80’s are built like tanks with a lightweight, steel construction and an Ergonomic Steelflex headband.
The True Blood V-Moda V-80’s have some nice crisp sound quality and good sound isolation as well. In other words, they are worth every bit of the $230 pricetag that they come with. I could only find the following small gripes with the V-80 headphones: they do not have a collapsible or swivel design for DJ's who like those features; the cool metal replaceable faceplates are not included with the initial purchase; and there is no quarter-inch adapter for professional equipment that use the bigger input. Overall, I am very impressed by the style, sound quality, durability, and features of these compact headphones...so much so that I may just have to keep these for myself...(sorry V-Moda!)
The V-Moda V-80 True Blood Headphones are recommended to anyone who loves the True Blood TV show or for anyone who wants a really high quality but compact set of headphones that are built to last with very good sound fidelity.
Pros & Cons
- Durable Metal (Steel) Construction
- Lightweight and Comfortable
- Professional Sound Quality with Great Sound Isolation
- Replaceable metal faceplates to change style/color
- Comes with (2) Detachable/Replaceable Kevlar Cables (one with Mic for Cell phone usage, and one for monitoring)
- Non-foldable design
- Replaceable Metal Faceplates not included
- Quarter-Inch adapter Not Included
Features & Specs
40mm Dual-Diaphragm drivers
Vibrant Bass, Vivid Mids, Vivacious Highs
BLISS™ Noise Isolation
V-PORT 3D Soundstage
Lightweight, steel construction
Ergonomic Steelflex Headband
Exoskeleton blood vial case
Military-Level quality (MIL-STD-810G)
Kevlar® reinforced cables pass
1 million flex cycles
What's In The Box?
V-MODA for True Blood® V-80 headphones, exoskeleton blood vial hard case, detachable Kevlar reinforced1-button mic/audio cable, detachable Kevlar reinforced universal professional/home audio cable, carabineer clip, 2-year warranty.
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