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
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V-Moda V-80 True Blood Headphones Review Summary:
Design: 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.
Sound Quality: 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: 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.
-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)
-Replaceable Metal Faceplates not included
-Quarter-Inch adapter Not Included
V-80 On-Ear Noise Isolating : METAL : Headphones
Life begins at night for the vampires of True Blood®, when the ability to hear a heartbeat from afar is a primal necessity. It is this heightened sense of sound that is the essence of the ultra-compact V-80 On-Ear headphone.
Masterfully crafted for years alongside legendary musicians, producers and DJs, V-80 exposes the fine details of sound and turns music into a new dimension. Durable metal materials and star-worthy glamour end the hunt for the perfect headphone. V-80 is truly bespoke for beings whose style and sophistication has evolved through the ages.
Supernatural Sound, Super-Sleek Size
V-80 was engineered to expose the finer details and range of your favorite recordings while making you feel like you are experiencing it live. Like vampire blood, using a V-80 bonds you with these authentic legendary artists whose lives begin at night on stage and in the studio.
At the heart of the V-80 is its patent-pending and biggest-in-class 40mm Dual-Diaphragm High-Fidelity Drivers that deliver multi-driver sound with the efficiency of a single driver. This technology allows the V-80 to deliver the response and range of multiple drivers with the energy efficiency of a single, smaller driver. The result is pulsing bass, a meaty mid-range, and crystal clarity on today's portable devices.
To create this live experience, a unique combination of noise isolation and acoustic channeling technologies was used to add multi-dimensional layers to the listening environment. Supple BLISS memory foam ear cushions isolate noise and immerse you into your own world of sound. The specially tuned V-PORT and memory cushions create a true 3D sound stage versus fully closed-back headphones by directing air out of the ports to maintain noise isolation. It's this magic that is the perfect balance of isolation, staging and ergonomics that makes V-80 the essential companion for modern digital media on smartphones, notebooks and tablets.
Reflecting the seductive style of True Blood® comes naturally to the V-80. V-MODA fanatics will immediately recognize the signature metal "V"design, in addition to the added details such as the blood vial zipper pull and luxurious red accents. The on-ear design is 53% smaller than the now legendary over-ear Crossfade LP.
V-MODA continues the commitment to timeless materials that the immortals cherish, from the brushed aircraft-grade aluminum shields, to the rich and durable microfiber suede headband, to the braided Kevlar cables.
Shapeshift Your Style (COMING SOON)
Like V-MODA's customers, True Blood® fans are part of a unique tribe. They live for the show and immerse themselves in the culture. With the V-80's interchangeable custom metal shields, Trubies and vampire enthusiasts can shapeshift their style and express their membership in the True Blood® tribe. Choose from a selection of official True Blood® symbols and expressions (sold separately), or create your own.
V-MODA is passionate about sound and providing you a durable product. Four years of testing the V-80 on tour and in every day life situations resulted in a tank-like steel frame, ergonomic steel flex headband, and detachable Kevlar-reinforced cables to ensure unprecedented durability. Using strict military testing guidelines (MIL-STD-810G), no company puts their product through more punishment and duress than V-MODA to ensure nearly immortal quality.
And like an immortal, the V-80 can repair itself. It features a flexible memory steel headband and detachable cables, memory foam cushions and shields. The V-80's modular engineering means it'll survive whatever the night throws at it.
The Fit is The Sound
Relentless research over the course of four years in ergonomics was spent to perfect one of the most challenging acoustic devices, the on-ear or “supra-aural" headphone. To make supernatural sound required supernatural ergonomics, as the fit can alter the sound up to 50dB with on-ear headphones. Additionally, most on-ear headphones are so uncomfortable they can only be worn for a few minutes, which is unsuitable for watching your favorite shows or jamming to your favorite mix in our modern mobile lifestyle.
The V-80's tailored fit is balanced enough to create a natural sound with a proper on-ear seal, and ensures there's never too much pressure on any partof the head at any time, so you can rock on deep into the night.
TrueHz -The Great Revelation
Did you know that not all headphone drivers are created equally? Without rigorous quality testing, many headphones have variances from unit to unit of up to 30dB, even on the left to right channels. But V-MODA's strict driver testing program guarantees consistent quality and critically-acclaimed sound in every single pair of V-80 headphones, every time.
When it comes to the frequency response curve, the traditional old-school specifications people judge headphones by, such as 5Hz-30kHz does not paint a full picture. It’s akin to only considering a statue by its height versus its finer details in the sculpted curves and artistic expression. V-MODA sculpts the sound at every step along the entire frequency response range by utilizing a 31-band EQ, lab and subjective testing during the tuning stages.
Balancing Music's Weakest Link
The experience of sound is only as strong as it's weakest link. Today, that's too often terrible compression in the digital source material as much as the ergonomics and inconsistent quality of the headphone's frequency response curve. Additionally, songs are mastered and mixed differently because of the same sound chain, even on the same album. Therefore, V-MODA's tuning methodology is balanced and utilitarian, with an organic and clear sound stage that doesn't rely on additional sound processing, batteries or crossovers: the result is the greatest sound for the greatest amount of people.
V-MODA's commitment to quality stays with you: Each V-80 is backed by an unrivaled two-year premier warranty. And if you're rough on your headphones, don't worry. With the V-80's Immortal Life replacement program, you get a 50% off lifetime replacement guarantee. (See package insert for details.) V-MODA even offers an unrivaled home audition guarantee.
Universal Compatibility and Communication
V-80 is universally compatible with all audio devices, smartphones and tablets with a standard 3.5mm port. It works perfectly on all iPhone®, Android®, BlackberryTM, iPod®, tablets, notebook, MP3 and audio devices.
Included are two detachable cables, a 1-button microphone and long audio-only cable. Also, it’s great for gaming and fully Skype compatible on smart phones, tablets and latest generation Apple products without the need for an adapter. Additionally, three-button remote cables and pro DJ adapters are also available.
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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