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conclusion:We like it

84 April 17th 2014 11:00 am

With the XS, v-moda builds upon the success of the stellar M-80 headphones, improving the design and sound profile to craft a pretty solid portable headphone choice.

At first glance, the XS look like any other v-moda headphone set with their industrial styling, but the difference comes in the headband. To improve the fit v-moda wanted to "minimize the unsightly gap" between the headband and your head, and CNET says they've succeeded, with the closed gap resulting in a "more comfortable headphone," while Gizmodo says it's more "form-fitting" instead of bulky.

The sound profile was also tweaked, though it still maintains v-moda's fun signature sound. Overall, the XS headphones are well liked, with Tom's Guide saying they delivered "balanced audio quality" and Digital Trends calling them an "excellent-sounding" set of headphones. Sound+Vision was a little less effusive, saying the "emphasis" was certainly noticeable, but "not detrimental" to the experience.

The v-moda XS works for someone in need of a portable and stylish headphone that won't bring a lot of bulk. And the in-line remote works with Android, iOS and even Windows Phone-powered phones. If you fancy yourself as someone who enjoys fun, pop-heavy tracks, you'll enjoy the sound signature as well.

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Critic reviews

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    8.1
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    8.3
  • Comfort
    8.8
  • Noise isolation
    6.0
  • Durability
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8.0
CNET Apr 3, 2014

If you're looking for a $150-$250 on-ear headphone, the well-built V-Moda XS should be on your short list.

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8.0
Sound+Vision Apr 10, 2014

With all the attention to detail, customizable options, the compact size, and exciting (if not balanced) sound, the V-MODA XS are a great investment for someone who likes to have their headphones with them wherever they go.

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8.0
Tom's Guide Apr 1, 2014

Overall, the XS headphones are an excellent choice for music lovers who want a pair of headphones that sound as good as they look.

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9.0
Inner Fidelity May 19, 2014

V-Moda has another hit on their hands, the XS is a sexy little headphone in a whole lot of ways. Build quality? Spectacular. Styling? Gorgeous. Comfort? Ahhh. Compact? It would fit jacket pocket. Sound quality? Impeccably balanced.

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8.0
ChipChick Mar 26, 2014

It’s hard for a consumer headphone company to claim individuality, but V-MODA has managed to carve out a niche for themselves that other’s have dared to touch yet.

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9.0
Digital Trends Apr 8, 2014

The V-Moda XS on-ear headphones deliver a potent combination of portability, comfort and superior sound that make you want to wear them all day.

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Audioholics Apr 24, 2014

With all the design features such as customizable back plates on the earcups and a dedication to eliminating plastic and circles, the XS headphones fit right in with the other offerings in the V-Moda line.

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