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.