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84
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Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
84

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Engadget Summary

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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Model

Key Specs

Type
Over-ear
Channels
Stereo
Noise isolation
yes

General

Type
Over-ear (Closed) (Single-sided cable)
Channels
Stereo

Speakers

Driver size
40 mm
Bass boost
no

Other features

Foldable design
yes

Noise reduction

Noise isolation
yes
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