From Headphone Bar: They are a smaller on-ear size, designed to last, provide excellent, dynamic, balanced sound - truly suitable for a very broad range of music genres - have a comfortable fit and include a thoughtful array of high quality accessories. They should provide many years of excellent service. The red cable has a mic, the second is a longer black cable with no mic. The cables are smartly designed with a 45 degree jack. The M80's also look teriffic, which never hurts - with an glassy/brushed metal black finish and just a touch of deep red accents.
Headphone Bar Opinion: If you are considering buying the Bose on-ear or the Beats Solo HD, these will be a nice upgrade in build and sound quality that is right in the same price range. Compare very well again the Beyerdynamic DT1350, T50p and Sennheiser HD25II, but at only $199.95.
Specs (as per Playback Magazine): Frequency Response: 5Hz – 30 kHz (A frequency response curve provided by V-MODA also shows unusually well-balanced response from 20 Hz –12 kHz. with tolerances competitive with those of more costly competing on-ear headphones).
Drivers: 40mm dual-diaphragm drivers (patents pending)
Sensitivity: 105 dB
Impedance: 28.5 Ohms
Weight: 180 grams
Warranty: 2 years, parts and labor - Headphone Bar is an authorized Canadian Vmoda dealer.
The reviews are tearing it up all over. Reviews:
"I simply can't think of another headphone that does so much, so right. They look like a million bucks, they're built like a tank, the accessories are super tasty, the sound is among the best in class, and the ability to have custom graphics emblazoned on the shields puts the V-MODA Crossfade M-80/V-80 right over the top. I simply can't recommend them highly enough. I love these headphones. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED"
- InnerFidelity, Tyll
"V-MODA’s M-80 is one of most capable, revealing, and best-balanced on-ear headphones we’ve tested" - Playback AVguide
"M-80 is much more balanced, more articulate, more revealing, and I have a feeling it will find much love with a lot of the audiophile-type Head-Fi'ers."
- HEAD-FI.ORG Founder, Jude
"After using the headphones for seconds, you can tell that the lightweight, high-fashioned headphones have incredible sound and comfort, producing life-like 3D sound." - Miami Herald, Greg Ellman
Explosive Sound. Sleek Size.
Half the size of the rock solid leading Crossfade LP, M-80 fuses Pure Noise Isolating
Sound, Military-Level Durability and Timeless Materials.
Posted by Adam on 26th Dec 2012
I love headphones but don't consider myself an audiophile. I have lots of different sets of headphones, but have always refused to pay more money for them. My wife made the mistake of buying me some Beats Solo's on ear headphones three years ago for my birthday. I cannot tell you how disappointing this product is . I had a pair of skull candy headphones I paid $50 for that blew the beats out of the water. Needless to say I was very reluctant about buying another set of $200 headphones. I did a lot of research before deciding on the V-Moda M-80's. The hardest part was not being able to test them, and having to order them online as we do not have any dealers in Saskatoon, SK. All I can say about these headphones is that they are amazing. The bass is not overpowering and the sound is tight. I have been listening to the headphones non-stop and find them to be very comfortable. The sound is awesome using an iphone, ipad, and on my macbook pro. The construction, build, and sound quality is fantastic. I would highly recommend these cans and especially for the price. I ordered these from the headphonebar and the shipping cost was the most reasonable I have ever paid online. I received the headphones about 5 business days after ordering. Any questions that I had were promptly answered by the staff via email at the headphone bar. My only regret is that I didn't wait for them to get the V-Moda M-100's which look stellar as well. However, the M-80's have met my expectations and I would not hesitate to order from the headphone bar again.
Posted by Rick Schultz on 6th Jul 2012
I've been using headphones for over 20 years, and these are hands-down the best I've had.
The bass is full, but tight. A lot of larger bass headphones are boomy; no boominess here, just very clean bass. Amazing for headphones. At the same time, the mid-range (vocals, guitar) are clear and very audible. Highs are crisp; all in, a very balanced set of phones. I can't believe they are only $200! My Sennheisers (HD 595s) were more-expensive and don't hold a candle to the performance of the VModas.
My one issue is comfort. While these seem to be built to withstand a nuclear blast (and look good while doing so) they are a bit tight, especially for those of us who were glasses. As mentioned in another review, these are "ON EAR" not "OVER EAR" headphones, and they do squish your ears a bit. I'll accept that for the awesome sound, but after about an hour or two of wearing, I need a few minutes break to let my ears recover.
One way I've found around this is to extend the earphones slightly past the optimal position on the ear; this way, there is less pressure where my ears meet my glasses, and I can get much more time with these awesome cans!
Posted by Jason on 29th Feb 2012
Another great purchase from Headphone Bar!
I have to say if it wasn't obvious to you, these are ON-EAR headphones. For some reason I didn't read and thought they were a neutral variant of the Crossfade LP; no they are not.
I tested my purchase with the iPhone since I'll use these on the go. After plugging in, and playing some Truckfighters I was very much impressed with the sound of the M-80. Bass hit tight, the mids relaxed and the highs clear. I would not call these revealing and instead are more relaxed and forgiving which is what you'll want with lower bit-rate mobile music.
No matter what, the M-80 are great to listen to. They are a solid contender for the Sennheiser HD25-1 MKII. I would go so far as to say they are about par for sound performance and with the M-80 being $100-$200 cheaper than the HD25 (depending on locale) they are definite recommendation over the HD25.
The M-80 has a good punch on bass, not bloomy. Relaxed mids and clear highs and offers a good soundstage being more airy than the tight 'boxed-in' style of the HD25.
Keep in mind there will be a M-100 variant of the M-80 which is intended to be the over-ear style neutral replacement for the Crossfade LP.