iPod Accessory Reviews: headphones
v-moda Remix and Bass Freq Headphones
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Review post September, 2006 by Jacob Spindel, Chief iPod Correspondent
True high-end in-ear earphones: they can produce incredible levels of sound clarity, bass, and overall audio quality. Unfortunately, they can also be very expensive and potentially hazardous to your hearing, and in some cases the foam tips can even detach and become lodged in your ear canals - I wish that were just a "creative intro," but this actually happened to me recently. So is there any compromise between these high-end expensive models and those low-end earphones that only produce run-of-the-mill sound? Two new earphone models from v-moda aim to accomplish exactly that.
Choose Your Moda
The first model, called the v-moda Remix, has the traditional shape for standard (not in-ear) earphones, consisting of two buds with virtually flat circular surfaces. The buds thankfully have "L" and "R" labels, and they are available in three colors. All three of the available color schemes are vibrant and shiny, making the Remix models more visually appealing than most earbuds.
Meanwhile, the diacritically bizarre Bass Fréq is closer to an in-ear design, although it doesn't reach nearly as deeply into your ear canals as most high-end in-ear models, which may be more comfortable for some people while limiting audio quality for others. As their name implies, the Bass Fréq earphones seek to output an optimal level of bass output intended to surpass the competition. Eight color schemes are available, including mostly lighter pastel colors that are not quite as shiny or reflective as the Remix models.
Head To Head
I compared the two v-moda earphone models directly on each of the following music categories, using the same test song for each genre of music while also considering my experiences with other brands of earphones in the past.
Remix: With podcasts, the Remix earphones demonstrated impressive clarity as well as balance between spoken word sections and musical cues.
Bass Fréq: The Bass Fréq also did better than average in terms of clarity and balance, but definitely not as well as the Remix model performed in this category.