Conclusion: Time to pimp that Pod with stylish and quality earphones from V-Moda. Tired of those uncomfortable lumps of plastic that came with your new iPod? Perhaps it wouldn't be a bad idea to splash some cash on some replacements.
Conclusion: The Vibes are a definite recommendation. I don’t know of any other IEM in the $100 category that comes close in sound clarity, crispness, instrument separation and fun, not to mention the build quality. The Vibes outclass the Etymotic ER-6 in most aspects. They might not be exactly as linear as the Etys, but they’re so much more fun to listen to, the sound is more engaging.
Pros: Clear, balanced, non-fatiguing sound, very crisp and dynamic – and fun to listen to., Marginally wider soundstage than most other IEM-style earphones., Comfortable to wear for an IEM-style earphone, huge assortment of silicone fittings., Solid overall look and feel – phones, plug and cable., Unique industrial design.
Cons: Does not isolate nearly as well as most other IEMs. This might not necessarily be a negative point for some applications, but it’s really bad while trying to listen to music in loud environments., Straight 3.5 mm plug. It’s a matter of taste, but might damage the headphone jack of an audio player more easily than an angled plug., Microphonic cables, like most other IEMs.
Conclusion: We rather appreciate the Vibes' ability to amplify audio coming from the sound source -- by a lot. We were able to listen to music at about half the volume than we normally would, which will probably conserve an MP3 player battery more than usual -- always a plus.
Pros: A bit overpowering on the low-end, May be uncomfortable for some users
Cons: Stylish, Amplify the audio from the sound source, Come with several fun or useful accessories, Overall sound quality is very good