I ask a lot of my earphones.
I ask they fit snugly as I klomp along on the treadmill. I ask them to not go kaput once drenched in sweat. I ask them to deliver deep bass and clear vocals without a trace of tinny feedback. I put my earphones through hell, so I gave up on the standard issue iPod earphones years ago.
In January, I purchased Apple’s deluxe earphones for $79.99. Like Apple’s standard version, they included an in-line remote and flamboyant white coating. The difference-maker was six replaceable plastic earbuds in three different sizes and solid playback. I purchased these earbuds during one of my running kicks. Unfortunately, they shorted a few times from my sweat until I eventually had them replaced when they were recalled in the spring.
The folks at V-MODA sent me a pair of their Vibrato earphones a few weeks ago. I’ve given them the same beating I did prior Apple earphones – treadmill, basketball, working out, the usual. Forget style – these earphones are tough. They retail at $129.99, but here’s what you get in the box:
- Sport earhooks – reduce bouncing and cord noise when you’re active
- Short clip – keeps the cord in place along your neckline
- Silicone fittings – includes four sizes, and two pairs for each size
- Carrying case – a stylish little pouch to hold all of the accessories
As with standard iPod/iPhone earphones, there’s an in-line remote and mic. Unlike Apple’s version, that remote and mic seem waterproof.
Another attractive feature: The cord is reinforced with Kevlar fabric instead of cheap plastic. This reduces tangling and cracking, the latter of which can be a real concern during these harsh Minnesota winters.
Whether you’re a runner, an audiophile or someone who’d rather not replace their earbuds every other month, the V-MODA Vibrato earphones mix style, durability and function.