Pros Low-end sound quality, Design, Mic Sound quality, Soundstage
Cons Cable material, Microphonics, weight, v-moda reputation for poor durability
Summary Sound quality, no complaints. These have a cleaner low end than the original Vibes, but not quite as pronounced. The bass is pronounced and you can pump these earphones quite far before you start hearing a bit of distortion. Midrange quality is nice and sweet. The highs are a bit shrill, but nothing a little EQ tweaking can't fix. The pseudo 3D effect these phones have for widening the soundstage is effective. Callers on the other end say I sound pretty good using the earphones as a headset.
I like the design of the original Vibes much more, but I didn't touch them because of the horrid durability issues with the plug... which brings me to the build quality issues of these phones. The cable is starting to show signs of wear after ONE week! I'm afraid the cloth cable closest to the plug is going to eventually wear out and split. The cable is extremely soft and flexible, which puts extra wear and tear on the cable area since the rubber around the plug is not as soft and flexible as the cable.
If these last over a year, I consider them a 5/5 at a cost of under $80.
Pros They sound good.
Cons The design of the switch and mike was not good.
Summary Too expensive for them to fall apart.
Pros Excellent value. . . I had the Vibes and they were great but I sold them and upgraded to the Vibe II and they are fun to own. You will see and feel and hear the improvement instantly. I haven't listened to every in ear competitor to V-moda.
Cons Takes 5 minutes to open the box. Oh the anticipation!
Summary Buy em!
Pros I have had/have at least 6 different earphones ranging in price from $100-$200. I really like the sound of the Vibe Duo (previous model to Vibe II). Some say heavy on the bass, but I find the sound to be best in class.
Cons I feel like I have rented these things. I have had 4 pairs over the course of its 1 year warranty. The V-Moda folks are great to deal with, but unfortunately every pair has shorted at the base of the mini plug within 3 months.
Summary If you treat these earphones like a Faberge egg, then you will be rewarded with terrific sound. For me--despite my best attempts--I find the cable/mini plug to be too prone to shorting. I keep my iPhone in my pants pocket and apparently this places "undo?" stress on the connector. V-moda redesigned the connector but my experience is that while conceptually it should have made them more durable, this has not been my ini the field experience. I really like these earphones and V-moda stands behind its warranty. As I type I am sending my latest pair back for replacement due to cable stress, and yet I really like the sound quality. I think that I will use these as laptop earphones instead of iPhone earphones.
Pros can't think of any
Cons They break within weeks. Worst product I've bought in years. Never again.
Summary Don't buy these.
First pair I bought, left bud had no sound within two weeks.
Replaced em at the store, left bud fell apart (!) within three weeks.
Now store says I'll have to use the v-moda warranty, where it seems I'll get another replacement, no refund. Lucky me.
Buy three apple buds for the price of one v-moda, you'll get thirty times the life from them.