"5/5 if they last at least a year."4.0 starson by themyst
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.