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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2012
Bottom line:

AWESOME BASS! Finally, an in-ear headphone that doesn't wimp out on producing the full tonal range of music! Total game-changer for enjoying portable music at the office, gym, or on-the-go. Highly recommended.

Detailed review:

I have owned and listened to a wide array of headphones over the years, including audiophile classics like the Sennheiser HD600s, Grado SR-60s, as well as portable in-ear designs from Etymotic Research and several other brands. Now, from Velodyne --makers of high-end subwoofers-- come along these little vPulse earbuds, and guess what: they sound great! Forget the "Bass Boost" on your iPod --get these little phones instead.

The bass is rich and full, not boomy or distorted like that produced by typical cheap headphones. I am talking about luscious, accurate, realistic, organic bass, dripping in richness and tonality that I was not expecting from an in-ear bud. While it is not replacement for the HD 600, this little phones are a lot of fun, and work well with hip-pop, R&B, classical, and jazz. The tonal reproduction and accuracy is as good as I have heard with in-ear designs, and for $89 you can't go wrong.

For comparison, I also have the Etymotic MC-5's, which are another fine in-ear headphone in a similar price range. The MC-5's produce a wonderful sound as well, but do not have the same response in the bass department. (They do have better sound isolation, however, with the supplied foam inserts.) For critical listening, I would rate the MC-5's just a tad better on accuracy and imaging, but on complex music, they can both sound a little congested, compared to reference headphones. This is somewhat typical of the ear-bud design, however, and is only a minor drawback. Keep in mind that I am being rather finicky here -- most folks may not even notice these shortcomings. And both of these phones are MUCH, MUCH BETTER than the typical headphone which came with your portable device...

Just for fun, I hooked these up to my reference audio system (Cambridge Audio Azur A840C CD player, Headroom Amp) and put on several "high-grade" recordings. Cued up John Rutter's "Requiem" (Reference Recordings, RR-57CD), and the low organ pedals of throughout the piece were faithfully reproduced, while retaining the detail, spatial information, and warmth of the vocals so finely captured in this recording. Likewise, for the SACD Living Stereo recording of Saint-Saens 3rd Symphony (Munch/Boston Symphony Orchestra). The sweeping 2nd movement begins with string and organ theme that literally transports one to another time and place... Many small headphones cannot reproduce the low pedal notes (in fact, several people were not even aware the WAS an organ theme playing under the string section!) These little guys allow me to enjoy this work without the need of lugging my (rather large and expensive) HD600's around.

What about thumping to Beyonce on your iPod? Yes, it works beautifully here as well. Modern pop, R&B, hip-hop, and rap, often have that irresistible BASS line that will have your fingers snapping, and body swaying. On several tracks, it was like listening to the music for the first time! These phones are fun, and isn't that what music enjoyment is all about...?


+) BASS! Try it with some of your favorite recordings. If you don't have a subwoofer at home, you may be surprised to hear what you have been missing.

+) GREAT SOUND: even if you're not a bass-oholic, these faithfully reproduce mid and high frequency ranges: still work great with vocal, chamber, and acoustic recordings.

+) GOOD VALUE: you would have to spend considerably more $$$ to get something (even marginally) better.

+) fits iPhone/iPod jack, no adapters necessary.

+) comes with several extra ear pads, and carrying case.

+) thick ribbon headphone cord reduces tangling.

+) it comes in blue!


-) be aware of microphonics: vibrations or knocks against the headphone cords that transmit sounds. Be sure to use the inclosed clip, which keeps the cord from dangling freely. Maybe an issue if you are using this in the gym, where you are constantly moving.

-) the volume control is located too close to the left ear (in my opinion). Would have been better to move it lower so that one could actually see the controls.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2012
Really... THE best. I have owned just about every pair of earbuds out there. Ibeats, Monster turbine pro, klipsch S4, skulcandy 50/50's and many other earbuds that claimed to have "the best bass". This pair of earbuds tops them all. By a landslide. I compared these side by side with monster turbine pro earbuds. ( which cost $300) and these had 3x the amount of bass. Not exaggerating one bit. The company is great too. I expressed concern for shipping time and they got them to me the next day. Amazing company. Amazing product. A MUST buy!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
The Vpulse is an excellent earphone, offering pleasantly colored sound which does not go overboard. Build quality and accessory kit is excellent, and the only real issue here is occasional difficulty in getting a good seal with the stock silicone tips and the only moderate isolation levels offered from the shallow insertion design.

Sound Quality 5/5: Velodyne has more or less outdone the Monster Turbines here, offering a very consumer friendly sound that will also not repulse audiophiles. Compared to the Turbines, the VPulse has even better bass, lower while also remaining clearly articulated, while offering more natural sounding mids than the Monsters. (Mid freqs on the Turbine are boosted a bit.) Both phones offer similar treble, rolled off a bit on the higher range but still clear and distinct. The low bass is really exceptional on the VPulse, and organ music really comes alive on these phones. Nothing sounds bad - metal, classical, jazz, electronic - all sounded excellent, and unlike cheaper bass monster phones like the RHA 350, the bass is always clear and never overpowers other parts of the music. Sound stage is good for a canal phone, meaning we are roughly at the Grado SR60 level of soundstage, i.e not too vast. Still, there are canalphones that sound much worse, and virtually none that sound significantly better so the VPulse remains a top contender. SQ is both pleasant and reasonably accurate across the sound spectrum, and the strong non-sloppy bass is very fun for many types of music and does little harm to various genres, though of course if you want strictest accuracy, you will not be amused. Adding Comply foamies hurts the high frequencies noticeably compared to the stock silicones, though comfort and isolation are increased.

Comfort & Isolation 3/5: The VPulse uses shallow insert angled drivers made of aluminum. Stock silicone tips are not terrible, and include 8 pair, 2 of 4 sizes in 2 different colors. No multi-flanges or foam options are provided. The stock tips are reasonably comfortable, but for some reason (the angle?) I had a much harder time getting a good seal with these consistently than with other brands of phones. I finally ended up using tips that are two sizes larger than what I use with other phones and that worked OK, though at some cost to comfort. I tried Comply foams and got a good seal more easily and with greater comfort, but as is my usual experience with Comply, the music sounded a bit worse, especially with lacking treble details. Its unfortunate to have to choose between best comfort and best sound, and even more unfortunate that Velodyne doesn't include more fitting options other than silicone single flanges in the stock kit (like Etymotic or Shure do), but for most users, the stock tips will not be too bad, and the shallow insertion will make comfort less of a concern.

However, the shallow insertion does mean you are not getting much isolation out of these. Velodyne claims about 17db isolation, in other words about half as much as a good seal with Etymotics or Shures will give you. This sounds about right listening to them; a lot more is audible with the Velodynes. This mid-level isolation should not be criticized too much - its more isolating than even a good pair of sealed headphones like the ATH M50 or Senn HD 25s offer, and so is good enough for most purposes. It fails the acid test of listening to classical or acoustic jazz on the subway though. The subway readily drowns out the quieter moments in the music. Something like Iron Maiden though is just perfect as the less peaky moderate to high recording tone level sound throughout knocks out the R train even during those screechy City Hall to Cortlandt St moments. These would also be fine for workouts, jogging, cafés, etc. If you want to listen to very quiet music in very noisy places, look elsewhere, but really considering the enhanced bass capabilities of these phones, very quiet music is not a really good use of them anyway!

We have a little dongle with excellent raised control buttons so you can pause music and advance and rewind in the music and you can also use the dongle to answer calls on your IDevice. Works well, and the raised surfaces are a good idea as the dongle is close to your chin and so may be hard to focus on if you needed to read the button ID. The dongle and the flat cable design make wearing these behind the ears a challenge, so straight down wearing will be preferred for most. The cable is flat and sturdy, tangle resistant and non-microphonic.

Build Quality 4/5: Really excellent - aluminum housing used on phone housings and (apparently) the remote control dongle. Cabling is flat and terminates in a sturdy right angle plug. Definitely as good or better than competitors in the same price point. They also give you a generously sized hard clamshell case, a rarity at this price point where soft clamshells are the norm. No concerns as to build, other than that the cable slider is made of a very tight metal substance, and fits the cable too tightly so that as you slide it up and down, it scrapes along the cords. No damage seen yet, and the cord appears tough, but still this could have been done better, especially at the price point. Velodyne obviously thought metal would look snazzier than plastic for the slider, and it does, but the small tolerance and mediocre machining of the metal kind of defeats the upscale purpose. And if the user does end up shaving the wires with the slider, functional deficiency will completely overwhelm the functional aesthetics! Velodyne gives you a 1 year warranty, not too impressive when comparably priced Shures and Etys give you 2 years, and RHA, offering an earphone 1/3rd of the price of these, gives owners a 3 year warranty!

Evaluation: If Monster actually liked its customers, this is what the Turbine would be like - great distinctive sound and awesome build quality at a moderate price point. The base level (apparently discontinued?) Turbine is thoroughly outclassed by the VPulse, and you will have to pay Monster two or three times more the price of the VPulse to get something comparable. As compared to the Shure 215s or Ety HF5s, most ordinary users who do not need best possible isolation (those who like to hear violin music on the airplane for instance) will prefer the VPulse as it is less fussy to insert, more comfortable over the long term due to the shallow insertion, and has that deep throbbing bass that Joe Public loves. (Though, again, it should be stressed that audiophiles who are not utter Puritans when it comes to the Gospel of Truest Accuracy will also find these enjoyable as well! Mahler's Third by Levine on these was just awesome...) A solid four stars - not docking the final star for the isolation, but rather for the slider, the lack of material options in stock tips provided, and the comparatively brief warranty.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2012
I have owned the Velodyne Vpulse earphones since they were released early this year. They have great deep bass, and good midrange and highs as well. Bass is where these earbuds are different from any other earphone. They have more impact than any earphone/headphone I have owned or tried. The only problem I have with the earphones is the fact that they seem to fall out of my ears. This happened no matter which size tips I was using. I then found info regarding Comply Foam Tips, which I immediately ordered, and with the medium size tips, these suckers never come out, plus the isolation from outside is a ton better as well. I don't have to turn them up as loud, and get much better sound quality. This is a must have for any earphone. Enjoy.Comply T-400 Series Foam Tips (Black, 3 Pairs, Medium)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2012
I've even tried replacing the ear plug covers with some aftermarket foam covers, but that didn't help. If I sit perfectly still, the sound is great, even on my commute via Metro, but as soon as I start walking or even just working at my desk, it sounds like someone is rapping on the earpieces. These came highly recommended, so I was even more disappointed.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2012
I bought these Headphones while I was deployed to Afganistan. I took the reputation of Velodyne Subwoofers and thought it would be a nice product since i have some great Velodyne Subs at my house. The sounds was really great for an in ear headphone. I currently own several pair, to include, Shures, Klipsch Si4, Monster turbines, Klispch M40 and Bose QC3. The quality of sound didn't outshine those I have but being down range they served great. Very good highs and lows. The sound isolation was good(not noice cancellation). After two months of use, The right ear bud came apart. It's suck much because I was using the while deployed to drown out big guns and vehicles. I tried to contact Amazon and the company. They both would not replace or warrant the product cause I was over seas. That sucked also. I would recommend them if only kept them in your ears for life. Velodyne built a great sounding earphone, but the craftmanship was poor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2013
Sounds on par to the $200-400 headphones. It is aethestically pleasing and the sound quality is amazing. The medium and high ranges are quite crisp and the bass hits hard. The experience is like a concert in your head and you're at seat number -A102. The only downside is the fit. It's fine and stays in your ear when you're idle or walking, but it sometimes falls out while jogging. This was the case for all of the various sizes included with the headphones. It wasn't too big of an issue for me. Unfortunately, I lost my pair so I won't be able to enjoy them anymore. =/
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2012
I have owned many headphones over the years and currently have about 5 pairs in rotation, including some serious studio monitors (over $400). However, I spend a lot of time with these headphones because they are very good at isolating outside noise. In fact, these are the first in-ear headphones that have allowed me to listen to This American Life or Radiolab and be able to hear all of the details and speech over the sound of the subway. And in addition to their noise isolation, they sound extremely good for in-ear headphones. There's lots of clear, well-defined bass and the highs are not fatiguing or tinny. These are really a bargain. Two of my friends picked these up on my recommendation and they are happy with them as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2013
This is my first update ever, it is a shame this product was soo nice but it was useful only 3 times, it was defective ( just the left earphone continue working), I tried to sent them to warranty but no warranty posibility from Amazon and directly with Velodyne neither ( they never answer my claim)

So I do not recommend to buy this or other product fro Velodyne) Maybe they do good Sub-woffer but I am not interested to try.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2013
Absolutely the best sounding earbuds I ha ever heard. The bass is great and the lows, highs and mids are phenomenal. To be honest, the sound will blow your mind!!! Totally outstanding!!!!!! I will recommend these to everyone! As a matter of fact my wife took one listen to them and immediately ordered the pink ones. WOW!!!!!!!!
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