V-MODA Vibe Duo In-Ear Noise-Isolating Metal Headphone with Universal One-Button Mic (Chrome) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- The Duo headset brings the great sound of the V-moda Vibe to all 3.5mm-jack cell phones such as iPhone and Blackberry
- Discreet hands-free microphone allows for extreme mobility and convenient communication
- Three sizes of ultra-soft silicon fittings (S M L) provide a quick stable and comfortably secure fit
- Handmade premium metal craftsmanship and sophisticated design accentuates the modern individual
- Vibrant bass vivid mid-range vivacious highs
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From the Manufacturer
V-MODA's "Sculpted Sound Curve"
Designed to mimic the warm, sweet sound of hi-fi stereo speakers, the Vibe Duo Nero's sound curve remains amazingly straight with no bass roll-off which delivers a smooth and detailed bass response. A sensitivity dip in the 500hz to 2kHz range accentuates the bass slightly and reproduces a warm soundstage. The gentle dropoff in the high ranges was carefully designed to avoid harsh or "clinical"-sounding highs, making the Vibes suitable as in-ear monitors.
Precision engineering allows your portable audio player or cell phone
to deliver surprisingly stunning sound
V-MASQUE is the speaker technology designed to reproduce V-MODA's sculpted sound curve. It involves using micro-sized metal alloy housings with dynamic neodymium speaker drivers to produce intense clarity and a warm, rich sound. Many other high-end headphones use balanced armature drivers, which can produce clarity well when inserted deeply--and for many people, uncomfortably--into the ear. Yet even in the best-case scenarios headphones using balanced-armature drivers can often lack warmth, producing a "mechanical"-sounding midrange and highs that feel flat and cold. The sound signature of the Vibe series is specifically designed for juicy lows and a sweet midrange yet maintains very precise highs.
Vibe's amazing hi-definition sound makes every element of your music crystal clear and present on a 3-D soundstage. The unique V-MASQUE dynamic driver and "beat port" airflow system recreates the sensation of a LIVE music experience. The "beat port" airflow system works by allowing the airflow to move throughout the housing naturally thanks to precision-cut holes in the driver and the housing. This airflow creates an organic output that is far different than other high-end in-ear monitors that can sound distant and mechanical. The Vibe simulates an experience of listening to live music thanks to the circulation that takes place inside the headphone.
Your Duo Nero comes with a black leather carrying case, cable manager,
and three sizes of silicone fittings in two colors
for the perfect fit and style
BLISS is the acronym for "Bass-Level-Isolating Soft Silicon". Passive noise isolation by itself is not unordinary for in-ear headphones, yet extreme attention to detail is critical because of the fitting's effect in both comfort and sound. The exact thickness of the silicon can make all the difference in the world. Many of the "softest" silicon fittings on some brands proved to be too thick in V-MODA's user test panel. BLISS is made to not only be extremely comfortable in the ear canal, but also to be the easiest earphone to put in and take out quickly. This way one can rock quickly in a matter of seconds, then take an intermission before another encore.
The shape of the fitting is also extremely crucial to prevent them from popping out too easily by providing a proper seal. One of the interesting things V-MODA discovered is that the smaller the fitting, the better the fit for some users since the smaller fitting fits slightly deeper to prevent fall-out. However, many people commonly try only "larger" fittings thinking they may be tighter when the opposite is true. This is why V-MODA puts the small fittings on by default in the packaging, but users should try a few different sizes to decide for themselves optimal sound and comfort.
The design behind BLISS is also an ideology of how far deep the fittings should lie in the ear and the level of noise isolation. In V-MODA's user test groups, many users found that other high-end headphones required a fit too deep and too intrusive to get the best sound and comfort. BLISS fittings are "just right" for everyday use and the amount of noise isolation they provide.
The Perfect Complement to Your iPhone
The Vibe Duo Nero was designed with durability and versatility in mind. Its slim, 3.5mm jack works seamlessly with the iPhone. Its discreet, high-gain mic ensures you'll be heard loud and clear in any situation, without any heavy electronics dragging you down. The call button allows users to take calls and control the music functions of the iPhone with hands-free convenience. Now there's no longer a need to switch between your iPhone headset and your "good" headphones: the Vibe Duo Nero does it all in a lightweight, great-sounding headphone with a style that's sure to turn heads.
Top Customer Reviews
Fast forward about a month, and like so many other reviews, they just stopped working. V-Moda seriously has an issue, it's obvious in the reviews where people have had this product for a month or more, and their earphones just stop working. I was so disappointed, mostly because I really, really, REALLY loved these earphones. But if they just stop working, what good are they worth?
I would say that my usage was light, maybe I'd use them once or twice a week for a few hours at a time. I really am disappointed.
The sound is good, they fit comfortably. And they break like clockwork. I'm on my third set, and this is frankly getting old, especially at the price.
As many other reviews here have stated, they do sound quite good and the interchangeable earpieces are great.
But the wiring at the connector consistently fails. First one channel goes, then the other.
The cloth covering does absolutely nothing to protect the internal wiring.
If you can't even put your iPhone in your pocket without damaging the earbuds, what's the point?
And yes, they will replace them for free, but the customer pays shipping.
I really wanted to like this product, but there's no excuse for spending $100 on an item that breaks in a few months of normal, careful use.
The silicone fittings come in three sizes and two colors, so you get extras to fit your ear size. They are very snug and isolate sound similar to a pair of earplugs, blocking out some noise. Though these aren't noise cancelling, they do suppress a lot of noise. Excellent in that respect.
Bottom line: Worth it? For me, yes...the braided fabric wire means less tangles, and the sound isolation and comfort are tops. The call button mimics the original pack ins, and allows the same functions. And the sound is great. I say go for it, if you're looking for a better pack in for the iPhone. iPod users have cheaper alternatives without the call button feature but there really aren't many options for iPhone users, at least not yet.
* Very nice squeeze-to-open 2-3/8" x 4" pouch
* One set of Small, Med, and Large silicone earcanal inserts in semi-transparent clear and one set in black (6 total).
* Wiring covered in woven cloth. Very flexible boarding on limp.
* Mini-plug is straight, extends 7/8" from iPhone when in place
* Chrome barrel crimp with V-Moda logo at Y where cables to earbuds meet
* Microphone/call button barrel on right side earbud.
* Cloth covered cable to right earbud is same diameter as main cable with small clamp to attach cord to clothing.
* Cloth covered cable to left earbud is approx 2/3 as thick as main cable.
Using the Earbuds:
My 56 yr old eardrums still work but do not pickup the very subtle nuances of audiophile playback as they did when they were 25 yrs old. I bought these earphones because the iPhone OEM earphones hurt like heck after 10 minutes,and my current Shure E4c's do not have the call answering/pause button that the Apples do.
The V-Moda's came with the medium-size silicone inserts in place and, for me, did not form a seal in my ears. The phones sounded horribly tinny. I changed to the largest inserts, which did form a good seal. The V-Modas produced a well balance sound and very pleasing output (sounds great to my old ears). After using them for a week, I prefer them to my Shure E4c's that sound very good, but not 3.5x worth. Most of what I listen to are audible books and videos/movies in while stuck in airline seats.
The tight seal the large inserts create do a very good job of isolating
exterior noise. The earbuds are small, nicely trimmed in black enamel and chrome. I found the cloth to be easier to untangle than vinyl coated cordsets.Read more ›
Is this what to expect from a set of supposedly premium headphones? I think not. Absolutely unacceptable...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have purchased a lot earphones. But these are the only ones that are still going strong in both ear buds right and left. Read morePublished 3 months ago by StressFreeLiving
Work great and comes with extra ear thingys which is good cause I lose those!Published 3 months ago by Anthony
These were one of the best headphones I've ever owned. These traveled the world with me, from North America, to Europe, Asia, and Africa. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jace
Flawless, but there are better ones with today's budget for $50-$100 ones.Published 9 months ago by Icey
Best I've ever used but reviews say they are very delicate......Published 13 months ago by Picturelarry