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V-MODA Vibe Duo Headphones Review

The Vibe Duo headphones are priced well, based on what they offer, and they have some interesting aesthetics as well.

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Tour

The Vibe Duo headphones come in three colors: Gunmetal Rouge (red), Nero (black), and Chrome (silver). They all share the same unique aesthetic: an ear bud with a textured barrel and a jet turbine-like backside.

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The Vibe Duo's ear bud and nozzle.
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The back of the ear bud.

The cord is cased with a fiber weave, and runs down from each ear bud in a traditional 'Y' style. partially down the right ear bud is a microphone dongle with a small black button to activate it. The plug is very thin, metal, and has a unique curvature to its shape.

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The microphone dongle: Button side above, mic side below
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Front(ish) view of the Vibe Duo headphones, as worn by HATS.
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Side view of the Vibe Duo headphones, as worn by HATS.

In the Box

In the Vibe Duo's slightly scandalous packaging, you'll find the headphones, sleeves (small, medium, and large in both black and translucent white), a shirt clip, and a leather pouch.

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Lip gloss or headphones -- you decide.

Durability

The Vibe Duo headphones seem pretty durable, but they do have one durability issue. First of all, while the woven cord covering definitely scores them bonus durability points, these headphones don't feature much of a cord guard. This means the cord can bend very sharply at both the plug, the bud, and the microphone dongle. This could expedite wear and tear on the cable's wiring. Other than this area, there really isn't much

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This woven fiber encases the cord, which is good.
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This woven fiber encases the cord, which is good.

Other than the lack of cord guards, however, the Vibe Duo seems pretty sturdy. There typically aren't many areas for in-ear headphones to house weak points.

Aesthetics

V-MODA, as a company, seems to be very focused on fashion. It should come as no surprise, then, that these headphones certainly look well-designed. They have far more aesthetic flair than many in-ear headphones on the market today, which is tough to do, given how tiny the canvas is. Our review unit's coloration was called 'Gunmetal Rouge,' which is fashion-speak for 'red'. Really, if you're looking for an in-ear set that looks nice and separates you from the iPod In-ear Headphones crowd, the Vibe Duo headphones are a good choice.

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  1. Tour & Design
  2. Performance
  3. In Use
  4. Value & Comparisons
  5. Conclusion
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