At $200, the XS has some fierce competition…in the used market. But new, they really don’t have many headphones that best it. The Beyerdynamic DT1350 is cheaper and might sound better (if you manage to get a good pair), but they aren’t as compact as the XS. IEMs lately have been both fantastic-sounding and are much more portable than the XS, but I don’t find them to be as comfortable as the XS. Ultimately, the appeal to the XS in my eyes is not necessarily its sound, which as a whole is acceptable, but the sum of its parts. The XS is a true portable headphone.

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Links

http://v-moda.com/xs/

Price: $212 SRP

Technical Specifications

Type – On-Ear Supra-aural
Drivers – 40mm Dual-Diaphragm High Fidelity (patent pending)
Frequency Response – 5 – 30,000 Hz
Sensitivity – 105dB @ 1kHz 1mW
Microphone Sensitivity – -42dB @ 1kHz
Impedance – 28.5Ω
Weight – 195g (headphone only)
Plug – 45 degree, 24k gold-plated 3.5mm (1/8″) stereo

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6 Responses

  1. dalethorn

    The XS (and M80/V80 before it) seems far more neutral to me than the Beyer Dt1350 or T51p. Both of those are quite weird sounding – the T51p having a huge emphasis around 5 khz, and the DT1350 (I’ve had 4 of them) with a very large emphasis right in the mids center, around 440-500 hz. That’s not to say that the XS’s colorations will be more pleasant than the 2 Beyer headphones’ colorations, but it sure is closer to neutral. Or at least the non-neutral colorations are spread out better.

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    • lumberjake

      Is the DT1350 really cheaper as it says here? I had always thought the driver in those were pricey. I thought they were the pricier of this stle headphone. Maybe I was wrong.

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      • dalethorn

        The DT1350 was $300 USD for several years, but about 1.5 years ago Beyer made the DT1350 their standard audiometry headphone, to replace the DT48a that was in service for 75 years. Beyer may still list the DT1350 for sale, but I suppose they are not making any more for regular sale. Most prices that I see now are in the area of $180 USD. It is a Tesla headphone, which adds to the price.

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