The earpieces themselves are a testament to V-Moda's commitment to stylish-yet-durable design. They're constructed from zinc alloy using a die-casting metal technology that not only gives them a geometric, jewelry-like style, but also makes them much sturdier than plastic 'buds. Further, the fabric around the cord is woven Kevlar, which gives us high hopes for the staying power of these earphones.
However, one thing about all this durability is that it makes the Vibrato Remote earphones rather heavy on the whole. We could feel a slight pull at the earpieces from the cable and accent piece, so using the included shirt clip isn't exactly optional. Beyond the weight, we found the set to be quite comfortable for at least an hour, thanks largely to the small overall size of the earpieces. Plus, V-Moda includes eight sets of color-coded silicone tips ranging from XS to L in size, so most people should find a good fit. The package also contains a leather pouch and a pair of "active flex" sport earhooks to keep the earphones secure during workouts.
Provided you can get a good seal with the ear, the Vibrato Remote will reward you with excellent audio quality and impressive sound isolation. Also, V-Moda seems to have decreased the cable noise issue found in some previous models, as the cord rubbing against clothing is no longer as distracting (perhaps the Kevlar helped with this as well).
More importantly, music sounds great through the Vibrato earphones. As we've come to expect from V-Moda-branded headphones, these provide a deep, thumping low-end. Better yet, the bass in this case doesn't overshadow the other sounds, but gives a satisfying heft to tracks across genres. Meanwhile, mids are rich and warm without being overly forward, and the highs sparkle. There's definitely an emphasis on the lows, though, so those looking for strictly balanced audio may not prefer the sound here. That said, the Vibratos performed to our tastes across every genre we threw at them, with a particular knack for dance, rock, pop, electronic, and hip-hop.
We also tested the remote functionality of the Vibrato and it worked flawlessly with our fourth-gen iPod Touch. The play, pause, and call answer function also served its purpose for an Android device we had on hand. As such, these earphones are a great option for music-loving iPhone and Android users.