These ears get to hear a lot of great-sounding headphones, but the style of these musical monitors rarely changes: black and white synthetics are the norm, with an occasional chrome accent. V-Moda aims to change look of our earwear with two lines of fashion-forward earphones, the Bass Freq and the Remix M-class, both competitively priced at $50 a pair. The Remix M-class, a shiny metallic model, is the subject of this review.
The Remix M-class is constructed of a polished alloy metal, which means it's not only quite shiny, it can also be a bit chilly when you first stick it in your ear (consider yourself warned). But it's the variety of shimmery colors that draw attention to the design: the 'phones come in pink, blue, and silver. The color encases the ear fitting and runs all the way down through the clear cable. Interestingly, though this looks quite cool in the box, I didn't really expect it to make much of a difference when worn: it does. The shiny cord is much more jewelry-like--and thus looked significantly more stylish running down the front of me--than the thick white cord of my Shure E4cs.
As is standard for sub-$100 headphones, the Remix M-class earphones come with few extras, but I was surprised and pleased to find V-Moda's Modawrap in the box. It's a simple but handy tool for stowing your cord. There are also some thin foam cushions for the earbuds, but even with these slipped on, I found the M-class uncomfortable after less than an hour of use. Of course, my ears have been spoiled by Shure's squishy foam eartips. If you're used to the plastic earbuds that come standard with most MP3 players, you'll probably be fine with the M-class.
Sound-wise, the Remix M-Class earphones do pretty well. They're about on a par with the new 'buds that come with the Apple iPod. Music was on the bright side for my taste, but detail and clarity were good. In order to get truly thumping bass from these 'phones, I had to press them into my ears and hold them there. If they sat normally in my ears, much of the bass was lost, so minimal hip-hop tracks weren't the best for the M-class. Most other genres of music sounded decent, though. A rather unusual trait of these earphones is that they amped up the volume coming from the sound source. I found this to be a useful feature for devices that tend to have low max volumes, such as Creative's MP3 players.