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V-Moda Forza Metallo Wireless: An excellent sports headphoneV-Moda's first wireless neckband-style Bluetooth headphone delivers strong sound and a comfortable, secure fit.
There are a lot of neck band style headphones out there right now, but this the Moda's Forza Metallo Wireless is one you should definitely check out if you're looking for top notch sound quality and a secure comfortable fit that works well for everyday use as well as sporting activities. It's not cheap at 170 dollars but it's superior to the beats x And most in-ear wireless headphones I've tested. Like with the wired versions of this headphone, it's easy to get a secure fit using one of the four included ear tips and V-Moda's well-designed patent-pending sport fins keep that tip snugly in place, sealing out a lot of ambient noise You don't have to use the sports fins, but I kept them on at all times. Whether I was working out or just walking around. And yes, this headphone is sweat resistant and you can run with it for long distances without a problem. The only downside is that it's got a noise isolating design. So you'll have some trouble hearing traffic around you which some runners and bikers consider a safety issue. Battery life is decent at ten hours, and the headphone works well as a headset for making cellphone calls. The battery in most of the electronics are stored in a module that's designed to sit on the back of your neck. Occasionally, that module slid down between my shoulder blades, but overall the headphone is pretty well weighted And you'll barely notice you're wearing it when the ear buds aren't in your ears. My only design gripe, and it's somewhat serious, is that the headphone cables were a little long for me. I felt they could be a couple inches shorter. If you're a bigger person with a bigger head, that extra cord length, shouldn't be an issue. But for medium size and smaller folk, you may find the cord dangling near your face at times and it may bother you a little. It wasn't a deal breaker for me but it's not ideal. That cord gripe aside, the headphone, as I said, sounds great. It's very clean sounding with tight punching bass and nice detail. In that sense, it doesn't have the typical v-moda, sound profile which tends to accentuate the bass. And can lack some clarity. This headphone is more articulate and well-balanced. As an added bonus you can customize the look of the headphones with optional 3D-printed caps. The caps are a little expensive and I personally wouldn't bother customizing my headphones, but some people might have some fun with it. I'm David Carder for CNET.com. That's the [UNKNOWN], wireless. Thanks for watching.