Audiophiles and casual music fans rejoice — the V-Moda XS is here to kick your ears in the ass. The preferred choice of DJs from Avicii to Nervo to Hardwell and beyond, V-Moda is already one of our favorite headphone producers. Their M-100s have excellent audio quality and impress with their Milan-inspired style, but if you're the type of guy who likes to pop in his Apple Earbuds and forget about it, a sizable (and pricey) headphone can be a tough sell. Enter the new V-Moda XS, your perfect entrée into dope sound.
Earbuds are convenient, sure, but they're not nearly as durable and can't offer the same noise cancellation and rich sound that an over-the-ear pair can give. The XS is the perfect compromise: killer sound, portability, and that neato feeling that you're sporting the same headphones as your favorite DJ.
Significantly smaller than those massive headphones you see people rock on the street or subway, the XS boasts the same audio output as its big brother, but in a sleeker package that can fold up and easily slip into a jacket pocket or briefcase.
They are just as customizable as the 100s, with different colorways for the exterior and free laser engraving. And for you butterfingers types, the XS headphones are built to military specifications, so you can drop them without fear of flushing your money down the drain. The XS is available now for $200, about half the price of those dumb Beats you're lusting after.
Evan Scott Schwartz is the Tech editor for Supercompressor. His old white earbuds have turned gray, and are now in the trash.