Review: V-Moda V-80 True Blood Headphones

Do leather and metal to meet military specs matter in a "bloody" headphone?

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Themed products aren’t typically my thing, but the new True Blood-branded headphones from V-Moda just… well, they caught my eye. For starters, they have this brushed metal plate that covers the left and right on-ear headphones – in fact much of the headband itself has steel reinforcements – and you can twist and flex it and it won’t break (twist the phones). Also, the way everything is bolted together reminds me of what headphones designed for military spec would look like – well, actually, it turns out these phones are mil spec – something called 810G, which tests against environmental conditions, vibration and impact.

What the True Blood brand contributes is the leather, black, and red color scheme that infiltrates every aspect of these headphones; from the red aluminum V-moda chevrons above each ear, to the interior red cloth and black microfiber suede of the headband. Even the detachable cable has this cool black/red woven look to it and it doesn’t exhibit a lot of noise when you bump it. They also penned some of the marketing to reflect the True Blood roots – so you see a lot of “Supernatural sound” and “Immortal durability” in the literature. Oh, and the “Exoskeleton blood vial case” is almost… organic-looking, like some sort of shrink-wrapped leather, fleshy Batman suit for your headphones. I couldn’t decide whether it was really, really cool… or just… disturbing.

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Now, V-moda claims the headphones are rated to over 70 drops, though they don’t state from what height… (maybe turn and drop them an inch as a joke… “Yep…”) Actually it’s likely related to that mil-spec I mentioned earlier. They also put the kevlar-reinforced cables through over 1 million bends. Clearly build quality and durability is an important factor – and all joking aside – when you look at the V-80′s and all the detail that’s put into their design – well, they sell that pretty well.

For on-ear headphones, the V-moda V-80s are extremely comfortable. I wore them for several hours while doing a series of reviews and they don’t exert a lot of pressure – my ears really didn’t get tired of wearing them. That’s likely due to the ergosoft memory foam earpads which seemed to conform well to the shape of my ears. They also deliver a fair amount of sound isolation, which is great for when you’re traveling.

And while we’ve said a lot about the physical headphones, it’s really the sound that matters – and that was, well it was surprisingly good. These are the first headphones in a long time that at least competed with our reference over-the-ear headphones. Bass in particular was surprisingly deep, with some mid-bass emphasis, but nothing that made them sound fake.

Read the complete review here at Audioholics (with an included video) and share your thoughts here in the forum.


The V-Moda True Blood V-80 headphones are available for $199.

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