It's a tough call between these and the Sennheiser Momentum On-ear, but the more compact design just about edges it for the V-Moda XS as our pick of the best on-ear headphones. After impressing with the over-ear V- Moda M-100s, the on-ear version offer similarly stellar sound from a more head-hugging design. Aesthetically, they have the same great industrial-style look as the M-100 headphones with the kind of tough, durable build that means they can take some day-to-day damage. Most importantly, they are comfortable to wear and the reduced gap between the headband and head means they are some of the slimmest to wear as well.
Like the Momentums, they are not the best when it comes to noise isolation but crucially the 40mm drivers deliver a strong bass performance with good treble and impressive mid-range.
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