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V-Moda Remix Remote In-Ear Headphones
  • V-Moda Remix Remote In-Ear Headphones
  • V-Moda Remix Remote In-Ear Headphones
  • V-Moda Remix Remote In-Ear Headphones
  • V-Moda Remix Remote In-Ear Headphones
  • V-Moda Remix Remote In-Ear Headphones
  • V-Moda Remix Remote In-Ear Headphones


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The V-Moda Remix Remote are described by their maker as "high-definition noise-isolating metal headphones." I suppose that two, as they say, out of three ain't bad. Metal? Certainly. Noise-isolating? Yes, indeed. High-definition? Well... chalk that one up to creative license.

Not that I'm suggesting that the Remix Remote earphones should be criticised for not offering 7.1-channel, Dolby TrueHD sound; although that's what "HD" audio is, in my opinion. Rather, I'm dubious that a pair of £90-odd 'phones can realistically warrant such a definition - if you'll pardon the pun.

Were one feeling generous, it could be argued in favour of the Remix Remote earphones that they have the look of a piece of HD home cinema kit. Their construction from chrome-finished metal and glossy black plastic is definitely stylish. The only flaw in this respect is that there's no easy way to tell between the left and right ear pieces. A small L and R is etched onto the appropriate side, but it's not very obvious.

The in-line remote, which establishes these as iPhone-compatible earphones, is made from metal and the 3.5mm connector has an extremely sturdy look to it, imparting confidence in the overall built quality. The Kevlar-enforced cable feels nice and sturdy, too, although the 'Y' section above the remote does seem particularly prone to tangling itself should you let these earphones out of your sight for even a split second.

The earpieces themselves feature fairly large 9mm drivers, and as such err on the large side of comfortable for those of us with smaller ears. Nonetheless I was able to get a good fit and seal with the 'S' silicone tips, and there are two larger options and one smaller should they be required. Despite their size the Remix Remote earpieces aren't heavy, so long-term listening doesn't cause discomfort.

V-Moda also supplies what it calls "detachable sport earhooks," to give an extra-secure fit when running the cable up and over your ears. I didn't find these particularly useful, but they do serve their intended purpose. Rounding out the package is a soft carrying case making for a pretty complete overall offering.


April 14, 2010, 3:06 pm

These could be just what I need as any outdoor audio listening causes bass levels to be crushed. I sold my hf2's because they lacked bass but it's a shame to hear that the remote on these only works with the 3GS. I only hope it will continue to work with the fourth generation iPhone later this year.

Can you tell me whether these earphones have more, the same, or less bass than the V-Moda Bass Freq Headphones that TR reviewed back in 2007? I tried those and they were too bass heavy even for my penchant for the low end.


April 14, 2010, 5:56 pm

Forgive my stupidity here, but what is the difference between "in ear Headphones" and "Earphones" or the even more esoteric "Canalphones"?

I presume the answer is marketing semantics. I always though there were only two types: Headphones that cover the ear and earbuds that (only) fit in...


April 14, 2010, 6:11 pm

@Chocoa: Earphones are your traditional old school earphones that sit in the cartilage surrounding your earcanal, Canalphones are the type that partially go into your earcanal, and in-ear headphones go deep into your earcanal.

In-ear headphones offer the best noise isolation and bass reproduction, canalphones aren't quite so good, while earbuds tend to be the worst.

Here are some examples:

Earphones or earbuds: Standard Apple earphones. The ones seen included with this mp3 player: http://www.trustedreviews.c... Or pretty much any cheap bundled headphones with a phone.

Canalphones: http://www.trustedreviews.c... or http://www.trustedreviews.c... See how they are relatively stubby and shallow.

In-ear headphones: http://www.trustedreviews.c... or http://www.trustedreviews.c... or http://www.trustedreviews.c.... See how they're longer so can be pushed deep into the ear.


April 14, 2010, 6:14 pm

Oh, and earbuds is more specifically your traditional earphone where 'earphone' is an overarching term.


April 14, 2010, 6:33 pm

I got the original vModa vibes shipped from the States based on reviews. Sounds like these new ones get a similar sound. I just hope they last longer than the 4 months mine did before the cable went and the sound went in one ear.

Why does this always happen with headphones? I see on Amazon reviews people complaining about this ALL THE TIME. And it's happened to me pletny with different brands. It's the main thing that puts me off spending more than £40 on a pair of headphones ever again. Can anyone recommend a decent pair of in-ear phones that will last? I guess I should work out how to use a soldering iron.


April 15, 2010, 4:58 am


Mercy buckets Ed, for the comprehensive answer. I appreciate your research and links provided.

- Once again proving that TR hears its readers and responds well to a question!

/end plug :)

Seems the further into your ear they go the more they cost! Hmmm.


April 15, 2010, 1:29 pm

Would it be possible for you to review bluetooth headphones (with the bluetooth built directly into the headphone)?

I've got a pair of Motorola HT820s that I've been using for the last 2years. No problem with wires breaking or getting twisted, which is why I like them, but I'm looking for a spare/second pair. Full voice dialling etc. and remote control with my N95, but no voice dialling with my N900 (curses!) although the remote control works.

Giordano Bruno

October 19, 2014, 11:45 pm

I get really really (did I specify "really") annoyed at reviews of headphones that make statements about the product being "bass heavy" or whatever. Almost all digital music players have equalization settings in the options menu. Thus it is irrelevant if a particular set of headphones happen to be "bass heavy". Just go into the options menu of your player and set it to compensate for your particular tastes. The bottom line when it comes to the V-Moda Remix is that it has an accurate frequency reproduction range from 5 to 25,000 cycles which is well below and above what the human ear is even capable of discerning. Thus the full range is covered and if you don't like their particular tuning you can adjust it in your EQ menu, which is something that everyone does anyway regardless of the headphones that they are using. Those review points are so meaningless. Why do you reviewers even waste your time writing it?

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