OK Kids, here’s the scoop, about a month ago I got my hands on V-Moda’s new addition to their production line of headphones called “Faze”.  Now I, in the past did a review on the Vibe II’s, and an even earlier one on the Vibe Duo’s and now there are the “Faze”.  So let’s get into the nitty-gritty here and let me tell you about them.

     Let’s start with what comes with our iDevices.  The stock Apple Headphones.  We all know they are functional and that’s it.  Aside from their built in control ability they are so basic and barely adequate that anyone with any sense of fidelity is quick to upgrade from them to something nicer, like the V-Moda’s line.  OK, I’m being too kind here, the Apple Headphones which fall out of your head if the wind blows simply suck where as after market headphones come in a variety of models and quality, much like cars.  So sticking with this analogy let me to help you better understand where the Faze Headphones stand.  Here’s the break down.  The Vibe II’s are the Ferrari, the Vibe Duos are the Corvettes and the Faze are the Toyota Camary.  Now this is no small deal readers.  The Camary is the best selling car in the nation.  It does not have the frills, bells and whistles the other two models and many others out in the market have.  You do not get turbo.  You don’t get the fancy cup holders and the heated seats.  Sure all those things are nice.  But what the Faze has, like the Camary is a basic standard of quality that is superlative, reasonable, at economy prices which is exactly what we all need in these lean times.  Best of all, V-Moda has not been nationalized or saved with our tax dollars.

     So let’s talk about what the Faze has.  Remember they are basic.  These ear-buds are made of metal like their nearest cousin the Vibe Duo’s, however the metal in comparison feels a bit less in quality, but this is in a direct comparison and on their own you would not even know the difference.  The wires, unlike the Faze’s higher end cousins which are covered in a kevlar weave, are sheathed in rubber.  Other than that the headphones work well enough to leave you pleasantly surprised in comparison to their higher cousins and definitely a full step or two above the iPhones stock earphones.  They are, as all V-Moda’s Headsets, in ear design, and just to be thorough for all of you new to this market, this means they actually are to be stuck into your ear canals thus blocking many ambient and incidental sounds from your environment.  So if you want to hear your music, and the baby crying on the bus, then these are not what you are looking for.  However if this is not an issue, allow me to inform you that the Faze comes with some nice accessories.

     The Faze comes with the standard mic/controller situated like it’s nearest cousin, the Vibe Duo along the right jawline, but surprisingly, in a better design.  One of my issues with the Duo’s was this mechanism was cylindrical with a small, round button that is difficult to locate and find by touch alone.  The Faze however, is shaped rectangularly both in length and width, with the button taking up about 50% of the space on one side allowing you better tactile discovery for control, as can be seen in the pic above).  So you in fact gain in these headphones as a result.  The mic works fine as compared to both the Vibe II’s and Duo’s as well.  They come with two sets of three silicon ear canal sizes and even with Active Flex Ear Hooks that create a secure fit for the active lifestyle. A 3.5 mm jack, which allows compatibility with many audio devices including iPod, iPhone, MP3 players, computers and gaming devices and for shared enjoyment, a headphone splitter included to allow two users to listen to the same source.  As always, there is a small carrying pouch included.

     But let’s be honest, aside from these bells and whistles we use headphones for their basic purpose and thus their name…The speakers.  This is where some quality falls off.  Compared to the Faze’s Cousins, the Vibe II’s are the best.  The Duo’s are great, and Faze’s are…good.   Now this should not deter you.  Remember, these are economy headphones.  Remember Camary?  Dependable, reliable, utilitarian, functional and good quality.  These are not the Ferrari’s.  You get what you pay for and in this case you get a bit more. I personally found the depth and richness of sound to be lacking when compared to the Vibe II’s or Duo’s, but when compared to the stock headphones, they are leaps and bounds better. With some time spent using them while playing with the iPod equalizer functions in settings, I found a setting type that upped the quality just that much more making them more than adequate to listen to.

     Now here’s the rub.  The Faze Headphones by V-Moda are supposedly sold exclusively in only two locations and come in only two colors mutually exclusive to these locations.   They are BestBuy and Radio Shack.  And they come in either Black, or Gunmetal.  The blacks are found only at BestBuy and the Gunmetals are found….yep only at Radio Shack.  The Faze retails at $49.99, I just did a quick online search for the purposes of this article and have found them for even cheaper, which is great for you all.  Especially in these lean times.

     So, the V-Moda Faze gets a thumbs up here for their quality and economy value while maintaining a good degree of fidelity without succumbing to coasting off their premium name.  As a result, if you are in the market for something above what came in your iPhone box, but don’t wish to break the bank in upgrading?  The V-Moda Faze Headphones are your ticket to a better life in sound and music.  So buy them, help the economy and yourself.


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