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  • [GIVEAWAY] Moshi Vortex Headphones

    Let's take a look at some headphones today. Sunnyvale, CA based Moshi, an iAccessory maker, has recently started getting into audio products, and asked us to take a look and give our thoughts. We're starting with their Vortex headphones.

    The first thing you notice with the Vortex phones is the packaging. A thick box with Apple-esque design has a window which shows the earbuds, and Moshi's explanation of their product. Once opened up, the box is instantly presenting the earbuds, holder, and additional sizes of ear tips. There are 3 types of ear tips in addition to the ones on the earbuds when you pull the earbuds out of the box.

    Once you've got the earbuds in your hands, the first thing I thought was "whoa, heavy." These are not your typical $15 plastic headphones, or the ubiquitous Apple earbuds. The Neodymium drivers are housed in a sintered steel alloy earbud, giving it a nice hefty weight. What the heck is sintered? I checked Wikipedia on that one - it's a process usually used in ceramics in which an object is formed from powder - these guys are powdering a steel alloy and making headphones out of it. Pretty cool.

    The Vortex are designed with mobile in mind; they've got your typical microphone and answer/end call button. I tested some calls, and quality was crisp and clear. People on the other end heard me well and generally didn't know I was using headphones to talk. The cable itself is even nice - wrapped in a durable fabric which gives the headphones a cool look, with a length of just about 4 feet (1.2m).

    So... how do they SOUND? The Vortex headphones sound great. The drivers push out thumping bass which I found tastefully matched by clean highs. There is a good overall sound with these phones - full and powerful, crisp and clear. I don't like this obsession on headphones makers with all bass all the time, with no attention to treble. Moshi does a great job of accurately reproducing the sound the artists want you to hear, with just a tad heavier push on bass.

    The phones sit well in the ear; I went running with them a few times, and they stayed in fine. That's my go-to test for fit - if I can run a few miles with them in and not have to be smashing them in my ear every couple minutes, they fit well. These did - and they come with a variety of ear tips for different sizes ears.

    And nice job Moshi - they also come with a silicone holder/case which you can wrap the phones around to store. This worked well and I used it often.

    The Vortex headphones by Moshi run $80.00 on their website. A little hefty for earbuds, but they are equal to earbuds twice their price. We've got two pair to give away courtesy of Moshi, so leave a comment below (some people are forgetting to comment with our new widget system - we DO check to see if you commented!) and use the widget to enter into our giveaway! We'll announce the random winners in a couple days.

    This article was originally published in forum thread: [GIVEAWAY] Moshi Vortex Headphones started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 148 Comments
    1. azndrago123's Avatar
      azndrago123 -
    1. Bearlyme86's Avatar
      Bearlyme86 -
      I'd take 'em! Thanks for the giveaway guys!
    1. mikel639's Avatar
      mikel639 -
    1. iBeast24/7's Avatar
      iBeast24/7 -
      This is what im talking about. And they are waaaay cheaper than the Beats from Dre headphones too!

      Good stuff.
    1. McMike's Avatar
      McMike -
      Nice - from the sounds of it, I'm surprised they are only $80.
    1. kingmoe738's Avatar
      kingmoe738 -
      apple ear phones broke latlely and was looking for some new ones. would love to try these out.
    1. Greatbiguns's Avatar
      Greatbiguns -
      These look very similar to my old Dr Dre Beats, I wonder if they sound the same?
      I would love to check these out, my Beats are showing some wear would be nice to test these out...
    1. inurse's Avatar
      inurse -
      Would love to win ! How do you enter
    1. spoon's Avatar
      spoon -
      Just in time for me to replace my OEM iPhone ones, those things are horrible.
    1. xdimx2's Avatar
      xdimx2 -
      I'm glad they pass the running test. My Bose earbuds are nice but they never seem to stay in when I go running.
    1. Brgrkngemployee's Avatar
      Brgrkngemployee -
      Better than the klipsh in ears at the same price? I would love to find out!!
    1. CinePhone's Avatar
      CinePhone -
      Moshi Moshi !! Love Vortex products
    1. Pikabro's Avatar
      Pikabro -
      These look incredible! really nice box design too. Hope I win
    1. dbizzy1's Avatar
      dbizzy1 -
      I workout at the gym 4-5 days a week and recently had my headphones go out. I've been looking for some new ones but there are too many options out there. I've heard great things about these headphones and I would love to put them to the test. If they can handle the demand of my workout schedule then I'd be extremely happy because quite frankly most don't. I'd love to get a shot at these!
    1. ToddN's Avatar
      ToddN -
      These look fairly comparable to my Vibe II Duo headphones, which cost just under $80 but broke within a year.
      Hopefully that added weight and sintered machining (sure, I'll act like I know what it is, too) will translate to a higher build quality and durability.
    1. redcapediver's Avatar
      redcapediver -
      i could use some new headphones. mine are all falling apart.
    1. xxscaxx's Avatar
      xxscaxx -
      looks great. I am kind of a nut with headphones...constantly searching for a new pair to outdo the previous. Would really love to give these a go!
    1. jroy's Avatar
      jroy -
      look like nice headphones!
    1. Outrager's Avatar
      Outrager -
      Looks nice.