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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. zoltan1600's Avatar
      zoltan1600 -
      I could go for some earbuds!
    1. bigdog5142's Avatar
      bigdog5142 -
      Wow...nice headphones! Would LOVE them!
    1. icecold786's Avatar
      icecold786 -
      those look amazing, would love to have a pair
    1. flintTC's Avatar
      flintTC -
      I need new earbuds. May need to give these a try. They look nice.
    1. kwarren3's Avatar
      kwarren3 -
      These look pretty nice. Hopefully the mic works as well as you say.
    1. Galrash's Avatar
      Galrash -
      Pretty friggin sweet! I hope I win some, if not I might just have to buy them...
    1. mad102190's Avatar
      mad102190 -
      this contest widget is confusing lol, hopefully i can still win these headphones. i just lost my old ones
    1. arrianj's Avatar
      arrianj -
      Looks good!
    1. DFCapone's Avatar
      DFCapone -
      these look amazing

      sweet set
    1. satandumpling's Avatar
      satandumpling -
      Looks nice
    1. desi_4_you's Avatar
      desi_4_you -
      hope i win this give away
    1. ord6's Avatar
      ord6 -
      Seems awesome.

    1. camstryker's Avatar
      camstryker -
      Look solid. I've been looking for a new pair of headphones ever since my v-moda ones died.
    1. bisk's Avatar
      bisk -
      Look nice. Would be nice to replace those crappy Apple Earbuds.
    1. hoooodini's Avatar
      hoooodini -
      Very nice!
    1. prootZ's Avatar
      prootZ -
      Love them!
      Design is beautiful
      My 3 year old Ultimate Ears just broke down...right after the warranty ended :-(
    1. madrich's Avatar
      madrich -
      Quote Originally Posted by prootZ View Post
      Love them!
      Design is beautiful
      My 3 year old Ultimate Ears just broke down...right after the warranty ended :-(
      I hope you win. I never win.

      I like to win a pair.
    1. ZML's Avatar
      ZML -
      Looks like some solid headphones. Great review.
    1. iNT3Rv3NTiONZz's Avatar
      iNT3Rv3NTiONZz -
    1. Grimbil's Avatar
      Grimbil -
      I'm always a little dubious about this type of headphones - will they really stay in my ears? Too many don't. I'm happy to give them a shot tho!