I’ve been plugged into my pair of moshi Vortex for a little over two weeks now, and I may well end up using them as my day-to-day earbuds. They’ve got a sharp all-metal bud design, a braided cable that’s less prone to tangling, and a crisp, clear sound. Miscellany There all sorts of little things […]
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Review: moshi Vortex Earbuds

I’ve been plugged into my pair of moshi Vortex for a little over two weeks now, and I may well end up using them as my day-to-day earbuds. They’ve got a sharp all-metal bud design, a braided cable that’s less prone to tangling, and a crisp, clear sound.

Miscellany

There all sorts of little things to like in this set of stereo buds:

  • almost all of the changeable earbuds are colour coded, so it’s easy to tell at-a-glance which one you should put in your right ear
  • aside from the standard S/M/L sizes of silicone tips, there are also a pair of black foam buds that conform very nicely to the ear; I didn’t use them for too long, though, as they can get a little sticky, despite frequent ear cleaning
  • carrying cases that come with earphones are usually pretty forgettable or impractical, but moshi has a pretty good one here; it’s also triangular in shape and protects the earbuds and the cables beautifully; the only downside is it can take a while to wind the entire length of cable around the case
  • there’s a pretty good microphone on the Vortex, which is a big plus, but there’s a distinct lack of any volume keys; the latter is a definite disappointment, especially since these earbuds don’t come cheap and volume controls come standard on Apple’s own $40 headset

Sound

Finally, we come to sound, which is really where it’s at. The Vortex feature relatively large enclosures for earbuds, but this probably ends up working in their favour, resulting in an articulate sound signature. Mids sound just a little bit recessed, but this is evened out by the fact that highs are clear and lows aren’t too punchy. It’s easy to tell where each sounds begins when listening to the Vortex, and the sound stage is wide enough that you don’t have to listen too hard to enjoy the little details. I had no problems with the earbuds staying in place using the larguest bud size, but the best fit resulted from wearing the earbuds over-the-ear.

Conclusion

The $80 Vortex – which is available for purchase straight from AT&T – sets itself apart as a pair of earbuds with smart, sexy design, great build quality, and surprisingly rich sound. The buds are bigger than most of the other offerings on the market, but if you’re looking for sonic clarity in a portable form factor, I think the moshi Vortex is well worth the price.

The moshi Vortex was provided by moshi for review on iSource. For further information regarding our site’s review policies, please see the “About” page.

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