Every time V-MODA comes out with a new pair of headphones, I get excited to test them out. That’s because every single pair I’ve ever tested sound great, and lasts and lasts. I’ve yet to be disappointed in their products. In fact, my go-to pair of in-ear phones are V-MODA Forza Sports. So I wasn’t surprised when I popped their Forza Metallo Wireless earphones in that I was treated to more excellent sound quality.
The wireless version takes everything that I loved about the wired Forza Metallos, and does it without the need for pesky wires to get in your way. So if you were thinking about the wired ones, but want something easier to wear, you’re in luck.
Part of what makes the wireless model so great is their ergonomics. They offer an excellent in-ear fit, but also come with a battery pack and receiver module that sits neatly around the back of your neck, ensuring they stay in place.
The titanium reinforced neckband doesn’t slip around, and keeps everything in its proper place, including the controls for volume, pause/play, power and answering calls which sit nicely in place on either side of your neck.
The controls themselves are smartly designed and responsive, and took me only a few seconds to get used to which buttons do what – which is important since you have to use them without the benefit of sight.
The drivers themselves offer a snug fit thanks to a wide variety of included soft silicone eartips and earwings to keep them from falling out when you’re active.
Those earwings can be replaced with a variety of pricey 3D-printed earcaps, which are stylish, but you sacrifice the locking ability of the wings if you go that route. Personally, I think they’re are a bit of a gimmick, and the standard headphones look great the as-is. Besides, for me, it’s all about sound quality and comfort.
With the proper eartips in place and gently pushed into your ear canal, they offer an exceptionally rich sound experience, with a beautifully smooth and distortion-free sound across the entire listening spectrum. Like other V-MODA headphones, the sound is crisp and warm, and not harsh even at the highest volume levels. The low end is clean and natural, with a satisfying kick, though if you like earthshaking bass, look elsewhere. For those of us who prefer to hear sounds as they were recorded in the studio on the other hand, these are close to perfect.
There’s a nice and sense of dimensionality and space to the soundstage too, something that’s often difficult to pull off with in-ear headphones. While I wasn’t in the recording studio while Adele recorded Right As Rain, I’m betting that what I just listened to was pretty darned close to the original. I threw a wide variety of genres at them, from rap to classical, from hard rock to folk, and they didn’t flinch.
Battery life is good, offering up to 10 hours of wireless playback depending on volume level. I also like how their remaining battery shows up in the iOS Batteries widget and in the top right corner – a very nice little feature not included on all Bluetooth headphones.
While there are oftentimes sacrifices made for wireless headphones, it seems as if V-MODA has given up nothing for the Forza Metallo Wireless. They sound just as good as the already excellent wired version, plus they add the convenience of Bluetooth. In addition, their smart design makes them fantastic for working out or other activities where wires might get in the way. If you’re looking for a pair of wireless in-ear headphones, you’ll definitely want to buy a pair. You won’t be disappointed.
The Forza Metallo Wireless earphones are available now in both the White/Silver reviewed here as well as Gunmetal/Black, and sell for $170(USD). They’re worth every penny.