Whether you want the best headphones for kids or adults, we have you covered.\r\n\r\nIt's no doubt that V-MODA makes some standout headphones. The company's flagship\u00a0Crossfade M-100 over-ears was a big hit, launching a strong fan base and momentum into greater heights. Following that, V-MODA questioned, "Why should over-ear headphones get all the fun?"\r\n\r\nAs a result, an equally awesome on-ear alternative was born - the V-MODA XS. The great thing is that the XS isn't\u00a0just a shadow of its bigger brother, it stands on its own through\u00a0some great design choices. Continue onto\u00a0our\u00a0V-MODA XS On-Ear Review to find out if this is the headphone for you.\r\nOverview\r\nPrice:\u00a0$154 on Amazon\r\nAvailable: Now\r\nModel:\u00a0V-MODA XS\r\n\r\nWHY IT'S A TOP PICK:\u00a0Excellently engineered with\u00a0durable construction, efficient design, and killer sound.\r\n\r\nSummary:\u00a0The V-MODA XS does just about everything right, from its compact and form-fitting\u00a0design to quality acoustics. We also wish more manufacturers would have this high of standard for durability. However, on-ear headphones don't give great isolation, and the XS is no exception despite them making our list of best headphones.\r\n\r\nWhat We Liked\r\n\r\n \tDurable headphone construction and tough exoskeleton case\r\n \tCollapses into an unbelievably compact size\r\n \tSound quality punches above its price-point\r\n\r\nWhat We Didn't\r\n\r\n \tSub-par isolation\r\n \tBass may not be powerful enough for bass lovers.\r\n\r\nV-MODA XS Specs\r\n\r\nDesign\r\nThe V-MODA\u00a0XS\u00a0carries over most of the aesthetics\u00a0established with the preceding Crossfade M-100, from the sleek metal stem supports\u00a0to the V-shaped emblems that terminate the\u00a0headband. It also has that slick CliqFold hinge that allows the earcups to snap in and out of place (with a firm and satisfying click). Being that the eacups are drastically smaller than in the M-100, the collapsed size when you fold the XS is outstanding. In fact, we were quite surprised when we saw how\u00a0small the packaging was. The XS comes folded up within its included carrying case, and at first sight, it's unbelievable that an over-the-head headphone can fit in such a compact space.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSpeaking of which, the case is as sturdy as we've ever felt. V-MODA\u00a0is known to build its products like a tank, and that ideal isn't just limited to the headphones. The smooth-touch but hard shell feels like it can\u00a0withstand a beating and have no problem protecting its precious contents. Small headphones are meant to use on-the-go, so we're glad that V-MODA considers the details.\r\n\r\nThe XS packaging simply reveals the headphones and an audio cable. Also like the M-100, the cable is detachable and can be placed on either ear cup. And like everything else, it is also built tough, with a braided reinforcement which V-MODA says can withstand over 1 million bends. It's terminated by a 45-degree, gold-plated 3.5mm jack.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe earcups on the XS look like a shrunken version of the M-100 earcups, even down to the customizable plates that cap the surfaces. That's right, you can also give the XS your own personal touch. V-MODA offers as wide of styles and materials to garnish your XS the way you want (albeit, at a wide range of costs). The options include laser engraved Aluminum (from a selection or your own drawing) or 3D printed textures on steel, precious metals, or fiber. Sadly, the primary earcup housing isn't as premium (hard plastic), but V-MODA promises that it take abuse nonetheless.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe XS comes in two flavors: Matte Black (our model) or White Silver. Aside from the differences in color schemes, the earcup plate on the Matte Black is fiber (black by default) and Aluminum (silver by default) on the White Silver model.\r\nUsability\r\nPart of V-MODA's campaign on the XS was what it proclaimed as\u00a0Mind the Gap. This notion refers to the gap that typical circular-shaped headphones leave between the headband and the user's head. Addressing that would make for a more efficient wear\u00a0and the excellent compact size that the XS is able to achieve. Therefore, the sides of the headband are flatter than you'd normally see...and we think it works great.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nYou'll immediately notice that the XS are tighter-fitting on the head than other headphones, but that in no way impugns\u00a0on ergonomics. Actually, the fact that more of the headband contacts your head makes for a better distribution of the weight. The XS isn't the lightest-weight on-ear out there (195g), but that ended up of little consequence. We didn't observe any headaches even after hours of use.\r\n\r\nHowever, being that we're talking about an on-ear headphone, you may get some ear aching after extended use. This isn't to say that the ear cup padding is inadequate; V-MODA does a great job. The supple, leather-wrapped cushions are plump and comfy on the ear (and the balance between pressure and isolation is perfect in our opinion), but it's just the nature that if you have something pressing against your ears, you'll feel it after a while.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSpeaking of isolation, it's as good as it can be. On-ears are also known to not be the best noise-isolating headphones. In contrast, over-ears are able to put more material between the environment and your ears. That said, the XS fits over your ear openings nicely and the leather material helps in blocking sound leakage.\r\nSound\r\nSo the XS has an excellent design; what about sound? Fortunately, V-MODA never lets off the gas and aims for quality through-and-through. The M-100's killer sound is what helped propel V-MODA's name to be among today's greats. That, however, doesn't mean there weren't improvements to be had. We're glad to say that the XS matures the M-100's sound.\r\n\r\nHeadlining the refinement\u00a0is the mid-range. There was a consensus with the M-100 that the mids were a bit recessed in favor for richer bass and treble. The XS' sound is clearly more balanced. If anything, the mids are now the star of the show. Instruments like\u00a0guitars are full-bodied and lush. In turn, that makes the overall presentation more engaging, and the larger presence of vocals add a level of intimacy.\r\n\r\nThe detail in the treble still comes through strongly, and we think it that the clarity punches above the XS' price-point. But alas, folks who loved the M-100's mighty\u00a0bass may not hear exactly what they like. The XS's sound isn't for bassheads, but in actuality, on-ears can't typically can't match the bass output of over-ear headphones. This isn't to say that the bass on the XS isn't well-defined. It is bold and can reach deep (the specs say that it output down to 5 Hz), but the delivery is more delicate than powerful.\r\nFinal Thoughts\r\nWe were thoroughly impressed with the XS On-Ear. It's a great step forward for V-MODA and one of the best designed\u00a0on-ear headphone that we've seen. Couple that with a superbly durable build and V-MODA's killer sound quality and we see a winner, which is why it's the top pick in our list of 6 of the Best On-Ear Headphones. However, that isn't to say it works magic in regard to isolation; this still is an on-ear headphone. So make sure to consider what matters most to you in a headphone.