Performance Build Quality Comfort Value PRICE $199 AT A GLANCE Plus Wowie-zowie style Nearly indestructible High-impact sound Minus Over-40 crowd might feel awkward wearing something as hip as the XS THE VERDICT With the XS, V-Moda somehow made a bassy headphone even an audiophile could love. Val Kolton started V-Moda ten years ago, but I didn’t meet the man until 2011. I thought he was their sales guy; he definitely didn’t look like an owner of an audio company, at least not like any I’ve met before. He’s a young, skinny, rock-star type, decked out in black leather and long, jet-black hair. Get him started, and Kolton will talk a mile a minute about music and headphones, but then again, so do I.