Moshi Audio Vortex

We have to be honest. We haven't heard of Moshi Audio before we were given a chance to review the Vortex earphones. With a slogan like "purveyor of electronics fashion," we thought the company was just another cookie-cutter earphone maker trying to inch its way into the market with clever gimmicks. We were so wrong.

Physicaly, everything is spot-on with the Moshi Audio Vortex: the noise-isolating earpieces fit snugly in our ears, making it seem as though we were wearing a pair of noise-cancelling cans. The seal is so tight that we could hear ourselves breathe and think. The body is made of solid steel alloy which Moshi calls "RigidBody." They claim it minimizes vibration, thus making everything sound better. They were right.

We were very impressed with the Vortex's performance. From the moment we plugged it into our trusty office PC and played Earth, Wind, and Fire's disco classic Let's Groove, we knew that what this was no ordinary set of earphones. Audio is detailed from every audible spectrum. From the bassy synthesizer to the high-pitched vocals, the Vortex held up with much aplomb. The illusion of space is so convincing; we swore we thought we were wearing over-the-ear headphones instead of in-ears.

A small module with a button and a microphone can be found on the cord of the right earpiece, allowing the Vortex to work as a hands-free headset for the iPhone. This lets you play, pause, and skip music tracks or pick up incoming calls. The manual says that the mic control works "for certain smartphones," but when we hooked it up to a Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, nothing happened. It doesn't even work like a normal pair of earphones. To hear anything, you'll need to pull it out ever so slightly.

That niggle aside, we have to give it to this upstart US brand for catching us off-guard. It's a great music player accessory, even though it's a little pricey at US$80 (about P4,000). Units are bound to show up in the Philippines soon, but expect to pay a little more once they become official.

Click here to see the Moshi Audio Vortex in the Buyer's Guide.

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  • Clean and clear audio quality
  • Solid construction
  • Nice design
  • Included slicon carry case is a nice touch
  • A little on the expensive side
  • Additional features only work with selected smartphones
  • Ear debris can get caught in the rubber moulding
Bottom Line
  • Amazing little earphones that did not fail to impress
Editor's Pick Yes
Price US$80 (about P4,000)
Tech Specs
  • Type: noise isolating
  • Noise Canceling: no
  • Frequency Response
  • Cord Length: 1.2m
  • Connector Type: 3.5mm
  • RigidBody™ steel alloy construction delivers deep, clean bass
  • High definition Neodymium drivers with extended range (10 Hz-20kHz / [email protected])
  • Braided ultra-light weight cable with integrated MEMS microphone
  • Custom silicone carrying case with cable management

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