V-MODA BassFit Wireless HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
6.8
Mixed Usage
6.9
Neutral Listening
7.0
Commute/Travel
8.0
Sports/Fitness
6.5
Office
5.1
Wireless Gaming
5.1
Wired Gaming
6.5
Phone Call
Type : In-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Yes
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The V-MODA BassFit are very good sports headphones, but won’t be versatile for everyday casual use since their isolation performance isn’t the best. Also, they aren’t the most comfortable in-ears, and their overall feel isn’t on par with the quality of previous V-MODA headphones we’ve tested. On the other hand, they have a unique design with fins and ear-hooks for great stability during physical activity. Their battery life will also last you for a full workday, and they have lower latency than average Bluetooth headphones.

Test Results
Design 7.4
Isolation 6.6
Microphone 6.3
Active Features 5.2
Connectivity 3.3
Pros
  • Very stable for sports.
  • Good audio reproduction for in-ears.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • In-ear fit might not be comfortable for everyone.
  1. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

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7.4

Design

The V-MODA BassFit are well-designed wireless sports headphones. They have a unique design with fins and ear-hooks for great stability. Unfortunately, they feel plasticky, and the hooks are rigid and not the most comfortable. They also enter your ear canal deeply, which can be fatiguing after some time. They are very stable and breathable, though, which is great for sports, but their control scheme might take a bit of time to get used to.

Style

The BassFit Wireless have a unique design that looks sport-oriented. You can wear these headphones three different ways: with the ear-hooks, with the stability fins, or with both. V-MODA calls this the TriFit Design. The earbud housing is quite large and elongated. The black variant comes with orange accent buttons and fins, while the white model has gray accents and looks a bit less flashy. The earbuds are also magnetic and create a V-shape, common to the V-MODA brand design.

6.5 Comfort
Weight : 0.04 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0 lbs

These aren’t the most comfortable in-ears. The ear-hooks are malleable, but they feel like they are made out of hard plastic, which applies pressure on the top of your ear, unlike the softer and more comfortable Anker SoundBuds Curve. They also enter your ear canal deeply, which may be uncomfortable for users. On the upside, they come with a few tip options, which are color-coded, and different stability fin sizes to help you find the best fit.

7.4 Controls
OS Compatibility
:
N/A
Ease of use : Decent
Feedback : Good
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : No

The control scheme of the BassFit Wireless seems pretty straightforward at first, but it may take some time to get used to it. The in-line remote has a common design, but the commands aren’t as intuitive as they could be. It’s not rare to see “hold volume up to skip tracks,” but on the BassFit, you have to double tap the middle button to register that command. These kinds of commands also don’t seem to register every time, and we had a couple of issues making them work accurately. Pausing and playing was rather smooth, but as soon as multi-presses or multi-button commands were needed, they would become a bit harder to use.

9.2 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 0.8 C

Like most in-ear headphones, the V-MODA BassFit Wireless are breathable enough for sports. They don’t trap heat under the ear cups, and you shouldn’t sweat more than usual when wearing them. This makes them a good option for sports, especially with the stability hooks and fins.

8.8 Portability
L : 2.5 "
W : 2.0 "
H : 1.0 "
Volume : 5.0 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

The BassFit Wireless are very portable headphones. While they have a bulkier design than most in-ears, you can still easily fit them inside your pockets or in a bag. They also come with a small pouch that doesn’t add too much bulk and will fit inside pockets.

5.0 Case
Type : Pouch
L : N/A
W : N/A
H : N/A
Volume : N/A

The BassFit Wireless come with a small mesh pouch that may protect the headphones from scratches, but won’t be very useful to protect them against water exposure and impacts. On the upside, it isn’t bulky and will be easy to carry around.

7.0 Build Quality

The V-MODA BassFit Wireless look better than they feel. They are made out of plastic, and the hooks feel rigid and plasticky. The in-line remote also feels thin and fragile. On the upside, they have a flat cable, and the buds are magnetic for easier cable management. The buds also feel dense enough to survive a few accidental impacts. However, they don’t seem to have an official IP rating, which is disappointing for sports-oriented headphones.

8.0 Stability

When used with the ear-hooks and stability fins, the TriFit Design of the V-MODA BassFit is very stable, and you’ll be able to use them for physical activity without a problem. They don’t move too much and won’t come out of your ears. Also, their cable won't be in your way as it is behind your head, and you also have a cable cinch to adjust the fit.

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Sound

They have a powerful, extended, and consistent bass, a flat and even mid-range, and a great, well-balanced treble. Unfortunately, the bass is slightly overemphasized throughout the range and the mid-range is slightly recessed, but this won’t be very noticeable. Also, some S and T sounds might lack detail and brightness. Overall, these headphones are versatile enough for a wide variety of music, from bass-heavy genres to vocal-centric music.

Sound Profile
Neutral
:
7.9
Bass-Heavy
:
9.1
Warm
:
6.1
Bright
:
6.8
7.9 Peaks/Dips
Peaks
:
1.19 db
Dips
:
1.43 db
8.4 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.31 dB

The frequency response consistency is great. If the user can achieve a proper fit and an air-tight seal using the assortment of tips that come with the headphones, then they should be able to get consistent bass and treble delivery every time they use the headphones.

8.5 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.17
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
1.25
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
1.77
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
2.35

The imaging is great. Their weighted group delay is 0.17, which is within very good limits. The GD graph also shows that the entire group delay response is below our audibility threshold, suggesting a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test bench were very well-matched, which is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects and instruments (voices, footsteps) in the stereo image. However, these results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.

1.2 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
N/A
PRTF Distance
:
N/A
Openness
:
4.1
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
2.1

The soundstage is poor. This is because creating an out-of-head and speaker-like soundstage is largely dependent on activating the resonances of the pinna (outer ear). The design of in-ears and earbuds is in such a way that fully bypasses the pinna and doesn't interact with it. Also, because these headphones have a closed-back enclosure, their soundstage won't be perceived to be as open as that of open-back earbuds like the Apple AirPods, Google Pixel Buds, or the Bose SoundSport Free.

8.1 Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
:
0.212
WHD @ 100
:
0.087
6.6

Isolation

The V-MODA BassFit have passable isolation. In the bass range, they have almost no noticeable isolation, so the rumbles of a bus or airplane engine will easily seep into your audio. On the upside, they do decently well with higher frequency noise, and they have very good leakage performance, so you can mask some of the ambient noise by playing your music a little louder without bothering the people around you.

5.9 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-14.4 dB
Bass
:
-1.85 dB
Mid
:
-14.82 dB
Treble
:
-27.82 dB

The BassFit have poor noise isolation performance. In the bass range, where the rumble of bus and airplane engines sit, they achieve about 2dB of isolation, which is barely noticeable. In the mid-range, important for cutting out speech, they isolate by about 15dB, which is good. In the treble range, occupied by sharp S and T sounds and fan noises like A/C systems, they isolate by about 28dB, which is also good.

8.2 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
32.34 dB

The leakage performance of the V-MODA BassFit is great. Like most other closed-back in-ears, these headphones don't leak in the bass and mid-ranges. The significant portion of their leakage is in the treble range and between 3KHz and 9KHz, which is a relatively narrow range. The overall level of the leakage is not loud, either. With music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages at 32dB SPL and peaks at around 56dB SPL, which is just above the noise floor of an average office.

6.3

Microphone

Integrated
:
No
In-line
:
Yes
Boom
:
No
Detachable Boom
:
N/A

The V-MODA BassFit have a mediocre in-line microphone. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic will sound relatively thin, noticeably muffled, and lacking in detail. However, it will still be understandable. In noisy environments, it will struggle to separate speech from background noise even in moderately loud situations, like a busy street.

6.7 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
285.09 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
2.31 dB
HFE
:
3368.2 Hz
Weighted THD
:
2.384
Gain
:
11.85 dB

The mic has an average recording quality for Bluetooth microphones. The LFE of 285Hz results in recorded/transmitted speech that is relatively thin. The HFE of 3.4KHz is poor and suggests speech that is muffled and lacks detail. Overall, the intelligibility of speech on this microphone will still be decent in quiet environments, though.

5.9 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
9.38 dB

The in-line microphone of the BassFit is sub-par at noise-handling. In our SpNR test, it achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 9dB, indicating it is best suited for quiet environments and will struggle to separate speech from ambient noise in moderate and loud situations.

5.2

Active Features

The V-MODA BassFit have a good battery life that will last long enough for most users but might need daily charging if you use it during your entire work shift. They also have a nice quick charging feature that is useful before leaving for your commute or going to work out. Unfortunately, you can’t customize their sound and don’t have any active features that need a companion app.

5.7 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
:
8.4 hrs
Additional Charges
:
0
Total Battery Life
:
8.4 hrs
Charge Time
:
1.3 hrs
Power Saving Feature
:
No
Audio while charging
:
No
Passive Playback
:
No
Charging Port : micro-USB

The BassFit offer about 11 hours of continuous playback, which is pretty good for wireless in-ears. This should last you more than a full workday with constant listening and still leaving some battery left for your commute. Also, V-MODA advertises a 15-minute charge for 2.5 hours of battery life, which is great for last-minute workouts or before leaving work. Unfortunately, they don’t have any power saving features, so be sure to turn them off when you aren’t using them.

0 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
N/A
ANC control
:
N/A
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
:
N/A
Playback control
:
N/A
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

These headphones do not have a companion app that offers customization options or any types of additional controls.

3.3

Connectivity

The V-MODA BassFit are straightforward wireless in-ears. They can connect to two devices, which is convenient, and they have a good wireless range. However, there seem to be online reports of connection issues, even when the source is close to the headphones. On the upside, their latency is better than most Bluetooth headphones, and you might not feel as much of a delay as you may with other Bluetooth headphones.

8.2 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
4.1
Multi-Device Pairing
:
2 Devices
NFC Pairing
:
No
Line of Sight Range
:
130 ft
Default Latency
:
130 ms
aptX Latency
:
115 ms
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

These headphones are Bluetooth-only, but we couldn’t confirm that they're Bluetooth version 4.1. On the upside, they can be connected to 2 devices simultaneously, which is useful if you often want to switch between your phone and work computer. Unfortunately, they don’t support NFC for a quicker and easier pairing procedure.

While their latency might be slightly high for watching video content, the BassFit perform better than the average Bluetooth headphones, which usually get around 200-220ms of delay. Also, some devices and apps offer some sort of compensation so you might not notice the delay as much. They also support the aptX codec, which offers slightly lower latency and better overall performance. You can also use the AAC codec on iOS devices.

0 Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
Non-BT Latency
:
N/A
0 Wired
Analog Audio
:
N/A
USB Audio
:
N/A
Detachable : N/A
Length : N/A
Connection : N/A
Wired Latency
:
N/A

These Bluetooth-only headphones can’t be used wired.

PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
:
No
PC / PS4 Wired USB
:
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
:
No
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox Analog
:
No
Xbox Wired USB
:
No
Xbox Wireless
:
No
0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A

These headphones don’t have a dock. If you're looking for headphones with a dock for customization options, look at the Arctis Pro Wireless. If you want a charging dock, look at the Astro A50, and if you're looking for wireless headphones for watching TV, look at the Sennheiser RS 185.

In the box

  • V-MODA BassFit headphones
  • 4 tip size options (2 sets of each)
  • 3 stability fin size options
  • Carrying pouch
  • Micro-USB charging cable
  • Manuals

Compared to other Headphones

The V-MODA BassFit are very good sports headphones that set themselves apart due to their design with stability fins and ear-hooks, making them very stable for physical activity. However, they don’t have great isolation performance and have no official IP rating for dust and water resistance, like other sports headphones usually have. If you’re looking for portable sports headphones, we suggest looking at our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds for working out.

Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless are slightly better headphones than the V-MODA BassFit Wireless, but both headphones are very similar. The Beats have a slightly more comfortable build, as they don’t enter your ear canal as deeply as the V-MODAs. They also have a slightly more neutral sounding frequency response, but the difference will be subtle. The Powerbeats3 are also slightly better-built, feel more durable, and have better wireless range. On the other hand, the BassFit have slightly less latency for watching video content and support the aptX and AAC codecs, which might give you better overall performance.

Jaybird X4 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Jaybird X4 are better headphones than the V-MODA BassFit Wireless, due to the fact that they have an app with a great EQ. They also feel more comfortable and seem to be better built. They are rated IPX7 for sweat and water resistance and don’t enter your ear canal deeply. On the other hand, the BassFit have slightly longer battery life and don’t have a restrictive charging cradle like the X4 have, which is more convenient.

JBL Reflect Mini 2 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The JBL Reflect Mini 2 are better mixed-usage headphones thanks to their isolation performance, but also outperform the V-MODA BassFit Wireless as sports headphones as well. They are rated IPX5 for sweat and water resistance, and their fit is slightly more comfortable since they don’t enter your ear canal as deeply. They are very stable and won’t move around during physical activity but lack the ear-hook design of the V-MODAs. On the other hand, the BassFit can connect to two devices and look better.

JBL Endurance Sprint Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The JBL Endurance Sprint might offer better value for your money than the V-MODA BassFit Wireless. The JBLs have a similar audio reproduction that of the BassFit, but their fit isolates out more ambient noise, making them more versatile for everyday casual use. Also, they have a touch-sensitive control scheme, which is nice at an affordable price. However, it seems to be finicky and very sensitive, resulting in unwanted registered commands. On the upside, they have an official IPX7 rating and are waterproof. On the other hand, the physical buttons of the BassFit are easier to use during sports and they have a more high-end look. They also have a more stable fit thanks to the ear-hook design with stability fins.

6.8 Mixed Usage

Okay for mixed usage. The V-MODA BassFit have good audio reproduction for critical listening, but their isolation performance isn’t the best for commuting since they don’t block out lower-frequency engine rumbles. However, these headphones are great sports headphones, like they were intended to be used. They are stable, breathable, and easy to carry around. Unfortunately, they are not very comfortable and won’t be great to use at the office.

Thankfully, they do a job of blocking ambient chatter, and their battery life will last you long enough for a whole workday. Like most Bluetooth headphones, they won’t be great for watching TV and gaming because of their high latency. However, they perform better than the average Bluetooth headset, and you might not notice that delay as much.

6.9 Neutral Listening

Decent for neutral listening. The V-MODA BassFit have a powerful, extended, and consistent bass performance, a flat and even mid-range, and a great, well-balanced treble. Unfortunately, the bass is slightly overemphasized throughout the range, the mid-range is slightly recessed, but this won’t be very noticeable. Also, some S and T sounds might lack detail and brightness. Their audio reproduction is fairly accurate and will be versatile enough for most music genres. However, their build won’t be comfortable for long listening sessions.

7.0 Commute/Travel

Okay for commuting and traveling. While they are portable and don’t leak much, they barely isolate any noise in lower frequencies, meaning they won’t block out engine rumbles. Also, their in-ear fit won’t be ideal for long bus rides or flights.

8.0 Sports/Fitness

Very good for sports. These headphones are very stable thanks to their ear-hook and stability fins, which makes them suitable for most intense physical activity. While their design is slightly bulkier than small earbuds, they are still very breathable, and you shouldn’t sweat more than usual when wearing. Unfortunately, they don’t have an official IP rating for dust and water resistance like most sports headphones usually have.

6.5 Office

Okay for the office. While the V-MODA BassFit don’t isolate low frequencies, they do a good job at isolation ambient chatter and A/C noises. Also, their battery life should be more than enough to listen to your music during your whole workday. However, their fit might not be comfortable, and you might feel ear soreness after a while. On the upside, they don’t leak much so you’ll be able to raise your listening volume to block more noise. They can also connect to two devices simultaneously, which is convenient.

5.1 Wireless Gaming

Poor for gaming. Their latency is too high for gaming and their microphone recording quality isn’t as great as boom mics. These won’t be an ideal choice for this use case and aren’t as customizable as most gaming headsets.

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