As much as I couldn't imagine to become a grado fanboy, I didn't regard myself as a potential customer of v-moda headphones. .. at least until this year. I know Tyll loved them (during IF's good old days he wrote multiple posts showing his big love). But when I actually heard them, I thought I was too noob basshead to rock with vmoda. A few years have passed since then. Many things changed. Grado became my top go-to headphones, sennheiser could terminate long love-hatred relationship (in a positive way), ... and I am about to ramble about v-moda headphones, Oh, well. In fact, there are a couple of sound reasons why I decided to consider their headphones again. First of all, Vmoda is now acquired by Roland -- one of the companies I trust almost always -- and the M200 headphones were announced to be voiced by Roland engineers. Well, it could be usual marketing hypes. I was rather unsure if they're really Roland's work. But later I found some of v-moda's older fans hated m200. That's quite promising green signal as I always believe criticism from fanboys and parise from skeptics are the most sure things in the world. Fortunately there was a 20% off head-fi promotion last month.. I couldn't resist to give them a try. Convinced myself as a self labor day gift. .. and they showed up in the house a few days ago. My thoughts so far below. I could immediately understand why some hated m200. Far, far away from the house sound. Comfort is kinda worse than expected. I found Sony WH-1000XM3 more comfortable. Very contestable against grados. Clamping is a little too strong for my taste, but it can get better as time goes. More problematic part to me is earcup too shallow (shallower than 1000Xm3) and small. Very stylish. More so with customizable outer panels (called "shield" by vmoda). They cost $20 if bought with the headphones, and $40 when purchased separately. To me such options seem damn appealing. This time I chose among their presets as I wasn't sure how much I'd love these headphones. But may go for more challenging choices next time. Balanced cable included in the package. That's good. But with 3.5mm termination? Heck, that's weird. I could get 3.5mm to 4 pin XLR though -- yeah Magnius powering them! Impressive sounding (details to come later). Very well controlled bass. Extremely clear midrange. Never aggressive yet tad sparkling highs. Hits quite hard all over the spectrum but not overly. Microdynamics seem a little compromised but well above my 'ok' zone. Usually things advertised as 'for studio use' used to be something I can't live with but these headphones are legit. This may sound ridiculous. But I do hear some 'Verite close'-ishness from these headphones. Soundwise I'd say they're a little less elegant and more casual VCjr. They fit and seal fantastically on heads, but super poorly on EARS. Very well thought ergonomics -- despite sub-par wearing comfort. That's pretty much everything I can say comfortably at this point. Will update my impression later as I get accustomed with them. Finally dropping a piece of measurement. Take this with extreme caution. Due to the seal problem as stated above, I had to push ear cups quite hard to get convincing bass results that are close to my subjective experience.