The headphones, which are on sale now, might be one of few headphones to almost match the $549 price tag of the AirPods Max â€” but thereâ€™s no doubt the M-200 ANC are brimming with features, many of which Apple headphone’s can’t match.
For instance, the ANC is adjustable to 10 different levels via the mobile app, which also offers 6 EQ presets and full customization of the lows, mids and highs if youâ€™d prefer to tweak them yourself. Personalization seems like a major focus of the M2-200 ANC in general, as the aluminum shields on the outside of the earcups can be removed and replaced with different designs.
V-Moda says youâ€™ll get six color options to start with, and will be able to have custom designs printed or laser-engraved in the future. Thatâ€™s quite an answer to the AirPods Maxâ€™s $69 replaceable earcup pads, though we donâ€™t know how much these shields will cost separately.
Sound-wise, the M-200 ANC are equipped with 40mm dynamic drivers and are, like the JBL Tour One, certified for Hi-Res Audio playback from lossless music sources. The aptX Bluetooth codec is supported too.
The M-200 ANC’s smart features might give the AirPods Max pause as well. Covering the left earcup with your hand activates â€œVoice Inâ€� mode, whereby playback volume is lowered and ANC is paused until you move away. This sounds like am ambient mode you donâ€™t need to manually trigger in an app or activate with a delicate serious of taps, which could be a practical improvement on a lot of ANC headphones.
Battery life with noise cancellation is given as a modest 20 hours, but thatâ€™s the only thing about the Â M-200 ANC which isnâ€™t particularly extreme. That goes for the price, too: $500 may be a few dollars cheaper than the AirPods Max but it’s still well above what youâ€™d pay for most of the other best noise cancelling headphones, like the Sony WH-1000XM4.
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