Born in Chicago, the city of House music, V-MODA CEO Val Kolton developed an interest in technology, music and design at a very early age. In elementary school he was already programming, and learning to play several musical instruments, from drums to guitar. He explored new music and new technologies, seeing them not only as potential professions, but also as parts of culture and a particular lifestyle.
V-MODA is the direct result of an intuition that came to Val after a summer in Ibiza, where he experienced the world’s greatest DJs and clubs, and the unique vibe of the White Isle. He wanted to somehow capture this contemporary culture, combining the love of great sound with a globe-trotting lifestyle driven by a need for music, fashion and art. Back in Los Angeles, one day Val found himself on Rodeo Drive, watching a woman step out of her Rolls Royce, dressed to kill in total haute couture. There was just one thing that ruined her perfect image: a set of cheap white plastic headphones. This was back in 2002. Kolton suddenly realized how to put his obsessions together – he would make stylish headphones with great sound, worthy of the most demanding audiophile, using metal instead of plastic to create the missing link, with a true fashion/lifestyle brand centered around music. Working out of a rented room in Hollywood, sinking into serious debt and laboring long hours for several years, Val Kolton and designer Joseph Bucknall created the first V-MODA products and launched the brand at the Magic/PROJECT fashion show, with a line of dance-music inspired t-shirts, hats, compilation CDs, and the world’s first line of pro-quality colored metal fashion headphones, which they called “hearwear.” These were also the first headphones in the world to feature an array of colored cables. The show brought in a bit of much-needed revenue. Val then hit Melrose Avenue, going door to door, trying to sell the idea to fashion boutiques. In spite of his conviction that headphones ARE fashion, every store owner said "headphones are electronics, who cares if they are metal and have colors. You should sell them in electronics stores." One electronics dealer said, “headphones are not a significant category, that is why they’re shelved behind the clock radios”. Clearly Val was just ahead of his time. History has proved it.
In fact, after many more months of searching, and considering the idea of going back to computer programming to make a living, Virgin and Apple both understood Val’s vision, adding the V-MODA product line to their mix. Later that year, Kolton was named one of L.A.’s Top 20 Entrepreneurs in their 20s. Today the company has sold over 4 million high-end headphones around the world, and V-MODA is the preferred brand of many of the world’s most popular DJs and modern audiophiles alike.
Amongst its most popular model you can find: over-ear headphones such as V-Moda crossfade M-100, X3 3D Custom, V-Moda M-80, V-Moda XS, V-Moda crossfade LP, V-Moda Crossfade LP2, and in-ear IEMs such as V-Moda True Blood O Positive, V-Moda Remix Remote, V-Moda Remix Audio, etc.
Closed-back full size headphones V-MODA Crossfade M-100. This headphone adds unparalleled versatility and functionality to the best-in-class Crossfade series. Dual inputs allow the headphones to act as a virtual on-the-go mixer, and patent-pending V-CORK seals allow the discerning listener to perfectly balance the audio.
Closed-back collapsible Headphones V-MODA XS. Tuned and trusted by V-MODA's golden ears, editors, audiophiles, producers and DJs on the forums and around the globe. Our M-Class series has won a record 20 Editors’ Choice Awards, are the top-reviewed by customers and voted #1 by the world's top DJs.