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V-MODA shows off VAMP VERZA and Metallo case to enhance smartphone sound quality

V-MODA shows off VAMP VERZA an...
The VAMP VERZA and the METALLO case
The VAMP VERZA and the METALLO case
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The packaging for the VAMP VERZA
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The packaging for the VAMP VERZA
The VAMP VERZA in orange and white
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The VAMP VERZA in orange and white
Another shot of the VAMP VERZA
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Another shot of the VAMP VERZA
The VAMP VERZA without the kit for mounting the METALLO case
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The VAMP VERZA without the kit for mounting the METALLO case
The VAMP VERZA connected to a laptop
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The VAMP VERZA connected to a laptop
Everything that comes with the VAMP VERZA
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Everything that comes with the VAMP VERZA
The VAMP VERZA ready to be connected to a device
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The VAMP VERZA ready to be connected to a device
An iPod classic connected to the VAMP VERZA
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An iPod classic connected to the VAMP VERZA
The VAMP VERZA and the METALLO case
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The VAMP VERZA and the METALLO case
The VAMP VERZA ready for use
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The VAMP VERZA ready for use
The VAMP VERZA connected to headphones
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The VAMP VERZA connected to headphones
VAMP VERZA
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VAMP VERZA
Another shot of the VAMP VERZA and iPod classic
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Another shot of the VAMP VERZA and iPod classic
The METALLO case on a Samsung Galaxy S III
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The METALLO case on a Samsung Galaxy S III
The METALLO case on a Samsung Galaxy S III
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The METALLO case on a Samsung Galaxy S III
The packaging for the METALLO case
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The packaging for the METALLO case

One of the most lamented parts of smartphones for audiophiles is the sound quality. To an undiscerning ear, the sound is fine, but for users who want to hear every last detail of the music, smartphones just can't hack it. V-MODA has already thrown its name into the smartphone sound enhancing battle with its VAMP case for iPhone 4/4S. Now it's back with a new option for iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy SIII, and Samsung Galaxy Note II users called the VAMP VERZA, and its companion case the Metallo.

The biggest difference between the new VAMP VERZA and the original VAMP is that the original was always attached, which obviously made the iPhone quite a bit larger. The VERZA, while still large, attaches to the phone only while in use, so during the rest of the day it can be tucked in a bag and the smartphone can keep its sleeker lines.

Just like the first VAMP, the new one comes with a 150mW x 2 amplifier, two DACs (digital-to-analog converters), and a 2200mAh battery pack. However, the differences come in the methods used for conversion. The VERSA supports micro USB, which means Android phones like the Galaxy S III and Note II can be used with the device.

The VAMP VERZA connected to a laptop
The VAMP VERZA connected to a laptop

Besides greatly enhancing the sound quality of a smartphone, the VERSA can be hooked up to an A/V receiver, DJ mixer or aftermarket car stereo via Toslink or SPDIF optical audio. Standard PCs and Macs can be hooked up to the device as well.

As far as controls go, there are plenty of options on the VERSA. It has rotary dial for controlling the volume, a variable gain switch to adjust output levels, switches for sound enhancement and more.

The 2200mAh battery pack can be used to charge any USB-powered device, and it features enough power to charge larger devices such as an iPad.

The METALLO case on a Samsung Galaxy S III
The METALLO case on a Samsung Galaxy S III

The other part of the equation comes from the machined aluminum Metallo case. It comes with a special locking mechanism designed to secure the phone to the VAMP VERSA.

The VAMP VERSA retails for US$598 and comes in matte black, shadow (red and brushed black metal) and white with orange accents. It's available now. The Metallo case will retail for $101 and is available for preorder. V-MODA expects to deliver the Samsung Galaxy S III version of the case in the next two weeks. The company will have a limited run of iPhone 5 cases available in a month, and cases for the Samsung Galaxy S IV, Note II and select devices will be available after that.

Source: V-MODA

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