- Great sound quality, even over Bluetooth
- Study build and good design
- Good battery life
- Can be used wired
- Easily customizable with shield packs
- Doesn't fold, fairly heavy and not so portable
- Buttons not very clicky
V-moda has a brand legacy more distinct than any other. Val Kolton didn’t just want to make great sounding headphones, he wanted to make stylish headphones too. Perfectionism flows in the blood of this 12-year old company, and I found that in my new pair of V-moda Crossfade Wireless headphones.
I picked up the V-moda Crossfade Wireless after reading through a ton of reviews and gaining expert opinions, and I can’t deny that they look and sound amazing. The Crossfade Wireless is essentially a wireless cousin of V-moda’s super-successful Crossfade M-100 headphones, a pair that is already known for its powerful bass and great quality.
V-moda did not cut corners with its packaging: the Crossfade Wireless came in a solid cardboard box (just like Apple’s or Beats'), packed inside it’s carrying case. Taking a look at it for the first time, I was awed by the build quality of these headphones - especially after using the Beats Solo HD for 4 straight years! The headphones are very sturdy but are slightly heavy. I wouldn’t say that they are extremely portable, but I can’t complain because they’ll rest wirelessly on my neck. The headphone cups are huge (but my ears are larger, sadly) and will fit perfectly around most ears.
A part of what makes these headphones feel so good is the all metal frame and the padded steel headband. The stars of the build, of course, are the gunmetal-coloured “shields” that give the headphones its characteristic colour. V-moda allows you to customise your own shields and buy “shield kits” with custom 3D printed logos or designs.
The dual-diaphragm 50mm drivers bring the headphones to life. Sound quality on this headphone is top-notch, perhaps only comparable to the Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones. I listened to a large range of music, including Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Alexander Hamilton’ (soundtrack), System of a Down’s ‘Toxicity’ (metal), Coke Studio’s ‘Madari’ (classical, instrumental) and The Chainsmoker’s ‘Closer’ (pop). In all cases I found the bass to be deep and crispy, and the vocals well reproduced. Compared to other bluetooth headphones like the Beats Studio, the V-moda Crossfade Wireless offer higher quality and more natural sound reproduction. Well, this is the reasons why V-moda’s customers include The Chainsmokers, Avicii, and Martin Garrix, who have worn the M-100s and LP2s on stage and in studio.
Sound quality in wired and wireless mode does differ to some extent, and it is especially noticeable when listening to playing bass-heavy EDM music, as it’ll start to stutter on Bluetooth. Wired quality is unbelievable though, and the Crossfades keep up even with my Boom 2 equaliser set to maximum bass. One thing though - once you use Bluetooth headphones, you’ll really enjoy the wireless experience.
To test my battery life, I used the headphone on and off paired with my phone. The headphones lasted about 6-7 hours on a single full charge. While that isn’t insanely impressive, it is inevitable to charge all bluetooth headphones, this one a little more often. A mere inconvenience. As this is my first pair of bluetooth headphones, I can’t compare it to the range of other headphones available in the market in terms of real world battery performance.
My biggest gripes with the V-moda Crossfade Wireless are that the buttons on the side are not clicky, the single button on the wire doesn’t work with the Mac, and the ear-pads aren’t very comfortable for long periods of usage. V-moda does sell XL memory foam cushions which I may purchase eventually.
If you have $300 (or $350 CAD) and you want great sounding wireless headphones, this is the way to go. You can purchase a pair from V-moda’s official website; with the headphones, you get a 60 day return policy, 2 years limited warranty and 50% off on every V-moda headphone you purchase after that though the 'immortal life program’. Get boomin’!
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