Crossfades have been on one of my favorite headphones in the past. Super lightweight rugged and featuring some of the most original design elements on a pair of headphones, now these are the new V-Moda Crossfade 2 wireless headphones that V-Moda sent over for testing. My assessment was not altered in any way. I’ll place my affiliate links up above, click on those links and they’ll give you the MOST updated prices as of today.
The V-Moda headphones have always been unique, the biggest difference right off the bat, they’re built like tanks. Steel frame, military certified, and if that wasn’t enough, V-Moda offers a 50% lifetime warranty. You destroy these, and in their user manual, it says, if you abuse these headphones, the dubbed immortal life warranty will give you 50% back towards a new pair. It’s not 100%, but it’s better than no warranty at all. With my stress test, these things are holding up.
Placing them on my head, this is one of the biggest reasons why I love the previous generation… there’s no gap. They don’t look gargantuan on me, they conform to my head, and I wished all my other headphones were able to do this. The one area that I had to critique, the clamping force is firmer than most other headphones I’ve tested. After a while, I do feel that pressure along the jawline. It didn’t bother me, but those who are sensitive here will notice. Also, for those who are sensitive at the crown of the head, you might feel some weight. I checked these on my scale and they did come in very close to 300 grams. As with all my headphones reviews, anything around 300 grams is on the heavier side for headphones. If you’re planning on purchasing, keep the comfort and weight as a purchasing factor.
Thankfully there are controls on the right earcup for convenience. Volume up and down, Pause and Play, skip and go-back on songs are all here. The buttons I’ll admit are somewhat hard to find at first, but muscle memory helps. More importantly, everything is made with great craftsmanship, but the buttons don’t have the firm confident click when pressed. When the headphones are on your head, pressing on them, you can hear a slight squeak with the plastics.
Moving on, the earpads do feel great and was a much-needed upgrade. They’re now very soft and supple, however, they do warm up my ears a bit but wasn’t an issue to break the deal. Because of it’s closed back design and a more plush foam cushion, passive noise isolation and sound leaking are very good on these.
Another feature that makes the V-Moda’s stand out, they’re customizable. Not only in color, but metal materials as well. Use the supplied hex screwdriver and remove the screws and slap on a new backplate. So far, you’ve seen the matte black which was my favorite, but V-Moda did send me the brushed metal. And they oddly sent me this Blue which looks good but doesn’t match the Rose Gold in my opinion.
Besides these metal backplates, if you do go through their website, you have 3D printed back plates and your choice of engraving, giving tons of personality to your headphones. The best part, since the Crossfades were released, as well as up to the release of this review, their service is free. Of course, there are limitations, you can’t get the 14k gold version, but there are options out there.
Finishing up the physical features, although these are wireless, which I got a crazy 94 linear feet of range with on my Samsung S8+, you can use the supplied 3.5mm cord. USB 2 makes a comeback and oddly no USB-Type C once again. Regarding battery life, V-Moda says you can get up to 14 hours of use on their retail box… With my test, leaving these on at 50% volume playing from full to dead, I was able to get 13 hours and 20 minutes.
Last but not least before talking about audio quality, the Crossfades 2 wireless do graciously fold in but they don’t fold flat. Either or, this is one of the most compact pairs of headphones I’ve experienced. I loved this feature. Also, the included case is also a tank. It’s hardshell with accents of my Rose Gold, the material looks like Batman’s rubberized suit, and opening this up, on the inside, felt lined with elastic bands to hold in your cables. Its one of the smallest and best headphone cases I’ve tested on the site.
The V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless are some very good headphones. Audibly, they’re loud enough for most. I found myself listening at around 70% was comfortable and enjoyable. For those who are familiar with the Bose QC35’s, bass performs very similar and at times, the V-Moda’s will offer a smidge more bass response. With that being said, comparing to all other headphones on the market, in general, the Crossfades provide a sophisticated, balanced with slight punchiness character that most average consumers will enjoy.
The mid’s are very articulate, clean, clear, very good resolution in vocal work to strings being plucked. Not too bright, but forward and in front of the lower bassy frequencies. The soundstage is airy and open with very much apparent left and right audio channels. The soundstage isn’t the best I’ve heard, but for the $300 price range, it’s up there in my top 5.
As for the high frequencies, I’ve been reviewing speakers and headphones with not-so-sharp highs and it’s been underwhelming. With the V-Modas, they do push the high notes and pulls back before it gets too sharp and becomes tingy or raspy. Although you don’t get those sharp screeches which is great, the clarity on the top-end though could have been slightly better. It does perform better than most headphones, but the Bose was slightly clearer, and separated instruments and beats with more distinction. The V-Moda’s sounded just ever so slightly jumbled.
With these headphones, I would say Pop, EDM, Rock, Classical and anything with strong vocal or instrumental work will do great. The bass is good and I like this audio signature, but those who like bass might prefer something more boomy and deep. So, guys, in the comment section below, let me know what you think, especially the style – does it look good or not? I would be curious to know your thoughts on the V-Moda Crossfade 2 wireless. And don’t forget, follow me on social media. Thanks for reading, I’ll catch you guys on the next one.
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