V-MODA Crossfade Wireless Over-Ear Headphone Review

Crossfade Introduction

With the rise in popularity of wireless headphones, the V-Moda Crossfade Wireless Over-Ear Headphone is an award winning, highly reviewed headset that would make any gamer, DJ or even casual listener happy. If you’re in the market for a high quality headset for your gaming needs or events, then this is a solid choice.

Let’s dig into the details…

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Crossfade Wireless Design

Upon first glance, one can see that these were specifically designed for a certain segment of users. With it’s sharp edges, chrome looking accents and bold structure, the design team at V-Moda wanted more than a great listening experience — they wanted them to look incredible as well.

Military Durability

What makes the build quality so unique is that they are made of  very high quality material. The exterior of the ear cups are made of a 3d printed shields with the option to engrave and 3d print your logo or name — giving you that “custom look.”

The frames that hold the ear cups are made of steel, ensuring a long lasting product that will uphold to the regular use of gaming or DJ use. In addition, the headband is made of a STEELFLEX wrapped in a vegan leather.

In fact: The STEELFLEX headband is so strong, you could bend it completely flat up to 10 times and it wouldn’t break. We don’t suggest you try it, but knowing that it could go through some rough environment is a huge bonus for any professional. The team at V-Moda has even gone as far as testing this up to military standards and was tested beyond military-level quality MIL-STD-810G.

It even has the ability to withstand harsh weather environments whether it be humidity, high and low temperatures, salty environments and more. As one reviewer said, it’s “built like a tank.”

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Comfort

No design aspect of these headphones was held back. In fact, there was 5+ years of research and development that went into the comfort and feel of these headphones!

The CrossFade Wireless headphones are made with metal patented frames that are designed to fit the contours of your facial features, all while minimizing that annoying gap that so many headphones designs cause.

With the ergo-soft (interchangeable) memory cushions and the over-ear design, you will enjoy hours of game play or listening to music in comfort and isolation. However, if you require more room for your ears, you may find that the XL cushions are a better experience. At $20, they are not a bad upgrade.

Wired and Non-Wired

The V-Moda Crossfade Wireless headset allows for use in both wired and unwired mode. In terms of pumping out that DJ music, this gives you great flexibility and more real-estate for a cleaner (cordless) environment.

The engineering team took great pains to deliver a superior product that delivers quality audio in not only the wired but non-wired use as well. They were able to deliver all this while still maintaining the same great look and feel that V-Moda is known for.

Pro Tip: While using the wireless feature is great, for the DJ who may be more finely “tuned” to their music, they may want to consider running it with the wire for even more superior audio.

If you’re serious about your audio, the auto analog switch will give you a demand zero latency pure analog audio by switching off all the battery and bluetooth functions. In this setting, you’ll enjoy a zero latency and no artificial EQ. This is necessary if you really need that accuracy during your event, game or other use. You will also be able to hook up to a Hi-Fi AMP/DAC.

With dual ports built in, you can use either a USB connection or the standard 3.5mm jack plug. We know by now these headphones are made of some of the best quality material and design — and the cable is no exception. This cable is so good it can bend over 1 million times and NOT break. Super crazy right? This is partially accomplished through its 45 degree plug design.

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Award Winning Audio

What is exceptional about the V-Moda CrossFade Wireless Over-Ear headphones is that whether you’re in wireless mode or wired mode, they deliver a fantastic listening experience. The engineering team at V-moda did this by improving their signature Crossfade M-100 sound and maintaining it in both the wired and unwired modes.

You’ll find that no matter what you’re listening too, these headphones are great in nearly every range — especially in the mid  and bass. They give you a clean and crystal clear sound. You’re not limited to one style either, as this headset sounds good in just about any genre.

Adding to the great audio experience is the patent pending 50mm Dual-Diaphragm Driver manufactured  by Crossfade. This technology enables the inner and outer rings keep the bass from leaking over to the mid and high ranges.

In addition, with it’s analog noise isolation, outside noises like cars, the weather or other ambient noise won’t be an annoying distraction. The over-ear was also made to minimize sound leakage.

Note: There has been some feedback that the wireless isn’t quite as good as the wired. This is mainly due to the perfect EQ in wired mode. But most users likely won’t see a big difference.

Bluetooth Function

The bluetooth technology on these headphones delivers an amazing 33 feet range. For compatible gaming this is good, but for the DJs who may need to walk away from their station at times, this is fantastic. The CrossFade Wireless Headphones also allow for simultaneous device pairing — providing you the ability to sync to your DJ board, phone, smart watch or even computer.

Pro Tip: Not all gaming console are wireless compatible as of yet. Check manufacturer to make sure.

Built-In Microphone

There is a built-in voice recognition microphone that is perfect for those multi-player games, taking calls or giving commands to Siri. Because of the flexibility the wire and non-wired feature offer you, you can also plug in 3rd party microphones (like the BoomPro Mic, making your gaming experience that much better.

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Included with your headset is the 1-Button SpeakEasy™ Mic cable allowing you the take and receive calls on the fly and is universally compatible with all the major phones like Apple and Android. If you want to take it one step further, you can also purchase the optional BoomPro™, SharePlay™, 3-button SpeakEasy™ Mic&Remote add-ons. This is great adding more functionality for game play, Skype and more.

Battery Life

The battery life on these Crossfade wireless headphones are an incredible 12 hours in wireless mode and unlimited in wired mode.

Love that wireless mode?

Well, with only 30 minutes of charging you’ll get over 3 hours of playback time. Increase that charge to 60 minutes and you get twice the amount.

Give is a full charge of 110 minutes, and you’ll get 10-12 hours. This is more than most people need in a single time. But if you’re traveling or caught without a charging area, this is very useful.

Crossfade Wireless Case

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Even though these headphones are built to withstand a great amount of handling, they come with a durable case to keep them in pristine condition. This case is made specifically for the Crossfade Wireless model and includes space for all the necessary cables and accessories. With it’s Exoskeleton V-STRAP, storing and wrapping your USB and audio cables will be no problem. Last, but not least a carabiner clip is includes to attach to your gaming or DJ equipment.

3d Printing

Even though 3d printing has been around for more than 30 years, we’re now seeing it’s application in everyday products like the V-Moda Crossfade Wireless Over-Ear Headphones.

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If you want to take your headphones to the next level, you can design your personal logo using a variety of materials including precious metals like 14k gold, platinum, rhodium and even fiber! This process is done in an 11 stage process that starts in Italy and ends here in the USA.

Technical Specifications

What’s Included?

  • Crossfade Wireless
  • Exoskeleton carry case
  • Carabiner clip
  • Reinforced 1-Button SpeakEasy™ Microphone & Mic cable
  • Elegant V-Micro USB Cable
  • V-MODA sticker
  • Six-Star Service
  • 1-Year Premier Warranty
  • 50% Immortal Life Program Replacement

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Specifications

Technical Specs
Type Over-Ear Bluetooth Wireless Headphones
Frequency Response 5 - 30000Hz
Wired Latency 0ms
Bluetooth Low-Power CSR BlueCore featuring Hi-Fi ACC+ ACC MP3 SBC codecs and OTA
Battery Up to 12 hours music playblack (depending on volume/music)
Sensitivity 107 dB @ 1kHz 1mW
Microphone Sensitivity -42dB @ 1kHz
Impedance 30 Ω
Weight 292g (with standard aluminum shields)
Headphone design (operating principle) Semi-Open
Headphone Impedance 600 ohms
Headphone frequency response 5 - 50.000 Hz
Nominal sound pressure level 102 db
Remote No Remote
Construction Circumaural (around the ear)
Net weight (without packaging 360 g

Pros & Cons

Cons

  • Audio may not be as good in wireless mode, but most listeners may not notice the difference.
  • Price may be high compared to similar competition.
  • Some negative feedback on customer service through email. (Phone calls seem to be better in the even of a problem.)

Pros

  • Flexibility of wired and non wired
  • Excellent Clarity
  • Super durable
  • Much better than competition.


Conclusion/Verdict

The V-Moda Crossfade Wireless Headphones are a beautiful piece of engineering and can be enjoyed by just about any user — even outside the gaming and DJ environment. If you’re looking for a solid listening experience, but don’t want to break the bank with some of the higher end hi-fi models, then these are worth your consideration.

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