Here’s an excellent review of the V-Moda Crossfade headphones by rmc08, enjoy!
V-Moda was willing to send me a sample of the Crossfade LP headphones for me to review here at iPod Touch Fans, so you (the reader) can learn about how well this product works, and to also see if these headphones are the right ones for you. This is in no way a biased review, nor is it an advertisement in order to get you to buy their product. This review is strictly my opinion!
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Accessories Included (from V-Moda)
- Crossfade LP premium over-ear headphones
- 36” remote/mic cable
- 69” stereo audio cable
- 1/4” adapter
- Jet black exoskeleton carrying case with carabiner
- One-year V-MODA premier warranty
- Replay Replacement Program – 50% off lifetime discount
Headphone Specifications (from V-Moda)
- Frequency Response: 5 Hz – 30 kHz
- Impedance: 32 Ohms
- Speaker Driver: patent pending 50mm Dual-Diaphragm High-Definition Driver
- Cables: Kevlar® reinforced, 69” stereo audio cable and 36” remote/mic cable
- Plug: 45 degree, 24k gold-plated 3.5 mm (1/8″) stereo plug
- Adapter: 3.5mm (1/8″) to ¼” adapter included
- Weight: 280g
- Warranty: One-year V-MODA premier warranty and Replay Replacement Program – 50% off lifetime replacement guarantee
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I could make one impression about these earphones before I even opened up the package: the contents were pretty heavy (in a good way). Heavy headphones are usually a good sign of sturdy build quality, but I can’t tell you about that just yet! Opening the package, you’ll find a very stylish looking box.
Opening the box, you’ll find the exoskeleton case, accessories, and of course, the headphones. The headphones look very modern and stylish, reminding me of the back of an iPod Touch. The Kevlar wires hanging near the ear cups make these headphones stand out from others, giving them a unique and new look. I’d say these would have to be the best looking headphones I’ve seen, compared to even companies like Sennheiser and BOSE. But, it’s the sound that counts!
So how is the build quality? Well, it’s actually quite good. The ear cups are held together by thin, strong metal, and stamped out with V-Moda’s “-v-” logo. The outer shell of the ear cups also have a metal cut-out molded around the face of the ear cup, so if dropped, the worse it would do is maybe make a small dent. The headphone arch that sits on your head is constructed from a very durable plastic that bends only when it needs to, and covered with a leather-looking fabric. I really do love the small wire attaching the ear cups to the headphone arch, which allows for the “separated” design of the earphones. By the way, the wires are reinforced with Kevlar (used in body armor), which help the wires retain a straight form (in other words, they won’t ever bend!). The only thing left is the soft insulators on the ear cups, which are very soft. If anything, this is the most fragile part of the earphones. Overall, I can’t imagine seeing these earphones crack, bend or scratch anywhere, except for maybe the outer ring around the outside of the ear cups where the metal isn’t covering the ear cups. Either way, the exoskeleton case should keep the earphones safe and secure when not in use!
They may look nice, but do they FEEL nice? And the answer to that, my friends, would be yes. Popping these headphones on my head feels weightless and amazingly comfortable. There is not too much pressure pushing on my head, even during long periods of time. Under the headphone arch is a soft foam to prevent people’s heads to rub up against the top, and to also (obviously) make wearing the headphones more comfortable. For the most part, you’ll feel the soft presence of the headphones once on, but eventually you won’t even know they’re there.
Now comes the most important part… audio.
Wondering why the headphones had no wires and finally realizing that you have to plug them in (haha), I plugged the headphones into my laptop and let the music fly. I started with DJ Ravines Hardcore Addiction 3, a Rave/Happy Hardcore genre, so far sounding good. Bass is rich and deep, while the highs are bright and positive. Mids aren’t really in rave music, so I switched over to normal Alternative Rock music. Switching to “Dirty Little Secret” by The All-American-Rejects, I found the music wasn’t sounding the best. The highs were good, and the bass (guitar) was pretty good, but the mid was a bit clouded out by the bass. Out of curiosity, I switched to my $20 Sennheiser HD 202′s, and the music pushed the V-Modas aside. But using the Sennheiser’s on DJ Ravines Rave/Happy Hardcore music was unpleasant, and extremely boring. The lows on the Sennheisers suffer quite a bit compared to the Crossfades. I tried some rap on the V-Modas this time (“Love the Way You Lie” by Eminem) and got great results.
Lows, mids and highs all lined up, and the headphones were sounding great. The songs Break Your Heart by Taio Cruz, Imma Be by The Black-Eyed Peas, and Everytime We Touch by Cascada all sounded fantastic. I do think, though, that Break Your Heart got the best results out of all the songs listed. I feel that these headphones are specifically for music in a lower frequency of sound, and not as much for Rock, Metal, Jazz, and some Pop. The headphones are optimized for rap, rave, house, electro, club, hardcore, trance, and dance music alike (which is good, because I mostly listen to that kind of stuff). Any bass lover should seriously consider going for these headphones, I love these earphones for listening to my trance and happy hardcore, especially for artists like Cascada, Basshunter, DJ Tiesto, and Captain Jack. Though certain songs in higher frequencies may sound better than others, I am strongly certain that these are build for low frequency oriented genres (particularly between 5Hz and 30Hz).
Score it up, baby!:
Audio Points: 9.0
I left out noise isolation this time, since I wanted to focus more on audio quality for this review. For those of you that would like to know about the noise isolation, you can’t hear outside noises once you’ve turned the music on. I’d give isolation a 9.5 (not scored).
Build Quality Points: 9.9
GREAT build quality, but I wished they had covered the area around the face of the ear cups. It may be susceptible to scratches. I took away a small amount, only because it’s not that big of a problem
Comfort Points: 10.0
These things are COMFORTABLE. They’re lightweight, feel soft, and are barely noticeable over time. Very good comfort!
Total Average Score: 9.6
If you’re looking to spend a little less, check out this review of the Sennheiser HD-428 by daconcerror.