Review: V-Moda M-100

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V-Moda | Over-Ear Headphnes | $ 310.00

What happens when a headphone company goes straight to the customers to find out how to build their headphones? Well, you end up with a feature-packed headphone that can be accessorized and customized. The V-Moda M-100 is the new flagship for V-Moda. Many thought it’d be an over-ear version of the popular M-80. It isn’t, but still a respectable headphone nonetheless with its loaded feature set and great sound.  

Specifications

  • Driver: 50 mm Dynamic
  • Frequency Response: 5 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 103 dB/mW
  • Impedance: 32 Ohms

In the Box

  • V-Moda M-100
  • Carrying Case
  • Cables (Mic’d, long audio-only with SharePlay)
  • V-Corks (2 included)
  • Karabiner
  • ¼” Inch Adapter
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Design

The classic, V-Moda hexagon is one that stands out the most on just about all V-Moda products. With each M-100 sold, buyers get the option to getting a customized pair of shields. The shields come in a wide variety of colors and can have artwork on them, either your own or a pre-supplied template. The M-100 come in 3 base colors: gloss black, matte black, and white. The colors come default with black aluminum-textured, matte black, and silver plates respectively. Pictured is the matte black model.

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The matted model looks very stealth and looks extremely attractive. The sandblasted metal housings blend very nicely together in uniformity with the shields. The entire black design blends in together with itself. They fold up in a very beautiful manner for storage, or to just place on your desk when not in use. A bold, orange cable comes out of either side of the headphones.

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Design: ★★★★

Audio

V-Moda states that they crowd sourced the sound for the M-100. Essentially, they went out and had many people demo prototype M-100s. As time went along, the sound converged towards what the M-100 is today. The sound is a unique V-shape with quick decay to create accurate bass. I think my friend said it best when she said they sounded “clean”.

Since the audio cable can be plugged into either side of the headphones, a V-Cork is included to fill in the unplugged side. This leads to a more coherent sound between the drivers. Without the V-Cork, the drivers can be off-balanced by as much as 2 dB in the midrange. It’s not too audible unless you listen for it

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The low end of the M-100 has more of a focus towards the sub-bass while the lower and upper bass are tuned to work extremely well together. The sub-bass has a slower decay to allow textures to rumble beautifully while not being so slow to muddy up anything. The lower bass has a nice strong impact to show there is power behind the bass. The bass is quick and tight up in the higher ranges as well. The end result of this bigger bass that is extremely well-controlled.

If the Crossfade M-100 had an Achilles’ Heal, it would be in the lower midrange. The M-100s, for having a dip in the lower mids do a good job of detailing. However, it could definitely use some improvements in retrieval. The upper-midrange has great clarity to allow for energy in the midrange. Vocals have overall very great dynamics, as do instrumentals, allowing for both great depth and height into the vocals.

The treble of the M-100 is a little on the more energetic side of things. V-Moda does a good job allowing for extension through the upper highs, a weakness the M-80 had before it. Splashes are strong and energetic; it may be a bit much for some. The lower-treble is probably one of my favorite parts of the M-100. Snaps are bold, strong and offer great presence, the snares actually sound the way they should.

Audio: ★★★★½

Build

When the M-100 plans were being announced, many people pushed for more features with the M-100. One such feature included the ability to fold up. This would prove to be a challenge for V-Moda as moving parts normally results in less strength. I have to say, V-Moda took this challenge well.

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The M-100s come packaged inside of a nice, compact case to allow portability. The semi-hard case is lined on the inside with a soft-velvet like fabric and areas to store your cables. I do wish there was a spot to place the V-Corks though as you only need one while the headphones are in use.

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The headphones are built to military specifications so they are extremely durable. The ClickFold hinges on the M-100 feel extremely great and have a satisfying click when folded upward. Metal screws and hinges are used throughout the entire housing of the M-100s. The metal is thicker, but also light. This really gives the V-Moda an industrial feel to them.

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The headband on the V-Moda has been torture tested to ensure it lasts long (of course yours won’t be). You can bend and mend the headband into many different shapes, and it’ll stay strong throughout. It has ample thickness to it and, like the housings, feels extremely great.

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Two input jacks are placed on the V-Moda M-100. The cable that plugs into the either jack is very well built. The cable has a fabric exterior and is Kevlar re-enforced internally. It rarely tangles and has more than ample strength.

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Build: ★★★★

Comfort

Like many headphones, the M-100s will need some break in time for the soft pads to conform to your ears. Listeners can also mend the headband so they sit more comfortably. Overall though, the plush pads are extremely soft, but may be a bit shallow for some listeners. The headphones are actually very light allowing me to listen for a good 2-3 hours before any discomfort starts. V-Moda is planning to release some thicker pads for people with no-so-shallow ears.

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Comfort: ★★★★½

Value

Three hundred and ten is a pretty heft number to pay for these headphones. At that cost, one can actually buy an iPhone or two (on contract) or even an iPod Touch. Nonetheless, if you’re looking for a pair of headphones that sounds great, looks great, and is built great. The M-100 will be up your alley. I don’t really think I need to say more. These are one of the few multi-hundred dollar headphones that I’d say is well worth the cost.

Outside the design, build, and sound, V-Moda does have perks behind it. Customizable plates can be purchased through V-Moda to really make them your own. Many accessories, pushed for by customers, can also be purchased. The boom-mic can be purchased for the gamer types. A long SharePlay cable, included with the M-100, acts like a splitter and allows you to share your tunes with your friends (a shorter cable with a remote and mic is also included).

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Value: ★★★★

Final Thoughts

With the Crossfade M-100, V-Moda well above and beyond to include many features that were community-based. V-Moda has created a great headphone that not only sounds great, but looks great as well. Avoiding cheap plastic, V-Moda allows the M-100 to also feel great too. The Crossfade M-100 is definitely a great pair of headphones that does many things right.

I’d like to thank Matt for the product Sample

Overall Score

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V-Moda Crossfade M-100

† All prices are in US currency.
This review was written by the iFans.com Review Team. Cumulative scores are rounded to the nearest half or full star.
This accessory, product, or app was received as a sample. Thanks Matt for the product sample.
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