V-Moda is known for their reptilian looking headphone and cases reminiscent of Alien v. Predator promoted by top DJ’s. They’ve released a second iteration with a few adjustments. Wondering what those are? Read more of our “V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless Headphones Review” below.
V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless Headphones Review
Build & Design
First off, I wish I loved the fit of these headphones more. I know that I could if my head wasn’t so small. The headband is ergonomically shaped as a half-oval, but unfortunately it is too long for me. In the default position (no extension), the headphones sit too low on my head, with the bottom of the ear cups sliding too far down, applying pressure on my jaw line. It’s not super uncomfortable, but this would deter me from wearing the headphones for long periods of time. Anyone with an average or large-sized head can rest assured that these babies will fit you just fine.
The steelflex headband is as pliable as it sounds, easily flexing very close to a 180 degree flatline. The ear cups are shaped-like a hexagon which covers “all sides” in making sure the cups fit all-types of ears. The ergonomic fit paired with bliss memory foam (thicker than that of its predecessor) makes for a lightweight and (mostly) comfortable fit on most heads. Honestly, these headphones are built like a tank.
Unfortunately, the foam doesn’t assist in creating a better barrier between your ears and the world around you. There is minimal sound isolation. When I wasn’t listening to music I could hear my co-workers chatting at a volume that didn’t sound any different from when I wasn’t wearing the headphones. However, other reviewers have said there is “some very respectable noise isolation.” I guess this claim is better left up to you to decide. Regardless, I cranked up the volume and my colleagues faded into the background.
Oh, and the frame is also collapsible thanks to Cliqfold hinges. If you plan on trying to rotate the ear cups, think again, though.
As for features, users can expect a simple 3-button set-up for controlling their music with controls equipped for starting your music, taking calls, and switching back and forth between tracks. There’s an additional button for pairing at the bottom of the right ear cup. I especially like that all of these buttons are discreetly fashioned on the headphone.
The V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless is built with a bigger battery to provide 15 percent more battery life yielding 14+ hours of music playback. If you forget to charge them, the headphones ship with a reinforced cable.
In addition, to ensure better communication the headphone does not include a “powered EQ” which is said to “pollute the audio” and cause “unacceptable latency.”
I mentioned earlier that the ear cups received a slight makeover featuring thicker ear cushions. Well, the interior also received a minor makeover now featuring 50mm dual diaphragm drivers which probably partially responsible for the impressive sound stage and spacing. It’s surprisingly good for a wireless headset. The wider sound stage opens up the music and as a result audio sounds relaxed and pleasant compared to its competition.
The bass is present and easy-going (not punchy at all). There were a few times I wished the lows were more aggressive. Instead the V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless opts for an overall relaxed, pleasant sound signature with the mids and highs following suit.
Overall, these headphones are a good sounding and sturdy buy if you can splurge $330 on pair of wireless headphones. Interested? Head over to V-Moda to snag V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless.
- Type – Over-Ear Bluetooth Wireless Headphones
- Frequency Response – 5 – 30,000Hz
- Wired Latency – 0ms
- Bluetooth – Low-Power Qualcomm CSR chipset
- Battery – Up to 12 hours music playblack (depending on volume/music)
- Sensitivity – 107 dB @ 1kHz 1mW
- Microphone Sensitivity – -42dB @ 1kHz
- Impedance – 30 ohms
- Weight – 292g (with standard aluminum shields)