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V-moda Crossfade 2
- Powerful bass
- Improved wireless performance
- Improved battery life
- Beautiful design
- Earpads can pinch over time
- AptX is an addon
- More expensive than most
Unlike today's Hollywood cash ins that rarely beat the original that inspired them, V-Moda has improved on its previous wireless headphone model both in design and sound that will easily appeal to the fashionista, or the serious bass-head.
Out of the box, the Crossfade 2 headphones look almost identical to its predecessor, the Crossfade M-100. Opening the box reveals the cans inside V-Moda’s Iron Man-ish armor, complete with the signature carabiner attached. At the bottom of the box is a 1/4-inch adapter and a V-Moda sticker. It comes in a stylish Matte Black, Matte White, and Rose Gold. Unlike the original Crossfade, the cans fold in on themselves using dual hinges to fit inside the smaller case. Bundled up inside is a pair of Kevlar-reinforced braided cables, one with USB terminals for charging, and one for wired audio with a three-button iOS microphone.
The audio quality is high end and includes smooth but still pounding bass, balanced with a clear and detailed upper register for a thrilling, bass-forward sound and the midrange is clear, though it’s a little less forward and present. Its wireless capability is impressive. The signal remains strong even if I was around 20 feet away from the audio source. Its battery life is impressive with 14 hours of playback ensuring you tire out before the headphones do. It also has a AptX codec for better streaming through Bluetooth for an additional $20.00.
While this is on the high end of performance, it is also tough on the wallet and I cant help but feel the elitist / fashionista vibe of the product that slightly annoys me. With all the fancy - shmancy addons that aren't completely necessary (Kevlar on cables? $20.00 for a Bluetooth codec that should be free?) There are better overall headphones out there at half the price such as the Ghostek soDrop 2, and Oppo PM-3. At least it isn't as expensive as a Sennheiser Momentum - oh gosh don't get me started there. At around a $350 street price, best look for a discount before buying this as the overall quality isn't worth that price, but to be fair it look hella good and is indeed a top contender if you just made it a little cheaper.Read full review Hide full review
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