Take your music with you by using these V-MODA Crossfade wireless headphones. Their 50mm dual diaphragm drivers let you enjoy distinct, high-quality bass and high-frequency sounds, and the built-in Bluetooth technology and a SpeakEasy cable provide flexible connectivity. These V-MODA Crossfade wireless headphones fold into a compact size for portability thanks to their CliqFold hinge.
50 mm Dual-diaphragm drivers and CCAW coil.
Offers superior, full-bodied sound and wide 3D soundstage.
Hi-Res Audio Certification in wired mode.
Provides pristine sound with an increased dynamic range certified by the Japanese Audio Society (JAS).
Hybrid wireless and wired usage
Convenient Bluetooth 3.0 wireless mode with aptX and AAC support and analog wired mode for zero latency audio. Pristine sound in wired mode certified by the Japanese Audio Society (JAS).
Qualcomm aptX, AAC, SBC codecs
Offer CD-like audio quality over Bluetooth. AAC optimizes sound when used with iOS devices.
CliqFold collapsible hinge
For ultimate convenience and portability.
Enables simple hands-free chatting via a compatible device.
Vegan leather and steel frame give a unique look, clean design and extreme durability.
L sized memory foam cushions
Unparalleled comfort for extended listening sessions.
Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Around 15% bigger than the previous version and offers up to 14 hours of use on a charge.Use included Micro USB cable to fully recharge in around two and a half hours.
Extremely durable against heavy wear and extreme temperatures. Drop-tested 70+ times (follows MIL-STD-810G guidelines)
Exoskeleton hard carry case, carabiner clip
USB cable, 1-Button Speakeasy Cable, gold plated 1/4" Pro Adapter
2 years ago, I bought the V-MODA Crossfade M-100. While I enjoyed it, I wasn’t enamored with it, and ultimately came to the conclusion that the compromises in sound quality were not worth it. All of that changes with the Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex Edition.
V-MODA delivered an excellent unboxing experience on the M-100, and that’s no exception for the Crossfade 2. Upon snipping the ribbon outside of the box and pulling the button strap off the top, you’ll be met with some protective foam, a warranty card, a 3.5mm to ¼” adapter, as well as the headphones in their case—for your pleasure of opening. The case is very durable and rigid, as to protect the Crossfade 2 from any potential drops. Inside the case, you are met with the headphones, a micro-USB charging cable, and a 3.5mm cable if you so choose to use the headphones wired. The headphones also have instructions attached to the outer ear cup to explain the wireless functionality and controls.
The M-100 was no exception to build quality, they kept the theme with the Crossfade 2 Wireless. These things have a steel frame that passes military testing, a headband that can withstand a lot of stress, a fiber-reinforced cable with a 45-degree plug that can bend over 1 million times. On top of that, they passed environmental tests for more extreme temperatures, humidity, salt and UV. They feel very durable while still delivering a ~11oz lightweight construction and an elegant design.
So how do they deliver on comfort? Well, I’m really happy to report that the Crossfade 2 weighs only slightly more than the M-100 and has addressed the issues I had with the M-100. Firstly, the ear pads are substantially better than the M-100, using a memory foam cushion material, rather than a stiffer, springy material. The end result is a better seal over your ears for improved noise isolation while also relieving pressure around your ears. I don’t think the headband has changed since the M-100 whose headband caused me discomfort at the apex of my head after long listening sessions. If you’re like me, I’d expect to experience at least a little discomfort over a couple hours, and would always recommend taking a break, anyway.
The Crossfade 2 Wireless uses the Cliqfold hinge, making it very portable and easy to stow away in its case. This is one of the most portable hybrid wireless over-ear headphones that exist in the market that also delivers impressive audiophile-grade performance for the price.
How do the Crossfade 2 Wireless sound? These actually caught me off guard; I was actually expecting to be unimpressed. However, unlike the M-100, these don’t sacrifice midrange and treble clarity. I can tell that V-MODA focused on improving bass quality (not just quantity) while also not alienating listeners like me who also listen to very vocal music as well as music where instrumentation takes the stage. If you listen to a lot of bass-heavy music, you will love the Crossfade 2 Wireless’ presentation of bass. You get that sub-bass rumble, while also maintaining clarity in the midrange and treble. As a result, vocals stay properly balanced in the mix, while instruments like synthesizers, keys, percussion, guitars and so on are distinguishable and with excellent clarity. Much of this can probably be attributed to the new drivers engineered and made in Japan, probably thanks to the newfound partnership with Roland Corporation, V-MODA’s parent company as of 2016. Sound stage is impressive, especially for such a small, portable headphone, and playing on my Roland V-Drum electronic drum kit (with acoustic drum samples) yielded impressive sound with the kick being the only part that was emphatic in a way I felt a bit unnatural. Of course, this is due to the bass emphasis in the Crossfade 2, but considering the M-100 sounded entirely unnatural on the same kit, V-MODA has colored me impressed.
At this point, I should mention that the reason this is the “Codex Edition” is due to the added support for AptX and AAC wireless codecs, delivering higher bitrates that allow you to hear your music without loss of quality. If you’re using a modern Android device, you’ll likely have AptX support, and if not, probably AAC. If you’re using iOS, you’ll be using AAC. Both are sufficient solutions, but I would have liked to see LDAC support.
V-MODA claims that the sound is virtually identical in wireless and wired mode. Using a very reliable desktop DAC & Amplifier that I normally use for my high-end headphones, I decided to test this claim. From my findings, I found that while the Wireless mode sounded great and quite balanced, my desktop amplifier leans on the warm side of things, and as a result, adds a slight warmth to accentuate the bass, but delivered superb clarity that made using it wired an absolute joy. Ultimately, this is great for audiophiles, as they Crossfade 2 delivers exceptional wireless audio performance while also delivering an even more impressive Hi-Res audio experience when paired with a quality amplifier. When in wired mode, the Crossfade 2 does not apply any post-processing, giving you unadulterated sound directly from your source.
Using the headphone in wireless mode at reasonable volumes, you can expect 14+ hours of playback. This is largely unimpressive when other well-known headphone brands are often able to deliver 20+ hours of playback. The drivers are quite sensitive, so driving them wirelessly should not consume much more power than other brands. My guess is that this is a compromise V-MODA had to make to fit all this technology in such a small package.
The V-MODA Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex Edition delivers on its promises of being a very portable over-ear headphone with high resolution audio, regardless of its use as a wireless or wired headphone. It addresses the compromises of its eldest predecessor, the M-100, while maintaining and expanding on the aspects that were adored by the audiophile community. Being an audiophile-grade portable hybrid wireless over-ear headphone is no easy feat, and V-MODA’s execution is noteworthy.
V-MODA Crossfade 2 are headphones, unlike anything you experienced before...Heck, they are unlike anything I've tried before with all my years of reviewing headphones. Really these have made me have higher expectations for headphones in this price range. I mean I can rave on and on about how they good they are but I love to take a moment to about the presentation first before. The box itself feels like they took love and honor crafting itself.
To be perfectly honest I feel like this is equitant to getting keys to a Ferrari for audiophiles. I never really talk about unboxing experiences but I feel like if you are a fan of electronics you would appreciate this to the highest levels. The carrying hook on the box itself has leather straps it feels and it's insane. Once you get past that point you pull out the headphones and greeted with lots of premium instructions and products to other V-Moda things like the boom mic. They give you a card called "50% IMMORAL LIFE" program where if they break you can get a new pair for half the price. I don't know any other company who would offer such a thing but trust me you would want to sign up. This is great and BIG thumbs up to V-Moda for looking out for their customers.
The V-MODA Crossfade 2 Design is unlike anything ever encountered. They call it "Milano Design" I call it "Bliss in luxury." I can't find another word to say other then it is pure premium. Crossfade 2 has a bold yet luxury style to them. And yes its enough to turn heads to even people with other headphones on. (I was in an art store in Chicago and a man with Bose QC35 turned his head in disgust lol.) If you want to get really serious about being customizable you can buy "Sheilds" that are custom to your liking raging from $25 to $35,000...Yep, you heard that correctly. There are basic colors, 3D plated prints, leather, and some made out of platinum/24 ct. gold. They have so many more and even get your name printed.
World-class quality? No, more like Universe-class quality. You should know these headphones are well built. Hi-res CCAW coils, Memory foam on the cups, Super strong hinge, Soft & comfortable ergonomic headband made out of steel inside, Reinforced cable if you need it, Clicky strong Bluetooth buttons and 50MM cups on the hears are perfectly fitted to your head. Nothing was cut out for your comfort at all and V-Moda understands this. The sound is beast and is worldly, with the cord you can get 5Hz to 40k Hz full of pure sound, I have an iPhone (AAC) but with an android, you get even more benefits with Qualcomm's APX sound which AMAZING when I tried it with a Galaxy S7+ there is nothing like it.
Speaking of which there is passive noise cancelation, which to me easily trump active on any headphones on the market today. Every single sound is delivered to you as raw and pure as it can leaving levels and bass out evenly. The headphones are lightweight though I'm not sure I'll wear them to the Gym, it is possible to work out in these but for how long is remain to be seen. On a hot summer day in Chicago walking downtown, I did have to put them out after a while but luckily the Exo case that comes with the headphones. There is an area inside where you can make the case breathable so the sweat can dry out. Also, Zero Latency with the cord that's included so you can use it for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One with ease (there is also a boom mic you can buy if you also want to get serious for gaming but the cord included works just fine.)
Battery life stays true to what V-Moda promised. Used the headphones all weekend and they just died on me but hey last the promised 14+ hours. I managed to squeeze 15+ out of them without worrying about BT. inside you get Speakeasy cable with mic, USB cable for charging, 1/4" Pro adapter and that's it. Bluetooth can connect to 2 devices at once like the iPhone and iPad at the same time.
To me, these are the best I've ever had period.V-MODA Crossfade 2 is downright the headphones of the year at this point. Nothing even comes close to my hears and V-Moda is a company I'm going to keep my eyes on. Nothing cheapens the experience with these and one I would proudly spend the money on. Not sure your friends would spend the money on these but I will only recommend Crossfade 2. The warranty alone makes you feel good owning these. The "Ferrari" of headphone sounds are here...V-MODA Crossfade 2 is better than the rest.
These are some incredible headphones. These are another that have been added to my diverse collection of various brands and types. These are probably at the top in terms of quality.
I hadn’t heard of V-Moda or experienced their headphones prior. If you can check out a pair at your local Best Buy, do yourself a favor and check these out.
What I love about these is the evenness of sound. There’s no app and no eq to manage on your device so you’re getting a sound that’s already been tuned and tuned incredibly well. I’ve used them wired and wireless and couldn’t find a difference in the sound at all. This is something very difficult to manage as Bluetooth and Wireless connections aren’t the most reliable nor do they deliver the same quality in most cases as a Wired connection.
In my time testing these out I’ve been incredibly pleased. They are very comfortable and very flexible. The fit well and they definitely feel like they stay in place. I’m quite pleased with the quality of the construction of the headphones. They are very well built and are very solid. The leather they use is incredible too! There’s even this same quality leather on the box they come in. The earcups have memory foam and super comfy and super soft on your ears. They can get a bit warm but i never found them to get sweaty at all.
Music wise I tested several types of genres. I listened to some Hip-Hop and Rap like Run-DMC and Macklemore and the bass in the tracks was very natural and smooth and not overpowering to the rest of the tracks. Listening to classical or big band music all the instruments had an evening of sound, not one instrument was overpowering another. Even with listening to Rock and Metal this same characteristic carried over as well. Having an evenness of sound is really something you want in a pair of headphones. Having too much bass or too much treble can lead to too bright a sound or too muddled of a low end and these thankfully don’t experience this.
These also come with a hard shell carrying case that feels very durable. They have a carabiner clip on them so you can attach them to a loop on pants or on a backpack. The case has some room as well for a pair of V-Moda earbuds. There’s also some spots for the Charging cable and the 3.5mm cable. I do like the charging cable as it’s a flat USB cable and seems to have a nice quality to them. The 3.5mm cable is also very nice as it’s braided and has a nice quality feel. There’s also an in-line Mic on the cable so you use it for calls. I didn’t test this however.
Battery life seems quite good. I used them for hours at a time and never really saw much of a decrease in charge. They are rated for I believe 14 hours at low volume. I was using them at about half volume and their included materials state they will get about 1.5 hours at higher volumes. I fell asleep with them on a couple times and they had been on for a couple hours at that point but the battery meter barely budged.
One thing I didn’t realize, they have ANC (Active Noise Cancelling). Now it’s not going to block out everything like an airplane, but they will definitely keep out various distractions. There’s nearly no noise bleed. You can test that by resting the earcups against each other and then separating them. Since they rest on your ears and not over, I was quite impressed with how well the sound was retained.
One nice thing you can do with the headphones is purchase some covers for the outer sides of the headphones. These range in price and quality. They have precious metals, engravings and patterns. You can get 14k gold, plated gold, platinum, brass and even textures. Most of them are a fair investment and can wind up costing as much $30,000 if you want Platinum.
Expensive, but it gives you options for customizing your headphones to make them your own and one of a kind.
If you’re looking for a very nice, high quality pair of wired headphones, these are sure to please as their quality is amazing.
I like these headphones so much more than I thought I would. I owned a pair of V-MODA headphones years ago that were cumbersome, gaudy, and overall just didn’t sound that great. My opinion about V-MODA has completely changed with these headphones. They look fantastic, they’re extremely comfortable and durable, and they sound great. For general purpose listening I don’t think you can go wrong with these.
Getting into the box you get the headphones, a carrying case, 3.5mm cable, ¼” adapter plug, and a USB cable for charging. The USB cable is Micro USB, which is mildly disappointing; I’m always hoping companies will make the jump to USB-C, but for now I’ve got no shortage of Micro USB cables lying around. The case is nice; it’s sturdy, relatively compact, and has spots to store the 3.5mm and USB cable.
I’m really into the look of these headphones. Usually I prefer something with a more understated look, but the matte white color is extremely striking without being over the top. They feel very durable and well put together while also being lightweight and comfortable at the same time; these feel like the kind of headphones you could wear for several hours. I initially thought the ear cushions were going to be too small for my ears, but they fit over just right. On the right side there’s an on/off switch for Bluetooth and 3 buttons for volume and play/pause. The buttons are relatively large and easy enough to feel out once you know where they are, though the raised screw heads on the ear cups do initially make finding them a little difficult at first.
I’ve been listening to music and watching videos on my phone using both Bluetooth and the wired 3.5mm cable and the sound quality is great in both situations. I think the wired connection gets the edge for overall sound quality, but I never really wanted for it all that much listening over Bluetooth. Being able to hear the details in music is really important to me with headphones and everything comes through clear in these headphones. It feels like there’s just a touch of extra bass, but it doesn’t muddle the mids or highs. The sound isolation is pretty good as well. These don’t have active noise cancelling, but they do a pretty good job of blocking out most external noise.
Part of what makes the Codex Edition different from the original Crossfade 2 is that it includes support for additional Bluetooth audio codecs. These headphones support aptX, AAC, and SBC audio. I am a little disappointed that V-MODA didn’t include support for the higher resolution aptX HD or LDAC codecs, especially given the name, but the standard aptX through my Pixel 2 still sounds good.
V-MODA also offers the ability to customize the ear cups, which is pretty cool and registering the headphones gets you a code for a pair of aluminum engraved or 3D printed covers from their website.
These might be my new favorite headphones. I’m usually not the type to use headphones in most situations unless I need to, but I keep finding a reason to listen to these.
These headphones are the rare case of awesome looking design and a very decent sound! Designers did everything tight - steel frame, soft replaceable cushions and ability to install custom cover plates makes these one of a kind!
Sound quality was not sacrificed either - headphones sound fantastic over Bluetooth and even better wired to the high quality amplifier (32 Ohm impedance, headphones are very efficient and 100dB at 1mW of power (1kHz)). Dynamic range is great and frequency response (wired only specification) is better than most humans can hear 5Hz to 40kHz. I just love listening to these!
Fit is comfortable, but I noticed that they do clamp my head a bit more than I would like to. Control buttons are located at the top of the right headphone and a bit difficult to hit the exact button I want from the first try.
Replaceable covers are available for the purchase from V-Moda web site and include a wide variety - from 3D printed fiber to precious metals, price ranging from $25 to whooping $27k for platinum covers! Custom cover engraving is available, and even 4 colors of cover screws to choose from.
Other available accessories include boom microphone (great for gaming!), extra large ear cushions and cables.
Hard carrying case is included, as well as USB charging cable and 3.5mm stereo cable with a microphone (1/4" adapter is included too).
Overall - it's an amazing set that looks gorgeous, highly customizable with various accessories and sounds just right wired or wireless!
I am very excited to write this review on the Crossfade II Wireless Codex edition head phones! I own several pair of expensive headphones, so I pulled them out to make a real-time comparison. Although other brands feature noise-cancelling technologies, these V-moda headphones were clear winners in producing a full, bass rich sounds experience!
There are some great features to these headphones that include:
- A very solid and stable design - they just feel like high-quality
- The Bliss Memory foam feels wonderful on my ears
- Steelflex headband is very comfortable, but might mess up your hair-do
- Personalize your set with Custom, Laser printed Shields for $25
- Way cool, Click to Fold (Cliqfold) hinge design for easy storage
- Included 1/8 in cable and 1/4 in adapter jack for wired connectivity - like on a airplane or to your guitar
- Nice clam-shell case with an Exoskeleton design and integrated cable pockets
- Easy bluetooth pairing - literally took me 5 seconds.
- Claim 14 hour battery life - I have been able to test that yet and I'll update this review if they don't last that long.
Overall - very impressed. Excellent look, feel and sound. My only wish is that they had noise cancelling features - maybe the next version.
Amazed at the range of sound from these! I was a little put off prior to receiving when I read they were over ear headphones. I have a pair of Senns over the ear and after 20 minutes , my ears get starved for air and I have to take them off. With the V-moda's, I notice they are more like large on ear units (big plus). The elliptical design sits just right and alleviates the discomfort associated with my over ear units. In wireless mode, the aptX and AAC codecs really bring them to the next level. Bluetooth pair is so quick, I didn't realize they were connected until I heard music. Bass response is deep and thumping listening to Prime EDM, highs are well separated with no muddy middles. Their performance matches their pro look and lightweight comfort. I love this customization option for the shields; wearing in public with your custom logo or initials, people will think your some famous DJ! V-moda has reached new heights with these headphones. Rock on!
I’ll be honest. I didn’t know much about V-moda but always heard good things. I have to try things myself to know what’s good. And wow. I can now say those people were right. These crossfades 2 are amazing. From the very balanced sound to the build quality and ruggedness. V-MODA pays attention to the details in their products. So I’ll start with what everyone (mostly) cares about. The sound. I have other high end headphones and these to me have a more balanced and solid sound. Lows are tight but punchy. Not overdone. The mids sound beautiful. Vocals are important to me. And the highs are sharp but not bad. Perfect imo. The design is typical but classy. I get compliments at the gym. I use for running and lifting weights. They don’t slip off. They make me warm. But I run hot anyways. So not a big deal. I don’t worry about drops since they feel like you can throw them at a wall and they will be just fine. So overall these will be my go to from now on. Give them a shot. U won’t regret it I promise. Good luck !
Ps-don’t forget to register these so you can get the free custom upgrade. I believe it’s about 70$ in extras.
A:AnswerIf you have a device that sends out aptx, SBC or AAC audio codec over Bluetooth. If you can spare the buck fifty then yes, they are good headphones. I took back my $500 Bang & Olufsen - BeoPlay H9i to get the crossfade 2 wireless codex edition.
A:AnswerThey will work unless they are really loud. They do not cancel out the noise they just isolate it. So it isn't like what you would buy for an airplane. If you are looking for a great pair of high-quality noise cancellation headphones go with the Sony's I pointed out for ya