V-MODA Crossfade Wireless
Over-ear Bluetooth® headphones (Gunmetal)
Our take on the V-MODA Crossfade Wireless by Crutchfield's Jeff Miller
V-MODA style and substance meets wireless freedom
When V-MODA stopped by our headquarters with some of their headphones — including the Crossfade Wireless — buzz traveled through the building fast. The good-looking, smooth-sounding 'phones caused such a stir that Senior Advisor Manager Jimmy Baranik rearranged his schedule to make it to a listening session. He liked what he heard so much that we let him take the first trial run with the V-MODA Crossfade Wireless 'phones.
He took them home and paired them with his smartphone easily. "I didn't look at the directions once," he told me, "they were as user-friendly as my iPhone."
The V-MODA Crossfade Wireless headphones, shown in Gunmetal, are incredibly durable and come with a heavy-duty "exoskeleton" case for extra protection.
"Sounded like they were wired"
Jimmy, like many skeptical audio enthusiasts and experts, figured wireless convenience would come at the expense of sound quality. But when he fired up some tunes, he heard robust, powerful bass and crystal clear highs. "These bad boys exceeded my expectations," he said.
Whether he placed his phone across the room or in his pocket, the audio never dropped out. As far as music, he put on a little bit of everything and said they sounded better than a lot of wired headphones. On Van Morrison's "Into the Mystic," he said, "the vocals jump out at you...It's a song we've all heard a million times, but through Crossfade Wireless it felt like a new experience." He also noted how well they handled a Fugees track, Lauren Hill's voice came through sweet and beautiful over the tight, solid bass line.
Constructed for comfort and durability
Jimmy was impressed with the rock-solid metal earcup plates and steel headband sliders. V-MODA puts the Crossfade Wireless through a quality and stress assessment that's beyond military standards. While there's no active noise cancellation, these headphones are built to naturally isolate noise — something Jimmy appreciated while he did some yardwork. "My leaf blower makes an annoying, screechy sound," he said, "it was a treat to block out the commotion."
But while they're extra-rugged, they feel quite comfortable to wear. Jimmy said the leather, memory foam-filled earpads "felt as pleasant as an expensive couch." And the headband is extra-flexible for a snug fit that's also relaxed. (V-MODA even offers optional extra-padded ear cushions.)
Wired mode and customization
V-MODA goes to great measures make sure the headphones fit your needs and taste. If you want to save battery power, you can listen wired. The included cable is reinforced with Kevlar® and features a one-button remote and mic for taking phone calls. Plus you can pick up some of the offered accessories, like a BoomPro mic cable for video games, Skype®, or podcasting.
- over-the-ear, closed-back design with unique airflow offers exceptional noise isolation
- Bluetooth connectivity for wireless music listening and phone calls with compatible smartphones
- built-in rechargeable battery offers up to 12 hours of wireless use
- 50mm dual-diaphragm drivers deliver deep, clean bass and clear, detailed mids and highs
- tested for consistent response over an incredibly wide frequency range
- memory-foam cushioned earcups for comfortable listening sessions
- parts tested beyond military (MIL-STD-810G) standards
- flexible steel headband and replaceable metal earcup plates
- 54" Kevlar-reinforced detachable cable with miniplug connector for wired use
- includes 1-button in-line SpeakEasy mic remote for answering phone calls
- includes USB cable for charging
- "exoskeleton" hard case with carabiner
- frequency response: 5-30,000 Hz
- sensitivity: 107 dB
- impedance: 30 ohms
- weight: 10.3 oz.
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Over-ear Bluetooth headphones (Gunmetal Black)
- 54" Straight (Speakeasy) cable with in-line 1-button remote/microphone (angled 3.5mm plug)
- 42" V-micro USB charging cable (Type A USB on one end and Micro USB on other end)
- Exoskeleton case (black)
- Carabiner clip
- User's Manual
- Accessory booklet
- Online Registration card
Very good sound; could use a little more bass depth. Bluetooth pairing was seamless. Some work needs to be done so controls on headset are easier to feel and use. Very happy with Crutchfield support--I am telling all my friends about Crutchfield!
Anonymous, Oak Bluffs, MA
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Features and Specs
|Earcup Width x Height||3.029" x 3.76"|
|Mic For Taking Calls||Yes|
|Frequency Response||5-30k Hz|
|1/4-inch Adapter Included||No|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Overview: The V-Moda Crossfade Wireless over-ear headphones feature an immersive 3D soundstage, and a rugged metal construction, built to withstand the rigors of everyday life. With built-in Bluetooth, you can listen to your favorite music or take phone calls without being tethered to your phone. The headphones can also be used as wired headphones, if desired, and include a Speakeasy cable with an in-line microphone and 1-button remote. Also included with the headphones is a tough hard-shell exoskeleton carry case.
Over-ear Design: The Crossfade Wireless have a circumaural (over-the-ear) design that's designed to isolate outside noise, and minimize sound leakage. The supple Bliss Memory Foam cushions naturally form to your ears, providing ergonomic comfort, and creating a seal to shut out external distractions.
Bluetooth: The Crossfire Wireless are equipped with low-power CSR BlueCore technology with Hi-Fi AAC+, AAC, MP3, SBC codecs, and OTA (over-the-air) Flash ROM upgradeable features. The headphones have a wireless range of approximately 33 feet when paired to a Bluetooth device. You can pair them to two devices at once, such as a smartphone + laptop, smartphone + tablet, or smartphone + smartwatch. You can also pair the Crossfire Wireless to some gaming consoles (Sony PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita) via Bluetooth.
Identical Sound: The V-Moda Crossfade Wireless headphones are the result of years of precise engineering to tune and design the wireless electronics to sound virtually identical to the wired Crossfade M-100. You'll experience the exact same performance from the Crossfade Wireless, whether wired or wireless. This was accomplished while maintaining the iconic look and build of V-Moda headphones.
50mm Drivers: The Crossfade Wireless headphones have V-Moda's LP-Class "Live Play" sound signature, with large 50mm Dual-Diaphragm drivers with inner and outer rings that separate the bass from bleeding into the mids and highs. Made with master-crafted materials, the drivers deliver deep, precise bass, lifelike vocals, and crystal clear highs. V-Moda uses more expensive driver components than other headphones in this price range, and quality tests them at 6 different frequencies for more consistency.
Metal Construction: The headphones are built and tested beyond military-level quality standards (MIL-STD-810G). Unlike the plastic headphones from their competitors, the Crossfade Wireless have a steel frame with interchangeable, aircraft-grade metal shields. The Steelflex headband is virtually indestructible; each band is bend-tested flat over 10 times. The headphones will stand up in high or low temperatures, humidity, salt spray, and UV exposure.
Note: Custom metal shields are available from V-Moda in several colors, and with pre-made or custom designs.
Battery Power: The built-in rechargeable battery charges via USB power, using the included V-Micro USB cable (Type A USB and Micro USB connectors). A full charge can provide up to 12 hours of playback, depending upon the volume levels. You can partially charge the battery for shorter playback times:
|Charge Time||Playback Time|
|30 minutes||3 hours 30 minutes|
|60 minutes||7 hours 30 minutes|
|110 minutes||10 to 12 hours|
SpeakEasy Cable: The Crossfade Wireless come with the 54" SpeakEasy cable for use with your smartphone or tablet. The cable has a 45-degree 3.5mm plugs, and is made withstand over 1 million bends. The SpeakEasy cable has a microphone and an in-line 1-button remote that can control music playback and phone calls on most smartphones, and tablets.
Note: For SpeakEasy cable functionality, see the V-Moda Compatibility Matrix.
Exoskeleton Case: The included hard-shell, form-fitting Exoskeleton Case protects your headphones when they're not in use. Panels with V-Straps are provided to store your cables and adapters. A carabiner clip is included for securing your headphones to your backpack.
Optional Accessories: The following items are genuine V-Moda accessories for the Crossfade Wireless:
- BoomPro Microphone: a flexible, professional-grade boom microphone with an in-line mute and volume control.
- XL Memory Cushions: larger, memory foam cushions for extended listening comfort.
- CoilPro Cable: lockable coiled cable stretches from 47" to 12' in length; includes threaded 1/4" adapter. (available from V-Moda)
Warranty: The Crossfade Wireless over-ear headphones have a 1-year warranty. If your headphones are accidentally destroyed, the V-Moda Immortal Life Program offers 50% off a replacement for a lifetime.
- Frequency Response: 5Hz - 30kHz
- Sensitivity: 107dB @ 1 kHz 1mW
- Microphone Sensitivity: -42dB @ 1 kHz
- Impedance: 30 ohms
- Earcup Dimensions: Width 3.029", Height 3.76", Depth 1.6"
- Weight: 10.3 ounces (without cable)
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Why did you buy this?
Recommended by Daniel. [ D Jul 31, 2017 ]
Price, features, reviews and a recommendation from David the Crutchfield Advisor. [ Peter Mar 10, 2017 ]
Good reviews all-around compelled me to choose this over the competitors. [ Solomon Mar 17, 2016 ]
1 question already asked
Only if your zvox has Bluetooth (to transmit to the headphones). [ Javier Nov 29, 2017 ]
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