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V-Moda Crossfade M-80 On-Ear Headphones Review

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V-Moda has just debuted their latest flagship pair of headphones, the Crossfade M-80 On-Ear headphones. This latest pair of headphones have been in development for years and it shows in their durability and sound quality. Looking strikingly similar to the True Blood V-80 On-Ear Headphones,  the Crossfade M-80 will appeal to those who might have wanted to own the V-80 headphones but weren’t particularly a True Blood fan. Fortunately, the Crossfade M-80 will appeal to all headphone aficionados by its quality craftsmanship, sound, and overall style.

What’s in the Box:

* V-Moda Crossfade M-80 One-Ear Headphones
* Exoskeleton Carrying Case
* One 3.5mm fabric cable with a three-button remote control for Apple products
* One 3.5mm fabric cable with a one-button microphone universally compatible with all audio, tablet and 3.5mm
smartphone products including Android, BlackBerry and Windows 7
* Gold-Plated Stereo Adapter, 1/8″ Jack to 1/4″ Plug

Design

The M-80 On-Ear Headphones look practically identical to the True Blood V-80 On-Ear Headphones. Except for a few subtle changes, both headphones are very similar in color scheme and overall design. Gone is the True Blood logos and blood vial on the Exoskeleton case that came with the V-80.  But like with the V-80, the headband on the M-80 also sports an all over black color and has ditched the red on the inside lining. The ear cups still contour to your ears providing a snug yet comfortable fit.

The top portion of the headband is covered with a durable suede material and is still extremely comfortable to wear as well as bendable. In fact, V-Moda prides itself on performing extreme tests to prove that their headphones are the most durable and will survive just about anything. We’re talking about going through rigorous tests like doing headband bends 10 times or dropping it 70 times or more. There is nothing that V-Moda won’t do to prove that they are creating military grade headphones for consumer consumption, while still being fashionable.

Lastly, the brushed metal shields are interchangeable and will allow you future customization down the road when V-Moda releases a variety of designer swappable shields.

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Sound Quality:

Just like the V-80’s, the M-80’s provide you with an extremely balanced listening experience. There are no extremes whatsoever when listening to the M-80’s. If you are looking for crisp balanced highs along with balanced deep lows you will find it with the M-80’s and that applies to just about every bitrate and music genre we have thrown at it.What makes the M-80’s clock tick is the 40mm Dual-Diaphragm drivers, Beatport 3D soundstage, and Bliss Noise Isolation. Essential pieces of the puzzle that make the M-80’s sound as rich as they do. Consumers, as well as audiophiles alike, will appreciate the sublime sound reproduction that the M-80’s reproduce without the extremes.That said, bass junkies will have to look elsewhere, as the M-80’s aim to give the listener an intimate and well balanced listening experience out of the box. If you want to manipulate your EQ settings, then the M-80’s will certainly compensate either way.

The inclusion of two different types of cables that support Apple products as well as non-Apple products is a nice addition that I wish other manufacturers would be more thoughtful about. Operation of both cables was flawless and receiving calls was crisp and clear.

Conclusion:

“I vowed to never sell a headphone I wouldn’t use myself, and as a producer, DJ and engineer always on the go – M-80 is knighted by quality,” says Val Kolton, V-MODA CEO

 

And we couldn’t agree more. When you hold and listen to the M-80’s and even the V-80’s you can tell the time and love that went into making these headphones and it’s proven by the obvious superior construction and sound that engulfs your ears.

If you were hesitant to give the V-Moda V-80’s a try because of the True Blood tie-in, you have absolutely no excuse now. These are well balanced and quality manufactured headphones that will please your ears as well as make a fashion statement. The Crossfade M-80 retails for $230.00 and is available today at V-MODA.com and select retailers worldwide.

The Good: Balanced sound reproduction. Build quality is outstanding. Comfortable. The remote support for both Apple and non-Apple products with the inclusion of two different Kevlar mic cables. Excels at both high and low kbps audio files.

The Bad: Might be pricey for some. For extreme low end junkies, these may not be the headphones for you.