It has been more than a year since the original V-MODA Crossfade LP debuted. Just this past week, the Crossfade LP2 landed and boy what a joyous thud it has made. The V-MODA Crossfade LP2 is a solid piece of head gear that takes the best of what the original Crossfade LP headphones had and turns it up a notch by fine-tuning the drivers, the look, and the overall essence of delivering the Crossfade LP2 experience. Read on for our full review of the Crossfade LP2 over-ear headphones.
The Crossfade LP2 holds true to its roots with durability, from the headphone’s exterior to the kevlar cables. Each part of the Crossfade LP2 is made to last too, from its steel construction of the headband, to the included exoskeleton hard case. The kevlar cables have even gone through 1 million flex cycles! It would take great efforts to destroy these headphones. But besides for its hardy exterior, the design of the V-MODA Crossfade LP2 is certainly distinguishable from loads of other headphones out on the market with its “V” design, that is commonly found on all of the V-MODA over the ear headphones.
The Crossfade LP2 Limited Edition Matte Black is also a pair of down-right sexy headphones. It’s black on black matte coloring and soft touch coating feel sensual and smooth, just like the sound that emanates out of the Crossfade LP2.
The LP2′s are much like its predecessor in the way that it exudes a balanced and rich audio experience. While the original Crossfade LP seemed to favor the highs and mids more than the bass, the Crossfade LP2 seems to have been corrected to not only extenuate the highs, but also the low-end, while still maintaining a balanced listening experience.
The Crossfade LP2 is not about the thumping in the chest. Instead these headphones exude a type of soothing experience that brings to life all dimensions of the music without drowning out other sonics. Bass still plays second fiddle to the highs and mids, but on the Crossfade LP2 the bass that is there only adds body and warmth, and not a headache.
Classics from the Moody Blues, U2 and Journey really shine on the Crossfade LP2. While your typical pop hits from Rihanna or Foster the People sound good too, but are missing that extra umph needed from just a little bit more bass. However, the overall experience certainly doesn’t lack, but the Crossfade LP2 headphones really do love vocals and guitar riffs.
The addition of a Kevlar 3-Button mic/audio cable is a nice feature that also works well with other devices, and not just the iOS ones. Calls came through loud and clear and operating the three buttons is a breeze.
The Crossfade LP2 is a delicious pair of headphones that brings your music to life in a rich balanced experience. They not only sound good, but the ear cups feel like butter on your ears with its ergo soft memory foam. While the Crossfade LP2 doesn’t produce an overwhelming amount of bass that drowns the highs and mids out, it still produces a warmth to the music tha’ts rare to find in a pair of headphones that currently retail for $199.00.
V-MODA doesn’t only care about producing quality audio equipment, but they want to make sure you look the part as well. The LP2 will be fully customizable at one point in the future by swapping out the metal shields for a more custom touch as well as customizing the exterior of the headphones giving it a more personal touch.
The Crossfade LP2 is a welcome upgrade to its previous version. It still looks sexy, sounds phenomenal and is reasonably priced. What more could you want?
The Good: Balanced rich sound; highs and mids shine through; solid construction; drivers burned in faster this time around; future customization.
The Bad: Bass junkies will crave just a little bit more bass.