V-Moda Crossfade M-100 Headphones Review: Designed With Audiophiles in Mind
V-MODA’s Crossfade M-100 headphones have finally arrived. It has been an arduous process, but well worth the labor of love poured into it from all different sides. That is because the M-100′s aren’t your average pair of headphones, in fact they have been designed based on feedback received from audiophiles, to editors, to DJs and others. This is the first time ever that a pair of headphones have used such a dynamic cross-section of sound aficionados to help create essentially the ‘perfect’ pair of headphones.
In the Box:
- V-MODA Crossfade M-100
- Exoskeleton Case
- 2 Kevlar cables
- V-CORK Seals
The Crossfade M-100 is all about the details. From tip to tail, the M-100 has something special that will appeal to audiophiles or the music enthusiast. The M-100 haven’t lost any of that signature V-MODA design aesthetic or military grade quality. But what has changed is the inclusion of a new CLIQFOLD hinge mechanism. According to Val Kolton, Chief Visionary Officer at V-MODA, the hinge took almost as long to develop as the headphones. It was matter of quality control and uniqueness that V-MODA pursued this type of hinge and we are sure as hell glad they did. You won’t find an impressive hinge like this on any pair of headphones. It is also the first time the brand has attempted to create a pair of collapsible headphones. So if you are going to make it collapse, you might as well blow our minds at the same time…
Besides the introduction of the CLIQFOLD hinge, the M-100 also debuts dual inputs and a patent pending V-CORK seal. The V-CORK will seal an input not in use and create a balanced listening experience. Because of the new collapsible design, the M-100′s exoskeleton case has also significantly shrunk, making it more portable. The M-100 also comes with two indestructible Kevlar cables, one of which includes the new SharePlay feature. This new feature allows your friends and family to daisy chain with your M-100 to share music without any special adapters.
So does the M-100 consist of everything that audiophiles wanted in a pair of headphones? After culling data from forums and collecting feedback from professionals. V-MODA has delivered an exceptionally great sounding pair of headphones. Thanks to the 50mm dual-diaphragm drivers, they are extremely balanced and rich in crisp highs, mids, and lows. If you love your music, you will want to play it through these headphones – hands down. We have been using the V-MODA LP2 for a long time now and considered that our go to travel headphones, but the M-100 might have kicked its cousin in the gut with its clean sonics that only sound better over time. Every genre of music we threw at it sounded amazing and especially those vocal heavy and acoustic tracks. I would have liked the bass to be just a drop more intense, but overall the headphones still produce a nice warm low end. Fortunately the ear cups are very comfy, but the headband becomes uncomfortable after a few hours of wearing them. But I guess that serves me right for being obsessed with sound…
V-MODA delivers yet again another fine piece of audio equipment. Their strive for perfection is certainly seen with the M-100. While the overall design of the headphones may not appeal to all consumers, the sound quality certainly will. The price of $310 might be a bit sticky for some, but if you enjoy a true audio experience, and a pair of headphones that were specifically made for you – then the M-100′s are a must have. The V-MODA Crossfade M-100 retails for $310 and are available for pre-order now.
The Good: Military grade construction, manages to squeeze in just about every request from audiophiles and sound professionals into one pair of headphones, exoskeleton case is now smaller, sound quality is crisp and clean, highs excel and are supported by a warm low end, sharing means caring with the new Shareplay cable.
The Bad: Bass could be a drop more present, it’s too pricey for poor audiophiles who would enjoy these most, V-CORK seals are easily lost due to size and are hard to remove from the headphone input, and design may not appeal to all consumers.