For a long time, high-end audio brands sniffed at wireless audio gear because of the trade-off in sound quality. But, with Bluetooth audio codecs making huge leaps in the last few years, brands like Bowers & Wilkins finally got on board with wireless headphones and speakers. V-Moda is the latest company to go wireless, with the release of their V-Moda Crossfade Wireless headphones.
Being V-Moda, they’re still looking after audio quality first and foremost. The Crossfade Wireless will use brand new 50 mm dual-diaphragm drivers, a slight improvement over the ones used in the M-100 headphones. The headphones hew as strictly as they can to analog technology, too, eschewing a powered EQ for hand-tuning and superior acoustics. Some electronics are needed for wireless streaming, but those are turned off automatically when the audio cable is plugged in.
Speaking of wireless, streaming on these headphones is done over a Bluetooth connection with a 33-foot range. You’ll be able to pair the headphones with two devices at once, including smartwatches — the headphones have been precision-tuned for Apple and Android smartwatches, too.
The strength of V-Moda has long been their design — durability tends to be overlooked, but not by these guys. The Crossfade Wireless headphones use steel, other metals, and vegan leather, making them luxurious and durable, so you won’t find yourself headphone shopping less than a year from now. Memory foam cushions on the ear cups combine with the flexible steel headband to provide comfort and natural noise isolation, staying away from the addition of active noise cancellation.
According to V-Moda, the Crossfade Wireless headphones should last 12 hours on a single charge in wireless mode, and can be recharged over a Micro USB connection.
The V-Moda Crossfade Wireless headphones are available today for $300 and come in Phantom Chrome and White Silver, with Gunmetal Black and Rouge coming soon.