V-Moda just went wireless with their iconic Crossfades, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. The latest addition to the V-Moda lineup is a pair of wireless bluetooth over-ear headphones that are nearly indestructible. There is a lot of ingenuity that went into making these Crossfades look as good as they sound. They’re a phenomenal pair of premium headphones that feature a 12-hour battery, fantastic noise isolation, a military-grade build, an exoskeleton carrying case, customizable faceplates, and a SpeakEasy cable that requires no power to listen with.
The V-Moda Crossfades are over-ear bluetooth headphones. They’re a beautiful blend of metal and vegan leather, with some plastic thrown in. They’re built extremely tough, they’re tested beyond military grade standards in fact (MIL-STD-810G). V-Moda claims the headband is virtually indestructible. The earphones swivel on a steel frame and the headband is adjustable and flexible. The headband is so flexible, that it can apparently fold completely flat a number of times without any damage. While they should be able to hold up fine in a backpack, they come with a exoskeleton form-fitting case that will really ensure they’re safety. They don’t collapse, but they should hold up just fine in most backpacks.
The earcups are wrapped in memory cushion vegan leather. They’re really comfortable and the cups are oval/diamond shaped. Even really large ears should fit comfortably inside of the cups. My large ears had no problems, but V-Moda actually offers XL memory cushions as an upgrade. The fit is really fantastic, these Crossfades are much sleeker and lower-profile than most bluetooth headphones. This means they don’t stick far out from your head with a headband that’s twice the width of your head. They’re intentionally built to complement facial features and minimize the gap headphones create on either side of the head. You can easily listen to the Crossfades for hours before they become uncomfortable, as most headphones do.
The V-Moda design reeks of fine engineering. They have a very fierce high-tech look and feel. These are headphones you’d expect to see Bruce Wayne wearing. The outer shells have a large metal faceplate that can be customized and replaced. There’s tons of custom options available in a broad array of metals and colors. If you can afford it, you can even upgrade to 14K gold or platinum.
There is no active noise cancelling, but there’s superb noise-isolation. It’s “passive” and just happens naturally through a perfect fit around your ears and the great design. I find that it really does filter out a lot of noise. Noise cancellation is hit-or-miss for a lot of headphones, so we’d take the great noise-isolation over poor noise-cancellation. They also leak very little sound, so you don’t have to worry about others hearing your music.
The Crossfades truly sound just as great with a cable as they do over bluetooth. The cable is actually really great, but we expected nothing less from V-Moda. The “SpeakEasy” cable comes with a built-in microphone and inline button for controlling phone calls and music. The cable is really durable and wrapped in fabric. Apparently, it can be bent over a million times before suffering any damage. Bluetooth pairing is just as easy as any other device. It will stream tunes from just about any bluetooth device that can play music and it supports simultaneous device paring so you can actually be connected to two devices at once. The range is 10 meters and in real-life the connection strength feels above average. It rarely cuts out or skips. There’s also virtually no delay, or latency, between your phone and your headphones so you could watch videos without the audio falling out of sync. There’s a few buttons built into the headphones for controlling music, phone calls, and voice activation. There’s two volume buttons and a universal button. This feature is actually one of my few gripes, the buttons aren’t that easy to find and press accurately. You have to get used to them.
There is a micro-USB cable included as the Crossfades have a built-in rechargeable battery. The battery will last for up to 12 hours of streaming music. It can quick charge in 30 minutes to get you over 3 hours of playback. I’ll admit it actually feels longer. I listen every day and I only charge every week and a half. Quick charge is great, but it really doesn’t matter because worst case scenario is just plugging in the cable.
Music on the Crossfades sound phenomenal. It has a really clean and really balanced sound signature. Music sounds clear, crisp, and powerful. They sport a 50mm dual-diaphragm driver that apparently separates the bass from bleeding into the mids and highs. The bass is warm and full, and can get pretty punchy. It most definitely does not overwhelm. The mid-range audio stands out really nicely. Vocals sound really crisp and defined. Highs were also really crisp and detailed even at a high volume. They can get really loud. Over bluetooth, it gets so loud that I wouldn’t mind being able to listen at an even lower volume. For some reason, it actually mutes at the lowest Mac/iOS volume notch, one notch above actual mute. They sound awesome no matter the genre.