A re-publication of an article originally posted on http://mhisham.org on April 3rd, 2014.
I had the opportunity to check out the V-MODA Crossfade M-100. At S$400-405(2014 price), it is priced at a pretty premium range. That sum is justified when you let your ears feel the soft cushions of the over-ear headphones. It is comfortable. More than that, the snug fit mean you can listen for 9 to 12 hours on end without feeling the heft over your head.
Most importantly, the dynamic range between the low bass, the midrange and treble, when listening to music, is a testament to the results of crowd-sourced tuning by 200 audiophiles worldwide. You may refer to this chart from Headphone, showing the response curve when compared to Pioneer HDJ-2000 and Sennheiser HD 25.
I will, first of all, list the songs I used to test the headphone with, the songs are the qualities between 160 kbps to 320 kbps.
- And The Waltz Goes On – Andre Rieu, composed by Sir Anthony Hopkins
- La Vie En Rose – Edith Piaf
- Alors on danse – Stromae
- Love Will Keep Us Alive/Hotel California – Eagles “Hell Freezes Over” concert
- Matsuri – Live – Kitaro
- Pirates of The Caribbean Main Theme – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra(Tolga Kashif)
- What Are You Going When You Are Not Saving The World?/This Is Clark Kent – Hans Zimmer
Listening to live music on the V-MODA Crossfade M-100 is surreal. The soundstage and presence are amazingly clear. I can hear and identify each low riffs and triangle in the music presented. Listening to music performed by an orchestra is where the strength of the headphones become truly tested, especially the beginning sequences for “Hans Zimmer Man of Steel – What Are You Going When You Are Not Saving The World?”/”This Is Clark Kent” pieces.
Crackling and originally recorded audio distortions on Edith Piaf La Vie En Rose is sweet. It brings one back to a time when music played on the gramophone over a cup of tea and biscuits.
Bringing it up a notch is done while playing the almost autotuned French dance song, Alors on Danse by Stromae. With its hard-hitting bass and vocal notes, it gives the listener no alternative than to dance in-situ. Saying that the headphones are not for dance music is non-sequitur when there are many choices. It is about enjoying the moment. And the “moment” with V-MODA Crossfade M-100 is just right.
Next, I will point out the basic specifications for the V-MODA Crossfade M-100.
It is a closed over-ear headphones with a 50mm Dual-Diaphragm Driver. It comes with the CliqFold Hinge that instantly folds the headphones into an impossibly small, compact space. It comes with three air vents for audio dispersion and circulation, but without leaking a lot of sound beyond the headphone wearer. As can be seen below, the audio plugs are angled so that it will fit most phones and can be pocketed without fear of breaking the plug.
As can be seen in the image above, it comes standard with a 6.25mm/quarter inch stereo adapter and an additional dust cover. It also comes with two sets of connecting cable. The first cable will be a SpeakEasy Mic Cable, and the extra cable included featured the Dual Inputs & V-CORK cable.
The outer part is replaceable with optional shields which you can get from V-MODA or other sites. An example can be seen below.
You can laser engrave your logo, favourite team or change your shield colour.
I expect a lot of buyers will keep the headphone box and not just for the possible resell value only. The box is so beautifully designed, it is a keeper! Such is the attention to detail by the folks at V-MODA.
Summing this up, the V-MODA Crossfade M-100 headphones presents an opportunity to enjoy original audio reproduction without needing the additional amplifier or battery power. Every V-MODA headset comes with an Immortal Life 50%, meaning fifty percent of your next purchase.