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    Table of Contents
  1. Intro
  2. Design
    1. Style
    2. Comfort
    3. Controls
    4. Stability
    5. Portability
    6. Case
    7. Build Quality
    8. Breathability
    9. Cable
    10. Front
    11. Angled
    12. Side
    13. Rear
    14. Top
  3. Sound
    1. Bass
    2. Mid
    3. Treble
    4. Frequency Response Consistency
    5. Soundstage
    6. Imaging
    7. Total Harmonic Distortion
  4. Isolation
    1. Noise Isolation
    2. Leakage
  5. Active Features
    1. Wireless
    2. Battery
    3. App Support
  6. In the box
  7. Conclusion
  8. Q&A
Reviewed on Jun 08, 2017 , Marc Henney, Yannick Khong

V-MODA Crossfade II Wireless
HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings
6.9Mixed Usage
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What it is This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
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7.0Critical Listening
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What it is The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
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6.6Commute/Travel
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What it is How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
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7.0Sports/Fitness
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What it is How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
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7.0Office
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What it is How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
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Type : Over-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Yes
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless improve on their previous wireless model, with a more comfortable and portable design. They're stable enough to run with, and they have a durable build that can handle a lot of physical stress. Unfortunately, they don't block enough ambient noise for loud environments, and they sound a bit dark, which might not be ideal for all listeners.

Test Results
Design 7.4
Sound 7.0
Isolation 5.7
Active Features 6.7
Pros
  • Great build quality.
  • Comfortable and stable fit.
  • Above-average sound quality.
Cons
  • Poor isolation.
  • Mediocre battery life.

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7.4

Design

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V-MODA Crossfade II Wireless Design Picture

The V-Moda Crossfade II Wireless have a sturdy and durable design. The headband is incredibly flexible despite having a solid metal frame and the ear cups feel dense enough that they won't get damaged if you accidentally drop the headphones a few times. They have thicker ear cup pads making them a bit more comfortable than the previous models, they're stable enough to run with and don't get too hot thanks to the V-Ports on the back of ear cups. Unfortunately, they don't have the most ergonomic of control schemes and they're still a bit bulky despite being able to fold into a more compact format like the M-100.

Style
V-MODA Crossfade II Wireless Design Picture 2

V-Moda has a unique and sleek headphone design that permeates through their entire lineup. All their headphones look pretty much the same with slight changes that won't be noticeable at first glance. For the Crossfade II wireless, they bring back the foldable frame of the Crossfade M-100 and also have thicker pads around the ear cups that make them look and feel a bit more premium. They come in a couple of different color schemes, and you can also customize the back plates of the ear cups through the V-Moda website. These headphones will stand out in a crowd even if you choose the less flashy matte black color scheme.

7.5 Comfort
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What it is: Adjustability and degrees of freedom, pressure, stiffness and weight.
When it matters: When the headphones are going to be used for long durations.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
V-MODA Crossfade II Wireless Comfort Picture
Weight : 0.7 lbs
Clamping Force
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What it is: The force that the headphones exert on your head, once you have them on. This is purely a measurement of the force applied, which does not take into account the earpad's surface area and the resulting pressure you will feel, on or around your ears.
When it matters: The tighter the headphones, the more force they put on your head. This can get uncomfortable or cause pain and soreness during long listening sessions.
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1.1 lbs

The padding on the Crossfade 2 is a lot better than on the previous iterations. This makes them slightly more comfortable and although they are as tight as the M-100 the pressure is more evenly distributed thanks to the thicker pads. However, the size of the ear cups might not be ideal for all listeners as the thicker padding also creates a narrower opening than on previous models.

7.8 Controls
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What it is: The control scheme of the headphones, the number of functions provided, button layout and ergonomics as well as the quality of tactile feedback.
When it matters: If you want to control volume, pause your music or make phone calls without directly interacting with your audio device.
V-MODA Crossfade II Wireless Controls Picture
Ease of use : Mediocre
Feedback : Above-average
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through : N/A
Additional Buttons : No

The control scheme for the Crossfade II provides all the essential functions; call/music, track-skipping, and volume controls. The buttons also deliver above-average tactile feedback when pressed. Unfortunately, the layout of the control scheme is not the best. The buttons are on the top of the right ear cup which takes a bit of getting used to and doesn't feel as ergonomic as some of the other wireless headphones we've tested.

7.5 Stability
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What it is: How the headphones are designed to prevent them from slipping off your ears or falling off your head.
When it matters: If you plan on using the headphones while doing sports or other physical activities that requires a lot of movement.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
V-MODA Crossfade II Wireless Stability Picture

The Crossfade II Wireless are a bit less stable than the M-100, but they have a wireless design that will prevent the headphones from getting yanked off your head because the audio cable got hooked on something. However, since the ear cups are thicker and stick out more than on the M-100s, they sway a little when running or exercising. They won't fall easily, but they may slide off your ears under high-intensity activities or workout routines.

6.1 Portability
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What it is: The volume of space occupied by the headphones when folded into their most compact format.
When it matters: If you're often on the move and need to carry your headphones in a bag, purse , or pocket.
Score components:
V-MODA Crossfade II Wireless Portability Picture
L : 5.5 "
W : 5.5 "
H : 3.3 "
Volume : 98 Cu. Inches

Unlike the original Crossfade wireless, the 2nd iteration brings back the CliqFold hinges that were on the M-100. This makes the headphones decently portable as they fold into a more compact format that may fit in some larger jacket pockets. However, they are still fairly large over-ear headphones so you will most likely have to carry them in your bag rather than on your person, despite the foldable design.

8.5 Case
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What it is: The provided carrying options to protect your headphones when transporting them.
When it matters: To prevent damaging your headphones, if you often carry them in your bag or pocket.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
V-MODA Crossfade II Wireless Case Picture
Type : Hard case
L : 6 "
W : 5.5 "
H : 3.8 "
Volume : 125 Cu. Inches

Comes with a similar hard case as that of the crossfade m-100. It's a tough hard case that protects the headphones against drops, impacts, water damage, scratches, and scuffs. It also doesn't add too much bulk since the case is designed for the more compact CliqFold frame of the V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless, unlike the previous wireless model.

8.0 Build Quality
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What it is: Durability, material quality, cheap/expensive feel.
When it matters: When the headphones are going to be used by multiple users (classes/studios), by children, in tough conditions, on a daily basis, or for exercise.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
V-MODA Crossfade II Wireless Build Quality Picture

The build quality of the V-moda lineup is great, and the Crossfade II Wireless are no exception. The materials used feel premium, especially for the improved padding on the ear cups. They have strong and flexible metal frame that reinforces the headband and the ear cups themselves are dense and won't get easily damaged by an accidental drop. However, the return of the folding mechanism adds a bit more weak points like the M-100 and the exposed wire could get caught in the hinges and may also wear and tear over time.

6.6 Breathability
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What it is: How hot the headphones get when you wear them for an extended period of time.
When it matters: If you often have long listening sessions or use your headphones while doing physical activities like running or working out.
Score components:
  • 100% Avg.Temp.Difference
V-MODA Crossfade II Wireless Breathability Before Picture V-MODA Crossfade II Wireless Breathability After Picture
Avg.Temp.Difference : 5.1 C

Cable
V-MODA Crossfade II Wireless Cable Picture
Detachable : Yes
Length : 4.5 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRRS

Comes with two cables; a 1/8" to 1/8" TRRS audio cable and a USB charging cable.

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7.0

Sound

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What it is: How accurately the audio is reproduced. The tests are performed with the headphones' most commonly used features enabled (noise-cancelling, wireless, etc.)
V-MODA Crossfade II Wireless Frequency Response

The V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless are a decent sounding but bass-heavy pair of closed-back headphones. They have a powerful Bass, a flawless Mid Range, and low distortion. However, their Bass consistency is highly dependent on the quality of their fit, and tends to sound excessive. Additionally, their Treble lacks detail and they don't have the most open and spacious Soundstage, due to their closed-back design.

7.3 Bass
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What it is: Frequency Response from 20Hz-250Hz
When it matters: When the material is heavy on bass frequencies, such as those of kick drums and bass guitar.
Score components:
V-MODA Crossfade II Wireless Bass
Std. Err.
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What it is: The amount of deviation (weighted standard error) in bass frequency response (20Hz-250Hz) as compared to a target response that would sound perfectly balanced to most people.
When it matters: When a balanced and neutral (reference) bass performance is desired.
Good value: <4dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
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4.0 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
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What it is: The lowest frequency at which the frequency response reaches -3dB of the target response.
When it matters: Shows how extended the bass is.
Good value: <40Hz
Noticeable difference: 5Hz
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10 Hz
Low-Bass
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What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 20Hz-60Hz.
When it matters: Kick drums and low frequency effects get their 'thump' from this range. Mostly felt than heard.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
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2.85 dB
Bass
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What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 60Hz-120Hz.
When it matters: Melodic bass instruments have most of their fundamental frequencies in this range. This is where the 'body' and 'punch' of the bass sits.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
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4.63 dB
High-Bass
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What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 120Hz-250Hz.
When it matters: Most instruments get their warmth and full-ness from this range. When over-emphasized, mixes tend to get muddy and boomy.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
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5.07 dB

Decent Bass Range performance. The overall response is relatively flat, however, it is consistently overemphasized by about 4dB. This makes the sound of these headphones noticeably bass-heavy.

9.0 Mid
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What it is: Frequency Response from 250Hz-2KHz
When it matters: When the material is heavy on mid-range frequencies. This is the case for the majority of audio content.
Score components:
V-MODA Crossfade II Wireless Mid
Std. Err.
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What it is: The amount of deviation (weighted standard error) in mid frequency response (250Hz-2.5KHz) as compared to a target response that would sound perfectly balanced to most people.
When it matters: When a balanced and neutral (reference) mid performance is desired.
Good value: <4dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
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1.27 dB
Low-Mid
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What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 250Hz-500Hz.
When it matters: Most instruments have their fundamentals or low harmonics in this range. Over-emphasis in this range sounds boxy. Under-emphasis, thins out the vocals and lead instruments.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
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0.26 dB
Mid
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What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 500Hz-1KHz.
When it matters: This range is occupied mostly by upper harmonics. Over-emphasis sounds forward and honky. Under-emphasis pushes instruments to the back of the mix.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
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0.23 dB
High-Mid
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What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 1KHz-2KHz.
When it matters: Most instruments, especially vocals, get their intensity and clarity from this range. Over-emphasis sounds harsh, under-emphasis sounds weak and distant.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
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0.5 dB

Excellent Mid Range performance. The response is consistent, flat and virtually flawless in the Mid Range.

5.8 Treble
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What it is: Frequency Response from 2KHz-20KHz
When it matters: When the material is heavy on high-range frequencies, such as voice, cymbals, and any other material where brightness, brilliance and airiness is desired.
Score components:
V-MODA Crossfade II Wireless Treble
Std. Err.
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What it is: The amount of deviation (weighted standard error) in treble frequency response (2.5KHz-20KHz) as compared to a target response that would sound perfectly balanced to most people.
When it matters: When a balanced and neutral (reference) treble performance is desired.
Good value: <4dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
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5.27 dB
Low-Treble
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What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 2KHz-5KHz.
When it matters: Almost all instruments rely on this range for their presence, detail, and articulation. Over-emphasis can sound harsh and painful. Under-emphasis hurts the comprehensibility of vocals and lead instruments.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
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-0.68 dB
Treble
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What it is: The average amount of over/under emphasis in frequency response from 5KHz-10KHz.
When it matters: This is the sibilance range. Cymbals, vocals, and lead instruments rely on this range for brightness and presence. Over-emphasis sounds piercing and painful, under-emphasis sounds dull and lispy.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
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-6.49 dB
High-Treble
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What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 10KHz-20KHz.
When it matters: This range gives brilliance and airiness to the sound. Over-emphasis sounds hissy, under-emphasis sounds closed-up and lifeless.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
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-8.08 dB

Poor Treble Range performance. Low-treble is flat and consistent up to 4KHz. The dip in treble, surrounding 6KHz has a noticeable negative effect on the detail and articulation of vocals and lead instruments. At 10KHz, the right channel shows a 10dB peak which could make these headphones sibilant and sharp, but since it is happening only in one ear, it may not be intended and could be the result of driver mismatch.

6.9 Frequency Response Consistency
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What it is: The amount of deviation of each frequency response pass, from the average frequency response.
When it matters: Shows how consistently the headphones perform after re-positioning them.
Score components:
V-MODA Crossfade II Wireless Consistency L V-MODA Crossfade II Wireless Consistency R
Avg. Std. Deviation
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What it is: The average amount of deviation in frequency response of 5 re-seats, from the average frequency response.
When it matters: Shows how consistently the headphones perform after re-positioning them.
Good value: <0.5
Noticeable difference: 0.1
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0.63 dB

Average Consistency performance. The Bass Range of the V-Moda is prone to inconsistencies depending on the head shape/size, and positioning preferences of the user. Our measurements shows a maximum variance of 6dB in the Bass Range which is significant and noticeable. They, however, perform more consistently in the Treble Range and show about 3dB of variance up to 10KHz, which is good.

6.0 Soundstage
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What it is: Soundstage qualities are not inherent to the audio content, the headphones have to 'create' them rather than 'reproduce' them. They determine whether the sound is perceived to be coming from inside or in front of the head, how open and spacious the soundstage is, how much the headphones acoustically interact with the environment, and how strong the phantom center is.
When it matters: When an accurately produced, large and spacious soundstage, similar to that of a stereo loudspeaker setup is desired.
PRTF Error
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What it is: The average amount of deviation in Pinna-Related Transfer Function of the headphones, compared to that of a loudspeaker. Whether the soundstage is perceived to be unnatural, located inside or in front of the head, is dependent on this quality. The more the headphones activate the HRTF resonances of the ear (similar to what loudspeakers do), the more the soundstage will be pulled out from inside the listener's head. This quality affects both stereo and mono content.
When it matters: When a natural, in-the-front soundstage is desired, similar to that of a loudspeaker.
Good value: <5
Noticeable difference: 0.5
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6.09 dB
Openness
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What it is: How open the headphones are, and how open and spacious they sound. This quality affects both stereo and mono content. This test differentiates between acoustically and electronically produced crosstalk and only takes the acoustically generated crosstalk into account. This value is the inverse of the Noise Isolation test score.
When it matters: When an open, wide and roomy sound is desired. A value of 10 indicates a fully open headphone, and a value of 0 indicates a fully closed headphone.
Good value: >7.5
Noticeable difference: 0.5
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6.3
Acoustic Space Excitation
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What it is: How loud the headphones are, and how much they excite their environment acoustically. If the headphones are loud and open enough, the sound leaking from the headphones takes some of the characteristic of its environment (reflections/reverb) before reflecting back into the open headphones and to the listener's ears. This quality affects both stereo and mono content. This value is the inverse of the Leakage test score.
When it matters: When an open, wide and roomy sound is desired.
Good value: >7.5
Noticeable difference: 0.5
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2.8
Correlated Crosstalk
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What it is: How strong and solid the phantom center is. This is mostly a stereo quality and its effects on mono content are minimal. This test is sensitive to the phase of the crosstalk and whether it is produced acoustically or electronically.
When it matters: When a true reproduction of the stereo image is desired. A value of 0 indicates no crosstalk, or that the existing crosstalk is not correlated enough to affect the phantom center. A negative score means the crosstalk is out of phase with the original signal, resulting in a slightly wider stereo image at the expense of creating a 'hole' at the center of the stereo field. A positive score means the crosstalk is in phase and positively affecting the phantom center.
Good value: >1dB
Noticeable difference: 0.3dB
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0.0 dB

Mediocre Soundstage. Due to the small and shallow ear cups, the Crossfade II Wireless don't interact well with the pinna in order to create a speaker-like Soundstage. Also, because of the closed-back design, these headphones won't sound as open and spacious as a pair of speakers in a room, or open-back headphones.

5.6 Imaging
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What it is: Imaging qualities are inherent to the audio content, the headphones have to 'reproduce' them rather than 'create' them. They determine how accurately the objects are positioned in the stereo image, and how transparent the imaging is.
When it matters: When accurate positioning of the objects in the stereo image, and clear and transparent imaging is desired.
V-MODA Crossfade II Wireless Phase Response
Phase Error
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What it is: The average amount of deviation in the phase, from the ideal flat response.
When it matters: When an accurate and transparent imaging is desired.
Good value: <60°
Noticeable difference: 10°
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145.45 °
Driver Mismatch (Amplitude)
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What it is: The Left/Right balance of our test unit, that is, the amount of amplitude difference between the left and right drivers. This is not a design test, but a marker for manufacturing tolerance and ergonomics.
When it matters: When a properly balanced stereo image and low manufacturing tolerance is desired. A poor score indicates a noticeable difference in level between the left and right drivers.
Good value: <0.3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
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0.24 dB
Driver Mismatch (Frequency)
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What it is: The amount of difference (Std. Err.) between the frequency response of the left and right drivers of our test unit. This is not a design test, but a marker for manufacturing tolerance and ergonomics.
When it matters: When an even and stable stereo image, as well as a low manufacturing tolerance, is desired. A poor score indicates there may be 'holes' in the stereo image at certain frequencies.
Good value: <2dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
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2.96 dB
Driver Mismatch (Phase)
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What it is: The amount of difference (Std. Err.) between the phase response of the left and right drivers of our test unit. This is not a design test, but a marker for manufacturing tolerance and ergonomics.
When it matters: When an even and stable stereo image, as well as a low manufacturing tolerance, is desired. A poor score indicates there may be inaccuracies in the stereo image reproduction at certain frequencies.
Good value: <90°
Noticeable difference: 30°
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60.33 °

Poor Imaging. There is excessive phase shift present in the Treble Range which has a small effect on the transparency of the imaging. Additionally, our test unit showed mediocre frequency and phase matching, which would have a noticeable but subtle negative effect on the stereo image.

8.0 Total Harmonic Distortion
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What it is: The subtle, unwanted frequencies (harmonics) produced alongside the intended frequencies.
When it matters: When clean and pure sound reproduction is desired, though its effect is not as noticable as frequency response.
Score components:
V-MODA Crossfade II Wireless Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
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What it is: The overall amount of harmonic distortion measured at 90dB SPL. To make the score more perceptually relevant, more weight is given to the higher frequencies.
When it matters: How pure the sound is at moderate listening levels.
Good value: <0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.1
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0.565
Weighted THD @ 100
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What it is: The overall amount of harmonic distortion measured at 100dB SPL. To make the score more perceptually relevant, more weight is given to the higher frequencies.
When it matters: How pure the sound is at loud listening levels.
Good value: <0.300
Noticeable difference: 0.1
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1.679

Very good Harmonic Distortion performance. The distortion profile is typical of most headphones and within very good limits. Additionally, the rise in distortion under heavier loads is better than average as there is very little difference between 90dB and 100dB THD above 500Hz.

5.7

Isolation

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The Crossfade 2 Wireless do not block a lot of noise. They only isolate passively and do not prevent low frequencies from seeping into the ear cups. This means they won't be the ideal headphones to use on public transit or in loud environments but they have relatively low leakage profile so in quieter situations they won't be as distracting as some other over-ear headphones.

5.0 Noise Isolation
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What it is: How much outside noise is blocked out by putting the headphones on.
When it matters: If the headphones are going to be used in a noisy envinronment (airplane, subway, etc.)
Score components:
V-MODA Crossfade II Wireless Noise Isolation
Overall Attenuation
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What it is: The overall amount of environmental noise reduction in dB.
When it matters: In loud envinronments like planes, trains, offices, etc.
Good value: <-20dB
Noticeable difference: 1dB
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-11.5 dB
Bass
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What it is: The overall amount of noise isolation in the bass range (20Hz-250Hz).
When it matters: When the outside noise is bass-heavy, like in airplanes.
Good value: <-15dB
Noticeable difference: 1dB
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-0.35 dB
Mid
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What it is: The overall amount of noise isolation in the mid-range (250Hz-2.5KHz).
When it matters: When the environment's noise is mid-heavy, like in an office.
Good value: <-15dB
Noticeable difference: 1dB
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-7.38 dB
Treble
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What it is: The overall amount of noise isolation in the treble range (2.5KHz-20KHz).
When it matters: When the environment's noise is treble-heavy. Although uncommon, areas with sharp sounds fall under this category.
Good value: <-30dB
Noticeable difference: 1dB
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-27.24 dB
Self-Noise
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What it is: The amount of noise created by the active electronics of the headphones (if applicable), measured from 300Hz-20KHz. Applies mostly to wireless and noise-cancelling headphones.
When it matters: If too loud, it could become distracting when listening to quiet material like podcasts and audiobooks.
Good value: <16dB
Noticeable difference: 1dB
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16.34 dB

Poor Isolation. The V-Moda don't have active noise cancelling, and their passive isolation doesn't isolate below 500Hz. In the Mid Range, they achieve about 7dB of reduction which is below average and in the Treble Range, they achieve about 27dB of reduction which is decent.

7.2 Leakage
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What it is: The amount of sound bleeding out of the headphones.
When it matters: When the listener doesn't want people around them (in office, recording studio, etc.) to hear what is being listened to.
Score components:
V-MODA Crossfade II Wireless Leakage
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
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What it is: The amount of sound leakage heard 1 foot away from the user, while the user is listening to a 100dB SPL signal.
When it matters: When you don't want people hear what you are listening to.
Good value: <35dB
Noticeable difference: 1dB
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38.9 dB

Decent Leakage performance. The significant portion of the leakage sits between 400Hz and 10KHz which is a broad range. However, the overall level of the leakage is quite low. Therefore, the sound leaking out of these headphones will be relatively full-sounding and mid-rangy, but quiet.

6.7

Active Features

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What it is: Headphones with active components that require a battery. This includes noise cancelling and wireless headphones that actively reduce noise or transmit audio via a wireless connection.
When it matters: How suitable the power and wireless specifications of an active headphone will be, depending on your listening habits. The range and/or discharge time of the active headphone you select will be important if you're often on the move or have long uninterrupted listening sessions.
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The Crossfade II Wireless have a mediocre battery life but a great wireless range. They're a solid option if you have a fixed Bluetooth source like a PC as they will reach up to 45ft in a closed environment and about 200ft in direct line of sight. Unfortunately, they have a pretty laggy wireless connection that doesn't support any codecs (except for the Rose Gold version which has aptX), and they have a comparatively short battery life for a wireless headphone that doesn't even have noise canceling.

7.7 Wireless
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What it is: Headphones that offer a cable-free listening experience over a wireless network, typically via Bluetooth or radio frequency.
When it matters: If you don't want to be limited by the length of an audio cable. This means having the freedom to move around in your home or office with a much greater range than an audio cable could provide, especially, if the Bluetooth source is heavy or difficult to carry.
Type
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What it is: The type and version of the wireless network, the headphones use to connect to the audio source. This could either be Bluetooth or radio frequency.
When it matters: The Bluetooth version will determine how compatible the headphones are with your Bluetooth enabled devices. Typically, newer Bluetooth versions are backward compatible with older ones but may lack the additional features that more recent Bluetooth protocols provide.
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Bluetooth 3.0
SBC Latency
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What it is: The latency for the default sub-band coding of most Bluetooth headphones.
When it matters: When watching videos a high latency can cause sync issues between the images you see and the audio you hear.
Good value: 170ms or less
Noticeable difference: 15ms
:
198 ms
aptX Latency
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What it is: An audio coding algorithm (Codec) that improves bit rate efficiency. It reduces latency and improves sound quality over Bluetooth.
When it matters: For better sound quality if your often streaming music over Bluetooth. Also it slightly improves latency when watching videos with wireless headphones.
Good value: 130ms or less
Noticeable difference: 15ms
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N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
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What it is: Low latency variation of aptX that significantly reduces sync issues between video and sound when using Bluetooth headphones.
When it matters: When watching videos or gaming latency is a lot more noticeable than just listening to music.
Good value: 50ms or less
Noticeable difference: 5ms
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N/A
Obstructed Range
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What it is: The range that the wireless headphones can reach before dropping any audio when the Bluetooth source was placed in another room.
When it matters: If you can't or prefer not to carry your Bluetooth source on you, while listening to your audio in an indoor environment. Although, the obstructed wireless range will slightly depend on your home or office layout.
Good value: >35ft
Noticeable difference: 5ft
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45 ft
Line of Sight Range
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What it is: The range that the wireless headphones can reach before dropping any audio when in direct line of sight of the Bluetooth device.
When it matters: If you can't or prefer not to carry your Bluetooth source on you, while listening to your audio in a large and open environment.
Good value: 170ft or more
Noticeable difference: 10ft
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205 ft
NFC
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What it is: Near Field Communication technology that allows you to quickly, pair your headphones with your Bluetooth and NFC-enabled device.
When it matters: This makes pairing with an NFC-enabled device a lot easier than the typical and often tedious hold-to-pair procedure that most wireless headphones have.
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No

The Crossfade II have a good wireless range of 45ft when the Bluetooth source was obstructed and 200ft in direct line of sight. This makes them decent headphones to use in your home or at the office with a fixed Bluetooth source. Unfortunately, they have quite a bit of latency, so they won't be ideal for watching videos or playing games when used wirelessly. They also don't support NFC for easy pairing, but the power/Bluetooth switch is pretty efficient.

6.5 Battery
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What it is: The power source of your headphones. All headphones with active features have a battery that will deplete over time.
When it matters: To continue using the active features of your headphones. Some models lose features or switch off completely when the battery is drained, which limits what you can do with them until the next charge.
Score components:
Battery Type
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What it is: The type of battery that the headphones use. Usually AAA or embedded, Li-ion rechargeable batteries.
When it matters: When your headphones run out of power. Rechargeable batteries usually charge via the headphones Micro-USB port whereas AAA batteries have to be replaced or charged with an external device.
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Rechargable
Battery Life
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What it is: The amount of time it takes for a headphones' battery to be completely drained. Battery life will vary depending on the active features used and volume level.
When it matters: For active headphones that connect wirelessly, have noise cancellation or other audio-enhancing features, that cease to work once the battery is dead.
Good value: >10hrs
Noticeable difference: 0.5hrs
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11.2 hrs
Charge Time
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What it is: The amount of time your active headphones have to be connected to a power source to charge from 0 to a 100%. However, charging time will vary depending on your power source.
When it matters: To be able to use the active features of your headphones. Especially, wireless ones that completely switch off and need to be recharged when the battery is dead.
Good value: 2h or less
Noticeable difference: 0.25h
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2.1 hrs
Auto-off
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What it is: A feature that turns off the headphones, after a set time, when they're not in use.
When it matters: To prolong battery life when the headphones are not being used, or if you forget to manually turn off your headphones.
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No
Audio while charging
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What it is: Some active headphones remain usable while charging. They continue to stream audio and do not disable other active features.
When it matters: This makes sure that your headphones's battery are not being drained when your relatively close to a power source. However, this means wireless headphones will need a wired connection to the power source during the charging process.
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No
Passive Playback
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What it is: Active headphones that still work when all their active features are turned off or out of power.
When it matters: If you run out of power and do not have spare AA/AAA batteries or access to a power source to recharge your headphones.
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Yes

The Crossfade II have a somewhat average battery life of 11.2 hours. It feels relatively short when compared to other wireless over-ear headphones, especially since they don't even have noise canceling, but it should be enough to get you through the day. Unfortunately, they don't have an auto-off timer, and you can't use them while they are charging, but on the upside, they charge relatively fast and have complete passive playback with no major sound differences in their sound quality.

0 App Support
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What it is: The additional app provided to enhance your listening experience. They typically deliver a set of practical features that give you more control over the sound, noise cancelling and effects that the headphones produce.
When it matters: An app with a lot of features allows you to customize your listening experience to suit your taste and preferences. For example, additions like an equalizer can give you more bass or treble and room effects can simulate a bigger Soundstage in closed back headphones.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Equalizer
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What it is: Parametric, graphic or preset sound profiles that slightly alter the frequency response.
When it matters: If you want to tailor, your listening experience. Depending on what you're listening to you may want more or less bass for some tracks or more mid-range for vocals-heavy audio.
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N/A
ANC control
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What it is: Control over the Active noise canceling technology. This could be either a simple on/off button, and adjustable slider or even adaptive self-regulating noise cancellation.
When it matters: If you're in an environment where you need to monitor your surroundings or completely isolate yourself from ambient noise.
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N/A
Room effects
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What it is: Room effects that enhance the audio quality to make it more immersive.
When it matters: If you want to further tweak your listening experience. Adding room effects, can simulate a more spacious Soundstage or deliver a surround sound-like feel.
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N/A
Playback control
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What it is: An in-app player that gives you access to play/stop, track skipping or volume controls directly with the app.
When it matters: It's a shortcut that allows you to control your audio without leaving the application.
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N/A

No compatible app.

In the box

V-MODA Crossfade II Wireless In the box Picture

  • V-MODA Crossfade 2 Wireless Headphones
  • Carrying case
  • 1/4" to 1/8" Adapter
  • Audio cable
  • USB cable
  • Manual

Conclusion

6.9Mixed Usage
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What it is This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
Score components:
Above-average for mixed usage. The V-Moda Crossfade 2 are a decent everyday casual pair of headphones that sound good enough for most listeners and have a sturdy and durable build quality. Unfortunately, they won't be ideal for all situations as they don't block that much noise and they lack a bit in active features, especially, for their price range.
7.0Critical Listening
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What it is The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
Score components:
Better-than-average for critical listening. They have a good mid-range that's not get drowned by the slightly elevated bass. Unfortunately, they tend to sound a bit dark and lack detail because of the poor treble range. They won't be the ideal headphones for more critical listeners but their sound quality should be good enough for most.
6.6Commute/Travel
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What it is How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
Score components:
Decent for Commuting, although they may not isolate enough for the loud environments involved in commuting. They have a tough, durable a build, a decent control scheme and they fold into a more compact format that you can easily carry in your bag. Also, their included carrying case is one the better cases we've tested so far.
7.0Sports/Fitness
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What it is How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
Score components:
Suitable for sports. They have a stable and comfortable wireless design and a decent control scheme that's efficient once you get used to it. They also don't get too hot despite the closed-back design. Unfortunately, they're still a bit too bulky for intense workouts.
7.0Office
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What it is How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
Score components:
Above-average for office use. They're decently comfortable to wear for long periods of time and they don't leak much. However, they do not block a lot of noise so they won't be ideal for very noisy office environments.
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