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V-MODA Crossfade 2 Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.3.1
Reviewed Jun 08, 2017 at 04:23 pm
Latest change: Writing modified Mar 13, 2024 at 01:47 pm
V-MODA Crossfade 2 Wireless Picture
6.7
Mixed Usage
6.9
Neutral Sound
6.6
Commute/Travel
7.2
Sports/Fitness
6.6
Office
5.3
Wireless Gaming
6.9
Wired Gaming
6.0
Phone Call
These headphones were replaced by the V-MODA Crossfade 3 Wireless

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.

Our Verdict

6.7 Mixed Usage

The V-MODA Crossfade 2 Wireless are above-average for mixed usage. These decent everyday casual pair of headphones 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.

Pros
  • Great build quality.
  • Comfortable and stable fit.
  • Above-average sound quality.
Cons
  • Poor isolation.
  • Mediocre battery life.
6.9 Neutral Sound

The V-MODA Crossfade 2 Wireless are better-than-average for neutral listening. They have a good mid-range that doesn't 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 neutral listeners, but their sound quality should be good enough for most.

6.6 Commute/Travel

The V-MODA Crossfade 2 Wireless are decent for commuting, although they may not isolate enough for the loud environments involved in commuting. They have a tough, durable build, a decent control scheme, and they fold into a more compact format that you can easily carry in your bag.

7.2 Sports/Fitness

The V-MODA Crossfade 2 Wireless are 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.

6.6 Office

The V-MODA Crossfade 2 Wireless are 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.

6.9 Wired Gaming
  • 6.7 Mixed Usage
  • 6.9 Neutral Sound
  • 6.6 Commute/Travel
  • 7.2 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.6 Office
  • 5.3 Wireless Gaming
  • 6.9 Wired Gaming
  • 6.0 Phone Call
  1. Updated Mar 13, 2024: This review received an update to the Battery text box to acknowledge the much-improved battery life of the newer V-MODA Crossfade 3 Wireless.
  2. Updated Nov 21, 2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  3. Updated Nov 21, 2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  4. Updated Feb 16, 2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  5. Updated Sep 28, 2017: The microphone has been tested with our new methodology, as explained here
  6. Updated Aug 10, 2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.
  7. Updated Jun 08, 2017: Review published.
  8. Updated Jun 06, 2017: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.
  9. Updated Jun 06, 2017: Our testers have started testing this product.
  10. Updated Jun 04, 2017: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.

Compared To Other Headphones

V-MODA Crossfade 3 Wireless

The V-MODA Crossfade 3 Wireless and V-MODA Crossfade 2 Wireless have more in common than they don't have in common. The Crossfade 3 Wireless supplies more than twice the battery life of the previous generation and charges with an updated USB-C port. Their sound by default is bassier, but their app has an EQ. They upgraded the codec to aptX HD as well. The Crossfade 2 Wireless have a more neutral default sound and use the good quality, but more basic, aptX codec. These also have a MIL-STD-810G certification; the manufacturer doesn't disclose whether the newer model has it. Both feel durable, with replacement parts available.

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Test Results

Design
Design
Style
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Transducer Dynamic

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. The V-MODA Crossfade II Wireless bring back the foldable frame of the V-MODA 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
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.7 lbs
Clamping Force
1.1 lbs

The padding on the V-MODA Crossfade 2 is a lot better than on the previous iterations. This makes them slightly more comfortable, and although they're as tight as the V-MODA Crossfade 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.

7.0
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Ease Of Use Mediocre
Feedback Decent
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
N/A
Noise Cancelling Control N/A
Talk-Through
N/A
Additional Buttons No

The control scheme for the V-MODA 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 other wireless headphones.

6.7
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 5.1 ยฐC
6.1
Design
Portability
L 5.5"
W 5.5"
H 3.3"
Volume 98 inยณ
Transmitter Required N/A

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

8.5
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 6"
W 5.5"
H 3.8"
Volume 125 inยณ

These headphones come with a hard case similar to 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 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
Design
Build Quality

The build quality of the V-MODA lineup is great, and the V-MODA Crossfade II Wireless are no exception. The materials used feel premium, especially for the improved padding on the ear cups. They have a strong and flexible metal frame that reinforces the headband, and the ear cups are dense and won't easily be 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.

7.5
Design
Stability

The V-MODA Crossfade II Wireless are a bit less stable than the V-MODA Crossfade 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-100, they sway a little when running or exercising. They won't fall easily but may slide off your ears under high-intensity activities or workout routines.

Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

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

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
1.35 dB
Treble Amount
-4.92 dB
6.9
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.63 dB

These headphones have average frequency response consistency. The bass range is prone to inconsistencies depending on the head shape/size, and positioning preferences of the user. Our measurements show 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.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.2
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
4 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
2.85 dB
Mid-Bass
4.63 dB
High-Bass
5.07 dB

These headphones have decent bass range performance. The overall response is relatively flat. However, it's consistently overemphasized by about 4dB. This makes the sound of these headphones noticeably bass-heavy.

9.0
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.27 dB
Low-Mid
0.26 dB
Mid-Mid
0.23 dB
High-Mid
0.5 dB

These headphones have excellent mid-range performance. The response is consistent, flat, and virtually flawless in the mid-range.

5.8
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
5.27 dB
Low-Treble
-0.68 dB
Mid-Treble
-6.49 dB
High-Treble
-8.08 dB

These headphones have poor treble range performance. The 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's happening only in one ear, it may not be intended and could be the result of driver mismatch.

6.9
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
2 dB
Dips
1.63 dB
8.2
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.26
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.24
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.96
Weighted Phase Mismatch
8.47
4.9
Sound
Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
1.99 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
1.11 dB
PRTF Distance
8.34 dB
Openness
5.2
Acoustic Space Excitation
3.6
7.6
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.249
WHD @ 100
0.164
Isolation
4.6
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-11.5 dB
Noise Cancelling No
Bass
-0.35 dB
Mid
-7.38 dB
Treble
-27.24 dB

They have poor isolation. These headphones 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.

7.1
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
38.9 dB

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

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-line
Yes
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
N/A
Mic Yes
5.4
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
315.41 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
4.19 dB
HFE
2,061.43 Hz
Weighted THD
7.396
Gain
34.76 dB
6.1
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
12.94 dB
Active Features
6.6
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
11.2 hrs
Additional Charges
0
Total Battery Life
11.2 hrs
Charge Time
2.1 hrs
Power Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
Yes
Charging Port micro-USB

The V-MODA Crossfade II have a somewhat average battery life of 11.2 hours. It feels relatively short compared to other wireless over-ear headphones, especially since they don't even have noise cancelling, but it should be enough to get you through the day. For more than twice the battery life, the V-MODA Crossfade 3 Wireless retain virtually the same look with much better battery efficiency. 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
Active Features
App Support
App Name N/A
iOS N/A
Android N/A
macOS N/A
Windows N/A
Equalizer
N/A
ANC Control
N/A
Mic Control N/A
Room effects
N/A
Playback Control
N/A
Button Mapping N/A
Surround Sound N/A

No compatible app.

Connectivity
8.5
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
3.0
Multi-Device Pairing
2 Devices
NFC Pairing
No
Line of Sight Range
205 ft
Default Latency
198 ms
aptX Latency
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
N/A
0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
9.5
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable Yes
Length 4.5 ft
Connection 1/8" TRRS
Wired Latency
0 ms
Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
Audio + Microphone
PC / PS4 Wired USB
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No
0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
N/A
USB Input
N/A
Line In
N/A
Line Out
N/A
Optical Input
N/A
RCA Input
N/A
Dock Charging
N/A
Power Supply
N/A