Reviewed on Jun 08, 2017


Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
Mixed Usage
Neutral Listening
Wireless Gaming
Wired Gaming
Phone Call
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.

  • Great build quality.
  • Comfortable and stable fit.
  • Above-average sound quality.
  • Poor isolation.
  • Mediocre battery life.

Test Results
Design 7.4
Isolation 5.4
Microphone 5.7
Active Features 6.0
Connectivity 7.2
  1. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  2. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  3. Update 9/28/2017: The microphone has been tested with our new methodology, as explained here
  4. Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.

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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.


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
Weight : 0.7 lbs
Clamping Force
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.

7.0 Controls
OS Compatibility
Ease of use : Mediocre
Feedback : Decent
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
Noise Canceling Control : 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.

6.6 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 5.1 C
6.1 Portability
L : 5.5 "
W : 5.5 "
H : 3.3 "
Volume : 98 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

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
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

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.

7.5 Stability

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.

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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.

Sound Profile
6.9 Peaks/Dips
2.0 db
1.63 db
6.9 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
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.

8.2 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
Weighted Phase Mismatch
4.8 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
1.99 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
1.11 dB
PRTF Distance
8.34 dB
Acoustic Space Excitation
7.5 Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
WHD @ 100


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.

4.6 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-11.5 dB
-0.35 dB
-7.38 dB
-27.24 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.

7.1 Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
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.



Detachable Boom
5.4 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
315.41 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
4.19 dB
2061.43 Hz
Weighted THD
34.76 dB
6.1 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
12.94 dB

Active Features

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.

6.6 Battery
Battery Type
Continuous Battery Life
11.2 hrs
Additional Charges
Total Battery Life
11.2 hrs
Charge Time
2.1 hrs
Power Saving Feature
Audio while charging
Passive Playback
Charging Port : micro-USB

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
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
ANC control
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
Playback control
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

No compatible app.



8.5 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
Multi-Device Pairing
2 Devices
NFC Pairing
Line of Sight Range
205 ft
Default Latency
198 ms
aptX Latency
aptX(LL) Latency
0 Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
Non-BT Latency
9.5 Wired
Analog Audio
USB Audio
Detachable : Yes
Length : 4.5 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRRS
Wired Latency
0 ms
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
Audio + Microphone
PC / PS4 Wired USB
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox Analog
Audio + Microphone
Xbox Wired USB
Xbox Wireless
0 Base/Dock
USB Input
Line In
Line Out
Optical Input
RCA Input
Dock Charging
Power Supply

In the box

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

Compared to other Headphones

6.5 Mixed Usage

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.

6.6 Neutral Listening

Better-than-average for neutral 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 neutral listeners but their sound quality should be good enough for most.

6.5 Commute/Travel

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.

7.1 Sports/Fitness

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.

6.5 Office

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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