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Reviewed on Jun 08, 2017

V-MODA Crossfade 2 Wireless HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
6.6
Mixed Usage
7.1
Critical Listening
6.5
Commute/Travel
6.9
Sports/Fitness
6.8
Office
5.7
TV
5.2
Gaming
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.

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

Test Results
Design 7.4
Sound 7.0
Isolation 5.7
Microphone 5.7
Active Features 5.7
Connectivity 6.1
  1. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  2. Update 9/28/2017: The microphone has been tested with our new methodology, as explained here
  3. Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.

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7.4

Design

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 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
Ease of use : Mediocre
Feedback : Decent
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
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.

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.

Cable
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

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
Std. Err.
:
4.0 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
10 Hz
Low-Bass
:
2.85 dB
Mid-Bass
:
4.63 dB
High-Bass
:
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
Std. Err.
:
1.27 dB
Low-Mid
:
0.26 dB
Mid-Mid
:
0.23 dB
High-Mid
:
0.5 dB

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

5.8 Treble
Std. Err.
:
5.27 dB
Low-Treble
:
-0.68 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-6.49 dB
High-Treble
:
-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
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
:
0.26
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.24
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
2.96
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
8.47
4.9 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
1.99 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
1.11 dB
PRTF Distance
:
8.34 dB
Openness
:
5.0
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
3.3
Correlated Crosstalk
:
0.0 dB
8.0 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
0.565
Weighted THD @ 100
:
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

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.

4.9 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-11.5 dB
Bass
:
-0.35 dB
Mid
:
-7.38 dB
Treble
:
-27.24 dB
Self-Noise
:
16.42 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
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.

5.7

Microphone

Integrated
:
No
In-line
:
Yes
Boom
:
No
Detachable Boom
:
N/A
5.3 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
315.41 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
4.19 dB
HFE
:
2061.43 Hz
Weighted THD
:
7.396
Gain
:
34.76 dB
6.1 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
12.94 dB
5.7

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.

6.4 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Battery Life
:
11.2 hrs
Charge Time
:
2.1 hrs
Power Saving Feature
:
No
Audio while charging
:
No
Passive Playback
:
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
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : 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.

6.1

Connectivity

6.8 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
3.0
Multi-Device Pairing
:
2 Devices
NFC Pairing
:
No
9.1 Wired
OS Compatibility
:
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
PS4 Compatible
:
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Compatible
:
Audio + Microphone
PC Compatible
:
Audio + Microphone
0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A
8.8 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
45 ft
Line of Sight Range
:
205 ft

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.

2.2 Latency
Default Latency
:
198 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

In the box

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

Conclusion

6.6 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.

7.1 Critical Listening

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.

6.5 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.

6.9 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.

6.8 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.

5.7 TV

Subpar for home theater use. They have a bit too much latency for watching videos and movies. There's a variation with aptX, but it won't significantly change your movie watching experience and might not be worth the investment.

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