Reviewed on Sep 08, 2016

V-MODA Crossfade M-100 HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
6.0
Mixed Usage
6.9
Neutral Listening
5.8
Commute/Travel
6.2
Sports/Fitness
5.9
Office
5.0
Wireless Gaming
6.8
Wired Gaming
6.0
Phone Call
Type : Over-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : No
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The V-MODA Crossfade M-100 are stylish and customizable headphones, with an above-average sound for critical listening. They have a durable build quality and a stable, comfortable fit. However, they feel slightly tight on your head and they struggle in loud environments. They don't block noise well and leak quite a bit at higher volumes.

Test Results
Design 7.1
Isolation 5.5
Microphone 6.3
Active Features 0
Connectivity 3.8
Pros
  • Good audio reproduction.
  • Comfortable and stable fit.
  • Sturdy and durable design.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Leaky at high volumes.
  1. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  2. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  3. Update 10/2/2017: 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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7.1

Design

The V-MODA  Crossfade M-100 are a stylish-looking pair of headphones with a unique and customizable design. They have a sturdy metal frame that's robust and flexible. They're comfortable and sufficiently stable to use while jogging. However, they're not the most suitable for sports since they're a bit bulky and have a poor control scheme. The padding on the headband is not the best and they can feel a little tight on the head during long listening sessions.

Style

The Crossfade M-100 have an industrial yet modern aesthetic that looks good but will not work for everyone. They come in a variety of colors, and you can customize the back plate with a personal logo or insignia. These headphones will stick out in public with their eye-catching and unique design, which depending on your personal taste could be a good or a bad thing.

7.0 Comfort
Weight : 0.62 lbs
Clamping Force
:
1.12 lbs

The V-Moda M-100 are decently comfortable headphones that are a bit tight on the head. The ear cups are large and will fit around most listeners ears. However, the cups are a little shallow, and the headband is a bit tight. Thanks to the decently cushioned ear cups the tension of these headphones is not too noticeable but might cause slight discomfort over long listening sessions.

5.3 Controls
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Ease of use : Good
Feedback : Mediocre
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : No
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : No

The V-Moda M-100 have a mediocre control scheme. The standard audio cable that comes with the M-100 only has one button and a mic. The button provides call/music and track skipping but no volume controls. It's also a bit too rubberized, which doesn't deliver good tactile feedback. However, V-Moda offers more optional cables like a three-button mic cable, as well as the BoomPro mic dongle, and CoilPro coiled audio cable with in-line controls.

6.2 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 6.5 C

The Vmoda get moderately hot if you have them on for more than 30 minutes. It's not super uncomfortable but you feel a noticeable difference that might keep from listening to your audio for extend periods of time. Furthermore, they won't be the ideal headphones to take to the gym due to their closed back design and leather-like padding preventing a lot of air flow within the ear cups.

6.1 Portability
L : 5.25 "
W : 5.38 "
H : 3.38 "
Volume : 95.47 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

The M-100 are decently portable. They're mid-sized over-ear headphones that fold into a very compact format that will fit into smaller bags and purses. Unfortunately, they're too big to fit in larger jacket pockets so they will be a bit of a hassle to carry around on your person without a bag.

8.5 Case
Type : Hard case
L : 6 "
W : 5.5 "
H : 4 "
Volume : 132 Cu. Inches

Comes with one of the best cases we have tested so far. The hard case is compact and will protect the headphones from scratches, water damage and falls. It's a tough, durable case that's also quite portable.

8.0 Build Quality

The V-Moda Crossfade M-100 have a good build quality. The headband has a lightweight, metal frame that feels sturdy, and flexible enough to handle a decent amount of physical stress. The ear cups are made of a dense plastic that won't easily break from a few falls. However, the customizable metal plate attached to the ear cups may get scratched through regular wear and tear. The cable that links the two ear cups is also somewhat exposed and could get damaged easier than the rest of the build.

7.5 Stability

These headphones are quite stable. The tight headband and flat ear cups apply decent pressure around the ear and do not sway during exercise. The M-100 are not sports headphones, but their design is stable enough to use while running or jogging. However, they're still a little too bulky and cumbersome to use at the gym or while doing strenuous physical activity.

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Sound

They have a very good Bass and Mid Range reproduction, an average Treble, and low distortion. However, their Bass is on the boomy side, their Mid Range is slightly recessed, and their Treble lack a bit of presence. Also, like most other closed-back over-ear headphones, they don't have a very spacious and open sounding Soundstage.

Sound Profile
Neutral
:
7.2
Bass-Heavy
:
7.8
Warm
:
8.1
Bright
:
4.1
6.6 Peaks/Dips
Peaks
:
2.18 db
Dips
:
2.01 db
6.9 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.64 dB
7.9 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.31
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
1.74
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
2.05
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
5.91
5.8 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
2.33 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
4.61 dB
PRTF Distance
:
7.86 dB
Openness
:
5.1
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
3.9
7.8 Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
:
0.175
WHD @ 100
:
0.141
5.5

Isolation

These headphones are passively isolating. They don't block the noise of loud environments and won't be ideal for loud, busy commutes or noisy flights. They create a decent seal around the ear but let a lot of noise seep in and out of the ear cups. They will be audible at moderate to high volumes, which might be distracting to the people around you.

4.9 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-11.91 dB
Bass
:
-0.17 dB
Mid
:
-9.18 dB
Treble
:
-27.12 dB

Poor isolation. These headphones don't have active noise cancellation, and perform as expected. The passive isolation starts to kick in at around 400Hz, and reaching its maximum at around 3KHz. However, the amount of isolation provided in the Mid range is quite poor, and the isolation achieved in the treble range is only decent.

6.7 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
41.49 dB

Poor leakage. These headphones leak a bit more than most closed-back over-ear headphones. The significant portion of leakage is between 300Hz and 6KHz, which is rather broad. However, the overall level of leakage is low.

6.3

Microphone

Integrated
:
No
In-line
:
Yes
Boom
:
No
Detachable Boom
:
N/A
6.0 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
479.46 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
1.68 dB
HFE
:
2215.77 Hz
Weighted THD
:
0.176
Gain
:
22.09 dB
6.5 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
17.54 dB
0

Active Features

No active features.

N/A Battery
Battery Type
:
N/A
Continuous Battery Life
:
N/A
Additional Charges
:
N/A
Total Battery Life
:
N/A
Charge Time
:
N/A
Power Saving Feature
:
N/A
Audio while charging
:
N/A
Passive Playback
:
N/A
Charging Port : N/A
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.

3.8

Connectivity

0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
:
N/A
NFC Pairing
:
N/A
Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
Default Latency
:
N/A
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A
0 Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
Non-BT Latency
:
N/A
9.5 Wired
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
Detachable : Yes
Length : 4.33 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRRS
Wired Latency
:
0 ms
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
:
Audio + Microphone
PC / PS4 Wired USB
:
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
:
No
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox Analog
:
Audio + Microphone
Xbox Wired USB
:
No
Xbox Wireless
:
No
0 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

In the box

  • V-MODA Crossfade M-100 Headphones
  • Carrying case
  • 1/4" to 1/8" Adapter
  • Audio cable
  • SharePlay™ Audio Cable
  • Manual

Compared to other Headphones

See our recommendations for the best over-ear headphones, the best wired headphones, and the best studio headphones.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x
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The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x are better headphones than the V-MODA Crossfade M-100. They are more comfortable and have a better sound quality, which makes them better for critical listening. On the other hand, the Crossfade M-100 feel sturdier thanks to their metal frame. They also have an in-line microphone for calls, which the M50x lack. Overall, the ATH-M50x will be a better option since they offer better value than the V-MODA Crossfade M-100.

6.0 Mixed Usage

The V-MODA Crossfade M-100 are decent headphones for everyday casual use. They have a tough, durable build quality and an above average sound quality. Unfortunately, they're not versatile enough for all use cases. They leak quite a bit and don't isolate well in loud environments.

6.9 Neutral Listening

Above-Average for neutral listening. They're a bit tight but comfortable enough for long listening sessions. They deliver a decent sound quality with good bass, relatively well-balanced instruments and vocals and a competent soundstage despite their closed back design.

5.8 Commute/Travel

Subpar for commuting. They poorly prevent ambient noise from entering your audio, which is not ideal for noisy flight or for commuting via public transit.

6.2 Sports/Fitness

Decent for sports. They're tight, and the ear cups are relatively flat on your ears which prevents them from swaying if used while running or exercising. However, they're a bit bulky and will get a little hot and steamy during intense workouts, especially if you sweat a lot. Their control scheme is also not the best.

5.9 Office

Mediocre for office use. They won't isolate you very well from the chatter of a lively office and they're also a bit leaky at high volumes.

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