V-Moda has earned the sweetheart of many audiophiles quality through their ears. In fact, a server has a V-Moda Crossfade M-100 for some time now, I use headphones with the Grado SR60 for my audio reviews and daily music listening.
Since its appearance had I wanted to sink your teeth into the V-Moda Crossfade Wireless, Bluetooth headsets brand to see how they behaved wireless and whether there was any difference between my headphones and wireless relatives. Enjoy the release of not being physically coupled to the audio source is always an important added value.
In this post we will take a good look at the V-Moda Crossfade Wireless, starting as usual with the technical characteristics:
V-Moda Crossfade Wireless, specifications
- Headphone Type: Closed Circumaural.
- Frequency Response: 5-30000 Hz
- Bluetooth: CSR BlueCore low power compatible with ACC +, ACC, MP3, SBC codecs and OTA Flash ROM formats.
- Battery life: Up to 12 hours of music playback
- Sensitivity: – 107 dB @ 1 kHz 1 mW
- Microphone Sensitivity: -42 dB @ 1 kHz
- Impedance: 30 Ω
- Weight: 292 g
V-Moda Crossfade Wireless unpacked and first impressions
Although not keep my box M-100 Box V-Moda Crossfade Wireless follows the same trend. We found a box of good quality and with a very rare hexagonal shape at its base. In it the main functions of the headset are displayed in a cardboard wrapping the product, we can then remove cardboard to keep the headphones in a much more discreet box.
Opening it at the top we find the case in which possibly will transport the Wireless Crossfade or save it if we disregard the carton. The cover, made of black plastic, has a zipper and is of very good quality. And here we find the first difference with the M-100 since the case is larger.
The reason is none other than the Wireless Crossfade does not have a hinge that allows the headphones fold on themselves as in the case of the M-100.
Inside the case we are the headphones, USB cable recharge the battery, a cable for use if you do not want to use them wirelessly (for example if we have run out of batteries or if we want to enjoy a DAC) with microphone, adapter 3.5 to 6.3mm and a carabiner if we want to hang the cover of a backpack. All in a convenient accessory with rubber that allows us to hold them inside the case and not to lose them, and that in turn is attached by Velcro to the inside of the cover in the position we want and we can remove and replace.
We are also the two-year warranty and customer programs 6-star service and 50% Immortal Life Program for replacement as we shall see.
Come with headphones. They are really similar to the M-100 as they share their design philosophy, with the notable differences in the above hinges and buttons to control the wireless functionality. The headband is also something different. The good news is that the weight difference is virtually nonexistent, just twelve grams of weight in the Wireless Crossfade.
Putting them on the head we notice that the headband makes less pressure than the M-100, something to be welcomed as it makes the headphones are much more bearable during long listening sessions. They are very comfortable headphones that isolate outside noise pretty well passively. As for the controls, we have three buttons to control playback functions all at the top of the right earpiece, plus the switch and Bluetooth sync at the bottom. If we go a little further down we find the audio cable connection, just in case we want to use with an analog source or do not want to spend battery. In the left ear and in the same position is the USB socket to recharge the battery.
Headphones are excellent. The quality of them and the good work of V-Moda show. With them, we will have music for a while thanks to the materials used and details such as interchangeable pads (V-Moda sells a thicker pad will review soon) and possible customization to our liking plates that close the headphones. Also by having a quality cable that incorporates a microphone. It is the same cable included in the M-100.
Synchronization via Bluetooth supports multiple sound sources and is easy to do once we move and hold the power switch to its final position. Supports synchronization with multiple sources and it works really well. Unfortunately if we have to load them we cannot continue to use the headphones as when connected via USB are turned off. What if we connect through the analog cable? Well ringing sound, but then we have a lot of noises that should not be there, so it’s not recommended.
Speaking of noise, Wireless Crossfade has a series of tones that accompany synchronization via Bluetooth as well as on and off. If we are somewhat picky we’ll notice some white noise accompanying such events. Nothing serious because when play music no background noise is not heard, but a little surprised that these headphones present those little noises.
Testing the V-Moda Crossfade Wireless
When your piece arrives keep in the head and enjoy. The test as I have always done with different themes in FLAC as varied as possible to see how they behave with different musical genres.
I thought the sound difference could not be very large compared to the M-100, but it is not. Here the bass is more present than in the M-100, rotund and strong but also more defined. The media do not lose prominence despite increasing low, sounding very accurate. And the treble sound clear, crystalline and without stridency no. Also, the separation between instruments is better than the M-100, so I have to say that the Wireless Crossfade sound better than the M-100 for my taste, whether they have a somewhat more pronounced profile V.
The good news is that there is virtually no loss of quality over analog connection when used by Bluetooth
Thus, on issues like Aerials System of a Down, low gain more prominence in front of the M-100. If we go to The Prodigy, Omen sounds tremendous, resounding sound and despite the wealth of sounds intermingled all sounds like it should sound, without fanfare or overlapping sounds. Also, Their Law, No Good (Start the Dance), or any other topic Breathe the Prodigy sound of scandal, a good test for any handset.
And we’ll quiet issues. The famous Uptown Funk Mark Ronson (an issue that could have made perfectly James Brown) sounds incredible like we were surrounded by all the instruments, with perfect specialization. Also, You Really Got Me Van Halen, or in general what they seem shred let any music and offers with all its nutrients to our delight also classical music, having tried almost all files that I discussed in this post with excellent results.
A full battery charge takes us two hours and allows us to enjoy the headphones for more than 10 hours to good volume
Are there differences between Bluetooth and cable? Well, I would say “any Hayles,” but less than other headphones I’ve tested and here is to give marks to V-Moda. Returning to Uptown Funk, I have noticed an increase in low using headphones via Bluetooth, which appreciates more those looking for low compelling. Just under definition here and there, but you have to look hard to find it. So the good news is that virtually no loss of quality over an analog connection.
As for battery life, a full charge will take us two hours, and offers us enjoy the headphones for more than 10 hours. A note also that in addition to the tonnes on and synchronization via Bluetooth, headphones warn us that the battery level is low with a series of beeps that will be increasing in frequency until they run out of battery, and the button ignition will happen to look blank red.
6-star service and 50% Immortal Life Program
6 stars Service V-Moda provides a series of guarantees to the user on the acquired headset. So we have 60 days to return the product if we are not satisfied with the purchase, or we will also have an extended warranty of two years, not to mention the online technical support or other services to ensure customer satisfaction.
Virtually no loss of quality if we use the headset in Bluetooth mode against the cable connection, V-Moda has done an excellent job.
The 50% Immortal Life program is a long – term guarantee. Insurance manufacturing quality, there can always be someone who can take up the limit to headphones. In that case, if the headphones are broken, have been damaged in some way or degraded by use, or fall outside the warranty period, offer a discount of 50% in a similar brand headphone. To do this we need to send headphones with contact details and we will send e – mail the coupon discount.
As you can see few brands we are going to offer these levels of satisfaction guaranteed.
Final assessment of the Wireless Crossfade
Improve headphones as the V-Moda M-100 releasing the cable, with only an increase in weight of 12 grams, and get them sound better is a major achievement. The Crossfade Wireless are excellent headphones, both manufacturing, and Sound. With a very personal design, available in various colors including white and we can also modify to our liking by changing the side panels of headphones (which cost money, but there are people for everything), the Wireless Crossfade have the look you want. I’m not going to cheat, have a V profile a little more pronounced next to the lower than the M-100, but that sound incredibly well.
Besides not being able to use through a Bluetooth connection while the load (and noise that appears if we try analog cable during charging), as a negative point we white noise appearing when turned on, turn them off or sync via Bluetooth. But they are minor defects before the tremendous quality headphones.