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V-MODA CrossFade M-100 Noise Isolating Headphones Review

By Steven Iglesias-Hearst

Manufacturer: V-MODA
Product Name: Crossfade M-100 Headphones
Model Number: m-11-u-mblackm
UPC: 877653005238
Price As Tested: $299.99 (Amazon)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by V-MODA.

The V-MODA CrossFade M-100′s on the test bench here at Benchmark Reviews today are not your average set of stereo headphones. This is evident first and foremost when you take a look at the price tag. Amazon are selling them for $300 or you can buy them direct from the V-MODA website for $310. The benefit of buying these direct from V-MODA is the customization options available. With three color styles to choose from and a variety of other color choices for the metal ‘shields’ on each side of the headphones, you can customize your M-100 headphones just how you like. You can also have a custom graphic or logo of your choice engraved on the metal shields too.

To get the most out of the CrossFade M-100 Headphones you will be wise to also invest in a headphone amplifier. The sound output from today’s smartphones might be enough to crap out your average best buy $10 headphones, but it just isn’t enough to get a truly satisfactory experience on a higher quality set of headphones let alone the CrossFade M100′s. A lot of attention has quite rightly been given to sound quality and performance with equal attention also given to build quality and style. Don’t get me wrong, the experience is not disappointing by any means, I just need to point out that the dual-diaphragm 50mm drivers inside the CrossFade M-100 Headphones are so much more capable than you may think.

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Detailed below are the main features and specifications taken directly from the CrossFade M-100 product page of the V-MODA website.

Features & Specifications

Features

  • 50mm Dual-Diaphragm Driver (Patent-Pending): Inner and outer rings separate the bass from bleeding into the mids and highs
  • Master Crafted Materials: More expensive driver and components than peer headphones at this price range
  • Modern Audiophile Tuning: Crowd sourced alongside the producer and audiophile community to fine tune the sound and ergonomics
  • Analog Noise Isolation: Naturally cut out the distractions of jet engines, crying babies and crowd noise
  • No Batteries or Artificial Processing: Powerful, pure sound without the two extra digital-to-analog conversions of battery powered headphones that pollute the purity of your music
  • Minimal sound leakage: Immersive sound for you without bothering others view details
  • Consistent Driver Quality: The spectacular Crossfade sound is quality tested at 6 frequencies to maintain stricter consistency than the competition, often by an order of magnitude
  • Kevlar Reinforced Cable/Plug Bend: Cables and 45-degree plug can bend over 1 million times (100x industry standard)
  • Concrete Drop: Survives 70+ drops on concrete from 6 feet (10x industry standard)
  • Headband Bend: Steelflex can bend 10+ times flat
  • Environmental: High and low temperatures, humidity, salt spray and UV exposure
  • Supple BLISS Memory Foam Cushions: Naturally forms to your ears to provide ergonomic comfort and noise isolation for extended listening sessions
  • CliqFold Hinge: Swiss-like hinge mechanism precisely folds the headphones into the impossibly small exoskeleton case (patent pending)
  • Carabiner: Safely clip your headphones on the outside of your bag for quick access
  • Dual Inputs & V-CORK: Mix two sources at the same time or daisy chain headphones with your friends; the included V-CORK seals & protects the unused input
  • SpeakEasy Mic Cable: Specially tuned for voice recognition and calls in the noisiest environments, the button control universally works with all 3.5mm smartphones and tablets including Apple, Android, Windows, Kindle and Blackberry
  • SharePlay Audio Cable: Share your music on a ride or DJ tandem without adapters

Specifications

  •  What’s included: Crossfade M-100, Exoskeleton carry case, carabiner, Kevlar reinforced SpeakEasy Microphone control cable, Kevlar reinforced SharePlay audio cable, 1/4″ pro adapter, V-CORK (x2), instant six-star support code, V-MODA Sticker
  • Type: Over-Ear Circumaural
  • Frequency Response: 5 – 30 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 103 dB @ 1kHz 1mW
  • Microphone Sensitivity: -42dB @ 1kHz
  • Impedance: 32Ω
  • Weight: 280g


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