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V-MODA Crossfade M-80 On-Ear Noise-Isolating Metal Headphone (White Pearl) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Award-winning sound, military level durability, ultimate ergonomics in an ultra-portable size
  • Metal construction and military level testing ensures unrivaled durability
  • Supreme comfort, natural noise isolation, bespoke fit and 3D sound with over 3 years of fitting R&D
  • Exoskeleton hard carry case and two detachable cables with both 3-button and 1-button microphones for all smartphone, tablet and audio compatibility
  • 2 year warranty and immortal life program provides 50% off lifetime replacement for extreme use and post warranty coverage

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Technical Details

  • universal-phone-control

Product Description

Product Description

Award-winning audiophile sound and supreme ergonomics forged upon military-level durability and timeless materials. Tuned by over 50 legendary musicians, Grammy-winning producers and DJs yet half the size of the top reviewed Crossfade LP, the Crossfade M-80 features a virtually indestructible metal frame, STEELFLEX headband, durable microfiber suede, three years of ergonomic R&D and customizable metal shields. M-80 includes two detachable Kevlar reinforced cables optimized for voice recognition and calls in loud environments. The 3-Button cable controls volume and is made for iPhone, iPad and Apple devices. The 1-Button cable is universally compatible with Kindle, Android, Windows, Blackberry, tablets, smartphones and traditional audio sources. Tested to military level standards (MIL-STD-810G), M-80 passes drop, headband, cable and temperature tests with flying colors. Biggest-in-class, 40mm dual-diaphragm drivers deliver multi-driver sound with the efficiency of a single driver. Critically acclaimed as one of the world's best headphones, the Crossfade M-80 was awarded Audioholics.com's Product of the Year Award and Futuremusic's Power Award. BLISS memory foam ear cushions naturally isolate noise while the specially tuned V-PORT V3 creates a 3D sound stage with minimal sound leakage. Rigorous driver testing ensures every pair of headphones has the same award-winning sound. V-MODA includes the best service in the industry and backs it up by an unparalleled 2-year warranty and Immortal Life Program for a 50% off lifetime replacement for extreme-usage or post-warranty coverage.

From the Manufacturer

Head-Fi, the world's largest Headphone site, ranks Crossfade M-80… "#1 on-ear headphone"
M-80 sets the mobile audiophile standard for precision audio, comfort & rock-solid engineering…
V-MODA Logo Why M-80?
  • Superior Sound
  • Unrivaled Durability
  • Comfort, Customization, Style
  • Ultra-Compact Size
  • Detachable Microphone & Audio Cables
Superior Sound. Smaller Size.
"Outstanding sound quality and beautiful design in a compact package." -Macworld

Immersive 3D Soundstage… evokes the experience of a live performance
Clean Deep Bass… feel and hear the precise vibrations of your music without bloated boom or a muddy mid-range
Crystal Clear Highs & Vivid Midrange… tune into lifelike vocals, crystal clear cymbals and crispy hi-hats

Comfort & Sound... ergonomic SteelFlex headband & supple memory foam cushions naturally form to your head and ears

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"Winning raves...for their strong audio performance and their standing as a fashion accessory"
-Rolling Stone

"Incredible sound and comfort, with life-like 3D sound and no distortion." -Associated Press, Gregg Ellman
"Decidedly superior to similarly fashion forward products." -iLounge

view M-80 awards and reviews

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M-80's explosive sound is created by:
  • 40mm Dual-Diaphragm Driver (Patent Pending): Inner and outer rings separate the bass from bleeding into the mids and highs
  • 4+ Years of Ergonomics R&D: Most on-ear headphones put too much pressure on the ears... M-80 balances fit and sound for the greatest sound for the greatest number of people
  • Master Crafted Materials: More expensive driver and components than peer headphones at this price range
  • Modern Audiophile Tuning: Fine-tuned by over 50 legendary producers, artists and DJs to be the perfect mobile headphone for auditioning, producing and mastering music on the go
  • Analog Noise Isolation: 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 sound is quality tested on every unit to maintain stricter consistency than the competition, often by an order of magnitude
Durability: Built to Last
"In the event of a wipeout V-MODA's Crossfade M-80 are what you'll want." -Outside Magazine

M-80 Durability
  • Virtually Indestructible STEELFLEX Headband
  • Steel Frame and interchangeable aircraft-grade metal shields
  • Exoskeleton Hard Case
  • 2-Year Warranty & Immortal Life Program
  • Tested Beyond Military-Level Quality MIL-STD-810G Test Standards
    • 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
Comfort, Customization, Style
"Built as tough as a Vault, yet looks like the product of an Italian design house" -Head-Fi Founder, Jude
5 Custom Shields
  • Inspired In Italy, Styled in Hollywood: Stylish colors and metal beats plastic headphones
  • 4+ Years of Ergonomic Design R&D: Resulted in an ergonomic headband and hexagon shape that contours to the natural lines of your facial features and minimizes gaps
  • Supple BLISS Memory Foam Cushions: Naturally forms to your ears to provide ergonomic comfort and noise isolation for extended listening sessions
  • Custom Shield Kits: Laser engrave your logo, favorite team or change your shield color
  • Optional Cables & Ear Cushions: Choose from a variety of color and upgradeable features so that you have a different headphone than everybody else
M-80 with BackpackUltra-Compact Design & Travel Case
  • 53% Smaller Design: Rock M-80 as your "daily driver" for all your calls and music, it is half the size of its over-ear siblings so you can wear it all day long
  • Hear, There, Anywhere: Perfect for nearly any scenario, be it commuting, travel, gym, office or mobile music production
  • Form-Fitting Case: Store your headphones and gear in the compact hard-shell case that clips on the outside of your bag for quick access
  • V-STRAP System: Organize included cables via the V-STRAP systems inside the exoskeleton case, with extra room left over for your USB Flash Drive and Fader earplugs

Detachable Cables: Make the Call.
M-80 Compatibility
  • SpeakEasy 1-Button Mic for Android et al: Specially tuned for voice recognition and calls in the noisiest environments, the 1-button control universally works with all 3.5mm smartphones and tablets including Android, Windows, Blackberry, Kindle and Apple
  • SpeakEasy 3-Button Mic for Apple: 3-button remote microphone cable controls your calls, music and volume on the latest Apple devices including iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Macbooks
  • Optional BoomPro cable: Extend your functionality with a professional-grade boom mic for gaming, Skype or podcast/broadcast use (not included)
M-80 Cables
Which One is for You?

V-MODA header
 Crossfade M-100Crossfade LP2Crossfade LPCrossfade M-80
 M-100 colors
white silver   matte black
LP2 Matte Black
matte black
LP colors
nero   gunmetal black
chrome   rouge   white pearl   
M-80 colors
shadow   white pearl
TypeOver-Ear Over-Ear Over-Ear On-Ear
Sound Signature M-Class "Modern Audiophile" LP-Class "Live Play" LP-Class "Live Play"

M-Class "Modern Audiophile"

Character audiophile balanced, precision bass, vivid mids, crystal clear ultra wide highs, 3D sound stagerefined vibrant bass, vivid mids, vivacious highs, 3D sound stagevibrant bass, vivid mids, vivacious highs, 3D sound stagebalanced, precision bass, vivid mids, crystal clear highs, 3D sound stage
Driver M-100 Dual-Diaphragm
LP2 Dual-Diaphragm
LP Dual-Diaphragm
M-80 Dual-Diaphragm
SteelFlex Headband yes yes yes yes
Passive Noise Isolation yes yes yes yes
Exoskeleton Case yes yes yes yes
CliqFold yes      
Dual Inputs yes      
SharePlay yes      
SpeakEasy Mic yes     yes
CoilPro Compatible (not included) yes      
BoomPro Compatible (not included) yes yes yes yes
Kevlar Reinforced Cables • 1-Button SpeakEasy mic cable
• SharePlay audio cable
• 3-Button mic cable
• Extended Audio cable
• 3-Button mic cable
• Audio Only cable
• 3-Button SpeakEasy mic cable
• 1-Button SpeakEasy mic cable
Customization reveal shield kit gunmetal shields included
reveal shield kit
reveal shield kit reveal shield kit
Warranty 2 Year + Immortal Life 50% 2 Year + Immortal Life 50% 1 Year + Immortal Life 50% 2 Year + Immortal Life 50%
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Developed by Musicians & Travellers

V-MODA is the authentic music brand that fuses fashion and function. Headphones are essential tools for mobile producers and musicians who require unparalleled performance delivered reliably, night in and night out. The founder of V-MODA, also a producer and DJ, designed the M-80 to deliver professional sound yet withstand even the rigorous needs of globetrotting travelers. V-MODA's professional pedigree is shown through a clear history of innovation: the Hex design, product, drivers, SpeakEasy mic, packaging and accessories are all patented or patent pending.

The Crossfade series was master crafted by the people - over 200 audiophiles, editors, artists, DJs and Grammy-winning musicians collaborated for years on the tuning and features of the line. V-MODA utilized hundreds of prototypes to gain feedback from the collective masterminds of the best in the business to create the ultimate versatile and customizable headphone.

Satisfaction Guaranteed
Two-Year Warranty - Immortal Life Program - 60-Day Test Drive Guarantee: Each M-80 purchased from a Verified Reseller is backed by a 2-Year V-MODA Premier Warranty, double the industry average. In the unlikely event you run over your headphones with a tank, with the V-MODA Immortal Life Program, you get 50% off a replacement for a lifetime. V-MODA is so confident the M-80 is a superior headphone, it even offers an unrivaled 60-day test drive guarantee.

Technical Details
  • What's included: Crossfade M-80, exoskeleton case, carabiner, 52" Kevlar reinforced 3-button remote + mic cable, 52" Kevlar reinforced 1-button remote + mic cable, instant six-star support code
  • Type: On-Ear Supra-aural
  • Drivers: 40mm Dual-Diaphragm High-Fidelity Drivers (patent pending)
  • Frequency Response: 5 - 30,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 105 dB @ 1kHz 1mW
  • Impedance: 28.5Ω
  • Plug: 45 degree, 24k gold-plated 3.5 mm (1/8") stereo
  • Weight: 200g (headphone only)
No FugaziSportNo Batteries

Product Information

Product Dimensions 7 x 3 x 9 inches
Item Weight 7 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.4 pounds
Manufacturer V-MODA
Item model number M-80-U-WPEARL
Customer Reviews
4.3 out of 5 stars 775 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #2,041 in Electronics > Headphones > On-Ear Headphones
#51,896 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 & MP4 Player Accessories
#58,195 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater
Date first available at Amazon.com May 1, 2012

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By Severian VINE VOICE on August 9, 2012
Style Name: 3 Button MicPackage Type: Standard PackagingColor: Black, Grey Verified Purchase
First, the good news. These are a very appealing design aesthetically, have impeccable build quality, and an excellent warranty. More significantly, this extremely slick and attractive product also sounds very good, and does not take the usual thumpity-thump extreme bass distortion that is so typical to mainstream consumer headphone designs, especially the ones targeted towards the young and hip. VModa has designed a credible product that stands out in crowded field of mediocre headphones that look good and sound ordinary or worse.

That said, there are a few issues buyers need to be aware of. The immensely positive reviews these phones have received on Amazon and places like Inner Fidelity and Head Fi seem to have ignored some key concerns which I will voice to fully inform potential buyers.

First, if your hat size is L, these will barely fit. If your hat size is XL, forget it, these will not fit at all. On headphones like the Sony V6 and Shure 440, my reasonably sized head needs 6 of 10 ratchets. On the M80s, 10 of 10 fits with a bit of struggle. Those with a bigger head than mine need not bother. Yes, you could bend the headband in hopes of getting them to fit your oversized noggin, but why would you want to do this? The Phiaton MS400 and Sennheiser HD 25 are roughly the same size and can accommodate heads of all sizes pretty handily. VModa for some odd reason assumes their users are all well on the average side of cranium size.

Second, the pad that goes on your ear is too small. Again, my ears are not that huge and the HD25 covers up the whole ear nicely, but the M80 needs to be precisely centered to sound good, and then sometimes it moves a bit and needs to be re-centered. Annoying, and unnecessary.
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These headphones sort of break my heart. On the one hand you have one of the finest built, best sounding on-ear headphones at this price point. On the other hand, though, they might also be some of the most uncomfortable headphones you will ever put on your head. Let me go into a bit more detail.

Let it be said that these are easily some of my favorite sounding on-ear headphones in this price bracket. They sound absolutely great and a lot more neutral than I assumed they would.

Highs are wonderfully detailed, but not overly bright (no Grado shrill, here). Don't get me wrong, cymbals and hi-hats will still ring accurately, but it's never going to sound harsh or over-pronounced. Just nice and clear and perfectly balanced.

Mids are where it's at with these headphones, as far as I'm concerned. It's got the clarity of much more expensive headphones, with a nice, smooth, buttery finish. Coupled with the clear highs, vocals in these headphones sound absolutely stellar.

Lows, in keeping with this sets more "neutral" leanings, are also very balanced, though if I had to find one fault with the sound it would be that at times they can be a smidge unrefined. I wouldn't go so far as to call it muddy, but it's not as tight and focused as the mids or highs. It's also not necessarily for bassheads, though I have to say that it adapts very well to a variety of different musical genres. If the bass is meant to stand out in a song, then it's going to stand out through these headphones. Basically, lows are about as prominent as the given source intends it to be, which for most people is absolutely great, but for bassheads, not so much.

Sound stage and imaging is about on par with other on-ear headphones in this price range.
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Style Name: 3 Button MicPackage Type: Standard PackagingColor: Black, Grey Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I am fortunate enough to already own the V-MODA Crossfade LP Over-Ear Noise-Isolating Metal Headphone (Gunmetal Black) so it was great to have both headphones to compare sound, comfort and features.

There are some definite changes from this model to the LP Over-Ear model. The M-80 is about half the size. I've posted some pictures comparing the two sizes in the customer images.

This is a benefit but can also detract slightly from the sound quality and comfort.

The benefit is that they are lighter, smaller, and seemingly more comfortable. They are less intrusive and since they don't stick out as much, don't knock into things if you are walking around while using them.

The drawback is that they sit on top of your ear instead of encircling it so the depth of sound is slightly diminished because it seems to have less space to expand before hitting your eardrum. I know that's not technical jargon but it's the way I imagine it as I listen to it.

The sound is similar on both models, deep, detailed and rich. The bass is a little distorted on a real heavy bass song. Classical, jazz, rock, folk, all sound great and fill the inside of your head with quality sound.

The headphones come in a great zippered case with a deep red interior. There are two Kevlar reinforced cables with a reinforced plug.

A really nice set if you are aware of the differences. There is a great comparison chart in the product description that points out these differences nicely.
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