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V-MODA Crossfade M-100 Over-Ear Noise-Isolating Metal Headphone (Matte Black Metal)
- Connectivity Technology: Wired
- Award-winning M-Class sound tuned by over 200 audiophile aficionados
- Patented 50mm Dual Diaphragm Drivers to separate bass from mids and highs
- Clean deep Bass, Vivid Mids and Ultra-Extended Highs tuned by industry editors and audiophiles
- Unique CLIQFOLD design for compact storage ; Type: Over-Ear Circumaural
- Ultra compact exoskeleton carry case featuring V-STRAP system. Frequency Response: 5 - 30,000Hz
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Over-Ear. CliqFold. Personaliz3d Headphones.
"No other headphone can touch the M-100's combination of features, build quality, and sound" -CNET
Crossfade M-100 are the world's first crowdsourced, lightweight metal, noise-isolating headphones. The modern audiophile sound signature is the winner of 20+ Editors' Choice Awards, including CNET & Voted #1 Headphones by DJ Mag back to back. Over 40% of the world's top 100 DJs use the Crossfade M-100 on stage, on the road and in the studio.
Crossfade M-100 is the ultimate in versatility for audiophiles, techies, gamers, musicians and DJs alike.
Why Crossfade M-100?
- Everlasting Comfort
- Military-Level Durability
- 3D Printed Metal + Fiber Personalization
- Six-Star Service
- 2-Year Warranty + 50% Off Immortal Life Program
1) 50 millimeter Dual-Diaphragm Driver (Patent Pending) - Inner and outer rings separate the bass from bleeding into the mids and highs, quality tested at 6 frequencies for stricter consistency than the competition, often by an order of magnitude.
2) Immersive 3D Soundstage - Live performance experience featuring clean deep bass, lifelike vocals, crystal clear cymbals and crispy hi-hats.
3) Master Crafted Materials - Superior lightweight metal components, BLISS memory foam and 5+ years of comfort R&D.
4) No Batteries or Artificial Processing - Powerful, pure sound without the pollution of two extra digital-to-analog conversions of battery powered headphones.
5) Minimal sound leakage - Immersive sound for you without bothering others.
1) 5+ Years of Ergonomic R&D - Resulted in an ergonomic headband and hexagon shape that contours to the natural lines of your facial features and minimizes gaps.
2) Supple BLISS Memory Foam Cushions - Naturally forms to your ears to provide ergonomic comfort and noise isolation for extended listening sessions.
3) Exotic Materials - All metal build and vegan leather headband for unparalleled comfort and sturdiness.
4) CliqFold Hinge - Luxury lighter-like hinge mechanism precisely folds the headphones into impossibly small exoskeleton case.
Military Level Durability
1) Virtually Indestructible STEELFLEX Headband - Vegan leather cover, user adjustable clamping force and vastly superior strength to plastic headbands.
2) Steel Frame.
3) Exoskeleton Form-Fitting Case.
4) Tested Beyond Military-Level Quality MIL-STD-810G Test Standards.
5) 1+ Million Cable/Plug Bends - Cables and 45-degree plug can bend over 1 million times (100x industry standard).
6) Environmental - High and low temperatures, humidity, salt spray and UV exposure.
Versatility & Style
1) Mind the Gap - Sleek design frames the natural lines of your facial features and minimizes unsightly gap.
2) Optional Custom Shield Kits - 3D print or laser engrave your logo, change your shield material and color.
3) Detachable Included Cables - SpeakEasy Mic cable tuned for voice recognition and calls in the noisiest environments, SharePlay Audio cable to share your music or DJ tandem without adapters.
4) Cable & Cushion Ecosystem - Extend your functionality with the BoomPro Mic for gaming and communication, XL Memory Cushions, CoilPro extended cable and a variety of accessories to enhance your versatity.
V-MODA, The Standard of Quality
- Crossfade M-100
- Exoskeleton carry case
- Carabiner clip
- Reinforced 1-Button SpeakEasy Microphone cable
- Reinforced SharePlay audio cable
- 1/4" pro adapter
- V-CORK (2)
- V-MODA Sticker
- Six-Star Service
Type - Over-Ear Circumaural.
Frequency Response - 5 - 30,000Hz.
Sensitivity - 103 dB @ 1kHz 1mW.
Microphone Sensitivity - -42dB @ 1kHz.
Impedance - 32Ω.
Weight - 280g.
Winner of 20 Editors' Choice Awards
"The sound quality is exceptional and versatile" -Gizmodo.
"Best Enthusiast PC gaming headset" -IGN.
"Crossfade M-100 is a no brainer" -Sound & Vision.
“Beautifully built and sounds great with all types of music. Exceptional build quality and durability” -CNET.
"It will appease audiophiles and fashionistas alike – an impressive feat. And they sound pretty awesome” -DigitalTrends.
"Guaranteed to please audiophiles" -Laptop Mag.
"Perfect mixture of quality, performance and style" -Avicii.
Premier Two-Year Warranty + Immortal Life
Each Crossfade M-100 purchased from a Verified Reseller is backed by a 2-Year V-MODA Premier Warranty. 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.
|Crossfade M-100||Crossfade Wireless||Crossfade LP2||XS|
|Driver||M-100 Dual Diaphragm 50mm||Refined M-100 Dual Diaphragm 50mm||LP2 Dual Diaphragm 50mm||M-Class Dual Diaphragm 40mm|
|Durable & Reinforced Cables||1-Button SpeakEasy Mic cable + SharePlay Audio Cable||1-Button SpeakEasy Mic cable||1-Button SpeakEasy Mic cable + Extended Audio Cable||1-Button SpeakEasy Mic cable|
|3D Printed & Laser Engraved Shields||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Warranty||2-Year + Immortal Life Program||1-Year + Immortal Life Program||2-Year + Immortal Life Program||2-Year + Immortal Life Program|
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|Color||Matte Black Metal||Matte Black||Gunmetal Black||Pearl White||Black||Silver|
|Item Dimensions||7.04 x 4.5 x 9.5 in||4.4 x 7.1 x 9.4 in||11 x 8.5 x 3 in||9.45 x 7.13 x 4.4 in||—||5.1 x 9.5 x 11.1 in|
|Item Weight||0.62 lb||1.8 ounces||0.65 lb||1.8 lbs||1.07 lbs||—|
|Additional Features||foldable||volume-control||wireless, noise-isolation||lightweight||lightweight||microphone-feature|
Crossfade M-100 are the world's first crowd sourced, lightweight metal, noise-isolating headphones. The modern audiophile sound signature is the winner of 20+ Editors' Choice Awards, including CNET & Voted #1 Headphones by DJ Mag back to back. Over 40% of the world's top 100 DJs use the Crossfade M-100 on stage, on the road and in the studio.
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Let me preface this review by saying that I'm by no means an audiophile. I am writing this review to help others out there who may be trying to decide how to spend their hard earned cash on "cool" headphones. With that said, I will be comparing these headphones with the Beats by Dre Studios. Why? Well, because these two models may appeal to the same demographic--people trying to spend a little extra money on quality, stylish headphones for their portable device. To give you a little back story, I travel a lot and need something I can wear on long flights. I saw the Beats Studios at Best Buy and liked the look. I like Dr Dre music and decided that if he endorsed this product it must be good, right (it looks a lot more naive in print form)? I did a little research on the Beats and read reviews on Amazon and CNET. Most of the negative reviews were due to the inflated price, but the CNET Editors and many folks on Amazon liked the sound quality of the Beats. I was able to get them at a discount at a military base, so I thought they were a good value. However, I never really liked the Beats. It was like a bad relationship with a girl that was kinda cute, but we never really had any chemistry; I was always looking for something better. I then bought the Klipsch Image Ones on sale. But when I got home I started researching to see what the experts thought of these. By this time I had found Head-fi, a site for the snobbiest of audiophiles. However, those guys do know their stuff. The verdict for the Image Ones wasn't positive and they were right, the Image Ones weren't very good. It was at that time that I noticed that the V-Moda M-80s were very highly rated. I returned the Klipsch and started digging for information into V-Moda. I found out that the Crossfade M-100 was the newest model. After reading what seemed like thousands of glowing reviews (and no negative reviews), I decided to get the white M-100s. Below I will compare the Beats by Dre Studios to the V-Moda Crossfade M-100s.
I don't know if this matters to anyone, but it seems that all the reviews I read mentioned the packaging. If this is something that concerns you, I would normally say something snarky, but I understand that you are spending ~$300 (you deserve quality). In this respect, the Beats win. The packaging for the Beats is superb. The box is really nice and compartmentalized. The V-Modas come in a much more modest box with less frills.
If you just spent $300 bucks on headphones, you want to ensure they are protected when you're not wearing them. Both the Beats and M-100s come with semi-hard cases. However, the quality of the M-100's case is far superior. The shape is very aesthetically appealing and it is also smaller than the Beats' case--this will be important if you're traveling and space is at a premium. The headphones also fit a lot better in the M-100s' case. There is no wasted space in the case; it almost seems that the case was made out of a mold of the headphones. As for the Beats, the case is a little big for the headphones. It doesn't seem like there was much thought given to the design of the case. It's bland, kinda bulky and everything is just kinda thrown in there.
Now we're going get to the meat and potatoes of the review, the actual headphones. The first thing that really disappointed me about the Beats was how plasticky they were. When I actually unfolded the Beats, they felt like a child's toy. I was afraid of breaking them. The battery compartment seemed like it woouldn't last more than 10 uses. And the worst thing is what you've probably read in many other reviews: the right ear cup makes a sound when walking. By comparison, the M-100s are built to last. The first thing I noticed was that many different materials were used (the headband is a pleather-type substance and aluminum is used on many of the high stress areas). The M-100s give you that feel in your hands that you can handle them without the fear of breaking them. There is really no comparison in the built quality, even going into the peripherals. The cords on the V-Modas are wrapped in Kevlar. This is a big deal if you're like me and get your cords caught on things. The Beats' cords are the run-of-the-mill plastic type.
Now I know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but having both of these headphones side by side I feel I can give you a pretty good idea about how they look. It's no secret that the Beats were mainly designed for looks first. However, even in this aspect that is supposed to be the Beats forte, the V-Modas win convincingly. I have the White Studios and the Pearl White with Silver M-100s. If I may use cars to elaborate, the Beats look like a Nissan Altima with all the packages, rims, tint and cool paint job; conversely, the M-100s look like a BMW M6. You can actually see the difference in quality. The Beats look like they are trying to be cool; the M-100s look classy, sophisticated and sexy. The M-100s also have a really cool feature that allows you to customize them by changing out the ear cup plates and the V-Moda logos on the sides of the headband (you have to purchase the new plates).
Since both of these headphones are mainly for portable use, they should be pretty comfortable for extended periods. The M-100s are much more comfortable than the Beats. The Beats really warmed up my ears and put a lot of pressure to the top of my head. I tried adjusting the fit, but nothing helped. The ear cups on the M-100s are very comfortable and I feel no pressure on the top of my head. The M-100s also feel more secure on your head; the Beats always felt like they were going to fall off my head.
I reiterate that I am a common fellow not an audiophile. That said, the main thing that really disappointed be about the Beats was the sound quality. They just didn't sound like what I expected out of $300 headphones. I actually returned them the first time I bought them, but went back to get them when I found out that new headphones had to be "burned in." I was just not that impressed by anything. They sounded like regular headphones. I had a pair of $40 JVCs, and the only difference between the JVCs and the Beats was that the Beats had a little more bass. Furthermore, the sound leakage of the Beats is reprehensible. Even at 50% volume on my iPhone my wife would ask me to turn them down because they were distracting her from watching TV (she was ~15ft away from me). If there is something good about the Beats is that your friends won't need extra plugs for their headphones to enjoy your music because they will be able to listen to your music clearly when you wear the Beats. Also, the Beats are supposed to be "sound cancelling"; they are not. Aside from being a pain in the ass because you will need batteries to use them, the sound cancelling isn't very good. Outside noise really creeps into the headphones. But enough about the Beats, let's talk about the M-100s. When I put these headphones on, I instantly understood a lot of the jargon used by audiophiles. Even on my portable device, without an amp, I can hear so much more detail. The V-Modas are so clear and silky smooth. The bass--which is another thing the Beats are supposed to excel at--is much richer in the M-100s. It's definitely punchier, but not overwhelming--and never muddled. The mids are very well defined, I can hear the vocals clearly; whereas in the Beats the vocals on some songs were a bit muffled. The highs are crisp and refreshing--I thought the Beats were too sharp on the highs. One of the first things I also noticed was how big the sound seemed out of the M-100s. It seemed like it was all around me, not just in my ears like the Beats. I also own the Klipsch Image S4 and they also have pretty good sound, but its not nearly as spacious, balanced and full as the M-100s (not a fair comparison). As for the sound leakage, the M-100s are infinitely better than the Beats. The M-100's leak a little bit, but you couldn't make out the song someone was listening to at 5ft distance...in a library. Lastly, although the M-100s are only noise isolating--and not noise cancelling like the Beats--they somehow do a better job and keeping outside noise at a minimum better than the Beats.
Winner: M-100s...by a landslide.
If you're on the market for stylish headphones with superb sound quality, look no further than the V-Moda M-100s. I have never written an Amazon review before, but I felt compelled to let everyone know about my experience with these headphones. As ridiculous as this sounds, I felt I owed V-Moda that much for putting out such a quality product--ridiculous because I did hand them $300 of my dollars for these headphones. As I said, I always felt cheated with the Beat Studios--from the built quality to the sound quality, they just didn't feel like something worth $300 (or even $200). These V-Modas are expensive, but you are definitely getting what you're paying for: quality. And that's really all we can ask for as consumers, we don't want to be taken for a ride. If someone as unfamiliar with such things as "sound stage" can still be blown away by the sound quality, then everyone will be able to appreciate how good these headphones sound. I have no problem with Dr Dre or Monster (I'm one of the few people who've had pleasant experiences with their customer service), but they are definitely banking on the trendiness of their product. I'm just happy I accidentally found out about these headphones, because I am officially off the market for headphones for a while. The V-Moda Crossfade M-100s are simply amazing.
So I'm writing this review in the context of comparing with my 5-year old LPs. Given the good experience I've had with those, I bought these with the intent of getting another good pair of V-MODAs for home. My expectation was that the M100s would be more or less similar to the LPs with slightly better audio quality befitting the higher price.
The sound quality meets expectations, seeming to be slightly better. I think I can hear a bit more detail wearing these vs. the LPs. I bought these because I liked the sound of the LPs, so getting better from that baseline means no complaints in that department. I can even listen to music in the background and dialogue at the same time, and clearly make out the dialogue because of the sound detail.
Comfort might actually be a little worse however. I think these are sealed off better than the LPs, but the consequence of that is heat. I never noticed my ears getting hot while wearing the LPs - with these and their seemingly nonexistent airflow I do. They also seem to be a bit tighter in terms of horizontal pressure exerted on my head when the band is extended by the same amount These M100s however are brand new, whereas my LPs are 5 years old, so some or all of that difference may be attributable to the band breaking in a bit/relaxing over time. I also have a pair of the XL cups on order, so hopefully those plus some break-in time will help these reach the same comfort level I'm used to with the LPs.
In general, I find the shape of the V-MODA earcups - a vertically-stretched hexagon - to be a better fit for the shape of human ears than the typical round cups most headphones have, which are usually either too small to fit the top and bottom of my ears comfortably, or so large that they feel like I'm wearing a pair of bowls on my head.
Overall, if you want a durable set of audiophile-grade headphones that you can expect will last you a while, these are a pretty solid choice. They are bit expensive, but you get what you pay for.