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, December 29, 2012
This review is from: V-MODA Crossfade M-100 Over-Ear Noise-Isolating Metal Headphone (White Silver) (Electronics)
This review is for the V-MODA Crossfade M-100 Over-Ear headphone. Other headphones I own are the Bose QuietComfort 2 and the Sennheiser HD 558. The Bose are great for travelling and the Sennheiser's are extremely comfortable and sound great but they don't produce the bass I really want so I kept looking. The M-100s were highly recommended by CNET and Sound & Vision Magazine so I was very excited to get them in my hands.
The build quality and look are great. The detachable cord is the perfect length. They look and feel as great in my hands as they did in pictures.
The sound quality is great. I was looking for more bass that didn't muddy up the rest of the spectrum and these deliver. Exactly what I was looking for. I agree with all the positive reviews on the sound quality.
So why did I rate these 2 stars instead of 5! The comfort. They are downright painful to wear on my head. I can't wear them for any length of time without wanting to constantly re-adjust them to find a position where I can enjoy listening to the great sound. The ear pads are too small around to fit my ears and they are not quite deep enough to keep my ears from touching the hard speaker. Now if you have tiny ears like my wife they may work fine for you. She finds them pretty comfortable. I knew they wouldn't be as comfortable as my Sennheiser's but I am very disappointed that they are painful to wear so I have to send them back and keep looking for a pair that has the sound and comfort I'm looking for.
Updated rating. The comfort issue is all to common in this category.
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Dec 29, 2012 12:47:35 PM PST
The ear cushion size included with M-100 will fit and give the best sonic performance for the majority of customers, as evidenced by Crossfade LP/LP2/M-100 the highest-rated modern headphone on Amazon.com out of 20,000+ choices. We have spent ~7 years of ergonomic R&D on the Crossfade Series, "the fit is the sound" and we have a utilitarianism philosophy of "greatest sound and comfort for the greatest amount of people".
However, since everybody is unique and has a different ear and head shape, you can first try to adjust the headband by pulling it outward to create less force. For those that want a bigger option, we hear you and are in final R&D phases to make a XL ear cushion for LP/LP2/M-100 that is optimized to have a bigger diameter/depth. It will be called "Crossfade DD-Size Memory Foam" (XL Diameter and Depth).
When this cushion is finished, we will offer it to M-100/LP/LP2 owners with a special program that is not for profit. For those who love the sound and comfort as it is today (that has earned it so many editor's choice awards from CNET to Sound and Vision), the larger cushion will not sound as good as it may sound boomier and the mids won't be as "rich". But for others in the lower percentile with different shaped ears, it will sound as it does for the greater percentile which is in line with our R&D.
It is a very delicate balance of sound and fit for a universal headphone and our team has dedicated our lives to this cause.
Thanks for your support and HAPPY NEW EARS!
VAL KOLTON CVO, FOUNDER
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