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A Review On: V-MODA Crossfade M-80

V-MODA Crossfade M-80

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Pros: Balanced frequency response. Deep bass, airy soundstage, easy to drive, high quality materials, built like a tank.

Cons: Headband needs adjusting for optimum comfort.

 consider these headphones in the same class and price range as the HD 25 ii. The packaging, hard case, high quality 1/4" adaptor, 2x Kevlar covered Cables, and headphones are all top-notch and appear very durable befitting their mil-spec rating. I have ~50 hours on them and they are still sounding better with use. I'm guessing that they will pretty much peak within the next 25-50 hours. I'm really liking these so far as an office/portable set to have in my work backpack. 

Not unexpectedly they have a forward sound signature that is smooth, lush, and full bodied while still maintaining its composure across increasing volume settings. They are very balanced across the frequency range with a slight emphasis on the mid-range and great bass extension. I would recommend the m-80 for those looking for solid bass. The bass is really, really good. The m-80 has a moderately-wide sound stage with good air between instruments. Resolution has improved a lot during burn-in. 

The m-80 is very easy to drive. I was surprised at how much volume was coming un-amped through my iphone. I have an Audinst HUD-MX1 portable amp/DAC for my home office and the m-80 are easily driven with the volume set between 9-12. Of course they sound great through my Schiit Lyr. The m-80 doesn't seem to be very picky about what is driving them. 

This is my first on-ear headphone and I'm adjusting to the fit. They need a little more time on my head for final fitting adjustments to find the optimum fit. I am hoping that with additional wear time the ear cups will mold to my ear. I can easily wear them for 2+ hours at this point. I have a small-medium sized head so YMMV. 

In the very beginning they didn't sound very special (no big surprise) so I just left them running unattended on Media Monkey for 25, now 50+ hours. Now that they are nearing more optimum SQ I will spend more time enjoying them. They are definitely keepers for me.


Here is what V-Moda has to say about their Kevlar-reinforced cables and mil-spec rating:
Military-Level Durability
Military MIL-STD-810G and V-MODA's even tougher VMQA guidelines validate V-MODA's heavy duty testing. The Crossfade series is deployed in real-life military scenarios, as V-MODA is co-founded by active and former military personnel.

MIL-STD-810G and V-MODA Quality Tests
Cable/Plug Bend: Kevlar reinforced detachable cables and 45-degree plug strain relief can each bend over 1 million times, over 100x industry standardsConcrete Drop: Survives 70+ drops on concrete from 6 feet, approximately three times the industry standard (major functions operational)Headband bend: Bend 10+ times flat, not break and retain its memory and shape (view)Sound Variance: Virtually inaudible sound variances across the spectrum of less than 2dB from unit to unit versus 10-30dB+ of inferior productsMIL-STD-810G environmental: high and low temperatures, humidity, salt spray and UV exposure
The Kevlar is totally necessary. -Totally-.
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