Review of V-moda crossfade V-80. Before buying the m-80, I went to a local microsoft store to try out the m-100 to see if it will make a good portable headphones. i consider the sound to be adequate so i brought the V-80 from Amazon used for a total of 97.00 after shipping, taxes etc.
The sound from the m-80 have less bass than m-100. EQing the m-80 does gave it a much bigger bass response, since i'm a basshead but i felt overall, it's still less bass than m-100. I will test it myself later at some microsoft store to confirm this. I'm an audiophile noob so i only have experience with a few headphones. Right now i only carries two, one for home listening and one for portable. For the shake of reviewing, i'm going to compare the portable(v-80) with my home phone which is Beyerdynamic Dt-990 Pro.
Highs: V-80 compare to Beyer is a bit recess in high but imo, it's perfect. I actually dont like the high on beyer as much because i felt a bit fatigue listening to it.
Mids: Both are almost equal in the mids. The beyer imo are a bit more forward in their mids than the v-80 but the difference in them are quite small in comparison to other headphones.
Bass: I felt the dt-990 bass is a bit punchier than the v-80. However, after playing around with the eq, it is good enough for my ear. M-100 have more bass as well. Is it worth more than twice the price of v-80? Nope. The bass from the m-100 are still inferior to the dt990.
Soundstage: the v-80 soundstage is about the same as other portable that i've tried, such as sennheiser momentum etc. Definitely MUCH smaller than the beyerdynamic dt 990 pro, which is an open headphone. I would say the vmoda soundstage is just about 20 percent as big as the dt990 pro. oh well, you give up the soundstage for more isolation.
Isolation: dt990 have zero isolation. It is this reason alone that i brought the vmoda, for portable use. Vmoda isolation is a lot better than what i read on here. If people stands like 5 feet away from you talking, you prob wont hear what they say as long as you are playing the music. It's pretty good isolation imo. Obviously not noise cancelling like the bose, but MUCH better bass, much better mids etc. You sacrifice the noise canceling for the bass and the mids as well as being MUCH cheaper. 97 vs 300, duh, it's a no brainer.
Build quality: Both are built like a tank, no complain on either one.
Looks: V-moda wins hands down. When I wore my dt990 around, i get approach constantly by people asking me "does that headphone sounds good?" Me thinking: "None of your ******* business". Me telling them: "Yeah, it's the most awesome headphone ever. Beyerdynamic dt990, check it out". I dressed quite fashionably and the v-moda definitely fits with my looks much better than the dt990.