Authentically tuned by a legion of legendary musicians, Grammy-Award winning producers and DJs, Crossfade M-80 packs unique materials, professional acoustics, natural noise isolation, ultimate ergonomics and military-level ruggedness into a design 53% smaller than its now legendary, over-ear sibling. Refusing to conform to the sound-age of over-processed digital compression and disposable products, M-80 is a salute to the true masters of music, machines and materials. Half the size of the rock solid leading Crossfade LP, M-80 fuses Pure Noise Isolating Sound, Military-Level Durability and Timeless Materials.
|V-MODA Crossfade M-80|
V-MODA Crossfade M-80
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"Bang for your buck? Yes SIR!!!"
Pros - Substantial feel, sturdy and tough. Wonderful sound through lows and mids, enjoyable highs. Great look!
Cons - Slightly uncomfortable over crown of head after long sessions, timid highs.
Let me start off by saying these are the first "audiophile" cans I've ever purchased. Before then, it's always been Philips or Sony store bought for under $100. I did my research and decided on the M-80s. I listen to electronic music such as Ephixa, classic rock from Ozzy to ELO, metal such as Slipknot/Volbeat/SOAD, and progressive rock like Karnivool/Tool/Dropshard/APC.
I've owned this pair for about 4 years now, and have been impressed since day one. The sound quality was great out of the box, but after leaving them on overnight...they just sounded amazing. The bass is tight. Not overpowering, but definitely there. Mids are an absolute enjoyment, especially with some "expert" EQ tuning . Highs...while they don't blow you away with presence, they don't disappoint either. Crisp is the only word I can think of. No hissing or sharpness, it's really quite nice. The separation of the different ranges is nice as well. I LOVE bass. I run Poweramp on a Galaxy S5 Active, with the Creative Sound Blaster E1 as a USB DAC/AMP. I can crank the bass to its limit and it feels like I have two 12" subs strapped to my head, yet the high and midrange stay crystal clear.
Great soundstage as well, tho not as wide as I would like...not bad enough to really complain tho.
As for build quality, V-Moda has truly outdone themselves. The headband is very durable, withstanding years of abuse without weakening. I can still to this day bend it into a corkscrew, make it flat, all while popping right back to its original position and holding comfortably onto my head lol. The ear pads are nice and cozy, but the band cushion could have used more attention. At first, it feels great. After a few hours however, it starts to get achy and I have to reposition it. That being said, I tend to be fairly tender headed, so...please, give them a try for yourself! I truly believe they are worth every penny.
Hope this isn't bad for my first revue, I'm sure I'll be able to provide more insightful revues after I experience more
"Portable, Stylish, Durable."
Pros - It is really good sounding in terms of Bass. It is Portable, Stylish and made in military standards. Mids are good.
Cons - Highs should be more engaging. Not Comfortable for me.
It has a solid build that if you want to break them, you should do something extreme to them. Still it comes with 2 years of warranty and if you do break these, you can get a new one at %50 discount. In terms of desing i really like the look of this headphone. There isnt much headphones that sounds good and look well at the same time so it is a good choice if you care about design but still use it for listening music. In terms of comfort, i am bad with all kinds of supra-aural headphones so, after 1 hour usage it gives me ear pain. As terms of sound quality, Bass that this headphones has is amazing. It still can be better but it really gives very qualitied Bass for me. As for the mids they are sounding well too, but not well as Bass does. Highs was bad in terms of engaging but after 50+ hours of burn in they gotten better, still engaging quality of this isnt that great but decent. About noise cancelling they are not very good. People will start hearing you if you listen them at high voice, and you cant hear people only if you are listening them at high voice.
Final Thoughts: They are good choice for portable players, sounds good for Electronic, Pop, Hip-Hop. Not very good for use in public.
"I enjoy these, but with reservations"
Pros - Great for bassheads for the price and type, unbelievable tank-like build quality, and incredibly stylish design
Cons - A few comfort/fit issues at first, poor isolation (on-ear, so of course), somewhat boomy bass, congestion
Note: The entire original review has been mostly deleted and overhauled. These were the first at-least-somewhat-good headphones I ever purchased, and I was way too hyped and knew way too little when I wrote this review.
I bought a pair of these used for $70 (months later, I sold them for my roommate for $50), and for that price and being on-ear they are good headphones. Here's a breakdown of their different aspects:
Build: These are ridiculously well-built. Pretty much all metal construction, and tested under ridiculous conditions. They can apparently even be stepped on, repeatedly, and often still be okay (not that I ever tried that). Based on how sturdy they look and feel, that is seriously believabvle. They are like some kind of armored-headphone.
Oh, and the cables are apparently tested for being able to work after a million bend-cycles. I've been heavily using the second cable from the headphones as an input to my car stereo for over a year, and it still works well.
Design: In my opinion, these things look really cool! The all-metal construction and their shape is very "stylish utilitarian" looking, I would say. Moreover, the covers on the enclosures can be customized with a number of V-Moda's own designs, as well as with any user-submitted design! I never went as far as ordering the custom plates, but it's a very cool option.
Comfort: For me there were some issues here. On my head, they at first seemed to pinch a little bit at the top of my head. However, the excellent build-quality makes it easy and safe to slightly bend the headband outward a few times before each time putting them on. After a few days of use, they adjusted to my head and were comfortable.
Sound and Isolation: These do not isolate very well, of course, being on-ears. But they isolate well for what they are (although not as well as the most isolating on-ears). With the music at a decent volume, most reasonable outside noise is not audible. These will not isolate from somewhat-louder noises like a well-isolated closed over-ear will.
--Bass: These have boosted bass. For how my tastes developed over time, it eventually seemed a bit much. I would almost consider V-Moda's headphones to be basshead headphones, to be honest; if you're a basshead looking for a cheap super-portable and sturdy on-ear, a pair of these bought used is great to consider.
The boost seems to be centered somewhere around 80 to 110 or 120 Hz, to my (not super-precise) ears.
However, like with many on-ears, the bass does break-up (distort) to some audible extent at high volumes (for me, borderline-painful or downright painful). Even at the loudest volumes I like to comfortably listen to (loud end of moderate volume), the sub-bass (on tracks with lots of sub-bass rumble, and with test tones) does sound a bit "muddy."
But overall, the bass does have an impact to it that can be very nice. I imagine people who love bass will enjoy it a lot for this price.
--Mids: Can't hear any distortion in the mids. They sound pretty nice, but a bit congested. Also, the mids don't seem flat, but rather seem to favor the low-mids, so that overall these headphones are definitely quite warm--another bonus point for these for all the bassheads out there!
--Treble: Sounds about the same level as the upper mids, to me. They have a peak at the 10 or 11khz band, which gives these good sparkle.
--Clarity and Detail: Somewhat impeded by the congested sound of these. This is very common for on-ears, especially in this price-range. The detail is pretty good. Micro-details are, as expected, smoothed-out though, sometimes inaudible.
--Dynamics: These have quite good dynamic impact, actually.
--Soundstage and imaging: The soundstage is pretty good actually in terms of width and depth! But, the directional imaging for spatial-separation between elements is slightly "blurred," in correlation of course with the overall congestion of the sound.
Value: Honestly I do not like the sound very much given the resources that V-Moda put into this headphone, as I know for a fact it is possible to get a clearer and less-congested sound in on-ears, especially for the original price of these (over $200, actually) when they first came out. However, this is largely because I am a clarity-junkie. For those who want plenty of bass-slam and warmth with flat mids and treble, with a bit of extra upper-end sparkle, and like good levels of detail but aren't after levels where they listen analytically/clinically, then these headphones are great. Especially for the price they now go for used (in the $70 to $80 range)! I highly anticipate that used M-80's which still work, will continue working fine for years (I bought mine used and it still works over a year later) in the majority of cases, due to the amazing build-quality. For this reason, I give the M-80 a high rating for its value.
Overall: I give these four stars. I don't like the sound much myself, due to the bass becoming boomy and breaking-up in the sub-bass. I also prefer more clarity and soundstage with less congestion, which is possible in on-ears at this price. However, they have a very good value now used, and unbelievably good build. Also, they look awesome! So, four stars. I would put the sound at 3.5 stars (to my ears and preferences) with the value at 4.5 stars, and the build and design at 5 stars. To me the sound is the biggest part, and that's what brings these down to a four-star rating.
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