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V-MODA Crossfade 2 Wireless - We Discuss It With Val Kolton - Head-Fi TV

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by jude, Mar 28, 2017.
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  1. jude Administrator
    NOTE:  If you can't see the embedded video above, please CLICK HERE to see the video.
    V-MODA unveils their latest Crossfade model, the Crossfade 2 Wireless, and we think it’s their best over-ear so far. Val Kolton came from Milan, Italy to Head-Fi HQ to talk about the Crossfade 2 Wireless, and why it sounds the way it does.


    V-MODA CROSSFADE 2 WIRELESS produced by Jude Mansilla and Brian Murphy
  2. PDevil
    Aside from adding aptX to the rose gold model, has the Bluetooth been improved?  I have the Crossfade Wireless headphones and they skip with my Moto Z Force phone when walking down the street and next to a college campus.  I assume it has to do with 2.4GHz Wi-Fi interfering but I have to take my phone out of my pocket to stop the skipping.  The Beats Solo3 headphones I have do not experience skipping.  If the Bluetooth has been improved and provides a solid connection, I definitely would be interested in trading in my current Crossfade Wireless for the rose gold Crossfade 2.
    halcyon likes this.
  3. Dillan
    Cool video! So I was a little confused at the end.. does the rose gold support wireless with the iPhones?
  4. apaar123
    How is their noise isolation?
  5. halcyon
    Yes, but not the Bluetooth AptX-codec (which is higher quality than other wireless bluetooth codecs). iPhone does not support aptX-codec (not yet anyway), but does support the lower sound quality Bluetooth codecs.
    Sony Xperia XZ and some other Sony android phones support aptX. Also, the upcoming Android O version (android 8.0?) should support aptX-codec for all devices that upgrade to Android O.

    The AAC codec on iPhone is superior to aptX when utilized with AAC files. At least on the Solo3 the difference is indiscernible. I'd imagine V-MODA's Qualcomm chip would provide the same experience.
  7. FastAndClean
    It's Time for planar magnetic V Moda headphones with 20db boost at 20 hz
    Zoide, Maaahv, AT Khan and 1 other person like this.
  8. Kramer01
    Not offering aptX on all models is a bad move. Rose gold = YUCK
    Raise the price to 350$ and offer aptX on matte black as well
    epithetless, Solrighal and eyoon like this.
  9. Kramer01
    yes wireless is supported on the iPhone but I guess its SBC bluetooth codec and not AAC. AAC is apple's sort of version of aptX. AAC provides greater SQ than SBC. The AAC codec pulls iPhone listeners off SBC’s bottom rung and into SQ territory on par with aptX. Very few wireless headphones support AAC(mdr 1000X is one)
    aptX is nice but VModa should have introduced aptX HD and not just aptX since Val talked about High-Res certification. I guess High Res certification only applies to the wired mode and not the wireless. 
  10. valkolton Contributor
    I am amped about the release, I'll be on the forums now more so please if you have any questions let me know!

    I know you will love these, we put a lot of hard work on improving every detail!
    I also have some news on aptX - did you know MacOS supports it???!  I post the screenshot below... just hold "OPTION" on your keyboard and then click your Bluetooth icon in the system menu bar.  It'll show the codex!!!  It works great with Tidal and lossless files/services.
    More and more new Qualcomm based phones should support it - it'll be interesting to A/B test with more people's feedback.

    More about it here 
  11. Kramer01
    A number of android phones support aptX not just the Xperia ones. High end Xperia phones (Z3+ and newer) support Sony's proprietary LDAC codec in addition to aptX.
    LDAC codec support will be baked into Android Oreo.
    vcmusik likes this.
  12. Kramer01
    Hi Val
    Is AAC codec supported on the Crossfade Wireless II??
  13. meringo
    I'm very interested... but also a little shocked these are only $20 less than the Sony's and Bose which have awesome NC. Can't wait to give them a listen, though. 
  14. Yaroslav
    Hi Val,
    — Most importantly, does it still support AAC as does the previous CfW (AAC+ or something)? It is completely unclear from the video.
    — Is it possible to add AptX support via a paid firmware upgrade or something like that?
    — Or at least, add it in any way for the headphones with classic colors?
    — What is the difference in chipset compared to CfW v. 1? Do chipsets differ for CfW 2 vs CfW 2 Rose Gold or just the firmware?
    — Do your tests (yes, the alt-click trick) show AAC support for MacBook Pros or they can only use SBC, as does the Crossfade Wireless 1?
  15. showme99
    At long last, a Crossfade Wireless with Cliqfold hinges. My prayers have finally been answered! Thank you V-moda!
    henriks likes this.
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