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V-MODA CROSSFADE WIRELESS: Exclusive Preview, Videos, Discussion/Feedback, Reviews, Pics, etc.

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  1. valkolton Contributor
    INTRODUCING:: CROSSFADE WIRELESS - the versatile wireless headphone the Head-Fi community (+everybody) can use every day for any situation.
    “I feel it is the best sounding and most versatile Bluetooth headphone I’ve ever tried… You be the judge” -VK
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    To celebrate the crowdsourcing of the Crossfade M-100 on the forums, we are selling the VERY FIRST Crossfade Wireless units off the assembly line exclusively to the Head-Fi community.
    The public will not know about Crossfade Wireless for ~2 weeks, these special units will ship ~3 weeks.
    Until September 8th, with the purchase of a Crossfade Wireless, you will receive a voucher code by e-mail for $150 to be used on any 3D over-ear shield kit.  
    This is exactly the cost of a pair of 3D Printed Steel over-ear shields, which you ABSOLUTELY have to feel and see to believe the future of personaliz3D technology…
    It has a distinctive “damascus effect” that showcases the additive manufacturing technology.  However, you could also use this credit to upgrade to raw brass, raw bronze, 14k Gold-plated, precious metals or even buy multiple 3D Printed fiber shield kits to mix & match.
    Exclusive Pre-sale Offer Now @ V-MODA.com/VTF-WIRELESS
    PRICE $300 (Includes $150 3D Shield Voucher) 
    Crossfade Wireless Features
    •      Refined Crossfade M-100 Sound (Winner of 16+ Editors' Choice Awards)
    •      50mm Dual-Diaphragm M-100 Drivers (patent pending)
    •      Virtually identical sound in wired/wireless mode (no artificial EQ or processing)
    •      No batteries required in wired analog mode (switch inside jack turns off all electronics instantly when plug inserted)
    •      Up to 12 hours in wireless mode (unlimited in wired)
    •      2 sources paired at the same time (smartphone + laptop, smartphone + smartwatch, etc.)
    •      Tested running 1000km+ with smart watches (Apple + Android Wear)
    •      Gunmetal Black, White Silver, Rouge, Phantom Chrome Colors
    •      3D Shield/2D Laser Aluminum Shield Compatible (Same as LP, LP2, Crossfade M-100)
    •      Compatible with XL Cushions, BoomPro, 3-Button Apple MFI SpeakEasy Cable, SharePlay Cable, 
    What’s in the box?
    •      Crossfade Wireless crafted by passion
    •      Exoskeleton case
    •      SpeakEasy™ Universal 1-Button Mic Cable
    •      Elegant “V-MicroUSB” Cable
    Stay tuned for Jude's Interview Video we filmed in Rome @ the Forums, AnakChan’s review including the sound. I’ll post more information up soon about the history of making this product and all the inside details.
    Exclusive Pre-sale Offer Now @ V-MODA.com/VTF-WIRELESS
    PRICE $300 (Includes $150 3D Shield Voucher) 
    60-DAY TEST DRIVE GUARANTEE* (25% restocking fee if 3D shield offer redeemed)

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  2. jude Administrator
    NOTE:  If you can't see the embedded video above, please CLICK HERE to see the video.
    In the latest episode of Head-Fi TV, we travel to Rome with Jude and his travel companion V-MODA CEO and Founder, Val Kolton, for the announcement of V-MODA's latest headphone, the V-MODA Crossfade Wireless -- V-MODA's first Bluetooth headphone. Be sure to watch this episode and learn all of the details about the newest addition to V-MODA's Crossfade lineup.

    Products mentioned in the video:

    1. V-MODA Crossfade Wireless over-ear Bluetooth headphone
    2. V-MODA XS on-ear headphone
    3. V-MODA M-80 on-ear headphone
    4. V-MODA M-100 over-ear headphone
    5. V-MODA LP2 over-ear headphone
    6. V-MODA LP over-ear headphone
    7. V-MODA Shield Kits
    8. V-MODA BoomPro microphone


    V-MODA Crossfade Wireless - Head-Fi TV produced by Joseph Cwik and Jude Mansilla


    We will occasionally post Q&A episodes of Head-Fi TV.  If you want to submit any questions (or comments), you can do so via email to tv@head-fi.org.

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  3. AnakChan Moderator
    Thanks to Val, I’ve had the opportunity to use the V-Moda Crossfade Wireless for the past month, almost everyday whilst commuting to the office and just around Tokyo. I couldn’t imagine myself enjoying a pair of wireless headphones but I’ve very quickly grown to a liking of these V-Moda Crossfade Wireless headphones.
    The convenience of wireless, I believe, is well understood already…no dangly cables that can get caught on door handles, chair arm rests, or on satchel clips, etc. especially when on the move. But the convenience comes as a cost and for audio enthusiasts, it’s often sound quality.
    V-Moda has spent quite an effort of to making the wireless sound the same as it is wired. In my comparisons I’ve found it to differentiate myself. In fact I’ve not been able to. Bear in mind that when the wireless is used wired, the internal DSP is disabled and it’s the external DAP/DAC/Amp driving the headphones.
    Comparing the V-Moda Crossfade Wireless against my trusty old M-100, I feel the the wireless has an overall has a greater sense of clarity. There’s also a slightly more sparkle & air to the trebles however without sounding digital. The mids do sound a little thinner than the M-100 but not by much. The V-Moda signature bass is still unmistakable. The headphones still rumble however it does feel somewhat more tighter whilst my M-100 has a “woolier” bass by comparison. Overall tonal signature feels euphonic - you know you’re listening to a headphone belonging to the V-Moda family.
    The soundstage is very similar to the M-100 but the M-100 does seem to have a slightly greater depth imaging. The beauty of the overall sound signature of  the Wireless is that it sounds very natural and euphonic and to me indistinguishable from it being wired. And it retains the V-Moda house sound.
    I’ve really been enjoying the wireless since I feel I’m not really sacrificing any of the V-Moda SQ I’m familiar with but benefit from the freedom of wireless. It has been extremely convenient when I’m on the move taking public transport, or just walking around Tokyo.
    Even my wife loves the V-Moda Crossfade Wireless and has recently taken ownership of it from me! Aside from using it outside on her grocery runs, etc. she finds it convenient when she’s doing household chores but as important sound quality isn’t sacrificed and in her own words, “Great sound quality”.
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  4. twister6 Contributor
    Great news Val!
    Should we assume BT4.1 (standard latency, not the latest low latency) with apt-X codec support?
    Will be curious to test and to compare to the latest Momentum 2 wireless, P5 Wireless, and Stance S1+
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  5. henriks
    Maybe we could pick it up at CanJamUK..
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  7. ccluk
    Great News!  Wireless V-moda finally! 
  8. shove13
    Just ordered mine! Thanks Val!
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  10. valkolton Contributor
    I was prepared for that ;>
    Friends, forums, countrymen, modern audiophiles… lend me your ears. Finally, you can cut loose from cables OR go analog with your beloved AMP/DAC in the same headphone.
    I eat my words now, here is why… I used to say I would never make wireless headphones. Steve Guttenberg (Audiophiliac from CNET) and I used to share the same nightmares - that people are buying and listening to over-processed headphones that they will just throw in their junk drawer eventually when they switch back to wired.  Extra DAC + processing + artificial EQ is the arch-nemesis of the V-MODA analog blood.
    Would I use it every day over wired?
    We would not release a wireless headphone until they weren’t just a NOVELTY but more USEFUL in our M-class team's every day listening. I refused to release a product until I would use it everyday and never look back. You see, I have experimented and made Bluetooth headphone prototypes for almost 10 years and I always went back to wired for some reason or another. My old desk is full of old V-MODA Bluetooth products that never made the cut (pun intended). 
    I would not release a Bluetooth headphone until I preferred it over my beloved wired Crossfade M-100 in my daily life as a globetrotting businessman, modern audiophile, producer and as a DJ at heart.  
    To release and love a Bluetooth headphone and vanquish my “anti-bluetooth” snobbery I had to achieve the following milestones…  
    1. Refined Crossfade M-100 sound, winner of 16+ Editors’ Choice awards both in wireless and analog wired mode 
    2. Virtually identical sound both wired and wireless  (without batteries) via analog tuning of airflow mechanics and ergonomics
    3. L/R Balanced sound in wired analog mode due to the fact the air flow mechanics and volume varies as one side has a battery and the has the electronics
    4. Keep the durability and quality that has made the Crossfade series a workhorse of the pro industry
    5. Keep the metal while not losing reception (people originally said I’d have to ditch the steel frame, arms and metal shields on wireless headphones) 
    6. Not have to charge yet another device (many BT headphones require a battery EVEN in wired mode)
    7. Trust the EQ in the Bluetooth mode is not over-processing and unnaturally altering the sound curve (more on that later)
    8. Keep the same shape, size and minimalism of Crossfade
    9. Real buttons for tactile feedback
    10. Friendly MMI (man machine interface) and easy pairing switch
    11. Strong enough battery life while keeping the 50mm Dual-Diaphragm drivers with a size increase 
    12. Smartwatch Bluetooth audio compatible  - I ran 1000+ km with smartwatches – Apple in all materials except gold, and Android wear watches (Asus Zenwatch, Moto 360, LG)  
    13. Compatible with 3D metal shields in various alloys to minimize reception loss (tested up to platinum!)
    14. Compatible with most of the V-MODA accessory ecosystem (including XL cushions, BoomPro, 3-Button Apple SpeakEasy Cable, etc.)
    I spent months at the factory the last few years tweaking every small little detail to overcome the above mentioned obstacles and many more. I even started to learn how to program the ADK (audio development kit) software that programs the flash ROM of the CSR chipset when I got upset at how slow it was coming along (I started out as a C+, C# programmer after all).
    I promise, this is the wireless headphone that modern audiophiles like me can trust to replace your wired headphones for every day use.  And you can use it wired, as I often do…
    Smartwatch Revelation - Mo, Lo Tech!
    In fact, we found that cutting the cable even resulted in using the Crossfade wireless in more use cases than in-ears or normal.  Running with a Smart Watch is my #1 use, traveling, working out (ellipticals <> friends to cables), snowboarding, to name a few.  The Crossfade series was originally made for rigorous travel and abuse by pros, so it can easily be your workout companion just as easily and we back up our quality with the 50% off immortal life program.
    When you walk or run outside, wearing 3D Printed, custom, wireless headphones and a smartwatch, you’ll feel like you are in the future. You can finally listen to music without notifications or the temptations to take a picture. You can go to the gym, run, or take a stroll and feel free… While basking in the glory of knowing you are living in the future that is now. 
    Try it… the freedom from technology and notifications is ironically one of the reasons that we ultimately spent the effort to release this product.
    Now here it is... and must confess, I use it every day now and in more places than ever.

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  11. AustinValentine
    IMO get one of these to Tyll for measurement & review ASAP. Given the sonic differences across the V-Moda product line between the M-80/XS, LP and M-100, measurements and explication would be valuable for helping potential buyers know the general flavor of the headphone ahead of a purchase. 
    An improved M-100 with V-Moda's signature comfort, build quality & fit combined with wireless convenience would make them a no-brainer day-to-day use purchase for quite a few people. 
  12. shove13
    You're staying current with the times Val, what every good business does... I'm sure you would never let them out if they were anything but great
  13. valkolton Contributor
    Exactly, besides our customers were demanding it! I think we have made the best yet, especially AND at a lower price than most so that you can add accessories or upgrade later.
  14. roma101
    Hats off again Val. I'm so excited as I've been flirting with the idea of getting a wireless headphone for a while now (there is a certain freedom to no wires but I've been wary of some of the options out there -- either SQ suffers, or too expensive, or has technical problems or all three). A more refined, wireless M-100 is no-brainer indeed and I know how great V-MODA is with the testing of their products so no doubt these are built to last. It's awesome that you are keeping the same price-point as the M-100 too. Can't wait hear them.
  15. jincuteguy
    So this is the exact M100, but wireless? 
    Also, when Vmoda will be shipping these?
    Also, they took out the "hinge" from the original M100?
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