V-MODA Crossfade LP headphones

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen me tweeting about it being a Christmas of audio bliss. I was testing out several headphones, one of them being the V-MODA Crossfade LP.

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Back in August 2010, I recommended the V-Moda Remix in-earphones which produced a fantastic sound for a range of musical tastes. I’m back with the V-Moda Crossfade LP, a set of over-ear headphones for those who prefer a more traditional method of personal listening

Musical tastes can be subjective and differ from person to person and I think that applies to personal audio as well. So to try and make this review as objective as I can, I’ve split the review into sections which focus on different areas that include a look at the style of the earphones and comfort.

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Functionality
The Crossfade LP comes with two sets of Kevlar reinforced audio cables – one which includes an in-line remote and microphone to work with your iPhone. I tested this with the iPhone 4 and found it to work well for controlling the basic phone features such as answering a call and activating the speech recognition system on iOS. The remote also gives you control over volume levels and play/pause of your music.

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Whilst having the volume controls on the mic is very handy, it would have been better if there was a way to skip tracks too. I found that when holding down the up or down volume buttons, it doesn’t continue to increase or decrease the volume – a missed opportunity to include track skipping without adding complexity or extra buttons.

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Comfort
V-Moda have gone for a unique look that gives the impression that it might be quite flimsy but is actually very strong. The metal frame which is described as ‘tank-like’ isn’t that far from the truth. When you pop the Crossfade LPs over your head, there’s a snug fit. The leather-lined cushions fit nicely around your ears giving a good seal to improve comfort and reduce ambient noise/sound leakage. The headband has a hard exterior but cushioned for a comfortable fit.

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At 280 grammes, it sits at a decent weight to improve listening longevity. Listening for over an hour at a time in my listening tests didn’t show any symptoms of discomfort.

Style
V-Moda’s headquarters is based in LaLa land so it’s no surprise to see a lot of thought has gone into the presentation of the Crossfade LP. The box comes with faux-leather carrying handle and button strap complete with pyramid ornaments. A small bit of red material which you need to cut keeps the box sealed. Pulling the flap open reveals a remarkable hard case moulded to these shape of headphones. The splits in the middle by zip to reveal a soft red lined material containing the headphones and two audio cables and a 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch adapter for devices taking the larger connectors (decks, receivers, etc).

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Audio quality
The Crossfade LP was put through its paces with a range of tracks ranging from hip-hop to classical instruments. One of the things you’ll find about these headphones is its ability to produce head-thumping bass. But the real test is in its ability to produce authentic highs and mid tones.

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Conclusion
The V-Moda Crossfade LP is an excellent all-rounder which despite being passively powered, is able to deliver plenty of volume and a rich, warm sound that will give your music and movie enjoyment a boost.

2011-01-23 Onwah Tsang

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