The Crossfade M-100 is a headphone packed full of features, For the versatile audiophiles out there, that is complemented by a remarkably enduring design.
Let’s mention the good.
Typically V-Moda fashion, the headphones are built to last with a steel-reinforced headband and a robust metal frame. Dropping these bad boys would not cause any damage. Even, if you tried flattening the headband ten times, they will still return to their original shape.
The ear cushions are made from faux leather and covered with memory foam which is much needed to negate the somewhat strong clamping force. Over time this clamping force will soften to a more appropriate level, and we found reverse bending the headband will ease the pressure.
This product has many cool features as well. Each ear cups have a cable socket so you can also adjust the side of the connection to what works best for you. This cable also comes with an additional connection that calls SharePlay, so someone can listen in on what you are grooving to.
The closed-back design is very appealing and robust with the back of the ear cups looking almost ornamental with six screws holding a shield plate. And the color of these plates can also be customized as well as the shield design. It might be a bit bombastic to say, but these headphones are a personification of quality craftsmanship and durability.
This is an unbiased review, so we need to look at the cons as well.
Perhaps the biggest gripe about this product is that the sound is not wholly analytical. But what else could we expect? This is a headphone by V-Moda, and they are known to emphasize bass more than other sound elements. Overall these cans will sound great if you like a warm sound with a bit more emphasis on bass. If you are looking for color-free reproduction, then you will find what you are looking for further up this list.
These headphones are very well constructed and provide a fun listening experience even when compared to headphones in a similar price range. Every element performs solidly, making the Crossfade M-100 a strong choice for bass head or the versatile audiophile.
- Folds in for portability
- Extremely durable and high-quality design
- Cool SharePlay feature
- An interchangeable connection on the left or right ear cup
- Good noise isolation
- 50 mm driver for most influential bass
- Cable has inline remote and microphone
- Generous feature set considering the price
- Detachable cable
- Clamping force is a bit strong initially
- The sound is fun, but more analytical production is available in this price range