V-MODA debuted a new line of wireless over-the-ear headphones at CES this week, and audiophiles should definitely keep the new line on their radar. The new headsets include the Crossfade 2, which offer several key-upgrades over V-MODA’s original Crossfade M-100 series. The new line offers improved sound quality, and ship with Hi-Res Audio certification. The Crossfade 2 also offer larger cushions, new colors to choose from, a longer battery life, and the popular CliqFold design.
“V-MODA’s Crossfade headphones are the epitome of versatility,” says Val Kolton, CEO of V-MODA. “Once people own a truly great set of our headphones, they use them constantly in various use cases. And whether you are critically listening, producing music, DJing, gaming, watching movies or even working out, Crossfade 2 Wireless delivers on every level. How you connect them is irrelevant – you will love what you hear.”
At the heart of the Crossfade 2 is the new dual-diaphragm 50mm driver, using a high-resolution CCAW coil that is made in Japan. The new device is certified by Japan Audio Society (JAS) to the Hi-Res Audio standard in wired mode, but also offers a wireless mode for whenever you need it. With an extended frequency range from 5Hz to 40kHz, you can now connect to a lossless music service or 24bit/96kHz playback sources and experience an increased dynamic range.
Crossfade 2 Wireless is also designed to be portable, thanks to the patent-pending CliqFold design that folds down to fit into the deceptively small travel case. With newly added vents (called the V-PORT) air can circulate within the headphones to keep things cool while listening to a live performance or during a workout. The traveling case also has room to store charging and audio cables along with other extras like USB drives and earplugs.
The new memory foam features enhanced comfort and size. Hundreds of prototypes with small variances were tested by V-MODA’s CEO for over three months to perfect every fine detail of the cushions, as “the fit is the sound.”
The concealed microphone is optimized for phone calls and voice recognition, which is made easier still with the inclusion of a rugged Kevlar-reinforced SpeakEasy cable for wired use.
Crossfade 2 Wireless are designed with a combination of steel and metal materials, you’ll also find improved vegan leather that meets military-standard MIL-STD-810G testing guidelines. The cables are tested and reinforced to bend over 1 million times, which is up to 100x the industry standard.
You can find the fan-favorite color Matte Black (unavailable on the first version) in the new line, but the company also introduced two colors: Matte White and Rose Gold. (We are partial to the Matte White if we are being honest). The Crossfade 2 Wireless is compatible with V-MODA’s popular accessory ecosystem, which includes 3D-printed shields; laser-engraved aluminum shields; BoomPro Mic for gamers, calls and broadcasters; XL cushions; CoilPro cable; 1/3-button Speakeasy cables; VAMP DAC/AMP; and the newly released REMIX headphone amplifier + Bluetooth speaker.
We mentioned earlier that the batter life was improved as well, the rechargeable lithium-ion battery is 15% bigger than the previous version and provides up to 14+ hours of continuous music, entertainment and calls. But unlike most Bluetooth headphones, you can carry on listening with the same sound even when the battery is dead. Plugging in the supplied cable instantly switches the headphones to pure analog mode, which deactivates all onboard electronics for situations where zero latency is important. Once near a power socket, use the included V-Micro USB cable to fully recharge in around two and a half hours.
Crossfade 2 Wireless is now available in three colors optimized for personalization: Matte Black ($330), Matte White ($330) and Rose Gold featuring Qualcomm aptX ($350) at V-MODA.com/Crossfade-2-Wireless and on sites like Amazon.com.