V-MODA Crossfade M-100 review

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  • V-MODA Crossfade M-100

Specs / Features


Specification
Warranty (Months) 24 months
Release date
Size 11 x 17 cm (4.3 x 6.7 in)
Weight N/A

What's good

  • Clear, dynamic sound profile
  • Collapsible design
  • Two audio jacks for shared music listening

What's bad

  • Might be too large for petite heads
  • Noticeable ear fatigue after long term listening

The V-Moda Crossfade M-100 is unique in that it was crowdsourced using feedback from DJs, producers and the company's online community. This direct interaction with their target market shaped the sound and features available on these headphones.

The most notable addition is its ability to collapse the ear cups inside the headband for storage, made possible by patented solution called CliqFold Hinge. Experts mention that the new design allows for better portability though also mention that it is very easy to get your fingers trapped in the folding mechanism. It also now comes with two audio jacks, which allows users to attach their cable to either side and share music via another pair of headphones.

Design-wise, the M-100 features the diamond shaped ear cup plates, a steel frame and plastic ear cups. Reviewers were impressed with its overall durability noting that it was made to handle 6 foot drops and rough handling. In terms of comfort, while this model is lighter than its direct competitor, the Beats Studio, experts found it much more uncomfortable as the ear cups tend to graze against the ears, causing ear fatigue. What Hi Fi also mentions that, "While they grip your head confidently, those with petite head size may find them a bit too large…"

As with all headphones, sound quality is the number one consideration and experts are happy to find that the M-100 delivers on that front. As with its predecessors, it offers a bass heavy experience; however critics describe the actual sound quality as clean and detailed when comparing to previous iterations. Trusted Reviews states, "Even at high volumes, the bass is powerful but there's no sign of rattling or distortion." Besides listening to music, it also comes with a mic for answering phone calls.

In general, reviewers recommend the M-100 to users who want a little more bass in their listening experience. About.com audio expert says, "If you're a bass lover who also likes clear, dynamic sound profile that's warm and not muddy, you can't go wrong…" Gizmag adds, "Overall…these are a very capable pair of performance headphones."


Critic Reviews


9to5Toys

Great features, design and sound quality

from 9to5Toys

They feel like the can take a beating from anyone from a life of travel with their solid construction and carrying case, and can be adapted to fit new uses with the wide range of available cables. They sound great with a fun, full audio signature.

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They feel like the can take a beating from anyone from a life of travel with their solid construction and carrying case, and can be adapted to fit new uses with the wide range of available cables. They sound great with a fun, full audio signature.

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TechHive

A rich-sounding masterpiece

from TechHive

For $250, the Crossfade M-100 Master now rank among my favorite headphones in both build quality and sound at this price point. If you’ve never warmed up to the sound of previous generation of V-Moda headphones, you need to give these a listen. And if you’re looking at headphones at the $300...More

For $250, the Crossfade M-100 Master now rank among my favorite headphones in both build quality and sound at this price point. If you’ve never warmed up to the sound of previous generation of V-Moda headphones, you need to give these a listen. And if you’re looking at headphones at the $300 price point, put the Crossfade M-100 Master on your very short list to audition. They are fantastic.

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Sound Guys

Excellent sound, premium build, and a travel-friendly design

from Sound Guys

The V-Moda M-100 Master is a compelling pair of headphones. Its $250 price hits the sweet spot for premium cans and durability is leagues ahead of the competition. If you want a pair of headphones to withstand the test of time and daily use, the Master is worth it with few drawbacks.

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The V-Moda M-100 Master is a compelling pair of headphones. Its $250 price hits the sweet spot for premium cans and durability is leagues ahead of the competition. If you want a pair of headphones to withstand the test of time and daily use, the Master is worth it with few drawbacks.

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BassHeadSpeakers

Incredibly versatile headphones

BassHeadSpeakers

The V-MODA Crossfade M-100s are high quality headphones you can get on a budget that delivers superb sound quality with a level of clarity and detail in a class of its own. They are capable of producing crisp highs, detailed midranges and very deep bass with plenty of depth and impact.

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The V-MODA Crossfade M-100s are high quality headphones you can get on a budget that delivers superb sound quality with a level of clarity and detail in a class of its own. They are capable of producing crisp highs, detailed midranges and very deep bass with plenty of depth and impact.

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About

Looks good and sounds even better

from About

The M-100 especially shines when used with genres such as hip hop, dance and electronic. In terms of fit, the ear padding is nice and soft and helps minimize leakage while adding a little bit of passive noise reduction.

As far as downsides, the biggest one would be cost. With a suggested retail price of $310, the M-100 certainly doesn’t come cheap and is right smack within the higher end of consumer headphones....

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The M-100 especially shines when used with genres such as hip hop, dance and electronic. In terms of fit, the ear padding is nice and soft and helps minimize leakage while adding a little bit of passive noise reduction.

As far as downsides, the biggest one would be cost. With a suggested retail price of $310, the M-100 certainly doesn’t come cheap and is right smack within the higher end of consumer headphones.

For folks who prefer a DJ-style headphone or a healthy amount of low end with their music, however, the M-100 is just what the doctor ordered. If you’re a bass lover who also likes a clear, dynamic sound profile that’s warm and not muddy, you can’t go wrong with the V-Moda Crossfade M-100.

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What Hi-Fi

Stylish enough to make an impact, but could still use some improvement

from What Hi-Fi

Bling them up with shiny metal plates in every colour or engrave them to your heart’s content – these V-Moda over-ears offer an alarming array of customisation.

They’re clearly meant to be flaunted in public, so it’s a good thing the M-100s fit the bill for portable use with their compact, snug frame....

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Bling them up with shiny metal plates in every colour or engrave them to your heart’s content – these V-Moda over-ears offer an alarming array of customisation.

They’re clearly meant to be flaunted in public, so it’s a good thing the M-100s fit the bill for portable use with their compact, snug frame.

A collapsible design makes them easy to lug around – just be careful you don’t get your finger trapped in the folding mechanism.

The V-Modas hit all notes a little harder than is necessary.

This ballsy approach just about works with heavy metal, but doesn’t bode well for classical or vocal-led songs that need a gentler touch. 

Detail and refinement are needed to truly compete with class rivals. Determined to make an impact, these style-conscious cans are made to be seen more than heard.

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TrustedReviews

Has a unique manner of catching your attention

from TrustedReviews

At £270, the M-100s are not cheap and sit in the same price bracket as the Logitech UE 9000 and the Denon AH-D600. When you put them on and plug in your music, it doesn’t take very long to realise the M100s are worth the money.

The V Moda Crossfade M-100 headphones are a massive step in the right direction for V-Moda. They sound amazing and have the kind of understated good looks that make them different from anything else out there. It’s the little extras that help make the M-100s some of the best over ear headphones to buy....

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At £270, the M-100s are not cheap and sit in the same price bracket as the Logitech UE 9000 and the Denon AH-D600. When you put them on and plug in your music, it doesn’t take very long to realise the M100s are worth the money.

The V Moda Crossfade M-100 headphones are a massive step in the right direction for V-Moda. They sound amazing and have the kind of understated good looks that make them different from anything else out there. It’s the little extras that help make the M-100s some of the best over ear headphones to buy.

The V Moda Crossfade M-100 headphones are a massive step in the right direction for V-Moda. They sound amazing and have the kind of understated good looks that make them different from anything else out there. It’s the little extras that help make the M-100s some of the best over ear headphones to buy.
Read more at http://www.trustedreviews.com/v-moda-crossfade-m-100_Headphones_review#Ptp8UyGFcJsXBpJb.99 The V Moda Crossfade M-100 headphones are a massive step in the right direction for V-Moda. They sound amazing and have the kind of understated good looks that make them different from anything else out there. It’s the little extras that help make the M-100s some of the best over ear headphones to buy.
Read more at http://www.trustedreviews.com/v-moda-crossfade-m-100_Headphones_review#Ptp8UyGFcJsXBpJb.99 The V Moda Crossfade M-100 headphones are a massive step in the right direction for V-Moda. They sound amazing and have the kind of understated good looks that make them different from anything else out there. It’s the little extras that help make the M-100s some of the best over ear headphones to buy.
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The Gadgeteer

A crowd-sourced wonder that still retains a bit of originality

from The Gadgeteer

The Crossfade M-100 is a crowd-sourced headphone. Crowd-sourced simply means that different people (mostly audiophiles) had a direct hand in how the M-100’s sound was developed.

Even though the M-100 is the culmination of many opinions, V-MODA still managed to keep what was unique about their previous headphones and improve on the rest....

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The Crossfade M-100 is a crowd-sourced headphone. Crowd-sourced simply means that different people (mostly audiophiles) had a direct hand in how the M-100’s sound was developed.

Even though the M-100 is the culmination of many opinions, V-MODA still managed to keep what was unique about their previous headphones and improve on the rest.

The V-MODA M-100 is a rare audiophile, yet truly mobile, headphone. Its small-when-folded footprint, ease of use and tough construction put it in a class of one. At slightly over $300, the M-100 is not an impulse buy and is probably a bit much for daily commuting use. But for the frequent traveler who demands the best in sound with portability or even that desk-bound office worker, there may not be a better choice.

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Gizmag

Simply the best pair of V-Moda headphones available for the money

from Gizmag

The Crossfade M-100s were developed in collaboration with over 200 audiophiles, editors, artists, DJs and Grammy-winning musicians ... and it shows.

Unlike some other audiophile-pleasing headphones I could mention, the Crossfade M-100 over-the-ear (circumaural) cans won't make you look like you're trying out for the role of Princess Leia in a Star Wars remake. That said, to be honest, the overall styling is perhaps a little more high fashion than I would normally accommodate, but it's the performance that really matters....

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The Crossfade M-100s were developed in collaboration with over 200 audiophiles, editors, artists, DJs and Grammy-winning musicians ... and it shows.

Unlike some other audiophile-pleasing headphones I could mention, the Crossfade M-100 over-the-ear (circumaural) cans won't make you look like you're trying out for the role of Princess Leia in a Star Wars remake. That said, to be honest, the overall styling is perhaps a little more high fashion than I would normally accommodate, but it's the performance that really matters.

Overall, these are a very capable pair of performance headphones. The soundstage is huge, the detail and clarity stunning, and the rich Modern Audiophile signature impressive.

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Digital Trends

Has a little bit of something for everyone

from Digital Trends

V-Moda’s flagship headset, the M-100, has been making waves for more than just good looks. Offered at $300, the headset has garnished praise around the industry for its sound as well as its style.

Though the M-100 are solidly constructed, the headphones are relatively light on the head. We found the slim pad on the headband more than ample for extended listening, while the over-ear pads clamp firmly to the head without overbearing pressure, providing a very comfortable fit....

More

V-Moda’s flagship headset, the M-100, has been making waves for more than just good looks. Offered at $300, the headset has garnished praise around the industry for its sound as well as its style.

Though the M-100 are solidly constructed, the headphones are relatively light on the head. We found the slim pad on the headband more than ample for extended listening, while the over-ear pads clamp firmly to the head without overbearing pressure, providing a very comfortable fit.

Though $300 is on the high side for a consumer headset, the V-Moda M-100 deliver the rich blend of power, detail, and dimension that we have come to expect from a headphone in its price range. What’s more, the M-100’s handsome, portable design make them not only convenient, but a real joy to take along for the ride. If you’re the kind of person who likes to keep elite sound in tow wherever you go, the M-100 are an outstanding choice; and if you aren’t, a little time spent with the M-100 might just change your mind.

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