V-Moda Crossfade Wireless II

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V-Moda has a historical past of building exceptional-sounding headphones and the Crossfade Wireless II is not any exception. Whereas its styling (and lack of lively noise cancelling) is probably not for everyone, these are pretty sounding headphones. 

Like Apple’s Beats line of headphones, V-Moda manages to convey type and even higher sound than what Apple gives. While Beats are not a multitude of muddy bass, headphones like the Beats Solo3 Wireless still can’t stand as much as V-Moda relating to sound quality. That stated, in the event you’re on the lookout for a Beats various, the V-Moda Crossfade Wi-fi II must be on the prime of your listing: They’re built like a tank, sound great, and don’t take themselves too critically. 

When you gained’t discover trendy options like lively noise cancellation (ANC), the Crossfade Wi-fi II are nonetheless strong headphones that final long, look great, and supply fun sound.

So what’s the problem with them? Nicely, at $330 (£300, about AU$435) for the black and white fashions and $350 (£330, about AU$462) for the rose gold mannequin, the V-Moda Crossfade Wi-fi II aren’t the most effective value when the competitors in the same worth class supply longer battery life, better sound, and have even more options like ANC.

Design

V-Moda’s styling has all the time been polarizing and, as you'll be able to see, that’s not something that changed with this era of the Crossfade. The company’s signature hexagonal design returns, which suggests you’ll still be capable of order custom 3D-printed “shields” to add a bit of private flare to your headphones. 

Our tester model got here in a black-on-black colour scheme but you will get a matte white and rose gold on black model as properly. Apparently, the rose gold mannequin prices slightly more and is the one shade that gets Qualcomm’s aptX codec help, which gets you CD-quality audio. 

It’s irritating that V-Moda didn’t simply supply aptX help for every colour because the codec makes an enormous difference in sound quality.

Whereas the V-Moda Crossfade Wi-fi II look almost similar to the unique, they are often folded as much as be even more compact throughout transport. To that finish, V-Moda throws in a nice exhausting case to help shield the headphones when in your bag with dedicated tie-downs in your charging and three.5mm wired cables. 

The headphone’s controls are built-in into the proper earcup with quantity and playback buttons are situated on prime. There’s also a power and pairing slider, which includes a standing LED to let you realize when the headphones are on, in pairing mode, or must be charged.

Performance

As we stated earlier, the V-Moda Crossfade Wireless II are enjoyable sounding headphones with barely elevated bass response and impression. This makes the headphone sound warm and punchy, which is great for contemporary music. 

Some bass-heavy headphones just like the Sony MDR-XB950N1 compromise mids and highs with its ridiculously bass-heavy sound, and while the V-Moda likes its lows, it deftly avoids falling into this lure: Mids are nonetheless lush, making vocals a pleasure to take heed to. Even highs are nicely represented, though they're slightly rolled off and lack the resolution of audiophile headphones. 

Soundstage is sweet, offering a large sound for a headphone on this class. Instrument positioning is a bit obscure and sound stage peak isn’t the perfect however horizontal soundstage is sort of good. The Crossfade Wi-fi II even have good attack velocity (an attribute that describes how shortly the transducer starts and stops), which helps make music sound more thrilling.

It’s disappointing that V-Moda didn’t embrace aptX help in the black and white fashions of the Crossfade Wi-fi II - it's solely obtainable within the rose gold mannequin which prices slightly more. In an age the place aptX is the norm and aptX HD is the subsequent huge wireless audio codec, the V-Moda Crossfade Wi-fi II feel antiquated. 

Additionally they don’t function auto play/pause, ANC or an app to regulate superior digital signal processing and EQ like Sony’s flagship line of wireless headphones.

However it's not all dangerous, though. Battery life is sweet with a rated 14 hours of playback at average volume they usually supply multipoint Bluetooth. Our testing discovered this score to be spot on, getting us via two work days before needing a cost.

Verdict

The V-Moda Crossfade Wi-fi II are for individuals in search of trendy headphones that sound great. These sound higher than the Beats Solo3 and some might like its daring styling more than the ever present look of the Beats. Construct high quality additionally beats (pun meant) Apple’s line of headphones by bathing listeners with leather and metallic. 

Whereas we beloved the V-Moda Crossfade Wi-fi II’s enjoyable, punchy sound high quality, type and construct, we have been disillusioned by how antiquated the headphones felt towards the competitors in the identical class. For the across the similar cash, you will get one of the best ANC cash should buy with the Bose QuietComfort 35 II, that includes the Google Assistant. You can even get Sony’s wonderful WH-1000XM2 for barely extra money, which will get you higher sound quality, battery life, ANC, and a slew of other features. 

But when all you’re on the lookout for are a trendy pair of headphones that stand out from the gang, but in addition have a enjoyable sound signature, you’ll like the V-Moda Crossfade Wi-fi II. 

Correction: In our unique assessment we said that the V-Moda Crossfade Wi-fi II didn't have multipoint Bluetooth - which, as we've come to know, is wrong. The article has been updated to state that multipoint Bluetooth is obtainable on these headphones. We apologize for the error.

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