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V Moda Crossfade LP vs. LP2 | BLOATED BASS?

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V Moda Crossfade LP vs. LP2

V Moda Crossfade LP vs. LP2

What I will bring you in this review

I will outline the V Moda Crossfade LP, and then compare/contrast it with the Crossfade LP2 towards the end. 🙂

  1. Ratings/Best Price
  2. Specifications
  3. Summary
  4. Pros
  5. Cons
  6. Video Review
  7. Who this mic benefits?
  8. What you will need?
  9. Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
  10. Consensus/Conclusion
  11. Similarities & Differences
  12. Final Word

Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!

V Moda Crossfade LP

V Moda Crossfade LP

V Moda Crossfade LP

Ratings/Best Price

Amazon: 4.5/5 (Over 3,100 reviews) | Check eBay!

Specifications

  • Type: Closed Back
  • Fit: Circumaural
  • Impedance: 32 Ohm
  • Sensitivity: 105dB
  • Frequency Response: 5Hz – 30kHz
  • Material: Metal, Kevlar
  • Weight: 9.88 oz.

Summary

The consensus among-st reviewers seems to be that you pay for style over substance with the Crossfade LP’s. The packaging and presentation is nice, but the sound leaves much to be desired.

The majority of the 1 and 2 star reviews pointed to a muddy, overblown bass response that hinders the presentation of the mid-range and treble. The mids sort of get buried, or recessed as audiophiles like to call it. Stuff like guitars and vocals don’t come through very well, which unfortunately effects genres like Rock, Metal, and even Classical and Jazz. The best headphones for Jazz

Some other notable problems that many reviewers pointed out include the right and left sides going out, as well as some build quality issues down the road. They may feel pretty durable at first, but just know that they have a tendency to break down over time around where the headband meets the ear-cups, as well as an issue with those ear-cups peeling.

Pros

  • Good noise isolation.
  • Decent build. Heavy and solid.
  • Detachable cable.
  • Appearance.
  • Good packaging and appearance.

Cons

  • Left or right side may go out/they may stop working.
  • Comfort. The clamp force is really tight, and like the Sony MDR 7506’s, the ear-cup material starts peeling everywhere after about a year to a year and a half. The ear-cups are also kind of dainty, and will only work good for people with small heads/ears. They also have a tendency to get hot and make your ears sweaty.
  • Bass overpowering/muddy.
  • Wiring may cause interference. In general there are some wiring issues.
  • Clarity in the treble range is lacking, and the mid-range is unclear.
  • Issue with headband cracking.

Video Review

Amp/DAC requirements

Don’t even bother. How to choose a headphone amp!

Who these headphones benefit?

  • Techno
  • Funk
  • Rap
  • EDM
  • Extreme bass heads. Lol.

Don’t do well with:

  • Rock
  • Metal
  • Punk
  • Guitar oriented music
  • Pretty much anything that doesn’t have heaps of bass.
  • Pop

Thoughts from Stu’s notepad

  • Beware of counterfeit models coming from China. The build quality in general for some of these tends to be a lot worse.
  • They may start making noises at the prospect of any type of movement; i.e. turning your head, smiling, etc.
  • The headphones come with 2 detachable cables (red and black). One with mic and volume control, and the other without. Also comes with a 1/4″ adapter, exoskeleton case, and cleaning cloths.
  • The inline mic feature may only work with Apple Devices. For some reason, users on Android could only get one button to work (the middle play/pause). The volume adjustment buttons did nothing.
  • The sound isolation is a bit of a mixed bag. Some called it decent, others said it was downright terrible. You may be able to hear stuff going on outside of the headphones. Others will also be able to hear what you’re listening to, which is somewhat uncommon for a closed back model. Closed back vs. Open back headphones

Consensus/Conclusion

A muffled, muddy set of headphones with overpowering bass, a recessed mid-range, and lack of clarity in the treble. They are pretty well made, relatively durable, and come with nice packaging and presentation. So basically, a big box of deception. Lol.

Similarities & Differences

Similarities

  • Both can be fitted with the XL pads, which does improve the comfort factor.
  • Both are bass oriented.
  • Both technically have identical specifications.

Differences

  • The Crossfade LP’s are extremely bass heavy. The LP2’s are toned back significantly.
  • The LP2’s are cleaner, more refined, more balanced, and more detailed, while still being bass oriented.
  • The look of each is slightly different.

Final Word

In a nutshell: The V Moda Crossfade M100 > Crossfade LP2 > Crossfade LP

In this case, the increase in price for each of these respective models does mean an increase in quality. The LP2’s are more refined and balanced than the LP’s, and the M100’s are even better in that regard. So my advice would be to skip both of these offerings and go straight for the M100, which is the best solution to all of your hard hitting bass needs. It delivers the bass in a controlled but impactful way, unlike the LP. The M100’s bass is strong and extends deep while the treble range sparkles without becoming sibilant. What does sibilant mean? That said, if you’re interested in learning more about the LP2:

CHECK OUT MY V MODA M100 vs. LP2 COMPARISON!!


Well that’s about it for today my friend! I hope you’ve enjoyed this article on the V Moda Crossfade LP vs. LP2.

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10 Comments

  1. Which would you recommend? Audio Technica ATH WS770is, V-Moda Crossfade LP2 and LP, ATH M50x, ATH M40x, Sony MDR950bt, Skullcandy, or any other?

    I am looking for an over ear headphone.

    I will use it for movies, music of all genres. I like bass, but I need very clear mids and highs. I listen to EDM, metal, and some contemporary.

    • Hey Murshid!

      Well the LP2, LP, M50x, M40x are out as they have a V shaped signature with recessed mid-range. Don’t know much about the MDR950bt or WS770is. What is your price range? Are you looking for closed back or open back? Do you need sound isolation or would you like more clarity. Open back will leak sound so they are good in your home but aren’t very portable.
      -Stu

      • I am looking for closed back. I don’t need active noise cancelling because it increases the price. My budget is 10000 Indian rupees.. That will be somewhere around 100 dollars. The M50x is 10000 rupees now. The Crossfade LP2 is 12000 rupees in India. So something in that price range. The lower the price the better. I need to watch movies and listen to modern musics. All genres of music.. I think I like some bass for movies and also for music.

        Audio Technica ATH-WS770iS is a solid bass series headphone. Its closed back with some vents… There are no reviews for the WS770is. I really want a review for that. Please do a review on WS770is, if possible right now.

        Are you suggesting the LP2?

        • Do you have any other options? How is Sennheiser Urbanite XL? Does it have good bass?

        • Murshid,

          No I am not suggesting the LP2. You had said you needed clear mid-range and highs. The LP2 is a bass oriented headphone with the frequencies of mid-range being recessed in favor of treble and bass.

          For $100 or a bit more, closed back, all genres of music, and movies. Your headphone is probably the Sennheiser HD 25 or AKG K550. HD 25: Strong but not overpowering bass, great mid-range, great treble. Good for all genres, good for movies. Closed back, great instrument separation and detail. I have a pair. They are phenomenal. Unbreakable yet lightweight. Portable. Fun sound. Exciting. That’s what I’m suggesting today. Here’s my Sennheiser HD25 Review.

          -Stu

      • The MDR XB950 is an extra bass series headphone from Sony. It has too much bass with no clarity from the reviews I’ve read.

        Thanks for the reply. Sorry for the late reply. I thought when someone replies, a notification comes through email. Anyway, any help you can give would be much appreciated.

  2. I can’t afford expensive models. So please suggest within the budget. This budget is still much too expensive for me. If it breaks it will be a big loss for me. But I’ve still decided to stay around the $100 range. I am a person who loves tech stuff very much. I’ve always wanted to experience new cool and useful tech products, and have always dreamed about an event like CES, Mobile World Congress, etc. These items have become more expensive in India however.

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