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V Moda Crossfade LP vs. LP2 | BLOATED BASS?

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Before we jump headfirst into the V Moda Crossfade LP vs. LP2, grab a snack, sit back and relax because..

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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/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

Ratings/Price

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Specifications

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

Summary

The consensus among-st reviewers seem to be that you pay for style over substance with the Crossfade LPs. The packaging and presentation are 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 which 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 affects 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 clamping 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 well for people with small heads/ears. They also have a tendency to get hot and make your ears sweaty.
  • Bass overpowering/muddy.
  • The wiring may cause interference. In general, there are some wiring issues.
  • The clarity in the treble range is lacking, and the mid-range is unclear.
  • An issue with the 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 LPs 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, and overall the sound signature is incredibly detailed and articulate. For a headphone that prides itself on bass, this is an incredible accomplishment. Learn more about the M100 and why it’s so fantastic in my official:

V-MODA CROSSFADE M100 REVIEW!!


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

Questions? Comments? Requests? Did I miss the mark on something? Need a different recommendation? Please let me know down below or Contact me!!

Which of these tickles your pickle? What do you think about the M100? I would love to hear from you. Until next time..

All the best and God bless,

 

 

-Stu

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22 comments

Murshid k January 20, 2017 - 7:43 pm

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.

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Stu January 21, 2017 - 3:13 am

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

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Murshid k January 22, 2017 - 5:37 pm

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?

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Murshid k January 22, 2017 - 5:44 pm

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

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Stu January 22, 2017 - 11:08 pm

Don’t know much about the Urbanite XL. I gave my suggestion though. 🙂

Stu January 22, 2017 - 11:07 pm

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

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Murshid k January 22, 2017 - 5:39 pm

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.

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Stu January 22, 2017 - 11:07 pm

No problem. I replied with my suggestion. 🙂

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Murshid k January 22, 2017 - 6:00 pm

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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Stu January 22, 2017 - 11:09 pm

I gave my suggestion in the previous posts. The HD25 is what you’re after. 🙂

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Murshid k January 23, 2017 - 7:38 am

Thank you soooooo much. I am so pleased with the response. Actually I sent those replies all at the same time.. But you replied for each one of them.. That’s awesome. You really care about the doubts we have. Great and keep it up. All the best.

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Stu January 27, 2017 - 1:33 am

Not a problem man. When you’re passionate about this stuff it makes it easy to to interact with others. I only want the best gear so naturally I want the best for my readers as well.

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Murshid k January 23, 2017 - 7:42 am

HD 25 is on ear. I think its better to be over the ear. Now am going to take a look at AKG K550

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Stu January 27, 2017 - 1:34 am

True. The K550 is a good headphone as well.

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Murshid k January 23, 2017 - 10:51 am

How is beyerdynamic custom one pro plus or custom one?
Does this can produce bass of lp2 when i needed with that bass slider?

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Stu January 27, 2017 - 1:35 am

Unfortunately I don’t know much about the Custom One Pro or Custom One. Please remind me again which gear you want me to review and I will write them down.

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Mrdk January 28, 2017 - 7:19 pm

Review custom one pro plus and custom one pro from Beyerdynamic.

And I need a suggestion for my head phone. I need nice bass, mids and highs. All genres of music and movies. Only on mobile and laptop.

I don’t need a boring sound without the bass I think. Actually I am new to good headphones. I’m upgrading from Samsung earbuds.

Crossfade LP2, HD598cs, Beyerdynamic Custom one pro plus (it has a slider to increase and decrease volume) and any other for around 12000 Indian rupees.
One American dollar is around 70 Indian rupees now i think.

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Stu January 29, 2017 - 12:15 am

It’s important to keep in mind sound signatures. Good bass and highs will come at the expense of a sub-par mid-range usually. I still stand by the Sennheiser HD25. I understand you don’t like on-ear but no headphone will give you everything you want. There are some sacrifices to be made. The HD25 has a really exciting sound and the bass, mids, and treble all sound fantastic. It’s also in your price range (about $150 american). It also does well with all genres.

My second suggestion would be the Momentum.

The 598 isn’t going to be exciting. So eliminate that. The Crossfade 2 isn’t as good as the M100, so eliminate that. The M100 isn’t good for ALL genres, so eliminate that.

What you’re left with is:

1) HD25 (my suggestion)
2) Momentum 2.0 Over-Ear

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Mrdk January 30, 2017 - 5:21 pm

Thanks man… I appreciate the way you handled my questions. Thanks for the help.

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Stu February 1, 2017 - 12:21 am

No problem brother. If you ever need anything in the future just holler. Oh and let me know what you decide and how you like the new headphones (whichever ones they may be).

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Shakti February 1, 2017 - 7:56 pm

Hey Stu,

I too am considering the crossfade lp2. I primarily listen to hardstyle, gabber, psy trance,heavy metal (FFDP), Dubstep and then some Justin Bieber and the likes. Would the lp2 be a good bet in that case? My budget is around USD 150. Also I am looking for something with a mic and closed back for work and travel. Thanks for the help in advance!

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Stu February 3, 2017 - 11:19 pm

Shakti,

Yeah I would either go with the LP2 or if you can stretch your budget a little bit the M100 is an overall better headphone.

Let me know what you go with and your thoughts on the sound!

-Stu

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