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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. 🙂
- Video Review
- Who this mic benefits?
- What you will need?
- Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
- Similarities & Differences
- Final Word
Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!
V Moda Crossfade LP
- 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.
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.
- Good noise isolation.
- Decent build. Heavy and solid.
- Detachable cable.
- Good packaging and appearance.
- 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.
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Who these headphones benefit?
- Extreme bass heads. Lol.
Don’t do well with:
- Guitar oriented music
- Pretty much anything that doesn’t have heaps of bass.
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.
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
- Both can be fitted with the XL pads, which does improve the comfort factor.
- Both are bass oriented.
- Both technically have identical specifications.
- 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.
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:
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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