The V-MODA Crossfade M-100 are stylish and customizable headphones, with an above-average sound for critical listening. They have a durable build quality and a stable, comfortable fit. However, they feel slightly tight on your head and they struggle in loud environments. They don't block noise well and leak quite a bit at higher volumes.
- Good audio reproduction.
- Comfortable and stable fit.
- Sturdy and durable design.
- Poor noise isolation.
- Leaky at high volumes.
The V-MODA Crossfade M-100 are a stylish-looking pair of headphones with a unique and customizable design. They have a sturdy metal frame that's robust and flexible. They're comfortable and sufficiently stable to use while jogging. However, they're not the most suitable for sports since they're a bit bulky and have a poor control scheme. The padding on the headband is not the best and they can feel a little tight on the head during long listening sessions.
The Crossfade M-100 have an industrial yet modern aesthetic that looks good but will not work for everyone. They come in a variety of colors, and you can customize the back plate with a personal logo or insignia. These headphones will stick out in public with their eye-catching and unique design, which depending on your personal taste could be a good or a bad thing.
The V-Moda M-100 are comfortable headphones that are a bit tight on the head. The ear cups are large and will fit around most listeners ears. However, the cups are a little shallow, and the headband is a bit tight. Thanks to the decently cushioned ear cups the tension of these headphones is not too noticeable but might cause slight discomfort over long listening sessions.
The V-Moda M-100 have a mediocre control scheme. The standard audio cable that comes with the M-100 only has one button and a mic. The button provides call/music and track skipping but no volume controls. It's also a bit too rubberized, which doesn't deliver good tactile feedback. However, V-Moda offers more optional cables like a three-button mic cable, as well as the BoomPro mic dongle, and CoilPro coiled audio cable with in-line controls.
These headphones are quite stable. The tight headband and flat ear cups apply decent pressure around the ear and do not sway during exercise. The M-100 are not sports headphones, but their design is stable enough to use while running or jogging. However, they're still a little too bulky and cumbersome to use at the gym or while doing strenuous physical activity.
The M-100 are decently portable. They're mid-sized over-ear headphones that fold into a very compact format that will fit into smaller bags and purses. Unfortunately, they're too big to fit in larger jacket pockets so they will be a bit of a hassle to carry around on your person without a bag.
The V-Moda Crossfade M-100 have a good build quality. The headband has a lightweight, metal frame that feels sturdy, and flexible enough to handle a decent amount of physical stress. The ear cups are made of a dense plastic that won't easily break from a few falls. However, the customizable metal plate attached to the ear cups may get scratched through regular wear and tear. The cable that links the two ear cups is also somewhat exposed and could get damaged easier than the rest of the build.
The Crossfade M-100 deliver a good listening experience that is sufficiently well-balanced for most listeners. They create a competent soundstage despite their closed-back design. Instruments and vocals feel warm and are sufficiently forward in the mix, to not feel drowned out by the punchy bass. However, they lack a little of the rumbling low-end, that fans of bass-heavy music may be looking for, and some lead instruments lack a bit clarity because of the dip in the high-frequencies.
Decent Bass Range performance. Low-bass, which is responsible for thump and rumble is lacking a little bit. Bass is balanced for the most part, but high-bass is slightly elevated. This adds excess warmth and muddiness to the mix, but does not make up for the lacking low-bass.
Very good Mid Range performance. Although the response is rather bumpy, it's pretty flat for the most part. There seem to be a slight tilt towards high-mid, which could make vocals/leads sound forward.
Decent Treble Range performance. Low-treble is balanced for the most part, however, there is a 5dB dip from 5KHz to 8Khz which negatively affects the detail and presence of vocals/leads. The bump above 8KHz is wide and subtle enough to not make these headphones sound too harsh.
- 100% Avg. Std. Deviation
Average Soundstage. These headphones don't have a large or deep enough ear cups to active the pinna the way loudspeakers do. On the other hand, even though these headphones have a closed back, they seem to be a little more open sounding than most other closed-back headphones. The correlated crosstalk, is higher than most headphones we have measured, but not significant.
Average Imaging. Phase response is decent, although the amount of shift in the Bass Range is rather high. Additionally, the drivers of our test unit were quite well matched.
Very good distortion performance. Although the amount of harmonic distortion in the Bass Range is elevated, the rest of the response shows very little distortion, even under higher volumes.
These headphones are passively isolating. They don't block the noise of loud environments and won't be ideal for loud, busy commutes or noisy flights. They create a decent seal around the ear but let a lot of noise seep in and out of the ear cups. They will be audible at moderate to high volumes, which might be distracting to the people around you.
Poor isolation. These headphones don't have active noise cancellation, and perform as expected. The passive isolation starts to kick in at around 400Hz, and reaching its maximum at around 3KHz. However, the amount of isolation provided in the Mid range is quite poor, and the isolation achieved in the treble range is only decent.
Poor leakage. These headphones leak a bit more than most closed-back over-ear headphones. The significant portion of leakage is between 300Hz and 6KHz, which is rather broad. However, the overall level of leakage is low.
No active features.
No compatible app.
In the box
- V-MODA Crossfade M-100 Headphones
- Carrying case
- 1/4" to 1/8" Adapter
- Audio cable
- SharePlay™ Audio Cable
- USB cable