When it comes to making headphones the Milan-based V-MODA has acquired over 20 Editor’s choice awards so they know a little bit what goes into making a quality head piece. This hold true for the Crossfade M-100s as they deliver a rich blend of power, detail, and dimension and are stylishly crafted and built to last.
The M-100s have been designed crowdsourced by the collective brain trust of audiophiles, editors, producers, and DJs making them one of the more versatile headphones on the market. While they are a bit pricey retailing at around $300,
when you put them on and plug in your music, it doesn’t take very long to realize that you are getting a lot of bang for your bucks. The M-100’s sharp angles and diamond-shaped ear cups give them a dynamic appearance that is at once elegant and rugged (I know because I dropped them a few times and they were none worse for the wear). The ‘V’ shape, which is boldly outlined on the case, is also applied subtly to the durable steelflex headband, forming sharp diagonal lines at the end points. Extending from each point are metallic arms from which the ear cups swivel on the horizontal access, and also collapse inward on a hinge, allowing the headset to fold into its nimble travel mode. The headband is sheathed in a leather cover, with a mesh pad lining the underbelly. They are quite stylish and people will know that you spent quite a bit of cash on them just by looking at them. The M-100s are also the first headphones in the V-Moda range to feature ear cups that collapse inside of the headband shrinking them to the size of the palm of your hand.
But how do they sound you ask? In a word, fantastic. While the bass is not quite as thumping as it is if you were listening through a pair of Dre Beats, the M-100 boast a clean, bassy sound. They are powered by a 50mm dual diaphragm driver and with a frequency response of 5 – 30 kHz, the M-100s are no slouch in the bass department.
Even at high volumes, the bass is powerful but there’s no sign of rattling or distortion. Vocals sound warm and the soundstage for live performances is impressively rich in clarity. The M-100s are also capable of passive noise isolation but you’d have to turn up the volume to about 75% to drown out any exterior noises. The BoomPro microphone which is sold seperately ($30) instantly transforms the M-100 into the ideal headset for gamers or broadcast professionals and they plug right into the PS4 Dual Shock controller without the need for an adapter. Unfortunately though an adpator would be required to use them if you have an X-Box One, 360 or PS3.
BMR Final Verdict
While $300 dollars is a lot to throw down for a pair of headphones the Crossfade M-100 are worth it if you have that kind of money to spend. They have subperb sound and have the kind of stylish good looks that make them stand out appeasing audiophiles and gamers alike. – written by DJRhude (@DJRhude)
BMR Rating: 9.0