Review: V-MODA Crossfade LP2 Noise-Isolating Headphones
Headphones have grown tremendously in popularity over the last few years, and there are now quite a few major brands offering high quality products. The V-MODA Crossfade LP2 headphones lie at the higher-end of the headphone spectrum, aimed not only at amateur audiophiles but professional DJs and production workers too. Finding itself in competition with popular choices like the BEATS Pro from Dr. Dre and the SMS Sync from 50 Cent the Crossfade LP2 has its work cut out. So, how does it stand up? Letâ€™s find out. Key Specs For The V-MODA Crossfade LP2 RRP: $199.99 Year Of Release: 2011 Battery Powered? No Wireless? No Noise Canceling? Yes Weight: 1.8 lbs V-MODA Crossfade LP2: The Pros Sound Quality: The most important thing about any audio equipment is, naturally, the sound quality produced. Quality can vary enormously even among top-end products. This is made more complicated by the various aspects of sound quality â€“ bass, mid and treble. Some products deliver very well on one or two of these but not the third, and in many cases one product will outdo another on one of these, but fall short of its competitor on another. All this can make choosing a pair of headphones very difficult. However, there are headphones with all-round great performance. These are one of them. The sound really is amazing on these. Everything is so clear and rich. If youâ€™ve never used a high-end pair of headphones for music before, then youâ€™ll pick up on all kinds of things that you simply never knew were there. While the Crossfade LP2s have excellent performance in general, itâ€™s possible to identify where it is strongest and weakest. Bass is clearly the forte of this product, no doubt thanks to the 500mm dual-diaphragm drivers that sit at the heart of these headphones. This is closely followed by the quality of the mid-tones, which are still astonishing. Treble is the weakest element, but certainly doesnâ€™t underperform when compared to most rivals. As well as this, there is relatively little leaking on these earphones. This maintains the high quality sound experience that you expect when paying prices like these. In addition, the noise-isolation works very well on these headphones, keeping external sound out of the listening experience most of the time. Durability: The marketing for the Crossfade LP2s makes some pretty bold claims about their durability, but when you get your hands on these headphones youâ€™ll have no doubts that the claims are genuine. Firstly, they are constructed almost entirely from metal. Not only does this feel much more resilient that cheaper plastic sets, but also gives a greater impression of quality. The cables on these headphones easily match the robust build of the rest of the product. They are Kevlar-lined, which gives them 1 million+ bends before any chance of failure might occur. This is a truly astonishing number, and means professionals can rest assured that even with heavy use these will keep on going. The LP2s have been tested to all kinds of durability standards. Theyâ€™ll last you a long, long time even if you put them through the ringer, with resistance for 70+ drops from 6 ft. Even though theyâ€™re expensive, you really donâ€™t need to worry about carrying these around with you. Comfort: In addition to being durable, these headphones will certainly meet most usersâ€™ comfort needs. Firstly, the metal headband is very flexible, and doesnâ€™t clamp too tight around the head. This makes long-duration usage as easy as possible. Even better, the cushioning uses memory phone to mould around the sides of your head in the optimal way. Design: The design of these is much more understated than its most popular rivals. The Crossfade LP2s do away with the glitz and glam that other headphones exhibit in favor of a precision performance vibe. This is suggestive of superior quality, and the minimal branding (which is barely visible anywhere on the product) adds to the professional impression that these give. With a matte-black finish on material that looks high-grade (and actually is high grade), plus the unique hexagonal earpieces, these are really stylish headphones that wonâ€™t look out of place whether youâ€™re in your casual weekend clothing or are fully suited up for a business conference. Casing: Although itâ€™s not something we often think about when buying headphones, the casing can be pretty important. Itâ€™s what lets you keep your headphones safe while traveling with them. Many headphones come with nothing more than a cloth bag to put them inside when theyâ€™re not in use. However, some come with more robust cases. The Crossfade LP2s probably have the most robust casing of any headphones. The material is really tough and rigid, and fits snugly around the earphones in a vacuum mould kind of way. With space for all the essentials inside, you can easily take these headphones anywhere you go. And probably the best thing is that it fits so well to the headphones themselves that it actually takes up very little extra room. This makes it much easier to carry around â€“ whether in your backpack or your suitcase â€“ as itâ€™s a real space-saver. Warranty: Sometimes a warranty is more than a warranty â€“ it can also be a statement of the quality of a product and the manufacturerâ€™s faith in the product. The Crossfade LP2 has a 2-year warranty. Thatâ€™s a whole year longer than most rivals and demonstrates that V-MODA have faith in the durability of their product. Customizable: If you like to make things your own then youâ€™ll probably want some customizability in your product. These headphones comes with two different sets of metal shields for the outside of the earpieces â€“ one matte black and one gunmetal grey. While these donâ€™t offer a great deal of variety it is possible to buy other colors from the manufacturer. In addition, and perhaps most excitingly, itâ€™s possible to have the shields engraved with designs or names really lending your earphones that personal feel. Battery-Free: Some headphones are battery-dependent. These are usually wireless models, or those that feature noise-cancellation technology. However, the Crossfade LP2s donâ€™t need any additional battery power. They get everything they need direct from the device that they are connected to. V-MODA Crossfade LP2: The Cons Earpiece Size: While in general the Crossfade LP2s are comfortable to wear, you might find you have a problem if you have large ears. As the earpieces arenâ€™t all that big, those with larger ears may find that the cushion presses directly onto the earlobe. For extended use, this may become uncomfortable, and for this reason youâ€™d be advised to try out a demo pair in a local store before buying these. If your ears arenâ€™t particularly large though, you wonâ€™t need to worry. Noise Isolation: Although the noise isolation is commendable, in really loud environments it might not be quite sufficient. If, for instance, you want to use these on an airplane flight you might find that they donâ€™t cut out all of the engine noise. Non-Foldable Design: A minor point really, but these have a non-foldable design. That means that they canâ€™t be made any smaller for easy packing and transport. Is The V-MODA Crossfade LP2 Worth Buying? The Crossfade LP2s are one of the best headphone sets out there in this price range. Theyâ€™re of a professional level, being suitable for DJ use as well as for those who love to hear their music in all its glory. The shortcomings of these earphones are minor, and unless you have large ears wonâ€™t bother you too much. On the whole, this is a fantastic product and highly recommended.