V-Moda’s excellent Crossfade 2 Wireless headphones sound fantastic and are super comfortable, but the price tag may rattle you.
Headphone preference is almost as contentious and divisive as the phones they connect to. But one thing that isn’t up for dispute is the proliferation, often by necessity, of the “hi-fi” Bluetooth headphone.
V-Moda isn’t a particularly well-known brand, but it’s been around for just over a decade. The company, like many others in the space, began building earbuds and cheap headphones to replace lost Apple EarPods and other cheap in-box headphones, but again, like so many others in the space, saw the burgeoning potential of the audiophile market.
The Crossfade 2 Wireless are the company’s flagship Bluetooth headphone, modeled after its popular Crossfade M-100 wired model released a couple years back. It improves upon the original, released last year, in almost every way, with larger drivers, more reliable Bluetooth, better battery life, and more comfortable pads. And while the over-the-ear headphones’ looks may be divisive, their sound won’t be: these are incredibly good for the $349 price (though I’ve found them for nearly $100 less during sales).
While the Crossfade 2 Wireless looks a bit aggressive with its hexagonal cups and contrast-forward dual-toned finish, I rather like the overall aesthetic. My rose gold version is the only one (for some reason) that supports Qualcomm’s aptX codec, which is increasingly being supported by most phones, for higher-quality audio, but I would have gone with this tone either way — I just think it looks good.
They look a bit aggressive, but they sound so, so smooth.
The cups themselves pivot gracefully on two hinges, making it easy to get the right fit around even the most stubbornly-shaped ear. Similarly, there is plenty of length within the customizable headband to accommodate even the largest heads. This is