V-Moda today announced the Crossfade 2 Wireless headphones, a signifiant upgrade to the company’s highly successful Crossfade Wireless and Crossfade M-100 over-the-ear headphones. The new Crossfade 2 Wireless sport Hi-Res Audio certification (when used with a cable), larger cushions, new color options, a longer battery life, and a CliqFold design that makes the headphones travel-friendly. The Crossfade 2 are the first over-the-ear product announcement from V-Moda since Roland acquired a majority stake in the company in August 2016
“V-Moda’s Crossfade headphones are the epitome of versatility,” said Val Kolton, CEO of V-Moda, through a press release. “Once people own a truly great set of our headphones, they use them constantly in various use cases. And whether you are critically listening, producing music, DJing, gaming, watching movies or even working out, Crossfade 2 Wireless delivers on every level. How you connect them is irrelevant–you will love what you hear.”
Hi-Res Audio certified
The Crossfade 2 have been certified to meet the Hi-Res Audio standards set by the Japan Audio Society (JAS) in wired mode. New dual-diaphragm 50mm drivers use a hi-resolution CCAS coil to achieve an extended frequency response of 5Hz to 40kHz—both well beyond the limits of human hearing. V-Moda says that in wired mode, users playing 24bit/96kHz or higher music files will experience increased dynamic range and more precise high frequency definition through the new Crossfade 2 headphones. Because the new headphones appear to have the same voicing as the previous generation, we would expect that the Crossfade 2 will retain V-Moda’s signature bass response that we noted in our review of the original model.
V-Moda claims that like their predecessors, the Crossfade 2 are voiced to sound the same whether plugged in or via Bluetooth. You can run the Crossfade 2 wirelessly up to 33-feet away (10-meters) from a Bluetooth source.
The new rose gold model is the only version to add aptX codec support for near CD-quality, low latency audio streaming. Your Bluetooth streaming source must also support the aptX codec to get the full benefit. None of the models support the new aptX HD codec, which streams high-resolution music files over Bluetooth. The rose gold version with aptX support carries a $20 premium over the other models.
Now foldable with CliqFold
The previous generation Crossfade Wireless headphones came with a nice carrying case, but were still bulky to carry around. The Crossfade 2 address the shortcoming of the original by introducing V-Moda’s patent-pending CliqFold design, which the company says folds the headphones down into a far smaller footprint that fits into a neat travel case. Like the previous generation, the travel case is designed with room to store charging and audio cables and other accessories.
Memory foam ear pads standard
The Crossfade 2 not only come with larger ear pad cushions, but the cushions have also been enhanced with new memory foam that V-Moda says brings better comfort. We were excited to hear this upgrade to the included ear pads. As noted in our original Crossfade Wireless review, we preferred the optional memory-foam ear-pads to the foam pads that shipped with the unit.
Customization and compatibility
As with all V-Moda headphones, the new Crossfade 2 Wireless are fully compatible with V-Moda’s accessory ecosystem, which includes the BoomPro Mic; XL cushions; CoilPro cable; 1/3-button Speakeasy cables; and more. The headphones can also be personalized with 3D printing and 2D laser customizations from V-Moda’s web site.
V-Moda’s Crossfade 2 Wireless is now available in three colors optimized for personalization: Matte black ($330) which was not available with the original Crossfade; matte white ($330); and rose gold featuring Qualcomm aptX codec support ($350).