V-Moda Crossfade M-100 Studio Monitoring Headphones

The Crossfade M-100 is the fourth model in V-Moda’s Crossfire LP studio monitoring headphones line. What makes the M-100 stand out from many mixing headphones on the market is that it was designed using feedback from many audio professionals, such as producers, artists, and DJs. Even the online community of V-Moda’s headphone monitor enthusiasts were part of the design input process.

Founded by professional DJ Val Kolton in 2004, V-MODA manufactures high-end audio products that include mixing headphones. The company became well-known after its studio monitoring headphones were picked by a number of celebrated DJs like Eric Morillo and Deadmau5. While based in California, the design studio is located in Milan, Italy. By 2010, the company started the development of its M-Series and released the first generation the following year. The M-80 was later launched, followed by the M-100. With the M-100, V-Moda showed the world that its monitoring headphones were not limited to being a fashion statement; they also offered quality sound.

Features of the V-Moda Crossfade M-100 studio monitoring headphones

For those who have already tried the brand’s M80 monitoring headphones, the M-100 will have a familiar feel to it. There are, however, a few differences. To begin with, when it comes to durability, these newer studio monitoring headphones from V-Moda are designed to meet the specifications set by the U.S. military. You could drop these mixing headphones from a 6 ft height around 70 times and they would still work. Even if you flatten it, it can return to its original form by using memory foam for the ear cushion. Covered with faux-leather, this foam can be replaced, and is also blocks noise. Designed to provide maximum comfort, these headphones would be perfect for audio professionals who need to do some serious monitoring.


It needs to be mentioned, however, that while they are comfortable to wear, wrapping them around your neck can be the opposite as its steel hinges have a tendency to press on the skin. It’d be better to just store it when not in use, especially since they can easily be folded neatly into a smaller package.

An interesting feature included with the Crossfade M-100 is the cable. Casual users, for example, can use the standard cable. Audio professionals, on the other hand, can opt for the CoilPro. When coiled, the cable measures 4 ft but can be stretched to a maximum of 12 ft. Being Kevlar-reinforced, the brand reveals it can endure even more than a million bends. It can be used with a stereo received through a standard 1/4 inch adapter.

Performance

There is no doubt that these studio monitoring headphones from V-Moda are comfortable to wear and excellent for casual listening. Though the M-100 does work well for audiophiles, its features are a treat to the professionals. The dynamic impact is excellent no matter what the level of volume is, and vocal reproduction is excellent where nuances are uncovered.

With each cup having a driver measuring 50mm (rather large compared to most mixing headphones), it results in the sound being richer and having a fuller bass response. Unlike other products, this model does not have a bass that is overbearing to the point that it actually destroys everything else. Clean and deep would be the best words to describe the bass. Sub-bass is even excellent as in some models this is typically felt rather than heard.

When it comes to the high end, the M-100 is able to deliver allowing you to experience instruments and effects without ever getting fatigued. The midrange, on the other hand, may not be as good as the highs but they’re still pretty decent. Coupled with the comfort offered, it won’t come as a surprise that listening for hours using the M-100 is easy.

Other Feedback

While all great headphones have personality, V-Moda’s new Crossfade M-100s are a rare breed. You’re either going to fall in love with their distinctive sound and roughneck build—or you’ll think they’re egregiously over the top… [T]he sound quality is exceptional and versatile… Mario Aguilar, Gizmodo

If you’ve been a fan of V-Moda’s previous headphones, you’ll likely find the M-100s a nice synthesis of everything that’s come before, with additional refinements. The M-100 sounds so good – and is so easy to carry around – that I could imagine it covering most headphone needs for most people, even serious personal audio aficionados… Michael Berk, Sound & Visione

V-Moda Crossfade M-100 Studio Monitoring Headphones

Technical Specs

Open/Closed: Closed
Frequency Response: 5 – 30,000Hz
Impedance: 32 Ohms
Cable length: 4”-12” (CoilPro)
Weight: 280g

For more information, go to V-MODA’s website

Conclusion

The Crossfade M-100 from V-Moda is a great choice for many audiophiles given the quality of the sound and the comfort it delivers. The brand, however, knows its target market and have designed these studio monitoring headphones to work exceptionally well with professionals, such as DJs and producers. We can’t find any major flaws with the M-100 except maybe for the fact that it’s recommended pricing is $219.99. Although the M-100 may be more costly than other headphones in the same range, it should be noted that with the kind of performance it gives, you actually get more than what you pay for.

Have you already tried the V-Moda Crossfade M-100? If so, tell us what you think in the comments section!

8.5 Total Score
Durability plus!

V-Moda has produced a rugged and great sounding headphone perfect for the DJ or producer.

PROS
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Good Sound Quality
  • Excellent Bass
CONS
  • Higher price than others in its class
  • Less focused midrange
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