V-Moda Crossfade M-100 review: A beautifully built headphone that sounds even better

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.3
  • Design: 9.0
  • Features: 9.0
  • Performance: 8.0
  • Value: 8.0

Average User Rating

5 stars 6 user reviews
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The Good The feature-rich V-Moda Crossfade M-100 is exceptionally durable, includes an inline remote and microphone, and can fold into a compact bundle.

The Bad The M-100's substantial price tag may deter shoppers on a budget.

The Bottom Line A generous feature set, rugged construction, and warm, detailed sound with powerful bass guarantees the V-Moda M-100's strong appeal for audiophiles with a flexible budget.

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Fans of V-Moda's popular Crossfade M-80 on-ear headphones ($230) may not immediately notice that the V-Moda Crossfade M-100 ($310) is actually larger than its over-the-ear cousin, or that its hinged headband allows it to collapse into a small bundle. The M-100 has an engaging, lively sound that lets you hear lots of detail, but never sounds harsh or too bright.

The bass, always a V-Moda strength, is punchy and deep so it's the sort of headphone that brings out the best in rock, or any bass-heavy music, but not at the cost of rendering classical or acoustic jazz less appealing to the ear. If you're a versatile audiophile or a DJ that needs a rugged headphone that doesn't compromise on fidelity, the V-Moda Crossfade M-100 is a worthwhile purchase.

Design and features
The V-Moda M-100 over-ear headphone is a close relative to the company's popular M-80 on-ear headphone, with a few notable differences. Its CliqFold metal hinges -- a feature the M-80 lacks –- allows the M-100s to fold into a small bundle, and that adds value for traveling audiophiles. The M-100's ear cups' metal shields are user-replaceable and can be customized with a laser engraving of your own logo or artwork by V-Moda. Despite the obvious size differences, the M-100s are relatively light, weighing in at just 280 grams.

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All V-Moda headphones are exceedingly rugged and overbuilt, and the M-100 is no exception. Designed to survive 70-plus impacts from a height of six feet onto a concrete floor, the steel-reinforced headband can be flattened 10 times and still return to its original curve. The faux-leather-covered, memory foam ear cushions are all user-replaceable and provide a tight, noise-blocking seal.

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Pressure on the wearer's head is moderate, so the M-100 stays put as you move about, but I felt the pressure was a little too high at first. Reverse bending the headband eased the pressure, and as I wore the headphones my concerns about comfort faded away. The lightly padded headband applied some pressure to my head, but I would still give the M-100 a moderately comfortable rating.

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The headphone comes with two gray Kevlar-reinforced cables: a 36-inch wire for Apple, Android, and Windows with a compatible in-line one-button remote and microphone, and a 78-inch "plain" cable. Both cables terminate with a reinforced 3.5mm plug at each end, and both can connect to either the left or right ear cups.

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The unused ear cup connector hole can be fitted with a tiny V-Cork plug to prevent dirt and debris from entering the ear cup -- it's a small accessory that illustrates V-Moda's admirable attention to detail.

The long cable also has a secondary 3.5mm input that V-Moda calls SharePlay, which lets a friend plug their own headphone to the V-Moda cable and listen at the same time. V-Moda also sells an optional "Boom Pro" mic for gamers or broadcasters, as well as an optional coiled cable with a locking connector for DJs.

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V-Moda Crossfade M-100 (White Silver)

Part Number: CNETCrossfadeM-100whitesilver
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  • Regional specs shown for US. UK specs are unavailable.

  • Color silver
  • Weight 9.9 oz
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Additional Features noise isolating
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
    mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm 4-pole