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V-Moda's Crossfade Wireless headphone takes aim at Apple's Beats Studio WirelessThe beautifully designed, sturdy Crossfade Wireless offers impressive wireless -- and wired -- sound for $300.
[MUSIC] V-MODA's CEO Val Kolton set out on a mission to make a Bluetooth wireless headphone that would sounds as good as the company's flagship over-ear model the Crossfade M-100, which earned a CNET editor's choice award back in 2012 On the surface, at least, the Crossfade Wireless looks nearly identical to the Crossfade M-100, but some changes had to be made to accommodate the rechargeable battery in the left ear cup. That battery delivers 12 hours of battery life, which is pretty decent for a wireless headphone. The headphones' wired mode may be as much of a selling point as its wireless mode. That's because the crossfade wireless is designed to work unpowered as an analog headphone and sound as good as the standard N100, perhaps even slightly better thanks to some small improvements [UNKNOWN] tuning team has made. At launch the headphones come come in a couple of different color options but the shields on the ear cups are customizable and they do come in a variety of materials and can be 3D printed to your liking. This headphone isn't the lightest at 10.3 ounces or 292 grams But it's really well built, has metal parts and comes with a protective carrying case. It's worth noting that unlike the Crossfade M-100, the Crossfade wireless doesn't fold up. It's missing a second hinge and only folds flat, so the cases are different. Like the M-100's. This model offers good clarity, and plenty of bass. And, good bass, at that. And, as long as you like a lot of bass, it's one of the better sounding bluetooth headphones out there. But, it still sounds slightly better used Is a wired headphone. V-moda would like to siphon off some of the people buying Beats popular studio wireless headphones and has made a conscious decision to undercut Beats with a $300 price tag. I think the Beats is a more comfortable headphone but the V-moda is better built. As a wireless headphone some will say the V-moda sounds better. But others will prefer the sound of the beats. Alas, with audio, sound is somewhat subjective. And sound quality, particularly with a wireless headphone, varies with the type of music you're listening to. I'm David Karnack from CNET.com. Thanks for watching.