V-Moda Crossfade M-100 Review
V-Moda's flagship headphones are certainly impressive... albeit pricey.
These cans have a strong overall performance which is suited for mobile listening. They have a very consumer-friendly sound, with no perceptible distortion, and they're decent isolators.
Well-suited for casual listening, these are by no stretch of the imagination studio cans. That's okay, really, as that term has been misused worse than foie gras at a fast food joint. Most people gravitate towards a more dynamic response, and V-Moda gave the M-100s a frequency response that is definitely tailored for mass appeal. Mercifully, the shrillest highs are relatively downplayed compared to the type of response they shoot for.
In our labs, we recorded an infinitesimally small distortion measure, which is fantastic news for your ears. The level of recorded THD was well below our empirical curve, so you shouldn't worry about any junk noise created by these cans ruining your music.
This response definitely looks a lot worse than it is, but at the same time, it's not terribly great either. For whatever reason, despite the fact that the M-100s are pretty fantastic in other ways, they have a rather erratic tracking response. However, the worst of these errors is in the highest range of notes, so it's easily ignored among other notes.
The M-100s are very decent isolators—they block out a bunch of high-end noise, and an impressive part of mid-range sound. However, like most passive isolators, low-frequency sounds will cut right through your tunes if they're loud enough.
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