Of late, international audio brands like V-Moda, Bang & Olufsen, Bowers & Wilkins, House of Marley and others have started to shift their focus to India. These brands are trying to showcase the difference between great and good audio to the Indian buyers, who mostly rate audio quality depending on the amount of bass.
Among the new entrants is professional high-performance audio manufacturer V-Moda which has partnered with Indian distributor Ferrari Video and its retail brand Headphone Zone. V-Moda was the first third-party headphone maker for Apple with products designed in Italy. The company claims its Crossfade M-100 is the world’s first crowd-sourced headphone, created with inputs from audiophiles, journalists and DJs globally.
Here is the review of M-100.
Build and design
The Crossfade M-100 is V-Moda’s flagship offering. Right from the box, it boasts its quality. The product is secured inside a solid exoskeleton clamshell case along with a 6.3-mm gold plated adapter jack and two Kevlar reinforced 3.5mm cables. One of the cables is meant for smartphones and has an in-line microphone. Both the ear cups have a 3.5 mm port, so, you can connect the cable to right or left side as per comfort.
The build quality is superb. It is indeed an profession headphone and is mostly metal built. The faux leather foam ear cushions completely cover the ears and seal external noises. The headphones look really good and without doubt will let everyone beside you know that how seriously you take your music.
As I mentioned earlier, Indian consumers at large have got an extra liking for bass which is not always the case for global consumers. I would say V-Moda in its Crossfade M-100 has managed to deliver a well-balanced experience. The 50mm drivers produced clear and rich sound. The experience is maintained at all volume levels. The M-100 is suited for all types of music. Overall, it tries to deliver maximum ROI. However, bass takes over other audio detailing.
With the superb industrial metal build, the M-100 is heavy. It took a few days to get used to the weight. The ear cups, no doubt, are soft, but it felt stuffy inside. Initially, I could barely use the headphone for more than 15 minutes as my ears became sweaty and turned red. Also, I felt the pressure of the ear cups is more, which added to my discomfort. The headphone fits perfectly and it doesn’t move an inch while walking, running or even nodding your head to the beats.
The Crossfade M-100 is, without any doubt, a good buy for those who take their music seriously. However, you have to compromise on comfort. I simply cannot settle for a good pair of headphone at Rs 24,990, which turns my ears red in flat 15 minutes of listening.