We covered these amazing cans briefly in our guide to finding the best DJ headphones, but felt they truly deserved their own review based on their great sound quality coupled with their extreme durability and popularity as relatively inexpensive headphones that deliver sound quality and durability which headphones twice the price have trouble matching!
As part of V-Moda‘s “Live Play” series of headphones, the V-Moda crossfade LP2′s are a more refined version of their predecessor, the original V-Moda Crosfade LP headphones. V-Moda set out to construct some of the best quality headphones for DJ’s, audiophiles, and music enthusiasts in general which provided not only the maximum comfort, but the durability and sound quality which would make them some of the all around best over ear headphones available. How did they do?
- 50% off lifetime guarantee if you somehow destroy yours
- 3 button remote which is compatible with all modern Apple products
- Built with extreme durability in mind; military grade tests administered
- Crafted from durable yet lightweight materials which provide maximum portability
- Make your own custom headphones design using any colors, logos, etc.
- BLISS memory foam earphones ensure maximum comfort over long periods of use
- Sound quality is top notch; bass especially is punchy and full
- Comes with exoskeleton hard case for travel and portability
- V-PORT V3 Airflow System ensures sound doesn’t leak out and unwanted sound doesn’t make its way in
- Nearly all parts are replaceable
Perhaps The Most Durable Headphones On The Market
Besides the excellent sound quality, one of the Crossfade LP2 headphones selling points is their extreme durability. Honestly, these might be some of the most durable headphones in existence right now, making them an amazing package of sound quality, price, and ability to take quite a beating, which is also why they make such excellent DJ headphones.
In order to prove beyond a doubt that the V-Moda Crossfade LP2 headphones were as durable as they come, a variety of military grade stress tests were conducted on them, including multiple drops onto concrete, bending and twisting of the cables over ONE MILLION times, and a variety of other insane tests:
Headband Bend: Headband can bend 10+ times flat, not break and retain its memory and shape
Cable/Plug Bend: Kevlar reinforced detachable cables and 45-degree plug strain relief can each bend over 1 million times, over 100x industry standards
Concrete Drop: Survives 70+ drops on concrete from 6 feet, approximately three times the industry standard (major functions operational)
Sound Variance: Virtually inaudible sound variances across the spectrum of less than 2dB from unit to unit versus 10-30dB+ of inferior products
MIL-STD-810G Environmental: High and low temperatures, humidity, salt spray and UV exposure
With tests like this conducted as many times as they were done, you can purchase with confidence knowing that these are some of the best headphones around for situations in which they might take a beating. Especially audio professionals such as DJ’s who are going to be bringing their headphones to and from a variety of environments, many of which might not be the most electronics safe, the Crossfade LP2 headphones are going to keep on chugging.
Even if you do manage to somehow break, damage, or lose some part or piece of your V-moda Crossfades, each and every part from the headband to the memory foam ear cushions can be purchased and replaced separately After stress tests of the magnitude just described I cannot imagine how you would even reach that point, but the option is available for those who might need it!
V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Headphones Sound Quality
At the base of the V-Moda Crossfade LP2′s is their patent pending 50mm dual diaphragm sound drivers. What exactly does that mean for you?
For the most part, the element that is most responsible for driving the sound of the best headphones is the sound driver. This is the element which turns electrical signals from your computer, MP3 device, etc. into sound. The V-Moda Crossfade LP2 headphones deliver sound with some of the biggest and best sound drivers available on the market today, delivering crisp, clear highs and lows across the board.
“Did you know that not all headphone drivers are created equally? Without rigorous quality testing, many headphones have variances from unit to unit of up to 30dB, even on the left to right channels. But V-MODA‘s strict driver testing program guarantees consistent quality and critically-acclaimed sound in every single pair of LP2 headphones, every time.
When it comes to the frequency response curve, the traditional old-school specifications people judge headphones by, such as 5Hz – 30kHz does not paint a full picture. It’s akin to only considering a statue by its height versus its finer details in the sculpted curves and artistic expression. V-MODA sculpts the sound at every step along the entire frequency response range by utilizing a 31-band EQ, lab and subjective testing during the tuning stages.”
Bliss Ear Cushions Provide Noise Cancelling Headphones Experience
One of the only negative aspects (for me at least) of the original V-Moda Crossfade LP’s was that they weren’t necessarily over the ear or noise cancelling headphones at all – you could still hear outside noises fairly easily, and those around you could hear the noise leaking from your headphones, even if you weren’t playing anything at a very high volume.
Thankfully this new line of V-Moda Crossfade headphones comes equipped with a comfortable and practical solution – the BLISS noise isolation memory foam ear cushions!
Not only are these ear cushions extremely comfortable to wear for long periods of time, but they do an excellent job of cancelling out sound from the outside, allowing you to listen to your music without having to blast the volume in order drown out bothersome/distracting sound from the outside.
Keeping the sound you actually WANT inside your headphones is another added bonus of these padded ear cushions and is part of the intended design. The size and shape of the earphones themselves – what V-Moda refers to as the V-Port V3 airflow system – is intended to replicate a true 3D sound stage, giving the listener the EXPERIENCE of hearing the sound as if it were in a large room versus being forced down your ear canals. This allows for the most natural and high quality listening experience possible, as you’ll hear all of the sounds in three dimensions with distance and space between them rather than hearing a muddled mess of noises.
Exoskeleton Hard Carrying Case
These V-Moda headphones were designed to take a beating as we demonstrated earlier, but the Crossfade LP2′s go even a step further. While it’s true that these headphones are more durable than most, V-Moda ensured that they get from point A to point B without any chance of damage by including a metal exoskeleton carrying case.
This sleekly designed hard carrying case allows you to bring your headphones anywhere you need to go and makes sure they get there safely. Unlike most of the soft carrying pouches that do little more than ensure that your broken headphone pieces all remain in the same location, the hard carrying case gives you that extra level of protection.
Some Of The Most Customizable Headphones On The Market
For those who want to add a little bit of style to their gear without having to pay for a company to make them their own custom headphones, the V-Moda Crossfade LP2′s are some of the most customizable headphones out there. Along with the purchase of the LP2′s you’ll receive two blank gunmetal shields which can be fastened to the outside of each earphone. These shields can be affixed with labels, logos, stickers, or anything else you can dream up to customize the look of your headphones. You can even have V-Moda place these custom designs and/or colors on the metal shields. Perhaps it doesn’t improve functionality at all, but it’s a nice added feature in itself.
I’ve never been one to use my headphones with my phone, but if you happen to be then you’re in luck V-Moda includes two cables which makes the headphones compatible with any and all modern mobile audio devices.
The long audio only cable is compatible with all modern audio devices and any professional equipment. Included also is a three button remote microphone cable that is compatible with all Apple devices, including Ipods, Iphones, and any of their Macbooks. The microphone works great for smartphones as well as gaming devices, making the V-Moda Crossfades an excellent choice if you don’t want to spend additional cash on dedicated gaming headphones which only supply one need.
“Rome wasn’t built in a day, and similarly it took almost half a decade to fuse the durability of an M1 Abrams tank, timeless Vinyl sound, Italian-suit elegance, and exotic motorsport materials into the Crossfade series.” says Val Kolton, V-MODA CEO and DJ. “In the sound-age of over-processed digital compression and disposable plastic products, our virtues were to develop a quality product that salutes the true masters of music, machines and materials. It’s an incredible value for hi-fi sound and sophisticated style that says as much about you as your shoes, watch or car.”
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