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V-MODA Crossfade M-80 On-Ear Noise Isolating Headphones

B&H # VMM80SHADOW Mfr # M-80-SHADOW
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Product Highlights
  • Compact and Lightweight
  • Military-Level Quality and Durability
  • 40mm Dual-Diaphragm Drivers
  • BLISS Noise Isolation
  • Ergonomic STEELFLEX Headband
  • Kevlar-Reinforced Detachable Cables
  • Inline Mic and Remote
  • Gold-Plated 3.5mm Plug
  • Exoskeleton Carrying Case

Designed to provide top-quality audio reproduction in a stylish and ultra-durable design, the Crossfade M-80 On-Ear Noise Isolating Headphones from V-MODA are an ideal choice for both casual and professional listeners. The M-80 features patent-pending 40mm dual-diaphragm drivers that deliver multi-driver sound with the efficiency and consistency of a single driver. Because the headphones rely on acoustic techniques, there are no batteries and no artificial sound processing that introduce artifacts into your audio.

The headphones have a V-PORT V3 airflow system that directs air out of the ports on the earcups. This provides a perfect balance of isolation, staging, and ergonomics to create a true 3D sound stage. The supple BLISS memory foam on-ear cushions provide natural noise isolation and lasting comfort, ideal for long listening sessions. They are also replaceable for convenience. A selection of interchangeable metal earcup shields are available so you can choose your favorite design and color. You can even submit your own artwork for a custom look.

The M-80 headphones are made from first-class materials that are virtually indestructible. The headphones meet MIL-STD-810G military standards, as well as V-MODA's tough VMQA guidelines for lasting durability. These tests include cable and plug bends, concrete drops, headband bends, high and low temperatures, humidity, salt spray, and UV exposure. The headphones have a steel frame and a STEELFLEX headband with durable microfiber suede padding for a secure and comfortable fit.

The headphones come with 2 different Kevlar-reinforced cables to provide maximum compatibility. One cable has an inline microphone and 3-button remote, allowing you to make calls, take voice notes, control music playback, and adjust volume on Apple devices such as iPhones, iPads, and Macbooks. The other cable has a mic and 1-button remote for universal compatibility with Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone 7, and other devices. Each cable has a 24k gold-plated 3.5mm stereo mini plug with 45° strain relief for lasting durability and compatibility with MP3 players, CD players, and more. The headphones come complete with an Exoskeleton carrying case and a carabineer bag clip so you can bring your headphones everywhere you go.

Compact Design
The headphones pack all of the elegance, durability, and sound quality of the industry-leading Crossfade LP headphones, but in a design that's 53% smaller
40mm Dual-Diaphragm Drivers
The patent-pending 40mm dual-diaphragm drivers deliver multi-driver sound with the efficiency and consistency of a single driver. Because the headphones rely on acoustic techniques, there are no batteries and no artificial sound processing that introduce artifacts into your audio
Custom Tuning
V-MODA carefully tunes the drivers with a 31-band EQ, plus lab and subjective testing to ensure balanced, natural sound and excellent matching
V-PORT V3
The headphones have a V-PORT V3 airflow system that directs air out of the ports on the earcups. This provides a perfect balance of isolation, staging, and ergonomics to create a true 3D sound stage
BLISS Memory Foam Cushions
The supple BLISS memory foam on-ear cushions provide natural noise isolation and lasting comfort, ideal for long listening sessions. They are also replaceable for convenience
Customizable Shields
A selection of interchangeable metal earcup shields are available so you can choose your favorite design and color. You can even submit your own artwork for a custom look
Military-Level Durability
The M-80 headphones are made from first-class materials that are virtually indestructible. The headphones meet MIL-STD-810G military standards, as well as V-MODA's tough VMQA guidelines for lasting durability. V-MODA was co-founded by active and former military personnel, and the Crossfade series is deployed in real-life military scenarios
Quality Tests
To ensure maximum durability and performance, the headphones are subjected to the following tests:

Cable/Plug Bend:
The Kevlar-reinforced cables and 45° plug strain relief can each bend over 1 million times, which is more than 100 times higher than industry standards

Concrete Drop:
The headphones survive over 70 drops on concrete from a height of 6' (approximately 3 times the industry standard) and still retain major functions

Headband Bend:
The headband can be bent flat 10+ times without breaking, and still retain its memory and shape

Sound Variance:
There are virtually inaudible sound variances of less than 2dB across the spectrum from unit to unit, as opposed to the 10-30dB+ variance range of many standard headphones

MIL-STD-810G Environmental:
The headphones withstand the MIL-STD-810G rating for high and low temperatures, humidity, salt spray, and UV exposure
STEELFLEX Headband
The STEELFLEX headband has durable microfiber suede padding for a secure and comfortable fit
Kevlar-Reinforced Cables
The headphones come with 2 different Kevlar-reinforced cables to provide maximum compatibility. One cable has an inline microphone and 3-button remote, allowing you to make calls, take voice notes, control music playback, and adjust volume on Apple devices such as iPhones, iPads, and Macbooks. The other cable has a mic and 1-button remote for universal compatibility with Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone 7, and other devices. Each cable has a 24k gold-plated 3.5mm stereo mini plug with 45° strain relief for lasting durability and compatibility with MP3 players, CD players, and more
Exoskeleton Case
The headphones come complete with an Exoskeleton carrying case and a carabineer bag clip so you can bring your headphones everywhere you go
Satisfaction Guaranteed
In addition to the 2-year warranty, the headphones also have an Immortal Life replacement program, providing you with 50% off of a replacement. V-MODA also offers a 60-day in-home audition guarantee
Type On-Ear Supra-Aural
Driver 1.5" (40 mm) Dual-Diaphragm Drivers
Frequency Range 5 Hz to 30 kHz
Sensitivity 105 dB @ 1 kHz 1 mW
Impedance 28.5 Ω
Connectors 45 degree, 24k Gold-Plated 1/8" (3.5 mm) Stereo Mini Plug
Weight 6.7 oz (200 g) (Without Cable)
V-MODA Crossfade M-80 On-Ear Noise Isolating Headphones
  • Exoskeleton Hard Case
  • 2 x Kevlar-Reinforced Cables (1-Button, 3-Button)
  • Carabineer Bag Clip
  • 2-Year Warranty with 50% Off Replacement Program and 60-Day In-Home Audition
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    V-ModaCrossfade M-80 On-Ear Noise Isolating Headphones
     
    4.7

    (based on 3 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Comfortable (3)
    • Compact (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portable devices (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      4.0

      Nice Headphones

      By craig20000

      from Waukesha, WI

      About Me Average music enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Compact
      • Great Sound
      • Stylish

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portable Devices
        • Relaxing
        • With My Computer
        • Working

        Comments about V-Moda Crossfade M-80 On-Ear Noise Isolating Headphones:

        I use these headphones with my iPhone and Macbook Pro.

        The fit and finish is excellent, and I have found them to be comfortable for the up to four hours that I use them. The case is great as I bring back and forth from the office to home.

        I would not consider myself an audiophile, so I can't really judge them from that standpoint, but I think they sound great. Perhaps when I get another headphone, I can base an opinion between the two.

        I've had them about two weeks now, and have found no issues.

        For me, B&H has always been a good business to purchase from. Never had any problems.

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        5.0

        Great product, great price

        By GG

        from Miami, Fl

        About Me Frequent Traveler

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Good Bass

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Music
          • Portable Devices
          • Traveling

          Comments about V-Moda Crossfade M-80 On-Ear Noise Isolating Headphones:

          Traveling, great style

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          V-Moda M-80 Stereo Headphone Review

          By Dale

          from Los Angeles

          About Me Audiophile

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Good Bass
          • Good Value
          • Great Sound
          • Lightweight
          • Stylish

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Audio
            • Music
            • Portable Devices
            • Relaxing
            • Traveling
            • With My Computer

            Comments about V-Moda Crossfade M-80 On-Ear Noise Isolating Headphones:

            Note for this review: I found the sound of the M-80 somewhat recessed in the high end compared to other headphones I have**, so I used the iPod's 'Acoustic' EQ setting for most of my tests and comparisons. The overall sound quality of the M-80 is so good that you can play it without EQ if that proves satisfactory, or try different EQ settings to better match your personal preferences.

            **Those other headphones I have are considered to be "bright" by some users, so the M-80 may be just as close to ideal with the high end tones as they are.

            The one headphone I've used that to me sounds most similar to the M-80 is the Beyerdynamic DT-1350, but the DT-1350 has a much greater midrange emphasis than the M-80, and so I think the M-80 would be much easier to adapt to a wide variety of musical tastes.

            The bass of the M-80 is tight and detailed, but 'tight' in this case does not mean light or thin bass - the bass is prominent and full on any track that actually has bass. I'd rate the M-80's bass as 9 out of 10, and since I haven't heard a 10 that means the M-80's bass is as good as I've heard.

            The midrange is more difficult to judge since nearly every aspect of music is involved with the midrange in one respect or another. I can say that after playing nearly 100 of my favorite tracks in many different genres, the midrange sounds very good - voices sound right, instruments such as guitars, cellos, trumpets, pipe organs - in short everything I've played - sounds marvelous.

            The high end of the M-80 sounded less prominent to me than the midrange and bass as I noted above, but what's interesting here is that even after I added treble with the iPod's 'Acoustic' setting, there is still no problem with sibilants or other harshness. I wanted to make sure that this wasn't the case due to high-frequency rolloff, so I checked my lineup of test tones from about 4 khz up to about 13 khz, and those tones were audible in their proper proportions.

            I can't give the M-80 the same kind of rating for midrange and highs as I gave for the bass, since the bass is 100 times easier to rate than the mids and highs. But the M-80 is the best-sounding portable headphone I've used so far, and is second in sound quality only to my two large desktop headphones, the Sennheiser HD-800 and Shure SRH-940.

            The M-80 will play quite loudly with portable devices such as most cellphones, iPods and so on. The two straight cords are detachable, the miniplugs are at a 45 degree angle, and the cords are covered in a fabric that doesn't snag on my clothing, which is a major plus for me. The carrycase is compact enough to include in carry-on luggage on most U.S. flights.

            The physical quality of the M-80 is as good as the literature says it is. Comfort is good, with much less pressure on the ears than the Beyer DT-1350 for example. Isolation is very modest though, so don't expect it to block outside sounds to any major extent. Soundstage is average, which is better than I expected for a small headphone with small earcups.

            In addition to the pop music tracks listed below, which I used mainly for detecting weaknesses or other problems with the sound, I played a wide variety of genres (Jazz, Diana Krall, Bill Evans Trio; Bach organ, Biggs; Beethoven 9th, Solti CSO; Chopin, Moravec; Reggae, Marley, Tosh; Country, Haggard, Yoakam; Verdi, Domingo; Sinatra and Bennett; Punk, Germs, Fear, Sid Vicious, Social Distortion; Medieval, Madrigali, Medieval Babes; Trance, Mylene Farmer, etc.)

            The following are some of the music tracks I tested with, and the main features I listened for with those tracks:

            Blues Project - Caress Me Baby (piercing guitar sound, handled very well).
            Cocteau Twins - Carolyn's Fingers (guitar string detail and quality, excellent).
            Commodores - Night Shift (bass detail, very good).
            Germs - Forming (raw garage sound, excellent).
            Lick The Tins - Can't Help Falling In Love (tin whistle, very clear and clean).
            Lou Reed - Walk On The Wild Side (bass impact, very good; detail very good).
            REM - Radio Free Europe (drum impact, excellent).
            Rolling Stones - She's So Cold (bass impact, excellent; guitar sound very good).
            U2 - With Or Without You (bass boom/high-pitched instruments/sibilants, handled very well).
            Van Morrison - Into The Mystic (bass, very good).
            Who - Bargain (voice trailing off: "best I ever had", very good vocal harmonics).

            Now that I've presented the worst-case scenarios for the M-80, it's time to get into the musical qualities in greater detail. As I explained previously, I felt that the highs were too recessed and so I compensated by applying the iPod Touch's 'Acoustic' EQ. This EQ seems to be working out well for me, with the only possible downside that I'm hearing a slight peak in the midrange that gives voices more prominence than what I would like. In some rare cases this can contribute to the "Caruso" effect as I call it, where Caruso recorded into horns that had some remaining resonances after their best design efforts had been exhausted, and so in some passages where he projected his voice most strongly, the otherwise minor resonances amplified those notes out of proportion to the rest of the music. In the M-80's case it's not a serious problem, and even then it's probably a result of my imperfect application of EQ rather than a fault of the headphone.

            At this point in my listening, the highs are smooth and extended, and the midrange is under control with reasonably accurate and pleasing reproduction.

            Then there's the bass. Ooooh, the bass. Compared to the Phiaton MS-400, the bass is tighter and more detailed, yet has greater impact. I can not only hear 15 hz softly and 20 hz strongly, but I can hear the beats of those frequencies, albeit at 20 hz it's too rapid to hear as a clearly enunciated staccato sound. And this is not just harmonics playing tricks - the 15 and 20 hz fundamentals with low distortion are obvious and well defined.

            Comparing the bass of the M-80 to my Sennheiser HD-800, the HD-800 has comparable detail, but sounds anemic at the equivalent overall volume level. That comparison is with each headphone running from the Cute Beyond "Class A" headphone amp. The good news in running the M-80 from a decent headphone amp is that the highs open up and there's a better sense of space and clarity, particularly on very dynamic passages. And the deep bass gets tighter, yet does not lose any strength or impact, which continues to surprise me with the M-80.

            The bad news in using the iPod Touch with a headphone amp is that the EQ selections remain active at the iPod's "Line Out" docking port. This suggests to me that it's not a true line out, and better results might be obtained using a DAC that can capture and process the iPod's USB output instead.

            My overall summation is that the M-80 is an excellent music machine in most respects, except that it's a phenomenal bass machine. I have never experienced bass that goes so deep and remains so powerful, even after EQ'ing and amping, yet is never boomy, bloated or other such negatives, no matter what I play. Note that the M-80 is not a "bassy" headphone, nor does it impress me as being very "warm". It simply goes very deep and retains better detail and impact than any other non-bassy headphone I've heard.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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