V-MODA Crossfade M-100 with Custom Shield Review (Page 4 of 4)

Page 4 - Conclusion

Since my colleague Aaron Lai talked about first world problems in the introduction of his SilverStone Ensemble EBA01 headphone stand review this week, I might as well close off with that topic in the conclusion of this review today. I own both the V-MODA XS and Crossfade M-100, and in light of this, I think the first question any audiophile would ask is: M-100 or XS? This is a real tough question, and no doubt, a first world problem. Ostensibly, the M-100 is a larger version of the XS (Should have just called it the M or something, haha), and because of this, they share a lot of common characteristics. In my V-MODA XS review, I said it "[represented] the epitome of industrial design and brilliant engineering", and the Crossfade M-100 is no exception. From the classiness factor the moment the box is opened, to the detail of the accessories, with the quality of the construction of the headphones, as well as the unsurpassed comfort and style of V-MODA, the Crossfade M-100 captures all of them and more. In fact, because these headphones are bigger and sits over rather than on my ears, I found them to be much more comfortable. As I have expected from the company, the M-100's sound quality is also top notch. It is not tuned for technical perfection like the XS, but it is a lot of fun to listen to for those who like more forward bass and relaxed midrange and treble. For a starting price of $270 at press time with unique customization options available, the Crossfade M-100 does mark the end of ubiquity. You can even upload your own designs! In this case, great sound, top notch build quality, attractive unique looks, and superior comfort can also be reasonably priced. Unless, of course, you choose the $27,000 platinum shield.

V-MODA provided this product to APH Networks for the purpose of evaluation.

APH:Renewal Award | APH Review Focus Summary:
9/10 means Excellent product with very minor drawbacks that does not affect the overall product.
8/10 means Definitely a very good product with drawbacks that are not likely going to matter to the end user.
-- Final APH Numeric Rating is 8.2/10
Please note that the APH Numeric Rating system is based off our proprietary guidelines in the Review Focus, and should not be compared to other sites.

The V-MODA Crossfade M-100 equipped with custom shields show the end of ubiquity can also be attractive looking, reasonably priced, and good sounding -- all at the same time.

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Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Hardware
3. Subjective Audio Analysis
4. Conclusion