The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.Crossfade 2, and it’s clear why it earned that distinction.
From their physical design to their sound profile, these headphones are meant to make you look and feel cool.
It’s worth touching on the design of these headphones, because it’s clear V-MODA put a lot of thought into it. Instead of circular ear cups, V-MODA’s are diamond shaped, which makes them look more distinct. The combination of black leather and hard plastic looks sleek.
But V-MODA didn’t sacrifice comfort for aesthetics; these headphones are smaller than most over-ear headphones I’ve tried, but they still have enough padding to be comfortable.
I mentioned V-MODA’s association with the DJ industry earlier, and it’s instantly apparent why once you start listening to music. Both high and low frequencies are boosted, which doesn’t mean music sounds bad, but it does sound a little artificial. Anyone who has spent time at a nightclub or concert is familiar with the sound of PA speakers. That same type of sound is captured in these headphones.
Listening to pop music — the genre these headphones were made for — was a fun experience. I felt like I was in a club, which was the whole point. Folk, rock, country, and acoustic music also sounded very good, but it was clear where these headphones excelled.
Live music also sounded excellent, and listening to live tracks made me feel like I was hearing what I would have heard at the show itself.
How much value you’ll get out of these headphones really does depend on your musical genres of choice. As I said earlier, V-MODA did a good job making headphones that sound very good for all music, but great for specific genres.
If you care about aesthetics and love to listen to upbeat pop music, V-MODA’s Crossfade 2s can turn your commute into a late-night out. People looking for a more general pair of Bluetooth headphones might find a better option elsewhere.
This article was originally published on 4/14/2017.
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