The Crossfade 2 collectively is a great headphone for the price. It performs very much on par with other traditional audiophile headphones in the in the $300 range, but includes a wireless feature. And in terms of listen habits, that is one heck of a bonus feature. Detail retrieval listening to Joss Stone’s Free Me 2017 was expressive and articulated. Her once smoky voice is now showing fair amounts of Aretha influence and the nuanced tone of the vocals rang through in a fair recreation with all the subtleties one would expect from a solid performing headphone. It was very easy to pick out some pad brushing noise coming from the instruments around the isolated singing and accompaniment. Mid tone texture was above the norm for this price and placed in perfect linear fashion with the lows and highs. Looking downward, bass was fairly even and blended well with the mids without overpowering or overreaching their designated territory. Listening in wireless mode saw a bit of an elevation in the bass and felt a little more rotund – in a good way. Treble was well extended, but most importantly, never screechy or strident to the ear. While the detachable cable often brought a little more cohesion to the focus and to an certain extent, a little more air, the wireless mode brought a reliable sense of fun and excitement to the mix. In fact, it was quite shocking how similar the two really have really progressed towards each other. The difference is a such that perhaps all but the trained ear would be able to tell any difference at all. Even with the very slight elevation in bass, the variance is quite minimal to nearly all other evaluation factors that one could throw a stone at. V-Moda does offer a step up headphone with Qualcomm’s aptX bluetooth audio codex that currently colored with a rosegold hardware accent. Using the upgraded codex from a Macbook Air (which can be verified by holding the option key and clicking the bluetooth icon in the upper tray while the headphone is playing) provided another small step of improvement. Listening to Diamond’s on the Soles of Her Shoes by Paul Simon through Tidal’s streaming service (HiFi quality) it was possible to make out just a little more treble separation between the shaker percussion and high hat through aptX. So those seeking the absolute best wireless experience might want to opt for the rose gold, all other should be perfectly fine with the standard blackout pair. Apple fans just need to bare in mind that only the big A’s computers and laptops will play nice with the codex, all iDevices currently do not offer support for aptX. The big news here is really how similar all three (including wired) sound. Its progress in the forward direction precisely at the time when headphones need it most. While some cable connoisseurs may cry nay, this is the direction hardware is moving for the mainstream, weather hard core enthusiasts approve or not.
The Crossfade 2 Wireless is solid headphone, both in build and in acoustic quality. The sound signature is delightfully thought out, excited yet refined and translates very well into the wireless realm. The exterior also showcases some of the finer points of headphone design, harnessing appealable style without every looking to gaudy, something that quite a few headphone manufacturers have yet to fully grasp. Its really convenience dialed up to the maximum, in a way that works without interfering with your life as you move from point A to point B. Its worth an audition to anyone looking for a headphone, wireless or wired.
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