Review: V-Modo Crossfade Headphones

In Equipment, News by Doc North

I travel a lot and I love music, so a good pair of headphones is key. I was gifted a pair of  V-Modo Crossfades after speaking at the Further Future Festival, and since then, have fallen in love with them. The audio is great, they’re bluetooth, have a built-in microphone, and, frankly, they look good!

Audio: They just sound good, and are well balanced across frequencies. If you want heavy bass headphones, you should probably get a pair of Beats by Dre.  And if you just want a pair of noise cancelling headphones for the plane, you can’t beat the Bose Quiet Comfort Headphones. (The Crossfades are not noise cancelling, but they do a good job of insulating against the outside environment.) But if you want a pair of headphones that delivers good bass, mids and highs, the V-Modos are the way to go.

Style: To be honest, a pair of headphones say a lot about your style. The Bose say, “I don’t care about style or sound, I just want quiet!” The Beats say, “I’m trying to be hip to what’s cool.” But the Crossfades say, “I like good audio and I’m in touch with the culture generators on the planet.” OK, it may be a bit of a stretch, but you get the point!

Comfort: I do give them a slight ding here, but that’s probably because I wear glasses on long flights, and it’s hard to not have any pair of headphones start to pinch after 10 hours on a plane.

Travel Case: I love the travel case they come with. I keep everything I need for the plane inside: eye mask, Burts-Bees Lip Balm, ibuprofen, sleep aid, and most importantly, the headphone jack splitter, so you can watch a movie with your neighbor.

I will say I think I’m in the market for a good pair of ear buds, and I might go with Bose In-Ear Noise Cancelling Headphones: easier to sleep with those on a plane then a pair of over-ear headphones!


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