V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Limited Edition Matte Black Headphones Review
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V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Limited Edition Matte Black Headphones Staff Review
V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Limited Edition Matte Black Headphones Review Summary:
Design: The V-Moda LP2 Limited Edition Matte Black Headphones are designed with extremely high-quality standards in mind. Just as with the original V-Moda Crossfade LP2’s takes the original V-Moda Crossfade LP’s and refines them ever so slightly to deliver slightly better sound quality than their predecessors. When comparing the two side by side and using the specifications, I can’t find anything different between the two editions except for the color scheme. The advertised differences are: Fine-tuned sound, no V-Moda Branding, additional Gunmetal color shields, and a two year warranty as apposed to the one year offered on the original LP's. The matte black color and red design cues are really fashionable and have a nice overall aesthetic to them with interchangeable earcup shields for customization. They have removable metal faceplates on each earcup that can be replaced with other designs or custom logos (sold separately). The V-Moda Crossfade LP2’s are mostly made out of metal and they feel nearly indestructible. The top of the Headband can bend and flex in ways I did not think was possible, while the actual sides that connect to the earcups (a common point of headphone failure) are all metal and built to last. The padding on the headband is about an inch or so thick and provides good cushion for long performances or extended usage.
The earcups themselves are over-the-ear style 50mm drivers which were big enough to cover my whole ear comfortably. They did a great job of isolating the outside sounds from interfering with my monitoring needs, even though they did not have any noise cancelling feature. I used these headphones for a gig that I had a couple weeks ago and the DJ monitoring performance of the V-Moda Crossfade LP2’s was right on par or better than the other professional-grade headphones that I have tested and reviewed in the past (ie BEATS PRO, Xone XD:53, Technics RPH, etc..). Even though the music was very loud and I had active monitors right in front of my face, I only had to turn up the headphone volume on my mixer half-way in order to accurately monitor my mixes. The Crossfade LP2’s come with a hard carry case called the Exoskeleton Case which provided more than enough protection for these cool headphones while also looking stylish in the process. The Case also has two removable Velcro pouches that can be used to carry the extra cables or other DJ goodies that you may need. The V-Moda Crossfade LP2 headphones also comes with (2) Kevlar reinforced cables that are built to last for the lifetime of the headphones. One of the two Kevlar cables also has a 3-button remote and Microphone built-in for smartphone usage.
Sound Quality: The Sound quality of the V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Limited Edition headphones is very impressive. The highs and mids were very crisp and legible without being overbearing. The lows were heavy and punchy with superb bass response and handling found on the oversized 50mm drivers in each ear. The levels of the lows, mids, and highs don’t drown out one another nor did I hear any bleed through of the highs over into the lows or vice-versa. The 50mm drivers were more than adequate enough to produce deep bass without crazy distortion. Even at super-high volumes, distortion was basically non-existent. They deliver excellent 3D quality sound all around, with great sound isolation as well. The V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Limited Edition headphones are definitely in the upper echelon when it comes to the sound department. So much so that I think these will be my new premier set of headphones for performances going forward.
Conclusion: The first time we reviewed a V-Moda product was with the True Blood V-Moda V-80 headphones which are basically the on-the-ear version of these new V-Moda Crossfade LP2 LE’s that we reviewed here. We were blown away by the smaller headphones and we are equally blown away by the “bigger-brother” over-the-ear edition LP2’s. As soon as a DJ opens the package on a set of V-Moda headphones, you can immediately see the professionalism, quality, and care that V-Moda takes to ensure you are getting a top of the line piece. These are truly professional headphones with features that will appease DJ’s, producers, and regular MP3 or Smartphone users who want a high-quality set of headphones that also look really cool and stylish. The LP2’s are built like tanks with a lightweight, steel construction and an Ergonomic Steelflex headband. The V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Limited Edition Headphones have some nice crisp sound quality and good sound isolation as well. In other words, they are worth every bit of the $230 price tag that they come with. I could only find one small gripe with the V-moda LP2 headphones which is the fact that they do not have a collapsible or swivel design for DJ's who like to have their earphones in different configurations or shapes when spinning. Overall, I am very impressed by the style, sound quality, durability, and features of these compact headphones...so much so that I WILL definitely have to keep these for myself...(sorry V-Moda!) The V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Limited Edition Matte Black Headphones are recommended to anyone who wants a really high quality, premier set of headphones for performances, personal listening, and smartphone control. The LP2’s have excellent sound quality and they are also built to last!
-Durable Metal (Steel) Construction
-Lightweight and Comfortable
-Professional Sound Quality with Great Sound Isolation
-Replaceable metal faceplates to change style/color
-Comes with (2) Detachable/Replaceable Kevlar Cables (one with Mic for Cell phone usage, and one for monitoring)
V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Limited Edition Matte Black Headphones Features
Crossfade LP2 Matte Black Metal over-ear headphones are part of V-MODA's "Live Play" series trusted by the pros and elite DJ's worldwide. A refined edition of the original legendary Crossfade LP, LP2 brings modern music enthusiasts high-fidelity sound, virtually indestructible quality, luxurious ergonomic comfort and a limited edition matte black finish. “The original LP has quickly become the #1 lifestyle DJ headphones from the street to the stage,” says Val Kolton, V-MODA CEO and DJ. “LP2 empowers modern music enthusiasts with military grade durability, timeless materials, and a life-like V-PORT soundstage.”
MasterCrafted® Professional Quality
The Crossfade series is tuned and trusted by a legion of legendary musicians, Grammy-Award winning producers and DJs. Crossfade LP2 packs unique materials, professional acoustics, natural noise isolation, ultimate ergonomics and military-level ruggedness into a minimal fashion forward design. Crafted from lightweight metals and featuring V-MODA's unique metal "V" design, the Crossfade LP2 is a sophisticated tank that stands out in a carbon-copy crowd. Refusing to conform to the sound-age of over-processed digital compression and disposable products, LP2 is a salute to the true masters of music, machines and materials.
The nucleus of LP2 is its patent-pending and biggest-in-class 50mm Dual-Diaphragm Drivers that deliver multi-driver sound with the energy efficiency and consistentcy of a single driver. To recreate a pure balanced sound, LP2 uses no batteries or artificial sound processing and is power efficient enough to rock even with the built-in amplifier of mobile devices.
No Batteries Needed
BLISS Noise Isolation
Supple BLISS memory foam ear cushions naturally isolate noise and immerse you into your own world of sound without bothering others. The specially tuned V-PORT V3 and memory cushions create a true 3D live sound stage by regulating air in and out of the ports with minimal leakage for tranquility . It's the perfect balance of isolation, staging and ergonomics that makes LP2 the essential companion for long play sessions on smartphones, notebooks and tablets.
V-PORT® V3 Airflow System - Minimal Leakage & Maximum 3D
LP2’s first-class materials are virtually indestructible including a steel frame, STEELFLEX headband, interchangeable brushed metal shields, durable microfiber suede and replaceable memory foam cushions. The LP2 also comes fully loaded with two Kevlar-reinforced microphone cables for universal smartphone compatibility and an exoskeleton carry case for added road warrior armor.
“Rome wasn’t built in a day, and similarly it took almost half a decade to fuse the durability of an M1 Abrams tank, timeless Vinyl sound, Italian-suit elegance, and exotic motorsport materials into the Crossfade series.” says Val Kolton, V-MODA CEO and DJ. “In the sound-age of over-processed digital compression and disposable plastic products, our virtues were to develop a quality product that salutes the true masters of music, machines and materials. It’s an incredible value for hi-fi sound and sophisticated style that says as much about you as your shoes, watch or car.”
Gunmetal and Custom Shields
V-MODA's virtues are rooted in personalization, with the Crossfade series you can "endorse yourself" and become truly unique. With LP2, we get you started by including a Gunmetal Shield kit in the package. Additional metal colors, designs and even shields with your own logo are also available. Perfect for those who want to express themselve, from minimal to maximal.
Military MIL-STD-810G and V-MODA's even tougher VMQA guidelines validate V-MODA's heavy duty testing. The Crossfade series is deployed in real-life military scenarios, as V-MODA was co-founded by active and former military personnel.
MIL-STD-810G and V-MODA Quality Tests
Headband bend: Bend 10+ times flat, not break and retain its memory and shape (view)
Cable/Plug bend: Kevlar reinforced detachable cables and 45-degree plug strain relief can each bend over 1 million times, over 100x industry standards
Concrete drop: Survives 70+ drops on concrete from 6 feet (approximately 3x the industry standard major functions operational)
Sound variance: Virtually inaudible sound variances across the spectrum of less than 2dB from unit to unit versus 10-30dB+ of inferior products
MIL-STD-810G environmental: high and low temperatures, humidity, salt spray and UV exposure
Fit is The Sound
Relentless research over the course of 4 years in ergonomics was spent to perfect the ergonomics of the Crossfade Series. To make supernatural sound requires supernatural ergonomics, as the fit alters the sound greatly. Additionally, Crossfade LP2 is so comfortable it can be worn for hours, perfect for watching your favorite shows, jamming to your favorite mix or performing on stage.
Did you know that not all headphone drivers are created equally? Without rigorous quality testing, many headphones have variances from unit to unit of up to 30dB, even on the left to right channels. But V-MODA's strict driver testing program guarantees consistent quality and critically-acclaimed sound in every single pair of LP2 headphones, every time.
When it comes to the frequency response curve, the traditional old-school specifications people judge headphones by, such as 5Hz-30kHz, does not paint a full picture. It’s akin to only considering a statue by its height versus its finer details in the sculpted curves and artistic expression. V-MODA sculpts the sound at every step along the entire frequency response range by utilizing a 31-band EQ, lab and subjective testing during the tuning stages.
Balancing Music's Weakest Link
The experience of sound is only as strong as the weakest link. Today, that's too often terrible compression in the digital source material as much as the ergonomics and inconsistent quality of the headphone's frequency response curve. Additionally, songs are mastered and mixed differently because of the same sound chain, even on the same album. Therefore, V-MODA's tuning methodology is balanced and utilitarian, with an organic and clear sound stage that doesn't rely on additional sound processing, batteries or crossovers; the result is the greatest sound for the greatest amount of people.
V-MODA's commitment to quality stays with you: Each LP2 purchased from V-MODA.com or any of our Verified Dealers is backed by an unrivaled 2-Year V-MODA Premier Warranty. And in the unlikely event you run over your headphones with a real tank, don't worry. With the LP2's Immortal Life Program, you get a 50% off replacement in any disaster. V-MODA is so confident the LP2 is a superior headphone, it even offers an unrivaled 60-day test drive guarantee.
Universal Compatibility and Microphone Communication
LP2 comes with 2 cables for universal compatibility with all modern mobile and audio devices. The 3-Button remote microphone cable is designed for the latest Apple devices, including iPhone®,iPad®, iPod®, and Macbook series. The long audio-only cable and 1/4" adapter is universally compatible with all audio devices and professional equipment.
Also, the microphone works great for gaming and is fully Skype compatible on smart phones, tablets and the latest generation Apple products without the need for an adapter. Additional cables and adapters are also available.
V-MODA Crossfade LP2 headphones, exoskeleton hard case, detachable Kevlar reinforced 3-Button mic/audio cable, detachable Kevlar reinforced audio cable, 1/4" adapter, carabineer bag clip
50mm Dual-Diaphragm drivers (biggest in class)
Vibrant Bass, Vivid Mids, Vivacious Highs
V-PORT V3 Soundstage
BLISS™ Noise Isolation w/o Leakage
Lightweight, steel construction
Ergonomic Steelflex Headband
Exoskeleton hard case
Military-Level quality (MIL-STD-810G)
Kevlar® reinforced cables (3-button, Audio Only) passes 1 million flex cycles
Is there any difference between Crossfade LP2 and Crossfade LP?
Yes. The Crossfade LP2 offers:
Fine tuned sound signature based off the critically acclaimed Crossfade LP
Minimalist design with virtually no V-MODA branding so you can endorse yourself™, should you choose
Customizable Gunmetal Shield Kit
2-Year V-MODA Premier Warranty
Impedance: 32 Ohms
Speaker Drivers: patent pending 50mm Dual-Diaphragm High-Fidelity Driver
Frequency Response: 5 Hz - 30 kHz
Standard Cables: Kevlar® reinforced, 80” audio only cable, 36” 3-button remote/mic cable
Plug: 45 degree, 24k gold-plated 3.5 mm (1/8") stereo plug
Weight: 260g (headphone only)
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