V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex
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Who are these Headphones for?
Well, according to the V-Moda website, the Crossfade 2 are for virtually anyone; though the company isn’t wrong, let’s narrow that down a bit.
How good is the Battery?
A 430mAh battery supplies 14 hours of playback time before needing to be recharged. If you find that you forgot to charge the headphones, that’s OK, because these use quick charge technology and require just 30 minutes to provide 4 hours of playback. A full charging cycle will take a bit longer at around 2.5 hours.
These predominantly Bluetooth headphones feature a 10-meter connectivity range. And as we’re seeing more and more in mid-to-top tier headphones, Bluetooth multipoint connectivity is supported here, so you can connect to two devices simultaneously. What’s more, aptX and AAC codec support means there’s virtually zero perceptible wireless latency. Again, you can always unravel the included 3.5mm aux cable for some hi-res audio quality.
How do they Sound?
Clarity is pristine thanks to a few things going on under the hood including the 50mm dual-diaphragm drivers, integrated Micro Vamp an amp/DAC combo and lest we forget, aptX and AAC support. Since improved codec support is at the heart of this headphone, I’ll be discussing the sound from the perspective of aptX Bluetooth streaming.
Lows and Mids
Generally speaking, the low-end frequencies receive quite a bit of emphasis, but as V-Moda claims on its website, the dual-diaphragm drivers promote frequency separation. The bass doesn’t degrade midrange audibility too much, but there’s no question that it’s not a neutral frequency response, which is completely OK.
Should you buy them?
If you’re coming here as someone who puts durability and longevity first and foremost, then yes. As the company’s products are known for, these headphones can withstand nearly anything, and if on the off chance that they are crushed under the pressure, you can always contact V-Moda about its Immortal Life Program. Toughness aside, these are some fantastic headphones that are compact enough for travel but comfortable enough for all-day wear.
However, if you already own the Crossfade 2 Wireless and aren’t enticed by the aptX and AAC compatibility, even with the Codex Upgrade Program, then you’re better off saving your money until you need to swap your headphones in for a worthy V-Moda upgrade, or until you’ve moved onto a different style of headphone. That said, even though these are expensive for headphones that don’t support aptX HD, they provide plenty of noteworthy features like hi-res wired listening and military-grade durability that make them worth the price.
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