Chic Italian headphone brand V-MODA has released its latest pair of Bluetooth headphones in the form of the new Crossfade 3 Wireless. These headphones are V-MODA’s flagship model in the Crossfade series and look superb.
Crossfade 3 Wireless headphones have the classic V-MODA signature sound but also feature new audio refinements that the company says can deliver the most immersive club experience ever. The Crossfade 3 can go almost anywhere thanks to a battery life of up to 30 hours from a single charge. There’s also support for Qualcomm’s aptX HD audio codec and the AAC codec favored by Apple for iOS devices.
While the wireless sound of these headphones is impeccable, it’s also possible to listen to the Crossfade 3 using a cable connection for even higher-resolution audio. Using the supplied audio cable, the Crossfade 3 can cover a frequency range from 5Hz to 40,000Hz. In addition, the headphones have been officially certified as suitable for hi-res Audio by the Japan Audio Society. To my knowledge, the Crossfade 3 have one of the widest frequency ranges I’ve ever seen quoted for a pair of wired headphones and probably far wider than most of us humans can hear.
Regarding their looks, the V-MODA Crossfade 3 headphones are available in three new finishes. They feature a subtle tweak of the classic V-MODA design with enhancements that give the Crossfade 3 a slightly more contemporary look.
The Crossfade 3 Wireless deliver the classic V-MODA sound signature that’s favored by many DJs and fans of club music. The latest tuning provides a bit more punch and impact. The upper mid-range sounds more evident than on the previous generation of Crossfadses; there’s smoother definition in the treble frequencies. Altogether, it’s a pleasing sound that can suit a wide range of musical genres. For my ears, the Crossfade 3 now have a more detailed soundstage than the V-MODA S-80 headphones I reviewed last month.
The impactful sound of the Crossfade 3 is due to V-MODA’s use of dual-diaphragm 50mm drivers and some carefully tuned materials, plus a construction method that gives the Crossfade 3 a more immersive sound. As a result, there is plenty of club energy on offer here, plus the excitement of deep and well-defined bass.
With up to 30 hours of battery life from a single charge, the Crossfade 3 Wireless have enough stamina for a couple of weeks of commuting. They offer double the listening time available using the previous generation Crossfade model. With USB-C charging connectivity, these headphones can also be topped up using the latest generation of USB phone chargers.
Perhaps the most striking feel about the Crossfade 3 Wireless is their incredibly lightweight and compact size. These headphones feel much lighter than their 315g, largely thanks to a generously padded and flexible headband plus the plump ear cushions that completely cover the wearer’s ears. The Crossfade 3 feel so comfortable to wear, even for long listening sessions.
Users can fold down the Crossfade 3 thanks to V-MODA’s patented CliqFold hinge. They can be safely stowed away in the supplied hard-shell carrying case that protects the headphones no matter where the user goes. As you’d expect with wireless headphones, the Crossfade 3 also include built-in microphones for making phone calls, taking part in video conferences or for issuing commands to voice assistants. The sound quality picked up by the microphones is good and there’s also some effective noise canceling when making calls.
To customize the headphones there’s the V-MODA smartphone app, which is available for iOS and Android devices. The app can be used to personalize the wireless sound of the headphones by adjusting the overall EQ response.
As well as sounding great, the Crossfade 3 Wireless also look superb, thanks to the tweaking of the original V-MODA design and the choice of three new colorways. The Crossfade 3 are available in Matte Black, Gunmetal Black or Bronze Black finishes. Customizable ear-cup shields can be added to promote a brand or stamp the headphones with their owner’s personality by using unique artwork available through V-MODA’s color printing and laser engraving service.
Verdict: The V-MODA Crossfade 3 headphones sound stunning with their brilliantly balanced tone featuring plenty of energy and punch. They also look amazing and can be customized even further with the removable ear-cup shields. I love how the headphones fold down into such a small size and can be safely tucked away in the supplied zippered hard case. The sound over Bluetooth is exemplary, but using the provided audio cable, the Crossfade 3 can sound even better thanks to the 50mm drivers and a super-wide frequency response of 5Hz to 40,000Hz over wires. Whether you’re out clubbing, commuting, or listening to a high-end audio system at home, the V-MODA Crossfade 3 are a superb pair of earphones and are well priced for the sound quality on offer.
Pricing & Availability: The V-MODA Crossfade 3 Wireless headphones are available now and cost $299.99.
More info: V-MODA.com and Adorama
- Drivers: 50mm dual diaphragm.
- Frequency response: 5 – 40,000Hz / Hi-Res Audio.
- Speaker sensitivity: 107dB @ 1kHz 1mW.
- Microphone sensitivity: -42 ±3dB @ 1kHz.
- Impedance 32Ω.
- Bluetooth version: 5.2
- Audio codecs: Qualcomm aptX HD, AAC, SBC.
- Noise-canceling: Passive.
- Style: Over the ear/Circumaural.
- Weight: 315g/11oz.
- Battery life: 30 hours.
- Charging: USB-C.