V-MODA CROSSFADE 2 WIRELESS CODEX EDITION

Design & Construction

The V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex Edtion is a slight upgrade to the existing award-winning Crossfade 2 Wireless. On the left earcup, there is a Micro-USB port for charging, while on the right earcup there is the (From  Back-Front): Vol- & Vol+ buttons and play/pause button. At the bottom, there is power switch for turning it on/off and Bluetooth pairing. Pairing via Bluetooth is simple and quick. The buttons feel rather cheap due to its squeaky sound when pressed. A Blue LED light up once in every few seconds during wireless usage. Both earcups has customisable shields and bear the V-Moda logo. The SteelFlex metal headband conforms to your head very well and do not stick out. There is also the same vegan leather cushion under the headband which provide for a more comfortable experience. Its rather unfortunate to know that wearing fatigue will be eventually be felt after an hour plus of use due to its heavy-weight and slightly tight clamping force. The earcups pivot left and right and folds up for easy storage. Even though the hinges are made out of metal, V-Moda's Cliqfold ensures that the headphone can be stored in its most compact form. I have to say I am impressed with the case as well, it may seem bulky but it does it's job at keeping the accessories free of damage and scratches. For DJs, there are V-Ports which allow the airflow in the case so the headphones will not smell bad after a festival or gig.

Sound Quality

The 50mm High-Resolution Dual-Diaphragm headphone drivers have a clear sound signature. Now, AptX, AAC & SBC codecs are supported for clear audio transmission over Bluetooth. Based on user experience, the noise isolation very good, I could not hear much of my surroundings when there was no music on. The highs and mids are balanced and enjoyable. The highs do not sound too sharp and tinging. It also has a wide soundstage and instrument separation. Compared to the old Crossfade 2 Wireless, the sound output is richer in detail. You can really hear the purity and high quality sound like those expensive in-ear monitors. Bass is tight and apparent but not muddy to the point that it bleeds into the mid-range frequencies. Call quality was okay, the caller could hear me on the other end and didn't know I was using the headphone mic to communicate.

Connectivity & Portability

The headphone operates both passively and wirelessly. From my test, it was surprising to know that the audio output of the headphones is slightly clearer in wired mode. V-Moda worked in a different way as other audio companies, they built the headphone as a wired headset first then, added Bluetooth for consumers' convenience. Indeed. The mic and controls work in wired mode via the supplied cable. The battery life peaks at a maximum of 14 hours. The package comes a Micro-USB cable, a gold plated 1/4" adapter, a cable with inline controls and mic, a hard carrying case as aforementioned together with a carabiner to clip the case to your backpack.

PROS

  • Super Durable Construction

  • Clear Sound Signature

  • Controls For Music Play & Calls

  • A Range Of Colours

  • Light-Weight

  • Good Call Quality

  • Great Noise Isolation

  • Hard Carrying Case

  • Durable Cables

  • AptX, AAC, SBC Support

  • A Range of Colours

CONS

  • Short Battery Life

  • Heavy-weight

  • Wearing Fatigue

The Bottom Line

The V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex Edition is a only a slight upgrade to the existing model. For current owners of the old Crossfade 2 Wireless, it is not necessary to upgrade to the Codex Edition unless you want the absolute best. V-Moda is offering a trade-in top-up upgrade in selected countries. Overall, Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex Edition is still a superior headphone housing 40mm High-Resolution drivers, durable build and great sound. A range of colours are available to fit users of different gender.

WE RATE IT!

9/10

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