Our Verdict A good-looking headphone spoilt by seriously disappointing sound quality For Great looks solid build comfortable Against Loose bass unbalanced frequencies claustrophobic sound lacks detail Reviewed on 7th December 2010 We wouldn't blame any hi-fi fashionistas for making a beeline for these V-Modas. They look pretty impressive and, dare we say it, stylish. Storm Troopers will go crazy for the White Pearl finish, while Darth Vader types can opt for Phantom Chrome or Gunmetal Black. The steel frame on which they're built has both form and function – bringing extra rigidity – while the foam earpads are especially comfortable. Box-fresh, the Crossfade LPs sound highly-strung and tightly wound, but once they're fully bedded in, sound quality goes to the other extreme. Bass sounds loose and woolly, smothering the other frequencies. Spin Eminem's Not Afraid and there's little room for vocals to breathe. Everything sounds subdued and lacking detail. More after the break Full marks for styling, V-Moda, but the Crossfade LP's sound quality is a real let-down. See all our headphone Best Buys Follow whathifi.com on Twitter Join whathifi.com on Facebook Related News The best What Hi-Fi? deals of the month Fri, 24 Feb 2017, 03:28pm The AH-C160Ws are Denon's sporty new wireless earphones Thu, 16 Feb 2017, 12:00am Headroom show returns to Metropolis in March Thu, 09 Feb 2017, 10:55am The best headphone deals - in-ear, over-ear, wireless and more Mon, 06 Feb 2017, 12:05pm The 10 most popular reviews on What Hi-Fi? Wed, 01 Feb 2017, 01:07pm Crossfade LP Headphones V-moda Stay on top of your sound with What Hi-Fi? in your inbox every week Thank you for registering for our Newsletter We will send you relevant emails and updates.