V-Moda Crossfade M-100 review

These stylish cans definitely make an impact, but they need more finesse and detail to truly compete with class rivals Tested at £270

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

These stylish cans definitely make an impact, but they need more finesse and detail to truly compete with class rivals


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    Punchy, weighty and dynamic

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    Plenty of bass oomph

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    Compact and foldable

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    Customisable ear covers


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    Needs more refinement and subtlety

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    Can get a little chaotic and too insistent

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    The ear pads can feel uncomfortable over time

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Bling them up with shiny metal plates in every colour or engrave them to your heart’s content – these V-Moda over-ears offer an alarming array of customisation.


They’re clearly meant to be flaunted in public, so it’s a good thing the M-100s fit the bill for portable use with their compact, snug frame.

A collapsible design makes them easy to lug around – just be careful you don’t get your finger trapped in the folding mechanism.

We did. A lot.

While they grip your head confidently, those with petite head sizes may find them a bit too large, even with the headband on the tightest setting. The curved ear cups also graze against the ears over time.


V-Moda Crossfade M-100

V-Moda Crossfade M-100

We’re not in the least surprised to hear that the M-100s are big on bass. But where the Beats Mixrs are heavy-handed, these V-Modas have more rhythmic ability and dynamism.

The opening bass lines of The Cat Empire’s Fishies are chunky and playful, while there’s a satisfyingly solid weight underpinning the anthemic You Give Love A Bad Name by Bon Jovi.

It’s not a particularly airy sound though, and it can get chaotic at times.


In fact, the V-Modas hit all notes a little harder than is necessary.

This ballsy approach just about works with heavy metal, but doesn’t bode well for classical or vocal-led songs that need a gentler touch.

Detail and refinement are needed to truly compete with class rivals. Determined to make an impact, these style-conscious cans are made to be seen more than heard.

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