The Crossfade M-100's are V-Moda’s entry into the high end/high design headphone market. On paper, it’s easy to see that they are competing with other big players in this category, with their 50mm drivers, memory foam padding, and other high end audiophile level features. But with the headphone market being flooded with so-called ‘high end audiophile headphones', the true headphone test comes down to their performance once you get them out of their packaging.
The Crossfade M-100's are quality all the way, from the rigid cardboard packaging to the protective carrying case that houses the final product. It’s readily apparent that V-Moda took their time with this product. These headphones constructed well- they feel solid but are also surprisingly lightweight and flexible.
What sets the M-100's apart from the rest of the headphone models in this price range is the sound quality. The sound comes in super flat- there is a clear distinction between the highs, mids, and lows. This is a quality you look for in high end studio monitors so one frequency doesn’t distort the other (lows don’t distort the highs, highs the lows, etc).
Equally impressive was their ability to create an over the ear sound environment that performs like a high end sound system at a live music venue. Yes they can play loud but you never need to hit a level where it hurts your ears.
When it comes to construction comfort and durability these headphones are ahead of most of their competitors. Their high quality audio components greatly lessen eardrum fatigue and their sturdy yet lightweight construction sit comfortably on your head.
Lastly, the M-100's have simple yet stylish design- all black with a streamlined hexagonal shape (white silver and shadow colorways are available as well). If you must have a little shine there are optional custom shield kits available in metallic red, orange, purple and black. You can even get the shields laser etched.
The V-Moda Crossfade M-100s are one of the leaders (if not the leader) when it comes to a pair of headphones in this price range. While not designed for DJing, they could be used for that purpose in a pinch (they might not provide the isolation and movement needed in a DJ’s environment). They are stylish, well crafted, and sound better than most of the modern entries into the consumer-oriented audiophile headphone market. These headphones are a quality investment, and will most likely outlast any sound system, phone, or laptop you plug them into.