V-Moda Crossfade 3 wireless headphones review: Filling a narrowing niche

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V-Moda may not be as big as Apple and Sony, but the company has built some of the most popular headphones over the past few years, especially in certain audiophile circles. The Crossfade 2 wireless headphones were advertised for their comfortable fit and excellent audio quality. Now, however, Italian brand V-Moda is back with a third generation – the V-Moda Crossfade 3 wireless headphones.

The V-Moda Crossfade 3 wireless headphones may not reinvent the wheel, but they do add a number of new features, like Qualcomm AptX HD audio codec support and AAC codec support, which improves their sound when used with Apple devices. .

Do these headphones do enough to justify their $300 price tag? Or should you go with the likes of Sony? I used the V-Moda Crossfade 3 Wireless Headphones to find out.

V-Moda Crossfade 3 Wireless

Rating: 3.5 stars

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Advantages

  • Solid design
  • The app works well
  • Good sound quality
  • Good autonomy

The inconvenients

  • Slightly small earbuds
  • No ANC

V-Moda Crossfade 3 Wireless Design

The last-gen V-Moda Crossfade looked great, and luckily they didn’t drastically change the look of the V-Moda Crossfade 3 wireless headphones. The headphones still offer the sleek, angular design, with hexagonal ear cups, as well as the power switch (not the power button) and the solid metal frame which should ensure that the headphones can withstand at least a few years of daily use. .

V-Moda Crossfade 3 Wireless SideImage source: Christian de Looper for BGR

As mentioned, there’s a power switch on the bottom of the right ear cup, which makes it extremely easy to turn on the headphones when you put them on your head. Additionally, there are volume controls and a play/pause button on the top of the headset. At the bottom of the headset is the USB-C charging port.

The left ear cup isn’t as packed with controls, but there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack for wired listening, which is always nice to have.

In general, I like the overall look of the V-Moda Crossfade 3 wireless headphones. They have a unique look, while still being sleek and stylish.

V-Moda Crossfade 3 Wireless CaseImage source: Christian de Looper for BGR

You’ll also get a solid selection of accessories along with the headphones. There’s the relatively compact carrying case, along with an aux cable for wired listening and a USB-A to USB-C charging cable. Personally, I would have preferred a USB-C to USB-C cable.

V-Moda Crossfade 3 Wireless Features and Battery

Headphones seem to be getting smarter and smarter, but while Apple and Sony are investing in tech for things like noise cancellation and easier switching, V-Moda is instead investing its money in tech that improves audio quality. . Luckily, however, you still get some smart features that make the use of headphones a little bit better. Notably, there’s a new V-Moda app that lets you tweak the equalizer, install firmware updates, and more. It’s not the most feature-rich app and it doesn’t have great reviews on the app store, but it worked fine for me.

V-Moda Crossfade 3 Wireless USB-CImage source: Christian de Looper for BGR

The battery life of the Crossfade 3 wireless headphones is up to 30 hours, according to V-Moda. That’s solid battery life, and that means you shouldn’t have to overcharge the headphones. It beats a lot of the competition, but the best alternatives, like the Sony WH-1000XM5 headphones, roughly match these.

V-Moda Crossfade 3 Wireless Comfort

The V-Moda Crossfade 3 Wireless Headphones may look sleek and stylish, but that can have a bit of an impact on comfort. The ear pads are a little small, and while that doesn’t make them too uncomfortable, after long periods of listening it can be noticeable. Luckily they still use premium padding and don’t have a tight fit so they’re generally comfortable, but if you have large ears or sensitive ears you might have issues after listening for a few hours or so. . .

Wireless V-Moda Crossfade 3 Sound

The most important consideration here is the sound of the V-Moda Crossfade 3 Wireless Headphones. After all, without the smart features offered by some other options, you’ll want these $300 headphones to sound great. The headphones offer technical support similar to Qualcomm apt-X HD and AAC, which will help ensure they sound great no matter what device you connect them to.

V-Moda Crossfade 3 Wireless PadsImage source: Christian de Looper for BGR

Out of the box, I didn’t like the fit of these headphones. To me they sounded a bit boxy and a bit overshadowed by the low mids. With a little tweaking in the new app, however, I was able to get great sound.

The earphones particularly excel in the extremes. They offer excellent bass response, with good bass extension. Combined with the right high-end response, you’ll get an exciting sound profile. They can feel a little heavy at times, especially the lower mids, but again this can be changed with the app.

Unfortunately, the earbuds don’t have noise cancellation, which is a bit lacking. I understand these aren’t aimed at the average consumer, on a pair of wireless headphones in this price range, noise cancellation has become much more important over the last few years. Hopefully V-Moda will include it next time.

conclusion

The V-Moda Crossfade 3 wireless headphones have a lot going for them. They’re well-designed, sound great, and offer smart features that can definitely help with the overall listening experience.

But headphones are also getting a lot smarter, and for many the lack of noise cancellation will render them unusable. I hope V-Moda adds some smart features while ensuring its future headphones still sound great. As consumer headphones start to sound better and better, the niche of customers who want wireless headphones that don’t offer the full package is shrinking – and I don’t want V-Moda to be left behind.

The competition

At $300, these compete directly with headphones like the Sony WH-1000XM5 and Bose Headphones 700. Both of these options offer better smart features and excellent noise cancellation. They also sound great, but perhaps not as naturally as the V-Moda Crossfade 3 Wireless Headphones. If a natural experience is what you’re after, then the Crossfade 3 Wireless Headphones are the way to go – but if you want a good mainstream headphone experience, it’s worth considering something else.

Should I buy the V-Moda Crossfade 3 wireless headphones?

Yes, but only if you fall into the niche they are intended for.

V-Moda Crossfade 3 Wireless

Rating: 3.5 stars

BGR may receive a commission

BGR may receive a commission

Advantages

  • Solid design
  • The app works well
  • Good sound quality
  • Good autonomy

The inconvenients

  • Slightly small earbuds
  • No ANC
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