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V-Moda Crossfade M-80 On-Ear Noise - Isolating Metal Headphone - Shadow

  • 5Hz-30KHz
  • 105 dB @ 1kHz 1mW
  • 3.5mm

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Crossfade M-80 On-Ear Pure Noise Isolating : METAL : Headphones


"V-MODA's M-80 has earned its way into the collective psyche of headphone audiophiles as one of the
top choices for a portable headphone, based on its sound quality alone.
It's built as tough as a Vault, yet looks like the product of an Italian design house."

- HEAD-FI Founder, Jude

"M-80 reigns supreme due to its combined attributes and qualities ...
GAME CHANGERS in the area of supra-aural headphones."

- Best Headphones Guide

"Every genre of music and all of the videos we tested with the new Crossfades,
sounded pretty close to great right away."

- iLounge

"Oh.My.Goodness! These are my new favorite headphones ...
Killer looks; killer sound (good bass, too)."

- InnerFidelity + Stereophile Editor, Tyll Hertsens

"The sound of the headphones is excellent, with some seriously punchy bass
and a really clean and crisp high end."

- iCreate Magazine

Explosive Sound. Sleek Size.
Half the size of the rock solid leading Crossfade LP, M-80 fuses Pure Noise Isolating
Sound, Military-Level Durability and Timeless Materials.

Superior Sound
  • 40mm Dual-Diaphragm drivers (biggest in class)
  • Vibrant Bass, Vivid Mids, Vivacious Highs
  • V-PORT V3 Soundstage
  • BLISS™ Noise Isolation
  • Ergonomic Utilitarianism
Military-Level Quality
  • Lightweight, steel construction
  • Ergonomic Steelflex Headband
  • Exoskeleton hard case
  • Military-Level quality (MIL-STD-810G)
  • Kevlar® reinforced cables pass 1 million flex cycles

Masterfully Created
Authentically tuned by a legion of legendary musicians, Grammy-Award winning producers and DJs, Crossfade M-80 packs unique materials, professional acoustics, natural noise isolation, ultimate ergonomics and military-level ruggedness into a design 53% smaller than its now legendary, over-ear sibling. Refusing to conform to the sound-age of over-processed digital compression and disposable products, M-80 is a salute to the true masters of music, machines and materials.

Size Comparison

Pure Sound
The nucleus of M-80 is its patent-pending and biggest-in-class 40mm Dual-Diaphragm Drivers that deliver multi-driver sound with the energy efficiency and consistent quality of a single driver. To recreate a pure balanced sound analogous to Vinyl, M-80 uses no batteries or artificial sound processing and instead relies on immortal acoustic techniques.
No batteries needed

Natural BLISS Isolation
Supple BLISS memory foam ear cushions naturally isolate noise and immerse you into your own world of sound. The specially tuned V-PORT V3 and memory cushions create a true 3D sound stage versus fully closed-back headphones by directing air out of the ports to maintain tranquility. It's the perfect balance of isolation, staging and ergonomics that makes M-80 the essential companion for long play sessions on smartphones, notebooks, and tablets.
V-PORT V3 Airflow System
Sophisticated Style
M-80's first-class materials are virtually indestructible including a steel frame, STEELFLEX headband, interchangeable brushed metal shields, durable microfiber suede and replaceable memory foam cushions. The M-80 also comes fully loaded with two Kevlar-reinforced microphone cables for universal smartphone compatibility and an exoskeleton carry case for added road warrior armor.

Material Edge

"In the sound-age of over-processed digital compression and disposable plastic products, our virtues were to develop a quality product that salutes the true masters of music, machines, and materials. It's an incredible value for hi-fi sound and sophisticated style that says as much about you as your shoes, watch or car." says Val Kolton, V-MODA CEO and DJ.

"Try as I might, I can't find any significant faults with V-MODA's latest set of on-ear headphones,
a pair of luxary cans that marry elegant style and high quality materials to superb sound"

- CTV News, Chad Sapieha (Crossfade M-80 and V-80 review)

Custom Shields
V-MODA believes in the ability to be unique and remix your headphone. With the M-80's interchangeable custom metal shields, you can choose from a selection of colors, designs, and even submit your own artwork.

Custom Shields

Military-Level Durability
Using strict military testing guidelines (MIL-STD-810G), no company puts their product through more punishment and duress than V-MODA to ensure quality.

The M-80 is tested under strict MIL-STD-810G military testing and V-MODA’s even tougher VMQA guidelines, of which a few are listed below.

MIL-STD-810G and V-MODA Quality Tests
  • Kevlar reinforced detachable cables and 45-degree plug strain relief can each bend over 1 million times, over 100x industry standards
  • Survives 70+ drops on concrete from 6 feet, approximately three times the industry standard
  • Headband can bend 10+ times flat, not break and retain its memory and shape
  • Virtually inaudible sound variances across the spectrum of less than 2dB from unit to unit versus 10-30dB+ of inferior products
  • MIL-STD-810G environmental tests including high and low temperatures, humidity, salt spray and UV exposure
The Fit is the Sound
To make supernatural sound required supernatural ergonomics, as the fit can alter the sound up to 50dB with on-ear headphones. Additionally, most on-ear headphones are so uncomfortable they can only be worn for a few minutes, which is unsuitable for watching your favorite shows or jamming to your favorite mix in our modern mobile lifestyle.

The M-80's tailored fit is balanced enough to create a natural sound with a proper on-ear seal, and ensures there's never too much pressure on any part of the head at any time, so you can rock on deep into the night.

"Every genre of music and all the videos we tested with the
new Crossfades sounded pretty close to great right away."

- iLounge (Crossfade M-80 and V-80 review)

Did you know that not all headphone drivers are created equally? Without rigorous quality testing, many headphones have variances from unit to unit of up to 30dB, even on the left to right channels. But V-MODA's strict driver testing program guarantees consistent quality and critically-acclaimed sound in every single pair of M-80 headphones, every time.

When it comes to the frequency response curve, the traditional old-school specifications people judge headphones by, such as 5Hz-30kHz does not paint a full picture. V-MODA sculpts the sound at every step along the entire frequency response range by utilizing a 31-band EQ, lab and subjective testing during the tuning stages.

Sound Curve
*Verified by independent lab technicians.

Guaranteed Satisfaction
V-MODA's commitment to quality stays with you: Each M-80 is backed by an unrivaled two-year premier warranty. And if you're rough on your headphones, don't worry. With the M-80's Immortal Life replacement program, you get a 50% off lifetime replacement guarantee.

Universal Compatibility and Communication
M-80 is universally compatible with all audio devices, smartphones and tablets with a standard 3.5mm port. It works perfectly on all iPhone®, Android®, BlackberryTM, iPod®, tablets, notebook, MP3 and audio devices.


Included are two detachable cables, a 1-button microphone and a 3-button cable for Apple products. Also, it’s great for gaming and fully Skype compatible on smart phones, tablets and latest generation Apple products without the need for an adapter. Additional cables and pro audio ¼” adapters are also available.

What's Included?
V-MODA Crossfade M-80 headphones, exoskeleton hard case, detachable Kevlar reinforced 1-button mic/audio cable, detachable Kevlar reinforced 3-button mic/audio cable, carabineer bag clip, 2-year warranty. V-MODA's immortal life program.

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  • Wayne P.
  • 9/23/2013 12:54:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat sound

Pros: Excellent balanced sound with good solid bass. good highs and mids as well. nothing is drowned out because the bass is solid and tight. it is not like the beats headphones where the bass is all over the place, it's nice and tamed. the bass does what it is supposed to and that is flow with the song and not completely dominate it. vocals were quiet clear and crisp and very prominent. the mids are just right while the highs are good, everything can be heard in my music now and no more hissing when artists utter a word beginning with S, LOL. I can laugh now but that used to be annoying on other headphones. the headphones are also small. I hate to keep mentioning beats but they're popular. These headphones are much smaller than the beats solo, feel much sturdier (its made of metal and kevlar which houses the cable and tough plastic. I think kevlar is used in bullet proof vests) the headphones are also very comfortable.

Cons: pricey but thats what you pay for quality

the position that the cable connects to the headphones is a bit odd. i wish it was placed a little further up instead of the bottom edge. this gets in the way sometimes. this is a minor complaint and others shouldnt really worry about it.

Other Thoughts: i would recommend this headphone to just about anyone

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  • Alexander B.
  • 7/23/2013 5:52:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHands-down best bang for your buck; maybe the only real high-quality audiophile headphone option for the rational consumer

Pros: Outstanding sound upgrade over the older, over-ear V-Moda LP design for an extremely modest additional cost. This on-ear M-80 design is known for being moderately 'neutral' while still packing some of the punch on the bass that the 50mm driver sets are known for. A lot of serious audiophile reviewers maintain that this M-80 design still beats out the newer and far more expensive M-100 model in terms of overall sound quality / profile, and having tried the M-100s, I would have to agree. Compared to competing options like the Sennheiser HD25-1 ii or the Beyerdynamic DT 1350 (the latter of which I also own), the M-80 on-ear fit benefits significantly from the narrower shape of the cup because it avoids the back of the cheekbone by the front of the ear, allowing for a much quicker/easier/better seal. Headband can also be bent to suit your head's shape for optimizing the fit. I will say that as long as you make some adjustments in bending the headband to suit your head, then the resulting on-ear fit of the cups will be better than anything you might get with the more expensive, higher-rated competitors.
Along with these comments, you can read a thousand reviews elsewhere that will praise the build quality and durability of the headphones along with praise for the accessories & packaging -- I would agree entirely with all of those common 'pros'.
I also think these are great for watching Blu-Ray movies on a computer as the bass really picks up a lot of what you might miss with built-in TV speakers.

Cons: One simply needs to come to terms with the idea that any on-ear design isn't a 'throw-on-&-play' type of set -- you're going to have to fidget for 20 seconds to get them in the right place on your ears (and in my opinion, it's really worth it, and the fit is still much better than you get with competing designs). You're also going to have to be willing to take advantage of the SteelFlex headband and physically bend & alter the shape of it to conform to your head (the fact that you can do this is a huge plus, but just realize that that's a normal adjustment people make with these). The highly-praised stock cables are a bit noisy -- I strongly suggest taking advantage of the detachable chord design by picking up a mic-less 3.5mm aux cable with a much lower-friction outer layer to reduce noise transmitted when the cable rubs against your clothing -- this is a HUGE plus for those who listen to slower/quieter music or that use them to watch video/movies.
In my opinion, the Shadow set is the option to go with over the White Pearl, which is kind of pushing it in terms of gender-neutrality -- it's too bad Newegg is going through this phase of not carrying the Shadow sets, hope they bring them back.

Other Thoughts: There's a reason that this is the #1 rated on-ear set on Head-Fi -- you can rant & rave about another comparable product being marginally better, but if these M-80 cans cost nearly 40% less than something like a DT 1350, then anybody with a good head on their shoulders will start with this set.

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