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V-Moda Crossfade M-80 On-Ear Noise -Isolating Metal Headphone - White Pearl
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Hands-down best bang for your buck; maybe the only real high-quality audiophile headphone option for the rational consumer 07/23/2013

This review is from: V-Moda Crossfade M-80 On-Ear Noise -Isolating Metal Headphone - White Pearl

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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V-Moda Crossfade M-80 On-Ear Noise - Isolating Metal Headphone - Shadow
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Hands-down best bang for your buck; maybe the only real high-quality headphone option for the rational consumer 07/23/2013

This review is from: V-Moda Crossfade M-80 On-Ear Noise - Isolating Metal Headphone - Shadow

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.

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.
One quick note about the person that gave these one egg while still saying the headphones 'sound good' -- if one is a Verified Purchaser, I don't see how s/he could have taken more than 30 days to open the package to realize that it was supposedly defective. Defective means that something was wrong with it the minute you opened the box. If you waited too long to be able to return for replacement with Newegg picking up the shipping tab, then that's on the buyer and really has absolutely nothing to do with the product. That's probably why that review is '0 for 6' on helpfulness -- it doesn't seem to make a whole lot of sense.

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SeaSonic SS-750KM3 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Had this unit for a little over a year and have been extremely pleased with it's performance. Incredibly easy to work with, and I love the smart-fan.
I really think the only gripe I've ever felt about it is that I wish Seasonic had managed to pack the internals in a 5.5in enclosure, but at the time I purchased this, that probably would have been asking too much.

Cons: Like many recent Seasonic-based PSU iterations, it seems this one has fallen victim to a lot of misleading negative reviews incorrectly claiming 'DOA' (or unexpectedly short-lived) units - the real fact of the matter is that some Seasonic PSU platforms don't deal very well with certain types of 'feedback power', and the same could be said for many other OEMs out on the market. UPS units, powered hubs, passive HDMI switches, ... even PSU testers, etc etc ... - there's a ever-growing list of things I've seen (unpredictably) keep a build from powering up on occasion. Sometimes its consistent/obvious as to what the problem is, and then sometimes it isn't, like when no peripherals/extras have been added & you need to toggle something real quick before you can get going. Some might scowl at the idea of having to do so, but I've put to together enough problematic builds in my time to know that simple/patience-testing adjustments like that from time to time are just a part of the game.

Other Thoughts: I'm only writing this review after looking over my order history and randomly passing by the product page - can't believe that some people have gone after such a good product just because they can't troubleshoot their build.

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Date Joined: 06/01/10

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  • First Review: 12/23/10
  • Last Review: 07/23/13
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