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Crossfade M-80 Shadow On-Ear Headphones

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  • Ergonomic steelflex headband
  • Exoskeleton hard case
  • V-port v3 soundstage
  • 40mm patented dual-diaphragm
  • Interchangeable metal shields

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  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 7.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 658 g
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  • Item model number: M-80-SHADOW
  • Date first available at 13 Dec. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Product Description

Why Crossfade M-80?

M-80 sets the mobile audiophile standard for precision audio, comfort & rock-solid engineering…

Crossfade M-80 Material Edge

  • Superior Sound
  • Military-Level Durability
  • Comfort, Customization, Style
  • Ultra-Compact Size
  • Detachable Microphone & Audio Cables

Superior Sound. Smaller Size.

Immersive 3D Soundstage: Evokes the experience of a live performance
Clean Deep Bass: Feel and hear the precise vibrations of your music without bloated boom or a muddy mid-range
Crystal Clear Highs & Vivid Midrange: Lifelike vocals, crystal clear cymbals and crispy hi-hats
Comfort & Sound: Ergonomic SteelFlex headband & supple memory foam cushions naturally form to your head and ears

M-80's explosive sound is created by:
  • 40mm Dual-Diaphragm Driver (Patent Pending): Inner and outer rings separate the bass from bleeding into the mids and highs
  • Master Crafted Materials: More expensive driver and components than peer headphones at this price range
  • Modern Audiophile Tuning: Fine-tuned by over 50 legendary producers, artists and DJs to be the perfect mobile headphone for auditioning, producing and mastering music on the go
  • Analog Noise Isolation: Naturally cut out the distractions of jet engines, crying babies and crowd noise
  • No Batteries or Artificial Processing: Powerful, pure sound without the two extra digital-to-analog conversions of battery powered headphones that pollute the purity of your music
  • Minimal Sound Leakage: Immersive sound for you without bothering others
  • Consistent Driver Quality: Quality tested across the frequencies to maintain stricter consistency unit-to-unit than competitors, often by an order of magnitude

Military-Level Durability MIL-STD-810G

Durability Icons
  • Virtually Indestructible STEELFLEX Headband
  • Steel Frame and Interchangeable Aircraft Grade Metal Shields
  • 2-Year Warranty & 50% Immortal Life Program
  • Kevlar Reinforced Cable/Plug Bend: Cables and 45-degree plug can bend over 1 million times (100x industry standard)
  • Concrete Drop: Survives 70+ drops on concrete from 6 feet (10x industry standard)
  • Headband Bend: SteelFlex can bend 10+ times flat
  • Environmental: High and low temperatures, humidity, salt spray and UV exposure

Comfort, Customization, Style

5 Custom Shields
  • Inspired in Italy, Styled in Hollywood: Stylish colors and metal beats plastic headphones
  • 4+ Years of R&D: Resulted in an ergonomic headband and hexagon shape that contours to the natural lines of your facial features and ears
  • Optional Custom Shield Kits: Laser engrave your logo or change your shield color
  • Optional Cables & Ear Cushions: Choose from a variety of color and feature options so that you have a different headphone than everybody else

Ultra-Compact Design & Travel Case

M-80 with Backpack
  • 53% Smaller Design: Rock M-80 as your "daily driver" for all your calls and music, it is half the size of its over-ear siblings so you can wear it all day long
  • Hear, There, Anywhere: Perfect for nearly any scenario including commuting, conference calls, travel, gym, office or mobile music production
  • Form-Fitting Case: Store your headphones and gear in the included hard-shell case
  • V-STRAP System: Organize included cables and 1/4" adapter via the V-STRAP systems inside the exoskeleton case, with extra room left over for your USB Flash Drive and Fader earplugs

Detachable Cables: Make the Call.

  • SpeakEasy 1-Button Mic for Android and smartphones/tablets: Specially tuned for voice recognition and calls in the noisiest environments, the 1-button control universally works with all 3.5mm smartphones and tablets including Android, Windows, Blackberry, Kindle and Apple
  • SpeakEasy 3-Button Mic for Apple: 3-button remote microphone cable controls your calls, music and volume on the latest Apple devices including iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Macbooks
  • Optional BoomPro Cable: Extend your functionality with a professional-grade boom mic for gaming, Skype or podcast/broadcast use (not included)

Which One is for You?

Crossfade M-100
M-100 colors
white silver  matte black
Crossfade LP2
LP2 Matte Black
matte black
Crossfade LP
LP colors
nero  gunmetal black
chrome  rouge  white pearl
Crossfade M-80
M-80 Colors
shadow  white pearl
Type Over-Ear Over-Ear Over-Ear On-Ear
Sound Signature M-Class "Modern Audiophile" LP-Class "Live Play" LP-Class "Live Play" M-Class "Modern Audiophile"
Character audiophile balanced, precision bass, vivid mids, crystal clear ultra wide highs, 3D sound stage refined vibrant bass, vivid mids, vivacious highs, 3D sound stage vibrant bass, vivid mids, vivacious highs, 3D sound stage balanced, precision bass, vivid mids, crystal clear highs, 3D sound stage
Driver M-100 Dual-Diaphragm
50 mm
LP2 Dual-Diaphragm
50 mm
LP Dual-Diaphragm
50 mm
M-80 Dual-Diaphragm
40 mm
SteelFlex Headband

Passive Noise Isolation

Exoskeleton Case


Dual Inputs


SpeakEasy Mic

CoilPro Compatible (not included)

BoomPro Compatible (not included)

Kevlar Reinforced Cables • 1-Button SpeakEasy mic cable
• SharePlay audio cable
• 3-Button mic cable
• Extended Audio cable
• 3-Button mic cable
• Audio Only cable
• 3-Button SpeakEasy mic cable
• 1-Button SpeakEasy mic cable
Customization optional gunmetal shields included
optional optional

Developed by Musicians & Travelers

V-MODA is the authentic music brand that fuses fashion and function. Headphones are essential tools for mobile producers and musicians who require unparalleled performance delivered reliably, night in and night out. The founder of V-MODA, also a producer and DJ, designed the M-80 to deliver professional sound yet withstand even the rigorous needs of globetrotting travelers.

The Crossfade series was master crafted by the people - over 200 audiophiles, editors, artists, DJs and Grammy-winning musicians collaborated for years on the tuning and features of the line. V-MODA utilized hundreds of prototypes to gain feedback from the collective masterminds of the best in the business to create the ultimate versatile and customizable headphone.

Box Contains

1x Crossfade M-80

Customer Reviews

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I spent some time researching on-ears (supra-aural) headphones before buying the V-Moda M-80 as I was looking for something that had excellent sound, good build quality and would work well both unamplified and amplified. The headphones must also be portable, i.e. not full size, over-ears (circum-aural) headphones, must be comfortable for long periods of time and provide sufficient isolation from outside noise, without leaking sound and annoying others around me. They also must work well with all my portable devices (HTC One X, iPod Video, Sansa Clip Zip, Colorfly C3)

My musical tastes run from classical right through pop, rock, metal and dance and trying to find headphones that suit all genres, and that sound equally well on all devices, is difficult. I typically listen to portable audio in either high bitrate (320k) MP3's or FLAC. Having read extensive reviews of the M80's on the head-fi forums, on here and on other websites/forums, I felt confident enough to take the plunge and purchase them.

So, on to the review...

Pack contents:

Comes in a high quality box, sealed with a ribbon that you have to cut to open. Within the box is an even higher quality hard case that contains the headphones, two different cables for them (one for Apple devices, one for everything else) and a lanyard clip for hooking the carry case onto a belt loop or rucksack. The inside of the carrying case is finished in a red velour type of material that will keep your headphones secure and scratch free.

Build quality:

The headphones have a solid steel band.
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I already own Ultimate Ears IEMs but prefer cans in situations where I'm not wearing anything on my head and just hanging out or walking. I was ready to buy Sennheiser HD25-1 even though I thought they were a bit too expensive for me. Luckily, I came across V-Moda's headphones and quickly realized that they are not just another pair of fashion cans, but extremely durable and good-looking headphones that sound great. I originally thought about buying the Crossfade LPs, but then read that M-80 sound better and are more suitable for more than one or two genres of music. I've also come across reviews that say M-90s are better and more comfortable than HD25-1 or Beyerdynamic DT1350. When I saw these on with the low price, I ordered them immediately. N.B. I recommend buying these straight from Amazon as Amazon is a V-Moda verified reseller which means that you get the full V-Moda warranty.

First impressions... These are comfortable headphones which, based on what I've read, will only get more comfortable as the memory foam molds to my head shape. The noise isolation is surprisingly good. I couldn't hear my girlfriend talk from a few feet away. Similarly, I barely heard any traffic sounds when I went outdoors. The sound quality is excellent. I use M-80s with my Samsung Galaxy smarthphone without a portable amp and the sound is full. At 75% volume from the smartphone, they are already a bit too loud. I listen to modern rock and pop, and I would say the sound is lively with the emphasis on bass (which M-80s have plenty although they are not the overpowering sort). While the vocals do sound clear and great, the emphasis is clearly on somewhere else. The set of accessories that come with these cans is excellent. I especially love the carry case which is super handy and durable.
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- unbelievable built and finish quality
- nice "V" shaped sound signature for those who likes crisp trebles and deep basses (deep but not too "beats style" deep)
- good passive external sound isolation
- impressive soundstage for a closed back small headphone

- headband pressure pending for the strong side but still confortable though
- the carrying case do not fit the headphone with the cable attached, adding unnecessary stress to de plug conector
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I tested several on-ear headphones from Beats, B&W P3/P5, Bose - before opting for these V-Modas on the basis of reviews that I read online from both users and audio pro reviewers. Bit of a risk purchasing without a test myself, but the reviews were very positive and, I'm glad to say, entirely valid.

These V-Moda headphones deliver outstanding audio quality across a diverse range of music - connected either to my iPod Touch or iPad. I am delighted with them. Far better than the Beats phones, which I found too bass heavy. I also prefer the sound quality to the B&W and Bose offerings. They are still far from cheap (I paid £115) but the quality/value is superb compared to the more expensive offerings from B&W and Bose. The build quality is also superb, these will not be damaged easily.

For those who care about such things (I don't), they look good too.
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I chose these after having a pair of Bose over ear headphones, (not the noise cancelling ones). They broke after 2 years usage and I wanted something more durable. These seemed to fit the bill with a good price point, apparently excellent durability and the ability to replace parts such as the ear cups if they are the first thing to go. The wire is usually another weak element but is easily replaced with the 3.5mm standard jack for these earphones.

Sound - I am very pleased with the sound coming from these, they are balanced and well rounded leaning toward the bassier side of things. However they don't colour the tracks which are lacking in bass, acoustic and classical sound natural and clear, which for this size and type (closed back) is very good! For the price the sound is excellent, I much prefer the sound over the Bose which coloured the sound too much, rendering tracks with little bass very flat and lifeless. They reproduce very deep bass without compromising the rest of the sound.

Durability - Cannot fault the build quality of these headphones. They are very solid and come with a hard carry case which does a very good job of protecting them. I have broken one jack already but that was my fault (sat on it) and you can't expect it to withstand that!

Comfort - I listened to these on a 10 hour flight to and from Mexico, after 2 hours I got some listening fatigue but you will with any other headphone. They do exert a fair amount of pressure on your head which is reassuring at first but after a few hours it does start to hurt ears and if you have a larger head i'm sure it will be uncomfortable from the get go. You can however weaken the headband by bending it outwards. since there is no other way of making it larger.
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