I’m not usually one to get caught up in the whole unboxing thing, but my V-Moda Crossfade M-100 headphones just arrived at HomeTechTell’s Alabama HQ, and as usual I was struck by the company’s high-quality packaging, so I thought it would be fun to take a look at the M-100′s box, its presentation, and a few comparisons with its predecessor, the Crossfade LP.
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As you can see right off the bat, the box for the M-100 is significantly smaller, but boasts much the same design touches, including…
…the gorgeous little cloth security strip. That has to be snipped before you can open the package, and assures that if you buy a new set of cans, you’re not getting a box that someone else has rummaged through and returned. Snip that strip, unsnap the latch, and open up the lid and you’re greeted with the M-100′s manual and registration info.
Aside from the manual and a foam topper, the only thing in the box is the M-100′s carrying case, which is incredibly well constructed, and now includes a little carabiner clip.
A quick side-by-side comparison of the M-100 and M-80 carrying cases reveals just how much smaller the former is, thanks to its folding design.
Despite the smaller size, there’s still plenty of room for all of the included cables.
You’ll have to unfold the M-100 before pulling off the protective plastic on the shield, but the headphone is incredibly well constructed, the folding mechanism is precise and study, and unlike so many other folding headphones, I really get a sense of durability from this one. I’ve had folding gaming headsets that fell apart after a month, but the M-100 feels built to last.
Speaking of the shields, those for the M-100 look identical to those for the LP. So if you (and by “you,” I mean “I”) have your own custom set of Wookiee the Chew shields for a pair of LP or LP2s, I don’t see any obvious reason so far that they wouldn’t be compatible. I haven’t busted out the Allen wrench yet to try swapping them, but I’ll surely do so once I dig into a proper review.
The obvious question, of course: are they $110 better? The full answer to that will also have to wait for a proper review, but after a few minutes’ worth of listening, my gut reply is: yes, yes they are. They’re definitely a few bucks more comfortable, for one thing. As for the sound, the most noticeable difference is in the midrange, which is vastly clearer and more neutral through the M-100. Bass is also smoother and more natural to my ears. I haven’t decided yet if those differences account for the perceived improvement in high-frequency clarity, but I’ll dig deeper and give you the full scoop after some serious testing.