The Best Version Yet…
Ignoring the overzealous name, V-Moda’s Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex Edition is a superb upgrade to an already great pair of headphones.
V-Moda is well known for their tough as nails products, and the Crossfade 2 is no different. It boasts a great spec sheet, durable build, and an excellent sound profile.
So, without any hesitation, let’s go through this V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex Edition Review and get into the details.
These headphones have been through extreme testing passing MIL-STD-810G standards, or “military-grade” as some would say. This durable construction, with the lightweight metal construction and V-Moda’s clipfold design, makes these headphones the perfect gym, DJ, or travel companion.
Usually, when something is very durable and portable, some comfort is lost, but not here. The large comfy headband and super plush earpads offer excellent levels of comfort. The vegan leather wrapped cushions do build up some heat, as with all leatherette earpads. To offer up some relief, V-Moda made small cutouts in the earpads for some extra airflow.
Keep the noise out…
Isolation is great, blocking a lot of noise, especially in the mid-range. However, some low hum can still be heard. If you are looking to completely block out noise, then you should take a look at something like the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 or other similar headphones.
The included 3.5mm cable is Aramid-fiber reinforced for extra durability. The included hardcase also doesn’t skimp on durability. It’s sturdy, budge free, and even has air vents to prevent the earpads from soaking in sweat from your ears. Included in the case are elastic bands as well, to tie up your cables and other accessories, a nice touch.
Allow the sound to breathe…
The design itself is quite unique. The hexagonal-shaped earpads provide ample space for your ears to rest and the sound to breathe. The volume controls are found on the side of the headphone’s earcup. They are large buttons with protruding signs, making it easy to feel which button you are pressing.
The different color options all look great. The, oh so premium, black/rose gold color looks stunning, but also adds more than $700 to the price. Not only that, but you can customize the shield material, screws, and which accessories you would like with the headphones. The shields can be laser engraved with any design you’d like.
The biggest difference between the standard version and the Codex edition is its codec support. The original only had aptX support on the rose/gold version.
Here we have all three codecs supported no matter the color palette. That means AAC for IOS users, aptX for Android users, and SBC for devices that don’t support hi-res codecs.
There is a decent amount of boosting happening in the lower range. And the dual-diaphragm drivers promote frequency separation, which means the low-end frequencies won’t interfere with the higher frequencies, even when boosted.
Does it provide a neutral frequency response?
No, but that isn’t a problem for most people.
The bass is well rounded and defined. It’s loud and stands out quite well when listening to EDM or hip-hop. Even with a louder bass response, vocals are still clear as day with no audible auditory masking present.
There is also a spike around the 10kHz, which helps give some extra shine to cymbals and hi-hats. Never to an ear-piercing degree, but enough that drums sound noticeably livelier.
V-Moda also offers an additional boom-mic for gamers looking to buy this pair for gaming purposes. It is detachable and works well. Upon testing, the sound was clear, with some background noise creeping up, but nothing that was earth-shattering.
Connectivity and Battery Life
The headphones connect wirelessly using Bluetooth with a range of up to 10 meters. The hi-res audio codec support means virtually no latency, but there is a 3.5mm jack if you want a hi-res listening experience free from wireless codecs.
The headphones charge up using micro-USB, which is a little disappointing considering the price range these are at.
The battery is able to provide up to 14 hours of playback on a single charge. There is some form of fast charging, even though it’s only micro-USB. Half an hour of charging provides four hours of playback.
Who should buy the V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless CodexEdition?
People constantly on the move.
If you are a traveling DJ, or Audiophile who wants decent quality audio, hi-res wireless codecs with a rugged build, you won’t find a better pair of headphones. V-Moda builds some of the most durable products on the market, that actually still sound great.
They are so confident in their product that they offer what they call the “Immortal Life Program.” This is similar to Apple’s trade-in option, where you can send in your previous product, provided it is still in usable condition, and receive a discount on the newer product that you wish to purchase.
Built to last…
Not only is this a great way to reduce waste and recycle old electronic products, but it shows the confidence the company has in its product’s durability.
If you are looking for more budget-friendly options, but still want the hi-res audio, Sennheiser’s HD 350BT wireless headphones offer aptX and AAC support for under $100.
V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex Edition Review Pros and Cons
- Excellent durability.
- Superb sound
- Hi-res audio codecs supported.
- Great customer service and trade-in policies.
Are you a fan of V-Moda?
If so, you may well also be interested in our in-depth V-Moda Crossfade M 100 review.
Or if you’re looking for some headphones for general use, check out our reviews of the Best Headphones for Rock Metal Music, the Best Headphones with Microphone, the Best Clip On Headphones, or the Best Waterproof Bluetooth Headphones currently on the market.
V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex Edition Review Round-Up
If you have the cash to spare and care about durability and customizability, then these headphones are right up your alley. They offer superior customization and build-quality than most other brands. Whilst also offering hi-res audio codec support for wireless listening.
The excellent drivers sound great, and the headphones remain comfortable no matter how long you wear them.