The Crossfade M-80 headphones include two cables, one has an inline remote for controlling music, and a mic on it for smartphones and the other is a straight cable with one button for listening on other devices. The headphones are designed to last with rugged parts and quality build. The little shields on each earpiece can be replaced with custom offerings to suit your style. Impedance is 32 ohms. The drivers are 40mm dual voice coil and the headphones weigh 180g with no cable. You can buy the Crossfade M-80 headphones in on-ear as I am testing or over-ear styles for $229.99.
The thing that surprised me when I removed the Crossfade M-80 headphones from their cool little carry case was how small they are. The headphones look large in photos, but they are not. They have a very high quality look to them. They are masculine enough for the guys, but not too manly for the ladies out there. They are comfortable on the head for long-term wear as well.
The cable from the headphones is removable and has a plug on each end. One thing I didn’t like about the cable is that the remote is so high up on the three-button cord that you can't see it you have to just feel for it. That might work better for voice calls, but makes for a pain when you want to adjust your music.
The removable cables make the headphones much easier to get into and out of the fitted carry case. Inside that case is a couple strap systems to hold the cables and the headphones fit inside nicely. It looks to me like you could easily fit a small iPod or other MP3 player inside as well.
The audio quality on the Crossfade M-80 is top notch. They have great bass and clear vocals. These headphones aren’t as well balanced as some of the others I have tried, specifically the Bowers & Wilkins units. The bass is much more noticeable and is slightly stronger than the vocals and other sounds. You can still hear all aspects of the music and if you prefer lots of bass the Crossfade M-80 are perfect.
Call quality is as expected using the mic. The mic picks up a bit of room noise, but is no worse than any other offerings I have tried in the past. On my review set the three button remote would control play/pause, volume, and reverse on my iPhone 4. It would not skip forward to another track though.
The Crossfade M-80 have a few quirks, but are a very nice offering in the higher-end of the headphones realm.
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