When V-MODA Crossfade and Focal Listen Wireless Over-Ear Headphones were introduced in the premium headphones market in early 2017, both were selling at the same (high) price-band, however as on Feb 2018 the situation has changed much .. with V-MODA Crossfade selling at much lower price than Focal Listen.
In that case it is necessary to understand if the price war has made V-MODA Crossfade an attractive proposal over Focal Listen ?
Focal is in making audiophile speakers since 1979, famous for its exotic products and the high price range too.
While the Crossfade brand, V-MODA has their own fan-base residing in the DJ crowd.
Lets compare them together feature-wise as well as specs wise
Crossfade V-MODA :
- As claimed by Crossfade, they have immersed into the design for more than 5+ Years, to provide an ergonomic headband with hexagon shape which further minimizes the force on your head, ears, providing the best fit
- Great sounding
- Stylish – Customized 3D printed panels available for attaching onto the sides of the line’s hexagonal earcups
- Great sound and comfort.
- BLISS Memory Foam Cushions
Memory foam cushions naturally gain your ear form hence providing supreme comfort and noise isolation (XL cushions available)
- The earcups fold vertically into the headband
- Focal Listen Wireless are slick with high-gloss black earcups
- Features a discreet Focal logo over the outside of the earcups
- the earcups fold into the headband, good portability
Compared to Crossfade with its impressive and unique rose gold Focal listen is nothing in terms of its style.
Crossfade V-MODA :
- 50 mm Dual-Diaphragm Driver
Bass is separated with separate Inner and outer rings design, which prevents any bleeding into the mids and highs.
- Analog Noise Isolation
Naturally cut the distractions of jet engines and unwanted noise without the hiss and pressure of ANC
- Crystal Clear Communication – Hidden mic and included 1-Button SpeakEasy cable allows calls on-the-go under any circumstances
- Consistent Driver Quality – Quality tested at 6 frequencies for stricter consistency than the competition, often by an order of magnitude
Comfort and Usability
- V-MODA Crossfade
- Moderate in clamping force
- Earcups are little small to be called as over ear headphones
- Padding is comfortable and generous
- faux leather promotes sweat ! feels sticky after an hour of use
- Easy navigation with tactile feel plastic buttons
- No skip song button 🙁 so use your smartphone to do so !! Bad.
- Focal Listen Wireless
- Bigger cups
- Thicker memory foam covered in soft leatherette material
- Ges sticky line V-moda in humid environment
- Rubberized buttons which are small ! so volume up/down, play/pause, forward & back is little bit cumbersome. Difficult to get tactile feel and also identify which button is pressed ?
|V-MODA Crossfade Wireless 2||Focal Listen Wireless|
|Type||Circumaural Closed Back|
|Driver||50mm Dual-Diaphragm||40mm Mylar-Titanium|
|Frequency Response||5Hz – 40kHz (wired)||15Hz – 22kHz|
|Sensitivity||100dB @ 1kHz 1mW||122dB @1kHz 1Vrms|
|Battery Life||Up to 14 Hours||Up to 20 Hours|
|Offers||Best Buy||Best Buy|
V-moda is king of bass-monster pumping the sound signature of Crossfade Wireless 2 and if you have connected it to Amp with 3.5 mm jack then you will get magnificent bass quality. It performs well in the mid range too.
Focal listen delivers much more balanced and nuanced sound quality, very good performance over mid range frequencies.
In case of sound Focal listen performs well in mid range over Bass performance of V-moda, however it is personal choice in between the two.
V-moda is better in terms of music controls as compared to Focal listen. I mean utility wise V-moda is better.
Both weights around 300 grams and equally comfortable, focal listen being more comfortable over ear due to its cup sizes
So finally bottom line is due to huge price drop V-moda crossfade wireless 2 has became an attractive proposition, getting good from both the worlds, style with rich looks, magnificent bass, super rose gold design with changeable cup covers which is used by many famous DJ’s across the globe.
So my call is to go for V-moda crossfade wireless 2 Best Buy