Developed over the span of four years in collaboration with some of the world's top musicians, DJs and producers, the Crossfade LP delivers epic sound with a distinct design composed of luxurious fabrics and lightweight metals. Designed to be the ultimate … see full wiki
I put these headphones on, plugged them into my iPod and was immediately 25 years younger and listening to Peter Gabriel in my college library while attempting to study for exams. I lay back and listened for over an hour, flipping through a variety of music, amazed at the sound and ability to become completely lost in the moment.
What I'm getting at is that we have gone through an assortment of headphones over the years, headphones for Walkmans (if you don't know what they are they were the best thing before iPods... sort of) headphones for cheap plastic portable cassette players, portable CD players, and finally an assortment of bud earphones for all types of mp3 players and other portable devices. Many of these are poorly built, easily broken and a sorry excuse for listening to music.
I forgot how good it can sound to have the music surround your ear in a full headphone and not ear buds. The music fills a bigger space in your head than most ear buds. But don't get me wrong, I have some ear buds that are wonderful including V-MODA R-ROUGE Remix In-Ear Headphones (Rouge) which I really, really like. There is a place for bud style headphones, like walking or hanging outside somewhere. It would be difficult to wear these headphones while taking a hike or riding a bike - even though they are lightweight and comfortable...
Sound: I truly got lost listening with these headphones. The sound was so clear, very layered and I could imagine in my minds eye where every musician was standing and where every instrument was placed "on stage". The bass was deep, the vocals crisp and it carried through from one genre to another. They block out most noise. I had them on next to a TV at regular volume and couldn't hear the TV at all while music was playing.
Comfort: They were comfortable, very soft foam surround, maybe a little too much tension to keep them tight but I'm not sure there is a way around that with this style of headphones. I was lying down while listening but they stay firm when sitting up as well. The headband is soft and fabric covered so it doesn't catch in your hair.
Appearance: They are sleek looking - a little bulky but sleek for this style of headphones. They come in a cool embellished box with a form fitting case.
Extras: This set came with a case, two very sturdy audio cables, one has controls for iPod 3GS and up. It also works with my iPod Classic to control volume and pause. The connections for the cables are sturdy and well designed. There are two removable 'pockets' for storing the audio cables and a Carabiner just in case you wanted to clip your headphones somewhere for storage. There is also a 1/4" adapter.
Please visit my customer images to see some of the detailing and extras.
The packaging says that these were designed to work with iPod but I'm sure they would work well for all components.
I hope to find the time, away from two young children, to use these more and more. It was a real treat to be lost in my music again. A great gift idea for the music enthusiast.
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