V-Moda M-100 Crossfade Master headphone review: The best headphone V-Moda has ever made

The V-Moda Crossfade M-100 Master headphones are the first V-Moda headphones that Roland engineers have tuned since Roland acquired a majority stake in V-Moda in 2016. The end result? These are the finest sounding pair of headphones V-Moda has ever produced.

If you’re an audiophile or recording engineer who has admired V-Moda’s build quality and customization options, but you’ve been lukewarm about their sound, the M-100 Master will change your mind. Read on why I loved these headphones and think you will too.

A worthy successor

The Crossfade M-100 Master are the successors to the original Crossfade M-100 headphones. The original Crossfade M-100 headphone roared onto the headphone scene, after a unique crowdsourced development process in which hundreds of audiophiles, journalists, produces, and DJs collaborated.

Fast forward and you’ll find that the M-100 Master are more than worthy successor, with several upgrades under the hood, including 50mm dual-diaphragm drivers that have been upgraded with a Japanese made CCAW (copper-clad aluminum wire) coil. A CCAW coil was also used in V-Moda’s Crossfade 2 Wireless headphones, which I praised two years ago. V-Moda says the re-engineered driver cover enhances driver stability, providing the increased structural integrity needed to manage a vast tonal range.

The V-Moda Crossfade M-100 Master come with memory foam ear pads wrapped in soft leather. Theo Nicolakis / IDG

The V-Moda Crossfade M-100 Master come with memory foam earpads wrapped in soft leather.

The M-100 Master are traditional wired headphones, and I had no problem driving them with either my iPhone XS or an Astell&Kern high-resolution digital audio player. In fact, with sensitivity of 107dB @ 1kHz and 1mW and 32 ohms of impedance, I found them easy to drive with any device.

The M-100 Master are rated to deliver a frequency response of 5Hz to 40kHz and have thus been certified by the Japan Audio Society for Hi-Res Audio. You can check out the requirements for certification here. I should note, however, that Hi-Res Audio certification is not without its critics.

Legendary build quality

Unpacking the V-Moda M-100 Master, you literally see and feel V-Moda’s legendary build quality. When holding them in my hands, the headphones had a certain density that let me know I was dealing with a high quality pair of cans.

You can see the impeccable build quality. Theo Nicolakis / IDG

In this shot, you can see the V-Moda M100 Crossfade Master’s impeccable build quality.

The click-adjustable arms, for example, are all metal. The underside of the headband and the earpads are wrapped in soft leather. The leather on the earpads is wrapped over soft memory foam. The assembly and fit and finish are first rate.