V-MODA Launches Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex Edition Headphones
Last time we found ourselves talking about something from V-MODA, we were reviewing their Remix Bluetooth speaker, attempting to customize the thing in the most expensive format possible—we wound up with a $370,000 model. The company is back, though, with an updated version of their gorgeously designed V-MODA headphones.
In a statement released this week, the Milano, Italy-based company unveiled the Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex Edition headphones. The upgraded cans build on the success of the original Crossfade 2 Wireless headphone but bring to the table three audio codecs for an improved wireless audio experience that is more reliable, higher quality, and more universally compatible. The headphones support Qualcomm aptX, AAC, and SBC, and will be available in all three colors: Matte Black, Matte White, and Rose Gold.
“Bluetooth audio quality is defined by the algorithm codec and bitrate vs. the version. Listeners no longer need to sacrifice audio quality for the convenience that Bluetooth capabilities provide. Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex Edition gives modern audiophiles the best of both wireless and wired worlds,” Val Kolton, CEO of V-MODA, said in the statement. “Our new hybrid Codex Edition is shrinking the gap between the sound quality of wireless and wired playback for a sound signature that is meticulously sculpted for audiophiles, gamers and professional musicians, alike.”
V-MODA Crossfade Wireless 2 Codex Edition headphones with custom 3D printed accents.
By adding support for Qualcomm aptX, the Codex Edition headphones will be able to produce “CD sound quality” over Bluetooth on higher-end Android and MacOS sources, V-MODA explained. AAC (Advanced Audio Codec) is available for best streaming quality on iPS and a majority of Bluetooth-capable devices, and SBC (Sub-Band Codec) is made available when aptX and AAC are not supported. V-MODA noted that the codec in use will automatically adjust when paired with a device, and when devices support more than one codec, users are able to select which codec they’d rather use.
Of course, if the user still prefers to listen through a wire for a totally tethered audio experience that is an option as well with the Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex Edition headphones.
Design-wise, the Codex Edition will look very much like its predecessor with large memory foam cushions and a SteelFlex headband that both adapt to the user to provide a snug but comfortable fit.
V-MODA said it will offer an exclusive trade-in program for a limited time. Customers who purchased previous versions of the Crossfade will be able to upgrade to the Codex Edition at a discounted rate—$100 when trading in the Crossfade 2 Wireless, and $150 when trading in the original Crossfade Wireless headphones.
At retail, the Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex Edition will his authorized retail locations, the V-MODA website, and Amazon in the next 1-2 months for $350, the company said. Additionally, Best Buy Magnolia and Microsoft stores will, for the first time, offer customers the experience of personalizing their headphones with 3D printed and laser-engraved customization (similar to what we did with the Remix speaker way back when).