By Lisa Johnston
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Los Angeles – V-Moda today formally introduced a new flagship to its top-of-line Crossfade series headphones after months of online input from consumers and audiophiles.
The Crossfade M-100 features 50mm dual-diaphragm drivers, a proprietary Cliqfold folding hinge, dual inputs with V-Cork seals, and two Kevlar-reinforced cables with 45-degree strain relief on the 24-karat gold plugs. One is a remastered universal SpeakEasy microphone cable for smartphone use and the other is an all-new SharePlay cable which allows multiple users to share music and media without extra adapters.
A ¼-inch adapter is included for professional equipment and mixers.
The M-100’s construction is metal around a steel frame with a SteelFlex headband and replaceable Bliss Ergosoft memory foam ear cushions.
The headphones meet military standard 810G environmental tests for high and low temperatures, humidity, salt spray and UV exposure. V-Moda claims the M-100 was tested to survive more than 70 6-foot drops onto concrete. They come with a two-year warranty, a lifetime 50 percent "immortal life program" and are backed by V-Moda's Six-Star Service guarantee.
The headphones can be customized with interchangeable metal shields in 13 colors and 13 logo images. V-Moda also offers a laser engraving service that allows users to design their own shields with personalized text.
Optional accessories include a Boom Pro microphone for gamers and broadcasters and an extra long Coil Pro cable with locking mechanism for musicians and DJs.
V-Moda said the M-100 “was designed by and for mobile music enthusiasts” with the input of hundreds of audiophiles, journalists, producers and DJs worldwide after plans for the headphones first leaked online. Rather than retracting the information, the company embraced it and openly interacted on forums and social networks, turning the development process into a crowd-sourced one.
“This collaboration is one of the most unique design processes I’ve ever been a part of” said Val Kolton, V-Moda’s chief visionary officer. “Once the word started to spread on M-100, forum discussions exploded with exceptional feedback vital to the development of the product. Our research and development labs consisted not of corporate marketing and finance departments, but rather the most passionate headphone consumers, musicians and DJs across the globe. M-100 is a progeny of audio enthusiasts worldwide – truly built by the people, for the people.”.
The Crossfade M-100 will ship during the holiday selling season for $300 in Matte Black Metal, Shadow or White Silver, at Amazon.com and select retailers worldwide.
For $310, consumers can now pre-order on v-moda.com and receive an extra set of personalized shields and a set of Faders VIP Tuned earplugs, for a limited time.
The headphones ship with an exoskeleton carrying case with V-Strap system for securing cables and accessories.
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