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V-MODA Crossfade Wireless vs Beats Studio 3 Wireless

by Abheer Monga December 28, 2017

V-MODA Crossfade Wireless vs Beats Studio 3 Wireless

Wireless headphones have paved its way into our lives very swiftly. Wireless sound is the foreseeable future of the headphone world. Today, we are comparing two wireless beauties, each at the top of its game to find out who is leading the race.
V-MODA - Crossfade Wireless


V-MODA-Crossfade Wireless
Made for the Modern Audiophile
MRP Rs. 16,990/-

Beats – Studio 3 Wireless


Beats - Studio 3 Wireless
Incredibly Punchy Bass Response
MRP Rs. 25,900/-

 

 


Design: V-MODA Crossfade Wireless VS Beats Studio 3 Wireless

V-MODA-Crossfade Wireless
Beats - Studio 3 Wireless

The V-MODA Crossfade Wireless are truly built like a tank. They can easily withstand any temperature or even a dreadful 5-foot fall (Don't try that, though)! Built with metal, their durability is absolutely unquestionable.

V-MODA's CEO, Val Kolton, is obsessed with Milan fashion and style and the Crossfade Wireless design is heavily inspired by that. This headphone follows their design philosophy of "Anything but Circles+Plastic". Everything about the Crossfade Wireless is V-Shaped, including the sound. As a rule, almost all V-MODA headphones are sure to grab eyeballs every time you take them out.

BEATS'S PLASTIC BUILD VS V-MODA PRESENTS MILITARY GRADE STRENGTH
What we love about V-MODA is their hexagonal interchangeable aircraft-grade metal shields available in different colours. You can change the default shields of the V-MODA Crossfade Wireless to your favourite colour. You can also personalise them with your initials, logo or anything else of your choice.

If anything, Beats by Dr. Dre is probably best known for the teardrop design ever since it started out all those years ago in partnership with Monster Cables. They have been turning heads and worn by celebrities ever since their inception. However, the build on the earlier models wasn’t as premium as the design. The earlier Studio and Solo models were made using glossy plastic and steel plates in the headband and cups to add weight to the headphone to make them feel premium. The newer models, however, have been improved and now the headphones feel as premium as they look.

The Studio 3 Wireless, as the name suggests, is the 3rd generation model of the Beats by Dr. Dre Studio Wireless headphones. The design is largely the same as the Studio 2 Wireless, with the only difference being the new colour palette and some new finishes. It’s the same curved, teardrop design, with inward folding hinges allowing for a smaller footprint, so that you can just throw it in your backpack without worrying about it taking up all the space. It even comes with a nice, hardshell carrying case to keep the headphones protected inside your backpack.
Comfort: V-MODA Crossfade Wireless VS Beats Studio 3 Wireless

V-MODA-Crossfade Wireless
Beats - Studio 3 Wireless

The V-MODA Crossfade Wireless isolates really well with its over-ear, contoured memory foam earpads. The contoured shape helps them conform easily to the size of your ears.The SteelFlex Headband can sustain any kind of abuse along with providing comfortable long music listening sessions.

Enjoy music with your friend with the help of dual inputs while using the V-cork which safeguards the unused input. Unlike the Crossfade M-100, the Crossfade Wireless doesn't have CliqFold, which mean they don't collapse. Which is an acceptable compromise, because they needed all that space to stuff in the batteries. Bluetooth pairing with the Crossfade Wireless is easy peasy!

WHILE THE STUDIO 3 WIRELESS HAS A SUPRA-AURAL FIT, V-MODA'S MEMORY FOAM CUSHIONS HUG YOUR EARS
The Studio 3 Wireless is supposed to be over-ear and not on-ear headphone, and to some extent it is. It’s larger than on-ear headphones but isn’t as large as the over-ears offered by traditional brands. That it isn’t really an issue as it makes it a practical size to wear in public without making you look dorky.
The pads are supple and comfortable and the headphones have just the right amount of clamp so it doesn’t feel like it’s pressing against your skull. But, because they’re slightly smaller than regular over-ear headphones, the pads partially press against the ear.

The pads being as comfortable as they are, this won’t be an issue in non-tropical temperatures and in-doors. However, living in a city like Mumbai, it can be a pain wearing them outside as there is a lot of heat build-up, causing sweaty ears and making the headphones really uncomfortable to wear. Other than that, they’re perfectly fine for elongated periods of use.

 


Sound: V-MODA Crossfade Wireless VS Beats Studio 3 Wireless

V-MODA-Crossfade Wireless
Beats - Studio 3 Wireless

The V-MODA Crossfade Wireless has established high standards with the same incredible sound quality of the very popular wired Crossfade M-100. They provide an immersive wireless sound thanks to the 50mm patented Dual Diaphragms squeezed inside the audiophile grade driver.

The Crossfade Wireless are the only headphones which have been able to match the sound quality of an analogue wired sound. The inner and outer rings of the diaphragm easily separate the bass from bleeding into the mids and highs. The accurate and lifelike vocals, crystal clear cymbals and crispy-hats made us tap our feet.

The expansive 3D soundstage makes you feel like you’re attending a live concert. This, from a closed back is phenomenal. The soundstage is so, because of its innovative V-Port V3 Airflow System that prevents the sound from leaking out so you don't disturb anyone while listening to your favourite songs.

The master crafted materials make the drivers and its components far more superior when compared to other headphones in this price range.

V-MODA is world renowned by DJs for its #1 trusted sound and the Crossfade Wireless, being a Bluetooth headphone, manages to impress the modern audiophile with its alarmingly good analogue sound.

SOUND IS A BATTLE BETWEEN THE UNAPOLOGETIC BASSHEAD AND THE TRULY MODERN AUDIOPHILE
Baby ko bass pasand hai?

As great as these headphones are designed and as well as they are marketed, there has been one issue that has plagued Beats by Dr. Dre products over the ears, that being they sound terrible. They have all had the same sound signature across all the products for several generations. The previous generation did somewhat improve on the sonic performance, though it was still not enough to compete with some other offerings.

The newer generation of Beats headphones were developed entirely under Apple, however, it’s evident that the sonic performance of the headphones wasn’t the priority. It has been improved a little bit, but again not enough to compete with other Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones of the same price range or even cheaper than it.

It’s still the same old overpowering bass that isn’t even clean enough and takes away any emphasis from the mids. The treble being shouty and unclean are rather annoying. As I said, it’s better than the previous versions, but it still doesn’t sound any good.

 


Battery Life: V-MODA Crossfade Wireless VS Beats Studio 3 Wireless

V-MODA-Crossfade Wireless
Beats - Studio 3 Wireless
V-MODA Crossfade Wireless are a unique pair of wireless headphones that can be used either wirelessly or wired. You can listen to music without any disruption as it has a battery life of 12 blissful hours. And if you still run out of battery, you can just attach the cables and continue enjoying your music.

The most important feature of the new Studio 3 Wireless is definitely the new Apple W1 Wireless Chipset technology. It’s Apple’s proprietary new chipset and a huge advancement in Bluetooth communication. It allows for rapid pairing and low power wireless communication between the headphones and the playback device.

So it doesn’t only pair in the blink of an eye (literally), but it also conserves battery. The Studio 3 Wireless goes on for 22-23 hours on a single charge with Active Noise Cancellation on. Disable the ANC and it can run for a good 40 hours, which is insane. And to add the cherry on top of the cake, it’s also the most reliable Bluetooth connection, I faced no signal interferences while using the headphones.

However, this new chipset only works with Apple devices. It will still work on other devices as a regular Bluetooth headphone, but performance on regular Bluetooth is not only worse than while using the W1 Chip, it’s even worse than regular Bluetooth headphones. The battery life goes straight down to 12-14 hours, from 22-23 hours on the W1.

That’s not even the worst of it, the signal reliability is like that of a Bluetooth headphone made at the end of the last decade, it’s that bad. It’s Apple’s subtle way of scowling at non-Apple device users, so you either go all in into the Apple Ecosystem or stay out of it. So if you have an Android phone or a Windows computer or a Chromebook, it’s not the best idea to get these headphones. But if you do own an iPhone or one of their computers, the wireless and battery performance alone is enough to make these headphones worth their price tag.

 


Summary


V-MODA - CROSSFADE WIRELESS

  • Metal design
  • Best for V-shaped Sound
  • 12 Hours of Playback
  • Wired/Wireless Option
  • Customisable & Interchangeable Metal shields
BEATS - STUDIO 3 WIRELESS

  • Cool Plastic design
  • Best for Thumping Bass
  • 40 Hours of Playback by switching off ANC
  • Wired/Wireless Option

Our Verdict

The Crossfade Wireless is your guy if you have a long list of priorities when you shop for headphones. They dot the i's on every front - be it comfort, sound or durability.

If bass is the only thing you are looking for, and you are a Beats fan through and through, you can go ahead with the newly launched Studio3 Wireless.

Both of these headphones are unique and stand out of the crowd at this price point. By simply adding few bucks more you get everything you need in a best sounding wireless headphone, so why settle for less.


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