Headphone Zone Face Off: Comparing Audio-Technica ATH-M50x & V-MODA Crossfade LP²

by Nausheen Shaikh April 30, 2016

Audio Technica's ATH-M50x are one of the most popular and critically acclaimed headphones available. Revered for its studio quality, balanced sound and excellent price-performance ratio, these are probably what most budding audiophiles start with.

The V-MODA Crossfade LP² is a diametrically opposite contender. Hugely popular with bass lovers and DJs around the world, the  LP² is stylish, cool and frankly, a lot of work.

In this video, we'll help you find out what is perfect for you!



The Audio technica M50X are the flagship headphones and they're essentially professional studio monitoring headphones respected for their balanced and accurate sound signature. They come for Rs.13,499. 

The V-MODA Crossfade LP² comes among world's most popular DJ headphones with a bass driven sound signature like all other V-MODA headphones they take personalization to a new level allowing you to customize the shields with a laser engraved artwork. They are priced at Rs.12,990.

The M50X has a nice headband with a prominent logo but in terms of design they are pretty old school with an all plastic construction which is disappointing. A major upgrade over the old M50s are of course the detachable cables and an improved build quality. The 90 degree swiveling mechanism is great for single sided monitoring in the studio. As for V-MODA, they have a very simple design philosophy, anything but circles and plastic.
The Crossfade LP ² are almost entirely made of metal and extremely durable with military grade material.

The highlight of course are the hexagonal shields. V-MODA also claims that the detachable Kevlar cable can take over million bents on the world with same terms of design, the LP² are cutting edge.

Comparing these two in terms of comfort, the V-MODA's are lighter and more compact than the M50X. Despite the all metal construction, the LP ² with their all memory foam earpads tends to make them a lot more comfortable over long use. The M50X has a thick headband but it tends to be a little heavy on head.

In terms of sound, the M50X is widely considered the benchmark for studio professionals and musicians around the world. They don't have the aggressive bass that beats by dr. dre has instead it offers a very balanced and accurate sound signature with minimal flavoring. The soundstage is wide enough for a closed back headphone at this price point.

They shouldn't be too hard to drive with portable headphone amplifiers. However, a mobile phone may not bring out its full potential. It is easy to see why so many budding audiophiles begin by using an M50X. They are easily the most versatile balance sounding headphones and work for all music genres.

The V-MODA's are in stark contrast from the sound. The sound signature of these headphones has been deemed to be dynamic, punchy and definitely biased towards the bass. They have dual coil diaphragms which ensure that the clarity of the mids and highs are not sacrificed.

Bassheads, fans of Bollywood music, contemporary, Hip-hop and EDM being very impressed with the LP ².

In the box, the M50x comes with 3 cables a 3m coil and two straight cables of 1.2m and 3metres.

Unlike the v-MODAs, they don't have a mic and only have a simple carry pouch. V-MODA's come with two cables, one with the mic and the remote and the other without. Also included are gunmetal shields and a very impressive exoskeleton carry case.

Go for the audio technica m50x, if you are looking for a classic sophisticated headphone to use with all kinds of music genres. You need a headphone amplifier to bring out the best in these.

If you are a fan of bass and you are listening to more contemporary music then go for the Crossfade LP2, these will work great with all kinds of mobile devices.

Which one is your favourite?

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