Beautifully-packaged, well-accessorized, sturdily-build, isolating, and very comfortable, the V-Moda Crossfade LP has everything I look for in a portable headphone except the big one – sound quality.
The Bowers & Wilkins P5 is among the priciest of the consumer-grade portables – a luxury gadget for the iPod/iPhone crowd. It is also the one with the most hi-fi pedigree.
As far as I am concerned Sony could easily have stuck a 9’ cord on the ZX700 and called it full-size can. They didn’t, however, creating a questionably portable but undoubtedly competent mid-range circumaural headphone.
The original Monster Beats by Dr Dre model, the Studio is the headphone responsible for introducing an entire generation to high-end portable audio.
With the release of the new AE2, the price of the original Bose Triport (AE1) has finally dropped into a bracket more in line with its capabilities.
The Audio-Technica ATH-ES10 is a top-tier portable headphone that, in typical Audio-Technica fashion, combines gobs of style with tons of substance.
The Denon AH-D1100 is a fully circumaural portable headphone that follows in the footsteps of the older Denon AH-D1001k/Creative Aurvana Live!.
Put simply, the V-Moda Crossfade M-80 is a very good portable headphone. Comfort and isolation are held back slightly by the lack of flex in the structure and semi-open design but with its ruggedized construction and few moving parts, the M-80 is compact and very sturdy.
The Fischer Audio Oldskool 33 1/3 is a retro-styled on-ear headphone with a smooth and pleasant sound signature.