V-MODA Announces Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex Edition Upgrade

June 13 2018, 01:00
V-MODA, the lifestyle audio brand founded in California, inspired in Milan, Italy, and sold to Roland, Japan, announced the availability of its new Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex Edition headphones, an upgrade on the original version introduced in 2017. Ideal for both general consumers and enthusiasts who seek professional grade audio quality, the new hybrid wireless/wired analog headphone features additional high-quality Bluetooth audio codecs for the best possible sound.

Building on the success of its original Crossfade 2 Wireless, the new Codex Edition keeps the Hi-Res Audio focus, and raises the bar even further featuring three audio codecs for improved wireless audio quality and universal compatibility. Qualcomm aptX, AAC and SBC are now available in all three colorways: 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,” says Val Kolton, CEO of V-MODA. “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.”

Essential for today’s demanding mobile lifestyles, the Codex Edition headphones feature Qualcomm aptX for CD sound quality over Bluetooth on higher-end Android and MacOS sources. Furthermore, it offers two additional codec options: The Advanced Audio Codec (AAC) for best sound performance on iOS and many other devices along with the Sub-Band Codec (SBC) for universal compatibility when aptX and AAC are not supported. The headphone audio codec in-use adjusts according to the paired device. When devices are compatible with more than one codec, such as with the Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy S9, users are able to select which codec to use. Additionally, most macOS devices support aptX and users can view their active codec by pressing the Option (Alt) key on the Bluetooth menu bar icon. When in wireless model, the headphones can be easily paired with up to two Bluetooth devices simultaneously, such as with a smartphone and laptop, or smartphone and smartwatch, and can be enjoyed up to 10 meters (33 feet) away from the device.

The Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex Edition can also be operated in wired mode by inserting a cable into the headphone jack to switch off all electronics and achieve zero latency, essential for gaming and professional use. Powered by dual-diaphragm 50mm drivers (patent pending), using a hi-resolution CCAW Japanese coil, the Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex Edition headphones are certified by the Japan Audio Society (JAS) to the Hi-Res Audio standard in wired mode. "Users can connect to a lossless music service or 24-bit/96kHz playback sources and experience an increased dynamic range, with more precise and sparkling high-frequency definition," the company says.

Like its predecessor, V-MODA’s Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex Edition features large memory foam cushions to provide supple ergonomic comfort ideal for extended listening sessions. The cushions and SteelFlex headband adapt to the user’s head and ears to create perfect natural noise isolation, optimal bass and an immersive 3D soundstage. The iconic CliqFold hinge enables ultimate mobility by folding into an impossibly small, included Exoskeleton case on-the-go.

The built-in hidden microphone is specially tuned for phone calls and voice recognition with a rugged ARAMID fiber-reinforced 1-Button Speakeasy cable for wired use included in the box. Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex Edition stays true to V-MODA’s heritage thanks to the luxurious combination of steel and vegan leather, meeting military-level standards of the MIL-STD-810G testing guidelines.

The rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides 14+ hours of continuous music, entertainment and calls. Using the supplied V-Micro USB cable, and using the FastCharge, 30 minutes of charging provides 4 hours of playback while reaching a full recharge requires about 150 minutes. Additionally, users can continue listening even when the battery is dead by plugging in the supplied cable.

V-MODA is offering an exclusive and generous trade-in program available for a limited time only, for customers who purchased the previous Crossfade versions, enabling them to purchase the new Codex Edition at a discounted rate. Upgrade to the Codex Edition for just $100 when trading in a Crossfade 2 Wireless, or $150 when trading in the original Crossfade Wireless.

Like with other V-MODA products, the brand offers complimentary 3D printed fiber or 2D laser-engraved custom shields worth up to $70, so users can create their own personal headphone look. The newly released and redesigned V-MODA.com, optimized for desktop, mobile and tablet, allows users to personalize their headphone of choice in real time via pristine 3D rendering of the custom product through a stunning, gamified customization platform.

V-MODA will be also the first headphone brand to partner with Best Buy Magnolia and Microsoft Stores to offer the experience of personalizing headphones via 3D printed or laser-engraved customization, for the first time ever at more than 500 retail stores across the U.S. and online at Microsoft.com and BestBuy.com. Customers can simply visit a Best Buy Magnolia or Microsoft Store location, purchase Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex Edition and ask store personnel for assistance with the customization process.

Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex Edition is available now in Rose Gold, launching exclusively in-store at Best Buy Magnolia and at BestBuy.com, including complimentary personalization for $350 (€350, £330). It is also available now in Matte Black at V-MODA.com and at Microsoft Stores both in-store and online.

The Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex Edition in all three colors, Matte Black, Matte White and Rose Gold, will be available for €350 (€350, £330) on V-MODA.com, Amazon.com and authorized retailers worldwide outside the US over the next 1-2 months.
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