Today I’ll be looking at another comparison between two headphones by the same company. This time it’ll be the V-MODA M-100 vs LP2.
To give a little bit of background, V-MODA has been producing professional headphones for years now. While I hesitate to call them industry standards, these are insane headphones regardless.
If you’re curious as to why I’m comparing these two specifically, the M-100 and the LP2, it’s because one is going to suit you better depending on your listening style. There’s also a few other differences which I’ll cover in this article.
I’ve road-tested both of these models so let’s jump in and give you an opinion on which one is worth your time and money!
The V-MODA Crossfade M-100 (on Amazon) is an updated version of the LP2. They look stylish and are a super durable piece of kit. Like most modern headphones, the M-100 has a compact design that folds inwards to allow easier transportation. The foam around the headphones are a hexagonal shape and is made of foam and vegan leather. I didn’t even know vegan leather was a thing until I was reviewing these!
The M-100 was still comfortable after wearing them for a couple of hours, however, I did opt for the XL earpads because I have slightly bigger ears. The clamping force is on the tighter side, but it didn’t seem to bother me as I have a smaller than average head. Given these are over-ear headphones, I felt that the standard earpads were somewhat smaller than other headphones.
The actual headband uses a steel frame as opposed to plastic, while the cord is reinforced with Kevlar and can be bent over one million times before showing any signs of damage. I can confirm I did not test this, but I won’t disagree with them either. On the end of the cord is a 3.5mm audio jack.
Now, the sound itself is delivered by 50mm Dual-Diaphragm Drivers with inner and outer rings. What this means in layman terms is that the bass is separated from the mids and highs. The bass is tight and punchy, with crisp mids and highs. The M-100 are really fun to listen to and sound incredible across a wide range of music styles including EDM, hip-hop, jazz, and classical.
There is more to talk about, but most of it I can save for the comparison. The price, which I will touch on, is below $200. This makes the M-100 a superb choice, but how about when compared to the LP2?
The V-MODA Crossfade LP2 (on Amazon) is almost the same as the M-100 except for a few key points which I’ll bring up in comparison. Like the M-100, it uses a 3.5mm audio jack and has a steel frame instead of a plastic frame, and has the same reinforced Kevlar cable. It does lack, however, the vegan leather and instead just has the foam. And much like the M-100, it features a hexagonal face.
As for the sound quality, the LP2 has the 50mm Dual-Diaphragm Drivers with inner and outer rings, providing you with clear music and not allowing the bass to bleed into the high or mids.
The LP2 are LOUD and very bassy. These headphones are definitely made for EDM, but also sounded alright with other music styles. If you’re into techno, house, drum n bass, dub, then the LP2 will be a match made in heaven.
Although these headphones don’t fold up, they do come in a hard carry case. While wearing the LP2, they felt fantastic without feeling too tight. Once again, I was using XL earpads but to be honest, even wearing the standard earpads they were almost just as comfortable.
Now let’s take a look at the comparison between the M-100 and the LP2, this is where we see the difference.
M-100 vs LP2 Comparison
Before I go into detail, here are the key differences at a glance between the two models:
Let’s look at the sensitivity first. And no, that does not mean these headphones will cry like I did during the first ten minutes of Up. I’m talking the audio sensitivity. The M-100 has a sensitivity of 103 dB @ 1kHz 1mW whereas the LP2 has 105 dB @ 1kHz 1mW. The LP2 is louder by just two decibels.
In the case where both headphones use the 50mm Dual-Diaphragm Drivers, where the sound is very clear to say the least, those extra decibels will be surprisingly helpful.
As I mentioned at the start of this article, the M-100 is the updated version of the LP2. So the sound on the M-100 is more clearer and refined all round, and although they are 2 dB less, the bass has one hell of a kick! They sounded incredible no matter what music I threw at them.
But if EDM is more your thing, then I’d recommend the LP2 as the bass is insane, and the sound quality still holds up surprisingly well at full volume.
As for comfort, the LP2 is the winner here. I felt it was less force on my ears so I was able to wear them longer. There was slightly more sound leakage because of this though.
One thing to note, which I didn’t add in my review of each headset, is that the metal casing on the sides can be removed and replaced. You can select having your own logo engraved into the replacement parts if you want! I think this is a great way to not only make your headphones stand out, but to also advertise your logo.
So which one is better? Truth be told, this is a very hard question to answer because both have very similar specs. The LP2 is 2 decibels higher in sensitivity than the M-100, but the M-100 has a clearer and crisp sound with punchy bass. Besides these differences, it’s hard to tell them apart.
If I had to pick, I would choose the LP2 over the M-100. They are loud and pack decent bass. And I do love my EDM! They are also slightly lighter, although only by twenty grams, and slightly cheaper which is always good. With the M-100, the extra bit of price attached is mostly due to them being an updated version with more defined sound. So, the LP2 is my pick.
Don’t get me wrong, both still make excellent headphones for audiophiles. They’re comfortable, provide rich sound, you can tell when the base is coming, and the 3.5 mm jacks make them nearly universal with all devices. And with both being under $200, and having custom engraving options, you’d be hard press to find better headphones for this price.