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V-MODA Crossfade 2 Wireless (2017)
Focal Listen (2016)
See Top Ranked Closed-Back Headphones

V-MODA Crossfade 2 Wireless (2017) vs Focal Listen (2016)

Analysis:

The V-MODA Crossfade 2 Wireless (2017) is widely considered to be a great Closed-Back Headphone at its $210 budget. The Focal Listen (2016), however, while also a good product at this price point, doesn't stack up against its competitors quite as well.

The V-MODA Crossfade 2 Wireless (2017) was loved by reviewers at SoundGuys, a highly trusted source that performs reliable in-depth testing. It did great in its "Best Headphones For Back To School 2017" roundup where it was named its "Top Pick", which, in itself, makes it a product worth considering.

Moving on to the Focal Listen (2016): it was unable to reach the very top of any roundups from sources that conduct reliable and unbiased testing. Nonetheless, it still managed to impress reviewers from a number of such sites, like SoundGuys, Techradar, CNET, PCmag, What Hi-Fi?, and Digital Camera World, enough for them to include them on those lists.

For a direct V-MODA Crossfade 2 Wireless (2017) vs. Focal Listen (2016) comparison, we took a look at sources that tested both and found that the V-MODA Crossfade 2 Wireless (2017) got reviewed better by Pocket-lint and CNET, whereas the reviewers at SoundGuys and Techradar preferred the Focal Listen (2016). Reviewers at PCmag and Digitaltrends haven't shown a preference for either.

We also took a look at which sources liked these two products the most. We found that the V-MODA Crossfade 2 Wireless (2017) received its best, 10, rating from Pocket-lint, while the Focal Listen (2016) got its highest score of 9 from SoundGuys.

Finally, we also compared their review scores to the rest of their competition - the V-MODA Crossfade 2 Wireless (2017) earned an average review score of 8.4 out of 10 points and the Focal Listen (2016) received an average of 8.3, compared to the 7.4 average of Closed-Back Headphones in general.

Comparison of expert ratings
Highly Recommended
Recommended
Mentioned
Not Mentioned
SoundGuys
CNET
Rtings
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
PCmag
Digital Camera World
Android Central
Head-fi
Windows Central
Reviewed
Tech. Specs Comparison
V-MODA Crossfade 2 Wireless (2017)
$279
Focal Listen (2016)
Noise-cancelling
No
No
Wireless
Yes
No
Higher than average expert review score
Higher than average expert review score
7.5
Overall Avg. for Closed-Back Headphones
8.3
Avg. Review Score
Score
Recommended by trusted experts
SoundGuys
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best Headphones For Back To School 2017” 
Last updated: 22 Aug 2017
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best for durability
in “Best Bluetooth Headphones for OnePlus 6T” 
Last updated: 14 Apr 2019
Android Authority
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #4 out of 5
in “Best Bluetooth headphones” 
Last updated: 15 Dec 2020
Reviewed
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #12 out of 20
in “The Best On-Ear and Over-Ear Wireless Headphones of 2021” 
Last updated: 4 Aug 2020
SoundGuys
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “Best wireless headphones” 
Last updated: 12 days ago
Reviewed
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #26 out of 28
in “The Best Headphones on Amazon of 2021” 
Last updated: 11 Aug 2020
SoundGuys
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “The best Bluetooth headphones under $400” 
Last updated: 15 Dec 2020
SoundGuys
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Durability
in “Best alternatives to Beats” 
Last updated: 13 days ago
SoundGuys
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best wireless
in “Best DJ headphones” 
Last updated: 7 Apr 2020
SoundGuys
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Rated 8.1 out of 10
in “Best aptX Bluetooth headphones” 
Last updated: 14 days ago
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “The Best Bluetooth Wireless Headphones” 
Last updated: 10 days ago
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best Wireless Headphones for Samsung Smartwatches 2021” 
Last updated: 14 Dec 2020
Recommended by trusted experts
Digital Camera World
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “The best headphones for video editing in 2021” 
Last updated: 6 Nov 2020

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