"I couldn't disagree more with CNETs evaluation more."4.0 starson by Mbracco
Pros: Fit finish, styling
Clean transparent, tight bass
really balanced sound
sound good without amplification
Cons: Styling is polarizing
Summary: The Crossfade is a great first foray into the over ear can game. The industrial design is not going to please everyone but is that ever possible? V-moda struck gold with the Vibe by understanding a niche that was unfilled in the market. The Crossfade is going to do the same.
The CNET reviewers assertion that the Creative Aurvana sounds better then the CF is completely ludicrous. Pay it no mind, the comment is ridiculous. The tight, clean, accurate bass is the strong point sonically for the headphone. I was concerned that they might come in boomy but when I got my pair I was pleasantly surprised. There are few people who have sampled more headphones then I have. As a hobbyist and having worked in the industry for the last 5 years I have heard them all. Crossfade strikes the perfect balance between accuracy and daily listenabilty w/ a variety of sources.
Does the Crossfade play as accurate and detailed as my Er-4s playing 24/96 Flac off my Peachtree? No, of course not, its not even intended to do that but its a rock solid daily wear pair of cans that provides really good audio and REALLY unique styling.