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post #31 of 89

http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/CreativeAurvana.pdf

In my opinion highs are not a problem. In fact, it is said that CALs are warm sounding because of the bump centered at 60Hz in the frequency response, and a their midrange wich is a little bit recessed (300-1500hz)
Their sound is not STRICTLY neutral at all.

This is probably a good aproximation of a neutral headphone:
http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/AudezeLCD3sn2312454.pdf

Despite of not being strictly neutral, CALs are well balanced. And its sound signature, in fact warm sound signature in general, is easy-listening and enjoyable (IMO), probably the sound signature preferred for most of the people with some knowledge about headphones, especially when talking about headphones under 200 dollars.

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http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/CreativeAurvana.pdf

In my opinion highs are not a problem. In fact, it is said that CALs are warm sounding because of the bump centered at 60Hz in the frequency response, and a their midrange wich is a little bit recessed (300-1500hz)
Their sound is not STRICTLY neutral at all.

This is probably a good aproximation of a neutral headphone:
http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/AudezeLCD3sn2312454.pdf

Despite of not being strictly neutral, CALs are well balanced. And its sound signature, in fact warm sound signature in general, is easy-listening and enjoyable (IMO), probably the sound signature preferred for most of the people with some knowledge about headphones, especially when talking about headphones under 200 dollars.

 

Thanks for that info. I haven't done any research on the audeze, but if they are very close to a neutral headphone, they are worth researching. 

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Originally Posted by Me x3 View Post

http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/CreativeAurvana.pdf

In my opinion highs are not a problem. In fact, it is said that CALs are warm sounding because of the bump centered at 60Hz in the frequency response, and a their midrange wich is a little bit recessed (300-1500hz)
Their sound is not STRICTLY neutral at all.

This is probably a good aproximation of a neutral headphone:
http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/AudezeLCD3sn2312454.pdf

Despite of not being strictly neutral, CALs are well balanced. And its sound signature, in fact warm sound signature in general, is easy-listening and enjoyable (IMO), probably the sound signature preferred for most of the people with some knowledge about headphones, especially when talking about headphones under 200 dollars.

Do you own them yourself?

post #34 of 89

No. I don't own them. I've read some reviews about them, and most of what I've said I was talking from what I can deduce from the measurements. I think there are many head-fiers who own CALs and can tell you about their experiences with them.

From what I've read, CALs were one of the best sounding headphones at 99 dollars. Nowadays they cost 60 in many places, then they seem to be a great pick.

Unluckily there are no CALs here in Argentina.

You can read more about them here:
http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/creative-aurvana-live-classic-reincarnate

post #35 of 89
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No. I don't own them. I've read some reviews about them, and most of what I've said I was talking from what I can deduce from the measurements. I think there are many head-fiers who own CALs and can tell you about their experiences with them.

From what I've read, CALs were one of the best sounding headphones at 99 dollars. Nowadays they cost 60 in many places, then they seem to be a great pick.

Unluckily there are no CALs here in Argentina.

You can read more about them here:
http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/creative-aurvana-live-classic-reincarnate

Yeah I've read that review. The only thing I'm concerned about right now is if the bass is not too loose.

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At the bottom of this review you'll find two characterizations of CALs Bass.
http://en.goldenears.net/4446


1. Bass relative to midrange
2. Bass Texture

You can probably compare with other measurements from 'golden ears' of headphones you have already used.

 

post #40 of 89
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Originally Posted by Me x3 View Post

At the bottom of this review you'll find two characterizations of CALs Bass.
http://en.goldenears.net/4446


1. Bass relative to midrange
2. Bass Texture

You can probably compare with other measurements from 'golden ears' of headphones you have already used.

 

Is it good for the bass to be boomy and solid?

post #41 of 89

I think I can not answer that question because this is all about tastes.
In my opinion CALs bass response looks pretty well.
A little bit boomy (bass relative to midrange) is probably not the best choice for classical music but it will be nice for most of generes if you like bass presence.

post #42 of 89

I only just received my pair yesterday evening, and maybe only spent an hour and a half listening to them before setting up for burn-in.

 

My initial impressions about the bass were not glowing - but - I do have hope that this 'phone can improve.

 

Highs and mids are clear and pleasant, but the low end did not seem strong, full, or punchy. And it wasn't just a case of recessed lows; the notes felt incomplete and "difficult," and therefore artificial/lower quality-sounding than the mids and highs.

 

The clamping force of the headband is on the lighter side. Together with the low weight of the headphone, this makes the headphone very comfortable.

 

However, I wonder if this also leads to a looser seal and therefore weaker bass. I tried pressing the cups closer to my ears but it did not make a large difference/improvement.

 

I am a believer in burn-in, and I truly feel that the sound of this headphone out of the box hints at a greater potential, if the diaphragms could become more "comfortable," loose and relaxed. Bass felt short and weak-ish out of the box.

 

To conclude this post, I still fee that there is hope for this headphone, given how smooth, full, natural and enjoyable the mids and highs sound. The bass is the only real anomaly at this point, and that is why conditioning and warming up the drivers could still really help.


Edited by TapTapPull - 4/25/13 at 9:57am
post #43 of 89

What source are you running them out of?

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I only just received my pair yesterday evening, and maybe only spent an hour and a half listening to them before setting up for burn-in.

 

My initial impressions about the bass were not glowing - but - I do have hope that this 'phone can improve.

 

Highs and mids are clear and pleasant, but the low end did not seem strong, full, or punchy. And it wasn't just a case of recessed lows; the notes felt incomplete and "difficult," and therefore artificial/lower quality-sounding than the mids and highs.

 

The clamping force of the headband is on the lighter side. Together with the low weight of the headphone, this makes the headphone very comfortable.

 

However, I wonder if this also leads to a looser seal and therefore weaker bass. I tried pressing the cups closer to my ears but it did not make a large difference/improvement.

 

I am a believer in burn-in, and I truly feel that the sound of this headphone out of the box hints at a greater potential, if the diaphragms could become more "comfortable," loose and relaxed. Bass felt short and weak-ish out of the box.

 

To conclude this post, I still fee that there is hope for this headphone, given how smooth, full, natural and enjoyable the mids and highs sound. The bass is the only real anomaly at this point, and that is why conditioning and warming up the drivers could still really help.

Alright, thanks for your input bro. Please reply again if you feel like the bass is getting better. Or are you a basshead?

post #45 of 89
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What source are you running them out of?

My laptop with onboard soundcard.

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