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post #46 of 556

I have the CAL1 but the wire broke and the cushion wear out.

 

In your opinion or opinion of anyone who has tried this headphone, is this a good upgrade from the orignal CAL1?

 

I am still hesitant in buying this headphone as it cost much more than the orignal CAL1.

 

Thanks

post #47 of 556
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Originally Posted by KetchupNinja View Post

I think I may have a defective model.  I also tested them with a Matrix M-Stage, FiiO E9K/E17, and a friend's Schiit Asgard 2.  Same issue.  I usually have the knobs at about 8-9 o'clock for other headphones whereas I have to have it at 12-2 o'clock for the CAL!2. 

I really can't compare it fairly to other headphones because of the issue.
Have you disovered the manual volume regulator which is part of the cable already ?
post #48 of 556

OK, so here is my review (the gist is in English as promissed) with detailed pictures:

 

http://twojepc.pl/artykuly.php?id=Test-Recenzja-Creative-Aurvana-Live!2&strona=6

post #49 of 556
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Originally Posted by KetchupNinja View Post
 

 

I think I may have a defective model.  I also tested them with a Matrix M-Stage, FiiO E9K/E17, and a friend's Schiit Asgard 2.  Same issue.  I usually have the knobs at about 8-9 o'clock for other headphones whereas I have to have it at 12-2 o'clock for the CAL!2. 

 

I really can't compare it fairly to other headphones because of the issue.

 

 

I think know what you mean here. I assume you played with the manual vol-adjust on the remote already. If so, press and hold the "answer" button on the remote - the volume will go up, right? This means you didn't attach the cable to the phones correctly - pay attention at the shape of the connector and the socket - it's triangle-shaped which require a careful placement - the Jack has to 'click' inside. Try that one and let me know about the result. 

 

 

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Originally Posted by sebzz View Post
 

In your opinion or opinion of anyone who has tried this headphone, is this a good upgrade from the orignal CAL1?

 

I am still hesitant in buying this headphone as it cost much more than the orignal CAL1.

 

Thanks

 

 

 

I think they made a huge improvement here, the comfort, soundstage, details ... new CAL!2 are more fun to me. Wait couple of weeks, I expect the price to go down as soon as these phones are available in more stores...


Edited by NimnuL - 11/14/13 at 10:48pm
post #50 of 556
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Originally Posted by NimnuL View Post
 

 

 

I think know what you mean here. I assume you played with the manual vol-adjust on the remote already. If so, press and hold the "answer" button on the remote - the volume will go up, right? This means you didn't attach the cable to the phones correctly - pay attention at the shape of the connector and the socket - it's triangle-shaped which require a careful placement - the Jack has to 'click' inside. Try that one and let me know about the result. 

 

 

 

 

I think they made a huge improvement here, the comfort, soundstage, details ... new CAL!2 are more fun to me. Wait couple of weeks, I expect the price to go down as soon as these phones are available in more stores...

 

Thanks for replying. The CAL2 is available in my country ar 15% discount for CAL1 owners, so I was wondering if it is worth the plunge,

 

Thanks for your review, seeing that this is an improvement, I will most likely purchase it later this month.

post #51 of 556
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Originally Posted by NimnuL View Post
 

OK, so here is my review (the gist is in English as promissed) with detailed pictures:

 

http://twojepc.pl/artykuly.php?id=Test-Recenzja-Creative-Aurvana-Live!2&strona=6

are u alright...? your jaws still hurting?? hehe ..

thanks for the sweet review, will u be reviewing the other models in the line?

post #52 of 556
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Originally Posted by NimnuL View Post
 

 

 

I think know what you mean here. I assume you played with the manual vol-adjust on the remote already. If so, press and hold the "answer" button on the remote - the volume will go up, right? This means you didn't attach the cable to the phones correctly - pay attention at the shape of the connector and the socket - it's triangle-shaped which require a careful placement - the Jack has to 'click' inside. Try that one and let me know about the result. 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by zachgraz View Post


Have you disovered the manual volume regulator which is part of the cable already ?

 

Yes, I have seen the volume control.  Actually, after playing with it, I get a bit of distortion when I slide it up and down.  I went out and bought a cheapy 2.5mm to 3.5mm cable and it works just fine!  I'm assuming my volume regulator is bad.  :confused_face_2:

post #53 of 556
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Originally Posted by Lorspeaker View Post
 

are u alright...? your jaws still hurting?? hehe ..

thanks for the sweet review, will u be reviewing the other models in the line?

 

Well yes, I'm awaiting for Brainwavz HM9. I'm also helping to get Momentum on-ear pretty soon now. 

Recently I wrote a few words about Monster N-Pulse http://twojepc.pl/artykuly.php?id=Recenzja-Monster-N-Pulse and NuForce HP-800 http://twojepc.pl/artykuly.php?id=Test-sluchawek-NuForce-HP-800&jedna_strona=1 but I imagine it's no use for you as this is in Polish :) 

post #54 of 556
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Originally Posted by KetchupNinja View Post
 

 

 

Yes, I have seen the volume control.  Actually, after playing with it, I get a bit of distortion when I slide it up and down.  I went out and bought a cheapy 2.5mm to 3.5mm cable and it works just fine!  I'm assuming my volume regulator is bad.  :confused_face_2:


Good decision and great it has solved the problem. The volume regulator looked a bit flimsy to me - those regulator's contacts tend to corrode, disconnect internally and cause channel imbalances after some time. I would suggest to get another cable if problems occur just like KetchupNinja did.

post #55 of 556
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Originally Posted by KetchupNinja View Post
 

 

 

Yes, I have seen the volume control.  Actually, after playing with it, I get a bit of distortion when I slide it up and down.  I went out and bought a cheapy 2.5mm to 3.5mm cable and it works just fine!  I'm assuming my volume regulator is bad.  :confused_face_2:

 

when i had the philips uptown, i just taped up the volume control at MAX.. didnt let it move. :P

post #56 of 556
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Originally Posted by NimnuL View Post
 

 

Well yes, I'm awaiting for Brainwavz HM9. I'm also helping to get Momentum on-ear pretty soon now. 

Recently I wrote a few words about Monster N-Pulse http://twojepc.pl/artykuly.php?id=Recenzja-Monster-N-Pulse and NuForce HP-800 http://twojepc.pl/artykuly.php?id=Test-sluchawek-NuForce-HP-800&jedna_strona=1 but I imagine it's no use for you as this is in Polish :) 

 

i tried the momentum on-ear vs the older bro just yesterday...A/B ing a few times.. no go for me,

the On-ear just sounded more tin-ny to my taste. 

 

U can always TRANSLATE for the HEADFI-folks here... u have a good concise style ..v easy to get the gist. 

Looking forward to your next review..ok...dun forget to TRANSLATE!!!!

:D

post #57 of 556
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Originally Posted by Lorspeaker View Post
 

 

when i had the philips uptown, i just taped up the volume control at MAX.. didnt let it move. :P

 

Excactly, no point of touching this slider. 

Out of the box the volume control caused some scratching noise in both channels, but after few times sliding it min/max the problem disappeared - proves it likes to corrode. 

 

Happy to hear you like my translations, to be continued then :)

 

KetchupNinja

Did the 2,5mm plug from non-oryginal fit in correctly? 

I assume it's 3 pole connector? 


Edited by NimnuL - 11/15/13 at 1:35am
post #58 of 556
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Originally Posted by NimnuL View Post
 

 

Excactly, no point of touching this slider. 

Out of the box the volume control caused some scratching noise in both channels, but after few times sliding it min/max the problem disappeared - proves it likes to corrode. 

 

Happy to hear you like my translations, to be continued then :)

 

KetchupNinja

Did the 2,5mm plug from non-oryginal fit in correctly? 

I assume it's 3 pole connector? 

 

The cable snaps in just like the original.  It is a 3 pole connector but the cable is pretty terrible lol.  I Just found whatever I could find at a Wal-Mart.  I definitely want to grab a higher quality one.

post #59 of 556

Some quick impressions of the CAL!2.

 

-The highs are clear and sparkly but not fatiguing.

 

-Large sound stage for a closed can.

 

-Isolation is terrible, maybe that's why it sounds so open?

 

-Way too much bass, it kind of bleeds into the mids making them sound recessed.

 

-Poor build quality.  While the headband is quite sturdy, the ear cups and gimbals are made of extremely cheap plastic.

 

The bass is just too much for me.  If they had toned it down a bit and made the headphone more durable, these would've been a keeper.


Edited by KetchupNinja - 11/15/13 at 9:11pm
post #60 of 556
Quote:
Originally Posted by KetchupNinja View Post
 

Some quick impressions of the CAL!2.

 

-The highs are clear and sparkly but not fatiguing.

 

-Large sound stage for a closed can.

 

-Isolation is terrible, maybe that's why it sounds so open?

 

-Way too much bass, it kind of bleeds into the mids making them sound recessed.

 

-Poor build quality.  While the headband is quite sturdy, the ear cups and gimbals are made of extremely cheap plastic.

 

The bass is just too much for me.  If they had toned it down a bit and made the headphone more durable, these would've been a keeper.

just to get an idea of your tastes. What headphone that you have heard or own has the ideal amount of bass for you. I see that you have the d5k and the x1 both of which have large amounts of bass. Does this hp have more than the those????:blink:

 

You also just mentioned bass quantity, what about quality, and extension?


Edited by grizzlybeast - 11/15/13 at 10:32pm
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