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post #226 of 843

I pulled the trigger on a white pair:

 

 

Can't wait to receive 'em!

post #227 of 843
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Originally Posted by Aillas View Post
 

I pulled the trigger on a white pair:

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

Can't wait to receive 'em!

 

Wow, congrats on the order!

 

White is very elegant, but personally I thought they would become dirty and turn grey/yellow pretty quick so I ended up going for the Red ones.

post #228 of 843
nice on the white. Couldnt myself, will just about be able to go out in public with the red on.

Had another good listen today, still sounding great and the echoing was not echoing but was actually backing vocals that id not heard before. I listen to a lot of metal and the sound some of the femal vocalists produce is unreal, added to this the loud giutars and drums in the background truly an excellent set of headphones I really couldnt praise these enough.
post #229 of 843
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Originally Posted by michaelgordon View Post

nice on the white. Couldnt myself, will just about be able to go out in public with the red on.

Had another good listen today, still sounding great and the echoing was not echoing but was actually backing vocals that id not heard before. I listen to a lot of metal and the sound some of the femal vocalists produce is unreal, added to this the loud giutars and drums in the background truly an excellent set of headphones I really couldnt praise these enough.

S680 has an amazing resolution


Edited by BenF - 1/3/14 at 10:29am
post #230 of 843
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Originally Posted by michaelgordon View Post

nice on the white. Couldnt myself, will just about be able to go out in public with the red on.

 

Why couldn't you? Worried they'd draw too much attention?

post #231 of 843

is just not me at all, i would normally wear iem but they have started to make my ears hurt hence why i wanted a new pair of headphones but these are a little bigger than i thought.  I have taken them out today and didnt really feel out of place but still felt a bit strange on the plus side kept my ears nice and warm.

 

seeing that pic does make me want a white pair.  May see how the finances go as they could be a backup par


Edited by michaelgordon - 1/4/14 at 6:05am
post #232 of 843

Hmm, these black-red S680 are shiny or slightly matte? Asking because on ebay.com there are 2 quite different photos. I did quick search using google and yet there are both versions.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=JVC+S680&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.XJVC+ha+S680&_nkw=JVC+ha+S680&_sacat=0

 

Also, can you answer my previous post?

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I had (gave it to brother) HA-S400, but they had several drawbacks - too narrow scene (or maybe not enough clear sound, can't tell even when listening to it right now) and uncomfortable, even with Sennheiser velour pads. Sound was ok, I enjoyed it, but it was nothing special.

After I gave it to brother I bought Audio Technica ATH-SJ55, which are in my opinion superior to JVC as they don't have these irritating drawbacks. SQ is fine, better than S400, but there is something like echo when bass is missing (I listen to electronic dance music, so it's not huge problem).

 

Now, is it worth to jump over to S680 from ATH-SJ55? My player is Cowon J3, I hate too much bass (when it so strong that sound is becoming "muddy", otherwise I can use EQ), but I enjoy if bass punches when it's supposed to.

 

post #233 of 843
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Originally Posted by Adamek View Post
 

Hmm, these black-red S680 are shiny or slightly matte? Asking because on ebay.com there are 2 quite different photos. I did quick search using google and yet there are both versions.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=JVC+S680&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.XJVC+ha+S680&_nkw=JVC+ha+S680&_sacat=0

 

Also, can you answer my previous post?

 

 

 

This is what they look like. They are a dark charcoal gray metallic. Very good looking IMHO.

 

 

 

As to your question. I have not heard the ATH-SJ55, but from what you said about your thoughts of the S400's, the 680's might be a good choice for you.

 

One thing I have to emphasis is THEY NEED 50 HRS OF BURN IN BEFORE PASSING ANY JUDGMENT

 

You said the you have problems with "too much bass" and "muddy". This perfectly describes the 680's out of the box. The bass does calm down a lot after burn in and become much more neutral. I would describe them now as a warm sound but not bass heavy. The "muddy" veiled sound out of the box is all but gone. Possibly just a little bit there still, but I know they will calm a bit more. I had a set of HA-FXZ200. They needed well over 100 hours of burn in before they settled. The sound is quite a bit wider and more 3D than my 400's.

 

I've gone from -3 on my FiiO X3 bass setting when I first got them. Now it is on 0 or sometimes -1 depending on album.

 

I'm not the best one to ask about headphones. I'm an IEM guy and only owned a few sets of cans. But if I were to put an arbitrary 1-10  number on the 400's vs 680's, I'd rate the 400's as a 6 and 680's as a 7.5

 

Also, the comfort between the S400 and 680 is night and day.

 

Let me put it this way. I bought the 400's and liked them, but basically never listen to them and gave them to my wife. A bit too narrow sound stage, something with the upper mids that wasn't right with me, a little "thin" sounding and a bit uncomfortable. Not bad, just not worth the effort. When I am out and about, it still have one of my IEM's in. Because of my job, cans can't be used. But when I am home I've got the 680's on. I have them on right now as a matter of fact. My Phonak 132's, Gr-07's, etc. are sitting on the shelf in my closet.

 

I just listened to some classic Rush. Wow, sounded really good. I've got Alice in Chains MTV Unplugged in now. Sitting in front of the computer on a Saturday afternoon with a good cup of coffee. :beerchug: 


Edited by Painful Chafe - 1/4/14 at 6:40pm
post #234 of 843

So material used to produce S680 is the same/very similar to S400? Because surface of these headphones on your photo looks so much like my S400.

post #235 of 843
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Adamek View Post
 

So material used to produce S680 is the same/very similar to S400? Because surface of these headphones on your photo looks so much like my S400.

 

The materials are the same, the comfort is so much better

post #236 of 843

Damn, you're tempting poor student to spend cash on another headphones. Shame on you! :D

post #237 of 843
Anybody happen to have one and a MDR1 for comparison? The latter fit so well around my ears...2 of my friends bought them, too bassy for me though.
post #238 of 843
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Originally Posted by DrunkenTiger View Post

Anybody happen to have one and a MDR1 for comparison? The latter fit so well around my ears...2 of my friends bought them, too bassy for me though.


S680 is around the ear for some, on the ear for most. Very comfortable though.

MDR1 definitely has bigger pads.

post #239 of 843
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S680 is around the ear for some, on the ear for most. Very comfortable though.

MDR1 definitely has bigger pads.


I've got medium-large ears and they sit on mostly on my outer ear.

 

Still find the pads much more comfy than S500 with stock pads or any sort of pad mod.

post #240 of 843

To anybody who has this and the CAL!, could you please compare the sound quality between the two headphones? I'm considering this is a potential purchase. I would love impressions for different genres of music (classical/film scores, hip-hop, alternative rock, etc.).

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