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How are these with comfort, out of the box? Looking for headphones I can use for, well basically everything. =D Never owned any headphones that needed burning in, seeing as I've always got the cheap ones. =P Would be powering these with my PC, no amp or anything of the sort. I could do pink noise at night.

 

The clamping force is a bit too strong for my liking, but, thankfully, they don't hurt my ears much. I haven't worn them for very long though.

post #302 of 732
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I just received my HA-S680s.

First impression: they're a muffled, overly-bassy mess. And wow—can they ever go loud!

Don't worry: I'm sensible enough to not already conclude that they're crap. I'll start burning them in right away and, when done that, I'll give them quite a bit of listening time.

Completely agreed. Out of the box they sound terrible, like something you would get for $5 from a petrol station.

 

Beyond terrible. They sounded like a $5 headphone; not a $70 one. I've owned stock earbuds that sounded almost as good as the HA-S680s sounded upon listening to them for the first time. When I first put them on it was almost laughable how bad they sounded. I thought "BenF must be trolling us!" :tongue_smile:

 

Fortunately, after just a few hours of burn-in time they've improved (admittedly a bit, but I don't expect drastic improvements yet).


Edited by Aillas - 1/16/14 at 3:14pm
post #303 of 732
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Beyond terrible. They sounded like a $5 headphone; not a $70 one. I've owned stock earbuds that sounded almost as good as the HA-S680s sounded upon listening to them for the first time. When I first put them on it was almost laughable how bad they sounded. I thought "BenF must be trolling us!" :tongue_smile:

 

Fortunately, after just a few hours of burn-in time they've improved (admittedly a bit, but I don't expect drastic improvements yet).


The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde headphone. Let us know when Dr. Jekyll makes his appearance. :popcorn:

post #304 of 732

Any harshness that was left yesterday is completely gone now, they are surprisingly well behaved and balanced. I will put some electronica/hiphop through them today.

post #305 of 732

The Clamping force might be a problem for me. XD If their that bad out of box, kind of scary. =P

post #306 of 732
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Originally Posted by BluePhoenixHD View Post
 

How are these with comfort, out of the box? Looking for headphones I can use for, well basically everything. =D Never owned any headphones that needed burning in, seeing as I've always got the cheap ones. =P Would be powering these with my PC, no amp or anything of the sort. I could do pink noise at night.

 

The comfort is pretty great, the pads are quite big for an on-ear.

If you won't invest even 50$ for something like the Hifimediy Sabre DAC, maybe you should skip these.

post #307 of 732
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The comfort is pretty great, the pads are quite big for an on-ear.

If you won't invest even 50$ for something like the Hifimediy Sabre DAC, maybe you should skip these.

Probably going to have to. XD Can't afford a DAC/Amp at the moment, but I want one so bad. =P

post #308 of 732

They scale well, they will still sound ok out of a motherboard sound card. They are super easy to drive so amplification shouldn't be an issue.

post #309 of 732
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They scale well, they will still sound ok out of a motherboard sound card. They are super easy to drive so amplification shouldn't be an issue.

If I remember correctly, been awhile since I built my PC, the Motherboard is a Gigabyte, so probably has some type of Realtec on/in it or something.

post #310 of 732
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If I remember correctly, been awhile since I built my PC, the Motherboard is a Gigabyte, so probably has some type of Realtec on/in it or something.


S680 really thrives on detail and imaging that a normal sound card usually fails to provide.

Power is not the issue here, the D/A conversion is.

post #311 of 732

That will be fine, make sure you install the correct drivers for your soundcard from the actual manufacturer. In your case probably realtek HD, then you can save and enjoy without stressing too much about "missing out".

post #312 of 732

A few notes about these 'phones:

 

1. The box they come in is tiny. When I saw how small the box was, my first thought was "they must've sent the wrong headphone." They're able to fit in such a small box since they're foldable--something I'd forgotten.

2. They have an angled plug.

3. The cable on these is thick and of high-quality.

4. The clamping force is strong. I personally wish it was a little less strong.

5. The driver grills / covers--whatever you wanna call them--are angled; this surprised me. I don't believe I've seen any mention of this anywhere.

6. Though at this point I don't care for the sound of these 'phones, they have a great, almost 3D, soundstage and already manage to work decently with games and mono recordings. Mono recordings sound like they're being played through speakers.

7. So far the CAL! is better than the HA-S680 when it comes to everything but soundstage: lows, mids and highs are simply better and more natural-sounding with the CAL! Right now the HA-S680s don't even sound half as good as the CAL!

 

My main problem with the HA-S680 right now: the bass. It's way too overpowering. Some genres suffer from it.


Edited by Aillas - 1/17/14 at 7:44am
post #313 of 732
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The clamping force is a bit too strong for my liking, but, thankfully, they don't hurt my ears much. I haven't worn them for very long though.

 



Really i thought they were loose and could do with being tighter, maybe i have a small head as the earpads are also nearly over ear
post #314 of 732
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Originally Posted by Aillas View Post
 

A few notes about these 'phones:

 

1. The box they come in is tiny. When I saw how small the box was, my first thought was "they must've sent the wrong headphone." They're able to fit in such a small box since they're foldable--something I'd forgotten.

2. They have an angled plug.

3. The cable on these is thick and of high-quality.

4. The clamping force is strong. I personally wish it was a little less strong.

5. The driver grills / covers--whatever you wanna call them--are angled; this surprised me. I don't believe I've seen any mention of this anywhere.

6. Though at this point I don't care for the sound of these 'phones, they have a great, almost 3D, soundstage and already manage to work decently with games and mono recordings. Mono recordings sound like they're being played through speakers.

7. So far the CAL! is better than the HA-S680 when it comes to everything but soundstage: lows, mids and highs and simply better and more natural-sounding with the CAL! Right now the HA-S680s don't even sound half as good as the CAL!

 

My main problem with the HA-S680 right now: the bass. It's way too overpowering. Some genres suffer from it.

 

 

I agree with you on your impressions.  That's similar to what I expressed in my earlier post.  I should have looked more carefully at the box before buying it.  It does say "Extra Bass" on the front.  I'm not not liking the extra bass.

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