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post #346 of 995

Has anybody compared them to the another budget-fi cans: Takstar Pro 80?

post #347 of 995

I think I'll be selling or trading my 680s. I've burned them in plenty and have given them lots of listening time and have concluded that the sound signature just isn't to my liking. It's a pity, really, as I love the look and build-quality of these cans. Also, I must confess that them being Japan-exclusive and using carbon nanotube drivers increases their appeal. If only I could enjoy the way they sound!

 

Honestly, the extreme coloration of these cans makes me enjoy them even less than my KSC-75s, a can which cost me just $15! I was expecting these cans to be on the neutral side, but they're far from neutral. I can understand how these could appeal to people, but they're just not my thing. Though I can enjoy "fun" cans, I don't like my cans to be too "fun". To me the 680s are like a cup of coffee with one too many spoonfuls of sugar in it; the extra sweetness (warmth) is all too apparent and drives me nuts. I realize that lots of people like warm cans, but these are just too warm for my liking.

 

Anyway, I don't know if I should sell these, give them to my niece or trade them for something. I could use some IEMs, something I've never owned before. I wonder if I could get HiFiMAN RE-400s or VSonic IEMs in exchange for these . . .

post #348 of 995

That's an interesting perspective on these cans, thanks for that.

post #349 of 995
Aillas What were you powering yours with?

The ODAC+O2 cleaned up the wamth somewhat. Its not bad out of my s3 either.

Everything else though... Damn they sound warm.
post #350 of 995
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Aillas What were you powering yours with?

The ODAC+O2 cleaned up the wamth somewhat. Its not bad out of my s3 either.

Everything else though... Damn they sound warm.


ODAC + E12 sounds very clean too.

Basically anything that doesn't provide enough detail and is even slightly warm, makes them sound sub-par.

Any Sabre-based DAC sounds fantastic with them, everything else sounds too warm and the vocals are off.

 

Usually warm headphones don't pair well with warm sources - the resulting warms is even worse than just a sum of both. It's a case where 1+1 can equal 5.

post #351 of 995
Yeah out of the clip+ they sound excellent too.
post #352 of 995
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Yeah out of the clip+ they sound excellent too.


They do sound surprisingly good out of a Rockboxed Clip+, but it's still quite colored.

I do prefer this combination over E17 though.

post #353 of 995
I don't think I have used the clip+ without an eq since I got it. Someone on here actually posted a measured flat eq for it. It was a nice starting point.
post #354 of 995
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Aillas What were you powering yours with?

The ODAC+O2 cleaned up the wamth somewhat. Its not bad out of my s3 either.

Everything else though... Damn they sound warm.


Just a cheap ASUS soundcard and straight from my Clip+ (which is RockBoxed).

 

I plan on getting the O2+ODAC combo but am preventing myself from getting it until getting more higher-end, power-hungry open cans such as the HD-600 and HE-500—two cans I hope to buy in the (hopefully) not-too-distant future. I just feel that it wouldn't make sense to get the O2+ODAC combo now when none of my cans are of true audiophile grade. I love my current preferred sealed cans, the CAL!, but wish to upgrade to something even better. Though I wish to upgrade, I'll never part with my CAL!s and would probably cry if they'd break. They're hands down one of the best purchases I've ever made. They have a sound signature that is very desirable to me and they not only work well with music, they also work oh-so-perfectly with movies, TV and videogames which makes them a major keeper. IMO, they're an essential can. I can't see many other cans in the sub-$100 price-range being on par with them . . . they're absolutely sublime!


Edited by Aillas - 1/21/14 at 9:01pm
post #355 of 995
I haven't found anything that doesn't go with the odac+o2 combo yet. Fantastic little devices.I'm buying the cheaper schiit products soon to have as something to play with too! I will be posting my thoughts on the pairing once I get some new cans too, since I just sold my ad700 m50 and ms1i's.
post #356 of 995
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Just a cheap ASUS soundcard and straight from my Clip+.

 

I plan on getting the O2+ODAC combo but am preventing myself from getting it until getting more higher-end, power-hungry open cans such as the HD-600 and HE-500—two cans I hope to buy in the (hopefully) not-too-distant future. I just feel that it wouldn't make sense to get the O2+ODAC combo now when none of my cans are of true audiophile grade. I love my current preferred sealed cans, the CAL!, but wish to upgrade to something even better. Though I wish to upgrade, I'll never part with my CAL!s and would probably cry if they'd break. They're hands down one of the best purchases I've ever made. They have a sound signature that is very desirable to me and they not only work well with music, they also work oh-so-perfectly with movies, TV and videogames which makes them a major keeper. IMO, they're an essential can. I can't see many other cans in the sub-$100 price-range being on par with them . . . they're absolutely sublime!


A PC sound card is not a good fit for S680 - they are always optimized for multi-channel games/movies audio, not stereo music.

Go ahead with O2+ODAC purchase, and you'll be amazed at the difference. You don't need them for power, you need them for the resolution and transparency.

post #357 of 995
tried these in the laptop and they sound bad especially with videos, had to go back to the HD218s didnt really try with music but it was enough for me not to want too.

Was listening yesterday (flac on cowon j3) as per normal and thought something was not right but today, i dont know they just dont sound right i havent changed anything apart from lowering the volume down and cant really say what or why but something is not right its like they are muffled its not just one part but the complete sound. will try later at normal volume as its too late to have it on too high
Edited by michaelgordon - 1/21/14 at 10:04pm
post #358 of 995

Mine are officially up for sale gentlemen. I've decided that they're a touch too warm for me. PM if interested.

post #359 of 995
How many hours do you have on them?
post #360 of 995

Guys, recommended these JVC?? I recently sold the HA-S500 because it was too uncomfortable and with a sound poorly defined and too "dark" ...
Currently I FiiO E10 and CAL ...
I listen to mostly trance / dance and other genres ...
I understand, however, that these JVC are not very comfortable ... the pads do not completely surround the ears ...
thanks

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