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post #406 of 834
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Originally Posted by andreamang View Post
 

To understand what can be similar to my CAL or resembles, qualitatively speaking, for a 770 or other headphones ...
Too bad for the halls is not too big ...


The 680 has a way different sound signature than the CAL! Since you didn't like the sound signature of the 500, I wouldn't get the 680 as it also has a "dark" signature that people not fond of warm headphones won't like.

 

You should stick to getting the Creative Aurvana Live! 2 like you were thinking of getting. It uses the same driver that the first CAL!, but it supposedly sounds even better than the first CAL!

post #407 of 834

The connections to my (2nd) S500s have weakened and the left side has stopped working. I could fix it but the SQ probably wouldn't be what it was so this looks like a really interesting upgrade at 67$/£41 off Amazon. Soundstage was the only issue I had with the S500. I love my deep tight bass too, these headphones are sounding closer and closer to perfect the more I read.

 

Are they fine unamped, like the S500 was? Because if so I'll have no hesitation in ordering a pair of these. 


Edited by AnarchistFish - 1/29/14 at 2:38pm
post #408 of 834

Yes they sound fine unamped. They sound great with my phone, which I suppose doesn't have an amp.

post #409 of 834
I just listened to Bose QC15, Sony mdr-1r and Sol Republic master tracks with my sansa clip zip. All are quite detailed but lacking in dynamics and sub-bass ...
Help me figure out if the 680 is good for my taste, if you are comfortable for up to 2 hours, as they are different from the 500's. I have jvc ha-fx1x and are stunning in relation to the price ...
He lacks only a Po more detail ...
Edited by andreamang - 1/30/14 at 3:32am
post #410 of 834
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Originally Posted by GeneralPsycho View Post
 

Yes they sound fine unamped. They sound great with my phone, which I suppose doesn't have an amp.

 

They sound even better with a DAP like the X3 or DX50.

post #411 of 834

Well, I knew this would happen. I've been mainly an IEM guy. I purposely stayed away from cans because I knew I wouldn't be to control myself. Well,  I just ordered a set of K545s and HP50s. If they are substantially better than the S680, I might be putting the JVC's up for sale.

 

The S680's may have been my gateway drug. Damn you, nanotubes!!!

post #412 of 834
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Originally Posted by Painful Chafe View Post
 

Well, I knew this would happen. I've been mainly an IEM guy. I purposely stayed away from cans because I knew I wouldn't be to control myself. Well,  I just ordered a set of K545s and HP50s. If they are substantially better than the S680, I might be putting the JVC's up for sale.

 

The S680's may have been my gateway drug. Damn you, nanotubes!!!


Two sets of 300$ headphones after one set of 70$ ones? You sure got addicted quickly!

But why didn't you go for a single 600$ set?

post #413 of 834
I will end up just keeping one as my portable set and likely get an open set for home like the AKG 612 Pros.
post #414 of 834
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Originally Posted by Painful Chafe View Post
 

Well, I knew this would happen. I've been mainly an IEM guy. I purposely stayed away from cans because I knew I wouldn't be to control myself. Well,  I just ordered a set of K545s and HP50s. If they are substantially better than the S680, I might be putting the JVC's up for sale.

 

The S680's may have been my gateway drug. Damn you, nanotubes!!!


Nice. I've been considering getting the NAD HP50 to replace the JVCs as a portable can. The JVCs sound pretty great, especially with EQ applied to reduce the bass a bit (IMO, since I'm not much of a basshead), but the NAD HP50 look damn promising, especially considering that they're Tyll Hertsens' (the Jesus Christ of the headphone community) all-time favourite sealed over ear can. He even prefers them to the Denon D5000, a 'phone which I believe retailed for over $1000! What's great is that the HP50 cost just $300 and don't even require an amp. If they're as good as everyone's saying, they must be an insanely great bang-for-your-buck, game-changing 'phone.

 

But I think my next audio purchase will be a pair of JBL LSR305 active studio monitors, another supposed game-changing product that just hit the market that's apparently a huge bang-for-your-buck and sounds way more expensive than it costs. They're essentially mini versions of JBL's flagship monitors which cost $20,000 per pair but these, thankfully, can be bought for just $300 (or less) a pair. However, many professionals say they sound like they're worth between $1000-$1500.

 

 

Most 'phones hurt my ears after a while; I'd like to have high-quality speakers to listen to during those times I'd rather not use 'phones.

 

 

Anyway, back on topic.

 

The other day while performing a slight mod to my JVCs (I stuffed the pads with paper towels to see what effect it would have on the sound signature), I, unbeknownst to me, scratched the heck out of the screen / mesh / whatever (you know—the thing that prevents hair, dust, etc. from falling into the driver grill) on each pad. Apparently, one of my nails had a jagged edge which caused the damage :mad:. I didn't make any holes in the mesh, but some of the tiny perforations in it seemed to have closed up from being scratched. Aesthetically, these marks annoy the heck out of me and I find them to be an eyesore. But do you think they could decrease sound quality? I can't tell and have no way of being able to tell since I have no spare pads to make comparisons. I'd like to replace my pads since I'm very OCD when it comes to stuff like this, but I somehow doubt JVC makes replacement pads for these 'phones. :(

 

It annoys the heck out of me that something like this happened so quickly! I baby my stuff and absolutely hate it when even little things (or, at least, what would be little things to most people) like this happen. :( 


Edited by Aillas - 1/30/14 at 9:57pm
post #415 of 834

To those who find the 680 a bit too warm and bassy: I recommend you give these EQ settings a shot before selling or giving away your 680s:

 

 

I've tried a variety of EQ settings with the 680; these settings, for me, are ideal. They make these cans sound quite incredible.

post #416 of 834
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Originally Posted by andreamang View Post

I just listened to Bose QC15, Sony mdr-1r and Sol Republic master tracks with my sansa clip zip. All are quite detailed but lacking in dynamics and sub-bass ...
Help me figure out if the 680 is good for my taste, if you are comfortable for up to 2 hours, as they are different from the 500's. I have jvc ha-fx1x and are stunning in relation to the price ...
He lacks only a Po more detail ...


Help!!!

post #417 of 834
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by andreamang View Post

I just listened to Bose QC15, Sony mdr-1r and Sol Republic master tracks with my sansa clip zip. All are quite detailed but lacking in dynamics and sub-bass ...
Help me figure out if the 680 is good for my taste, if you are comfortable for up to 2 hours, as they are different from the 500's. I have jvc ha-fx1x and are stunning in relation to the price ...
He lacks only a Po more detail ...


If you love  sub-bass and dynamics, you are likely to enjoy S680.

They are comfortable for a few hours in a row, despite being on-ear for most people.

post #418 of 834
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Originally Posted by BenF View Post
 


If you love  sub-bass and dynamics, you are likely to enjoy S680.

They are comfortable for a few hours in a row, despite being on-ear for most people.

 

Yeah!!!

The JVC 680 are similar to the 500?About sound...

post #419 of 834

HI 'painful chafe' I would be really interested to hear your thoughts on these two sets of cans. I have narrowed my search to Hp50 or K545 but can't find enough comparisons to make a decision and can't afford to get them both at once to trial. I am particularly interested in the bass presentation, soundstage and separation. Any info would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers 

post #420 of 834
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Originally Posted by andreamang View Post
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by andreamang View Post

I just listened to Bose QC15, Sony mdr-1r and Sol Republic master tracks with my sansa clip zip. All are quite detailed but lacking in dynamics and sub-bass ...
Help me figure out if the 680 is good for my taste, if you are comfortable for up to 2 hours, as they are different from the 500's. I have jvc ha-fx1x and are stunning in relation to the price ...
He lacks only a Po more detail ...


Help!!!


Why don't you stop making the same mistake as me by continuing to buy sub-$100 'phones and instead invest in some high end cans? Going from the CAL! to the 680 is more of a sidegrade than an upgrade. If you aren't broke as hell as I currently am, if I were you I'd probably get either the NAD HP50 or Sennheiser Momentum. If you don't need a portable sealed can, an even better investment would be to get a good amp / DAC combo and a pair of open cans such as the HD 600 or HiFiMAN HE-500 (which are currently heavily discounted due to the HE-560 coming out soon). It's fun to test out cheap, bang-for-your buck 'phones, but with all the money you could save from buying all those cheap cans you could buy yourself a nice high-end pair of cans which would bring you much enjoyment for many years.


Edited by Aillas - 1/31/14 at 7:07am
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