Originally Posted by andreamang
Originally Posted by Aillas
Why don't 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.
But I'm not a person who listens to a lot on headphones ... I use occasionally.
I listened to the momentum and I do not like ... list cost 300 € but absolutely not worth the price ...
What did you not like about the Momentum? Find the bass a bit too overpowering? Some people describe it as being somewhat of a basshead can.
Why not just stick to your CAL! for all of your headphone listening? They're a fantastic all-rounder in the sub-$100 category; in fact I've yet to hear a sub-$100 'phone that bests them. You'd be hard-pressed to find a 'phone in that price range that sounds better and is more comfortable than them. But since you're fond of the original CAL! you might want to get the CAL! 2 which is a bit sexier than the original CAL!, has a detachable cable and, apparently, is slightly better-sounding than the original CAL!
Anyway, if I were you I'd stay away from the 680 since people are describing it as being essentially the S500 (a 'phone you seem to not care for) + a bigger soundstage + extra comfort + increased bass. Don't get me wrong: the 680 is a great 'phone for the price; I just highly doubt it would be your cup of tea based on what you said about the S500. However, if you buy it and don't like how it sounds, you can always try using EQ to make it sound how you want it to sound.