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post #421 of 841
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Originally Posted by Scotshner View Post
 

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 


Read this Amazon review which compares these to the HP50, Momentum and M-100.

post #422 of 841

Thanks for that. I have read this review as it is also posted on head fi. Whilst the review is very thorough I was looking for more opinions as sound is so subjective but to be honest I should just pull the trigger on either one and stop hesitating and start listening! I guess I can always send them back if not satisfied. 

 

Cheers 

post #423 of 841
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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.

You have reason!
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 ...
post #424 of 841
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Originally Posted by Aillas View Post
 


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.

You have reason!
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.

post #425 of 841

Indeed, the CAL listening more and more I like it ... with all the limitations that may have ...
But a Superlux 681EVO instead?

The CAL 2 cost € 120 ... maybe too much to be similar to CAL 1 ...

Some say they are overvalued and are even better CAl first version ... boooh

Edited by andreamang - 1/31/14 at 8:01am
post #426 of 841
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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.

Very nice. What is your sound card? Mine is Xonar DX and here are my settings,

 

Here are my phone(HTC Sensation) settings using PowerAmp.

 

I tried your settings, to my ears, the 500hz is really lacking for my music. What genre do you listen to?

post #427 of 841
Will do. I purchased the HP50s from Best Buy and they won't be in till the 11th. Should have the K545s tomorrow.
post #428 of 841
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Will do. I purchased the HP50s from Best Buy and they won't be in till the 11th. Should have the K545s tomorrow.

Kool! I should have my K545 tomorrow but seeing as they're through amazon I should have a good trial period. Hopefully they work out!

post #429 of 841
Just out of curiosity, did you know about the discount code at razordogaudio? They end up $200 shipped.
post #430 of 841

Ugggh that's brutal....I live in sunny Scotland so buy the time they shipped international + customs and excise they would be close to the $335 that I paid! Audio is so expensive in this UK! 

post #431 of 841
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Ugggh that's brutal....I live in sunny Scotland so buy the time they shipped international + customs and excise they would be close to the $335 that I paid! Audio is so expensive in this UK! 

 

 

Ouch. Sometimes if you ask nice there are members here that will help you out with shipping something to you.

 

And I just noticed. Welcome to head-fi.

post #432 of 841

Thanks for the EQ suggestions, guys. My cans are still in transit. Can't wait to try them out!

post #433 of 841
Once you tame the bass with an EQ these things really come into their own. I mean they still shake and are quite shocking, but for not bass heavy music they are much clearer.
post #434 of 841
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Originally Posted by Aillas View Post
 

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.

Very nice. What is your sound card? Mine is Xonar DX and here are my settings,

 

Here are my phone(HTC Sensation) settings using PowerAmp.

 

I tried your settings, to my ears, the 500hz is really lacking for my music. What genre do you listen to?


Just a Xonar DG. It's surprisingly decent for what it cost. I initially bought it mostly for its built-in preamp which I needed to make my ModMic sound good, but I've since gotten more out of it than its preamp.

 

You know, I now feel that I did have 500hz a tad too low and increased it a bit. I listen to everything, but mostly rock lately.

post #435 of 841
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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. :( 

 

I ended up removing the mesh on both cups as the marks on them were annoying the piss out of me—I couldn't stop looking at them! It shouldn't matter anyway as the drivers have a protective film covering them which should prevent hair and other particles from getting into them. And, to be honest, it's quite lovely to be able to see the drivers more clearly now. :D 


Edited by Aillas - 1/31/14 at 9:42pm
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