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post #436 of 995

Hmmm thank you I will bear that in mind....$135 is a pretty substantial amount of cash to me! 

I guess I'm also impatient after weeks of reading reviews and would have struggled to wait on shipping and returns would be a nightmare!

 

Thanks I have been an on/off lurker here for a few years but never needed to post anything before. This site is such a wealth of information and vital when you need to part with those hard earned bucks.

post #437 of 995
They came yesterday. I hooked them up to my bedroom system and listened to them for the first time as I was going to bed.

First impressions: very promising!

They actually go fully around my ears, and they are SO comfortable compared to the S400s that were my previous bedside cans.

Even though they go around my ears, are still small enough to not press into the back of my ears when my head is on the pillow. Great! I had this problem with other circumaural phones, like the AT M50s, which made them unusable in bed.

The comfort on these is leagues ahead of the S400. Those have 1/4" thick strips of that cheap, uncovered, really dense spongy black foam on the headband. Very little give or cushioning with this type of foam. The S400 put such great pressure on the very top of my slightly peaked head, I had to whittle away foam from the center of the band to alleviate the hot spot. Even then, I have two lesser hotspots further out on each side that are acceptable, but not really comfortable.

Sound of the S680 was truly miserable when I first put them on. But even after 10 minutes some songs sounded great. Even this early on, I like them more than the S400. It's more refined and relaxed sound that is clearly a notch up the scale. More pleasantly open and spacious. Less congested, too. They sound, for lack of a better description, more "together" in just about every way, and sound more "right".

I probably listened for half an hour before I nodded off, but one thing I was really shocked by was how much easier it was to hear and decipher lyrics in a song. On a couple of songs, I felt like I was actually able to listen to what the singer was saying for the first time instead of merely hearing the lyrics as part of the tapestry of the song. It was kind of a revelation.

The best part is this articulation sounded totally natural in comparison to overall sound signature of the phones. What I mean is that it didn't feel forced, like some presence band was being shoved into my face. It sounded totally relaxed and natural. I've never heard this effect in any of my other headphones, including my HD600, HE-400 and HE-500, Q701, or really mid-centric K401. This was new, and really enjoyable.

I wonder, as the bass and other parts break and settle in, if that extra vocal articulation will still remain.

So good start. I think these will be winners.
Edited by K.T. - 2/1/14 at 9:18am
post #438 of 995

To those of you interested: I reviewed 'em.

 

A question for you people who own the 400: do you think there's a chance I'd prefer them (soundwise) to the 680?

post #439 of 995
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Originally Posted by Aillas View Post
 

To those of you interested: I reviewed 'em.

 

A question for you people who own the 400: do you think there's a chance I'd prefer them (soundwise) to the 680?

 

Possibly. But not likely. The 680s warmth might not be for some.

 

 

That being said. I'm selling my 680's. I picked up some AKG 545's and as much as I like the 680's, I don't see myself using them anymore. PM me if anyone is interested.

 

Already broken in, so you wont have to suffer through the long painful burn in process. :wink_face:


Edited by Painful Chafe - 2/2/14 at 5:47pm
post #440 of 995
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Aillas View Post
 

To those of you interested: I reviewed 'em.

 

A question for you people who own the 400: do you think there's a chance I'd prefer them (soundwise) to the 680?

 

S680 is a big upgrade over S400 both SQ-wise and comfort-wise, save your money!

 

I am a bit confused by your review, you've listed "Monster soundstage" in the "pros", yet "quite closed-sounding" in the "cons".

 

And if you'll move from Xonar to a Sabre-based DAC, the mids won't be recessed anymore - vocals sound amazing out of S680 through any of my 4 Sabre DACs. It's a must-have combination!

post #441 of 995
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by K.T. View Post

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I probably listened for half an hour before I nodded off, but one thing I was really shocked by was how much easier it was to hear and decipher lyrics in a song. On a couple of songs, I felt like I was actually able to listen to what the singer was saying for the first time instead of merely hearing the lyrics as part of the tapestry of the song. It was kind of a revelation.

The best part is this articulation sounded totally natural in comparison to overall sound signature of the phones. What I mean is that it didn't feel forced, like some presence band was being shoved into my face. It sounded totally relaxed and natural. I've never heard this effect in any of my other headphones, including my HD600, HE-400 and HE-500, Q701, or really mid-centric K401. This was new, and really enjoyable.

I wonder, as the bass and other parts break and settle in, if that extra vocal articulation will still remain.

So good start. I think these will be winners.

The great vocals are the best part of S680 SQ, so don't worry, they will not go away.

post #442 of 995

My 680s are still up for grabs if any of you blokes are interested in saving on shipping cost/time.

post #443 of 995
post #444 of 995

Why sell this headphone???

post #445 of 995
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Why sell this headphone???

One of the two reasons anyone sells a headphone: just not the right sound for me.
post #446 of 995
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Why sell this headphone???


I'd think these 'phones are too "fun" for some people. I can see the powerful bass and warmth of these 'phones turning off quite a few audiophiles who crave more accuracy. Others, like myself, might find the mids a bit lacking; lots of people consider mids to be far more important than highs and lows and steer clear of any 'phone that doesn't fare too well in the mids department. I personally can put up with this 'phones shortcomings, but I can tell you that they're definitely not for everyone. A much "safer" alternative to these is the CAL! That's a 'phone that would be hard to disappoint anyone.

 

Anyway, I'm glad I never sold mine. Some songs sound absolutely amazing through them.

post #447 of 995

I live in the UK. Best shot at avoiding customs charges?

post #448 of 995
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Pair for sale also:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/703420/jvc-ha-s680-as-new

might be interested

post #449 of 995
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I live in the UK. Best shot at avoiding customs charges?


Me and some other people ordered them from Kakaku without getting stung with customs charges.

post #450 of 995

Japanese sites are a nightmare to navigate

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