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