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Can anyone give me some info on how to get these in Canada? I couldn't get them shipped from Amazon.com and they are much more expensive on eBay; all coming from Japan.
post #482 of 834
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Originally Posted by cherrytreegirl View Post

Can anyone give me some info on how to get these in Canada? I couldn't get them shipped from Amazon.com and they are much more expensive on eBay; all coming from Japan.


The cheapest price on Amazon is 63.5$, on eBay 79$.

 

You can buy them through Kakaku.com for 63$ (red and white) or 58$ (black):

http://www.head-fi.org/t/690493/the-jvc-ha-s680-s400s-and-s500s-big-brother-is-here/75#post_10051650

post #483 of 834
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Mine stayed dark even after burn-in. Some people seem to be fine with that darkness, but it annoys me as it sounds unrealistic and constantly reminds me that I'm wearing 'phones. I never could get used to the darkness so I decided to EQ them. Fortunately, I can enjoy them EQd but my other portable 'phone in the same price range as the 680, the Creative Aurvana Live!, sounds less dark and more refined than the 680. The 680 are a step up from my Koss Portapros, at least, so they are getting used by me (I used to pair my Portapros with my Clip+ but now I pair the 680 with it). But if it were impossible to EQ them, I'd honestly rather listen to Portapros since I just can't concentrate on music when it sounds so darn dark.

I'm curious: what colour did you choose? I got the white. I'm thinking there's a slight chance the white ones are more dark than the others due to a manufacturing error or something. I doubt it, but you never know . . .

I've got about 40 hrs on mine and, yeah, they have a sound signature that some folks will love and others will hate. Right now, I'm having a "love/hate" relationship with mine. Actually, it's a "love/expecting it to improve" relationship.

They are definitely not HiFi cans. They are too colored to be considered that. But they are fun to listen to, and very enjoyable if you cotton to their sound signature.

I like them for several reasons: they sound dense, dark, and wet, but still weighty with good bounce and speed. They sound very open, although not airy.

At 40 hours, they are still a tad too warm, but seem to be improving. Still, they are fun and easy to listen to, and I expect that they will improve some more with more burn in.

I think these will be an secondary set of cans for me, ones I will use when I want a fun, easy listen when I don't need or want to be pulled too deeply into the music. They are colored and, perhaps, too warm. But in a way they are natural and unforced in their presentation which makes them easy to listen to.

I also have the Koss PortaPro. The PortaPro is very good in many ways, especially in the midrange and naturalness and ease of presentation.

I would describe the PortaPro as warm, airy, and dry. In contrast, the s680 is warm, dense, and wet. I personally prefer the sound of the s680, although right now I feel it still needs to open up and stabilize somewhat.

I also find the PortaPro's bass to be too light, dry, and airy for my taste. Not enough punch or impact for me. With the PortaPro, I find that after listening for a while, I'll want to switch to something with more bass solidity, even though I'm enjoying them otherwise. That's partly why I like the s680 more. The PortaPros are, indeed, good phones, though.

Unfortunately, I don't own the Creative Aurvana Live!, which look to be a closer match to the s680.

It's too bad you can't listen to these phones before you buy them. Hopefully anyone looking to buy these can get an idea of how they compare through the comments from users.
Edited by K.T. - 2/15/14 at 7:09pm
post #484 of 834

After some rather extreme burn in (which probably is not a safe technique) the headphones have opened up a bit. They're still dark, but they have gone from dark as midnight to a 7 o'clock dark.

 

Aillas I have a black and red pair.

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I received my S680s about a week ago (the "red" version).

 

Out of the box, they were UN-listenable... bloated muddy bass, veiled midrange, and almost no high end at all. I was thinking that burning in could not possible make these phones listenable.

 

I was wrong! I have done about 50 hours burn-in with the wav file, and they are transformed. The high end appeared and seem reasonably smooth. The mids are much less veiled. Female vocals sound quite nice now.

The bass is still on the heavy side, with an upper bass hump apparent. However, the bass is becoming tuneful.

 

Soooo... I'm going to give them another 50 hours of burn, and see if they become miraculous.

 

I've always been doubtful about the whole burn-in idea. Now, at least with the S680s, I'm a believer!

 

PS - I am using the Brainwavz HM-5 ear pads on these. They make it truly circumaural, and much more comfortable.

More later.


Edited by jdg711 - 2/16/14 at 9:40pm
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I received my S680s about a week ago (the "red" version).

 

Out of the box, they were UN-listenable... bloated muddy bass, veiled midrange, and almost no high end at all. I was thinking that burning in could not possible make these phones listenable.

 

I was wrong! I have done about 50 hours burn-in with the wav file, and they are transformed. The high end appeared and seem reasonably smooth. The mids are much less veiled. Female vocals sound quite nice now.

The bass is still on the heavy side, with an upper bass hump apparent. However, the bass is becoming tuneful.

 

Soooo... I'm going to give them another 50 hours of burn, and see if they become miraculous.

 

I've always been doubtful about the whole burn-in idea. Now, at least with the S680s, I'm a believer!

 

PS - I am using the Brainwavz HM-5 ear pads on these. They make it truly circumaural, and much more comfortable.

More later.

 

If you'll put back on the S680 pads, you'll see that the bass is much more controlled.

post #487 of 834
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If you'll put back on the S680 pads, you'll see that the bass is much more controlled.


Thanks, I'll try that!!

post #488 of 834
Can anyone comment on how these are compared to the cal 1 or 2?
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Differences between the 680 and the 660???

I have tryed the 660 but too much dark and too much mid...

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Differences between the 680 and the 660???

I have tryed the 660 but too much dark and too much mid...


660 is a garbage meant for sale outside of Japan for the Beats generation.

680 is a great headphone, exclusive to Japan.

 

S680 is still darker than most, but has great bass and mids.

post #491 of 834
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Can anyone comment on how these are compared to the cal 1 or 2?


The CAL! sounds much less dark, has better mids, has much less emphasis on bass (but it does have a bit of emphasis on bass), makes all songs you throw at it sound great (unlike the 680 where the odd song sounds like total crap. This is something I love about the CAL! When I'm listening to music on them, I never long to switch to another pair of headphones; when wearing the 680 I'll often land on a song that sounds like crap on them and feel like grabbing my CAL!s), is more comfortable and overall sounds more refined than the 680.

 

I personally prefer the CAL! to the 680 (as does the other person in this thread who owns both the CAL! and the 680) but the 680 makes a good portable 'phone. It's built like a tank, isolates well, is aesthetically pleasing, has a monster soundstage and likely sounds better than 95% of sub-$100 cans out there. I personally find them too dark and bassy for my liking so I use EQ with them. I just can't get lost in the music when it's so dark. My brain keeps telling me "this doesn't sound natural" and it prevents me from fully enjoying what I'm listening to. But other people are fine with this darkness, so you may like it.

post #492 of 834
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The CAL! sounds much less dark, has better mids, has much less emphasis on bass (but it does have a bit of emphasis on bass), makes all songs you throw at it sound great (unlike the 680 where the odd song sounds like total crap. This is something I love about the CAL! When I'm listening to music on them, I never long to switch to another pair of headphones; when wearing the 680 I'll often land on a song that sounds like crap on them and feel like grabbing my CAL!s), is more comfortable and overall sounds more refined than the 680.

I personally prefer the CAL! to the 680 (as does the other person in this thread who owns both the CAL! and the 680) but the 680 makes a good portable 'phone. It's built like a tank, isolates well, is aesthetically pleasing, has a monster soundstage and likely sounds better than 95% of sub-$100 cans out there. I personally find them too dark and bassy for my liking so I use EQ with them. I just can't get lost in the music when it's so dark. My brain keeps telling me "this doesn't sound natural" and it prevents me from fully enjoying what I'm listening to. But other people are fine with this darkness, so you may like it.

Thanks for that. I ended up buying a pair of CAL 2s cos I liked the first version so much. I figure I can't go wrong. I'll probably end up trying the 680s in the future when I need a more portable set.
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Originally Posted by Aillas View Post


The CAL! sounds much less dark, has better mids, has much less emphasis on bass (but it does have a bit of emphasis on bass), makes all songs you throw at it sound great (unlike the 680 where the odd song sounds like total crap. This is something I love about the CAL! When I'm listening to music on them, I never long to switch to another pair of headphones; when wearing the 680 I'll often land on a song that sounds like crap on them and feel like grabbing my CAL!s), is more comfortable and overall sounds more refined than the 680.

I personally prefer the CAL! to the 680 (as does the other person in this thread who owns both the CAL! and the 680) but the 680 makes a good portable 'phone. It's built like a tank, isolates well, is aesthetically pleasing, has a monster soundstage and likely sounds better than 95% of sub-$100 cans out there. I personally find them too dark and bassy for my liking so I use EQ with them. I just can't get lost in the music when it's so dark. My brain keeps telling me "this doesn't sound natural" and it prevents me from fully enjoying what I'm listening to. But other people are fine with this darkness, so you may like it.

Thanks for that. I ended up buying a pair of CAL 2s cos I liked the first version so much. I figure I can't go wrong. I'll probably end up trying the 680s in the future when I need a more portable set.


YW.

 

I love the CAL! so much that I'm also considering getting the CAL! 2 sometime in the future. I'll probably do that after I've bought at least a couple 'phones on my "To buy" list.

 

I can't get enough of the CAL!

post #494 of 834

Are the S680s darker than S500 and other HPs in my sig?

post #495 of 834
The Cal! sounds like a very fine headphone.

I burned my s680s for another 20 hrs, so now about 60 hours on them. I didn't listen for too long, but they sound less congested than they did at 40 hours. Hoping they will improve more with a some further burn in.

So before I start researching the Cal!, is it even worth checking out if I already have the Audio Technica M50?

While the s680 is not a traditional sounding phone, I do find the sound very interesting and engaging!
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