Originally Posted by michaelgordon
I really enjoy listening to the s680 but am a little intrigued by the cal. Is it worth having both. I'd be interested to try before buying do anywhere in the UK stock instoor to try
I may be wrong, but I'm pretty sure the CAL! is hard to find in physical stores. So you may not be able to try it before you buy it.
IMO the CAL! is a masterpiece that I can't see myself ever parting with even if I ever acquire flagship cans by HiFiMAN, Audeze, Sennheiser, etc. It has a unique sound signature that appeals even to the snobbiest of audiophiles. Even Tyll Hertsens, the biggest headphone geek on the planet who's heard hundreds (if not thousands) of 'phones in his life, places the CAL! in his all-time top five favourite dynamic cans alongside the Sennheiser HD 800, JH13FP, Shure SE535 and Sennheiser Momentum. I've come across people who've heard dozens of high-end cans whose very favourite can is the CAL! It's a $60 can that honestly sounds like it costs $300 or more. And to anyone that's skeptical due to it being by Creative, a company that makes all sorts of stuff (quite a bit of it crap): the 'phone isn't even manufactured by Creative; it's manufactured by Fostex, one of the most respected companies in the audio world. Creative just slaps their name on it and sells it way cheaper than Denon did (Denon sold it as the D1001).
The CAL! is hands down the best bang for your buck audio product I've ever bought. It's an even better bang for your buck than the KSC-75.