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post #511 of 833

Here's a question I've been meaning to ask the HA-S500 / HA-S400 owners here: how does the HA-S680's cable compare to that of those two other 'phones?

 

I'm simply curious.

post #512 of 833

I don't have the S500, but the other two strike me as pretty much having the same kind and quality of cable. That's from memory.

post #513 of 833
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Aillas View Post
 

Here's a question I've been meaning to ask the HA-S500 / HA-S400 owners here: how does the HA-S680's cable compare to that of those two other 'phones?

 

I'm simply curious.

Same exact cable

post #514 of 833
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Originally Posted by BenF View Post
 
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Originally Posted by Aillas View Post
 

Here's a question I've been meaning to ask the HA-S500 / HA-S400 owners here: how does the HA-S680's cable compare to that of those two other 'phones?

 

I'm simply curious.

Same exact cable


It's a great cable. Do JVC 'phones typically have such thick, high-quality cables?

post #515 of 833

How are the cup size relative to the Momentums?

Also, did anyone getting flagged for import fees, customs, etc. when ordering from Amazon to the US? I think Amazon factors in a deposit, but i'm not sure?

post #516 of 833
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. . . did anyone getting flagged for import fees, customs, etc. when ordering from Amazon to the US? I think Amazon factors in a deposit, but i'm not sure?

 

Import fees seem to be quite unpredictable. Just take a chance. I doubt import fees would be much anyway considering how cheap these 'phones are.

post #517 of 833
Why do people buy so many headphones,i have 3....a portable,open and a closed headphone,that's enough right,these baby's keep coming monthly haha......
post #518 of 833
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I can listen to the same music I love through different headphones, and each time it's a different experience.

post #519 of 833
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I can listen to the same music I love through different headphones, and each time it's a different experience.


This. I only have three setups, one serious speaker setup, an equally as serious (but less expensive) headphone setup, and a cheap portable setup to keep me occupied when I'm out and bored. My home headphone setup is the fun and detailed HE-400, my speaker setup is a slightly bright but fairly neutral Paradigm setup with outstanding imaging, and my portable setup is well, the somewhat mediocre Momentum On-Ear ;). I should get a Fiio X3 and a Focal Spirit One, that would probably sound sweet.

post #520 of 833
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Originally Posted by BenF View Post
 

I can listen to the same music I love through different headphones, and each time it's a different experience.


This. I only have three setups, one serious speaker setup, an equally as serious (but less expensive) headphone setup, and a cheap portable setup to keep me occupied when I'm out and bored. My home headphone setup is the fun and detailed HE-400, my speaker setup is a slightly bright but fairly neutral Paradigm setup with outstanding imaging, and my portable setup is well, the somewhat mediocre Momentum On-Ear ;). I should get a Fiio X3 and a Focal Spirit One, that would probably sound sweet.


I'm surprised to see you call the Momentum "mediocre" when many consider it to be one of the very best portable cans. I must say that one thing that draws me to that can is its amazing aesthetics. Sennheiser cans usually look ugly as hell; the Momentums are a big exception.

 

Those Paradigm monitors you have are nice. I wonder how they compare to the JBL LSR305 that are currently making much buzz in the audiophile community. I'll soon be in possession of the latter. At a street price of less than $300 a pair for monitors that, according to many pros, sound like they're worth at least $1000, I just couldn't resist.

post #521 of 833

How do the S680 compare with the Gemini HSR-1000 (formerly known as Takstar Pro80)?

 

I've read that the HSR-1000 are extremely comfortable and they have a fantastic soundstage.  I currently have HA-S400 and they are not very comfortable, I can only wear them 2 hours at a time and after an hour I have to take off my glasses.  But I've burned-in for at least 120 hours and I enjoy them otherwise.  I would be using these to listen to music/movies and/or play games in front of my PC.

 

Any thoughts?

post #522 of 833
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Originally Posted by ebrian View Post
 

How do the S680 compare with the Gemini HSR-1000 (formerly known as Takstar Pro80)?

 

I've read that the HSR-1000 are extremely comfortable and they have a fantastic soundstage.  I currently have HA-S400 and they are not very comfortable, I can only wear them 2 hours at a time and after an hour I have to take off my glasses.  But I've burned-in for at least 120 hours and I enjoy them otherwise.  I would be using these to listen to music/movies and/or play games in front of my PC.

 

Any thoughts?

 

I'm not sure about the Gemini.

 

I can say, though, that overall the S680 is far more comfortable than the S400.

 

Comfort with the S400 is hit and miss. If you have a rounded crown that matches the curve of the S400 headband, you will be OK. My brother falls into this category and loves his S400.

 

While I like the sound of the S400 a lot, my head has a slight peak on top and the headband is a dealbreaker for me. The foam is so unforgiving and uncomfortable. The full weight of the phones is concentrated right on that point at the top of my head. I carved out a channel out of the foam which helped a bit, but still a big compromise. Also, the on-ear pads are a matter of taste. I generally don't mind, but after a while my ears do get sore.

 

The S680 solves all those complaints for me. My ears fit comfortably inside the cups, and the headband has very good padding. Plus the sound is better than the S400.

 

Of course, you can't beat the S400's price, around $27 on Amazon when I got them.


Edited by K.T. - 3/4/14 at 12:10pm
post #523 of 833
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by ebrian View Post
 

How do the S680 compare with the Gemini HSR-1000 (formerly known as Takstar Pro80)?

 

I've read that the HSR-1000 are extremely comfortable and they have a fantastic soundstage.  I currently have HA-S400 and they are not very comfortable, I can only wear them 2 hours at a time and after an hour I have to take off my glasses.  But I've burned-in for at least 120 hours and I enjoy them otherwise.  I would be using these to listen to music/movies and/or play games in front of my PC.

 

Any thoughts?

 

 

S680 is an order of magnitude more comfortable then S400, due to larger pads.

S680 has a very large soundstage for a closed can, thanks to the "dynamic ports".

 

Can't compare them directly to HSR-1000, as I don't have them.

post #524 of 833

Thanks to both.  I do realize that S680 are larger and the over-ear aspect will make them far more comfortable.  I also understand that S680 is a more advanced can and thus will be better sounding than S400.  I'm a big fan of the S400 and I can only assume that I will be a big fan of the S680 as well.

 

Still I do want to know more about the Pro80/HSR-1000 as a comparison.  I probably only have enough budget to afford one.

post #525 of 833

BenF,

 

I was quoted $48.51 for S680 by Whiterabbitexpress.  How much do you think shipping would be to the U.S.?

 

Qty 1, JVC HA-S680: US$36.25

 

WRE Service Fee: US$12.26

Grand total: US$48.51

 

 

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