Final choice: CAL! or SONY MDR-ZX-700?
Feb 26, 2012 at 11:31 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 26

kurd

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so finally I'm down to 2 headphones! 
I've head the sq of the MDR ZX-700 and I was very pleased with it.
I haven't heard the CAL! though.. I can't seem to find the CAL! anywhere near me either (I live in the Netherlands). So I can't really judge the sq. 
I have seen the unboxing of a CAL! and to me it looks kinda cheap. I'm not saying the zx-700 looks like it's worth $1000, but I'm just saying the CAL! looks cheap :p 
many people are pleased with the sq of the CAL! so that's why I don't know if I should buy the zx-700. 
If someone has heard the sq of both headphones, could you please tell me which one is better, or which one you prefer? 
thanks!
 
Feb 27, 2012 at 3:58 PM Post #3 of 26

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Reviews of the CAL! tend to be a bit overblown, mostly written by first-timers. However, they're still a great value for the money. That said, I think the ZX700 beats them at almost everything.
 
Mar 17, 2012 at 12:58 AM Post #5 of 26

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If you like deep low and punchy bass the CAL! would be better as the zx700 does not have the bass impact the call has. The mids on the zx-700 fare better though. The zx-700 are more neutral while the cals are coloured but many people like the cals colourations that being said you  should demo them and see which suits your taste.
 
Mar 17, 2012 at 11:04 AM Post #9 of 26

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Here are Tyll Hertsens reviews on these two headphones: 
http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/creative-aurvana-live-classic-reincarnate 
http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/sony-mdr-zx700
They come out in a dead heat, basically.
 
If you've heard the ZX700 and like it, I think you should go with it.  I have the CAL and think it is one of the very best headphones under $100.  Great sq, deep bass without bleeding into the mids, fairly comfortable for pleathor pads.  But it isn't built to withstand abuse.  If you are careful with your headphones, as I am, it should never be an issue, but I don't know if you plan on using these as portables.
 
 
 
 
Mar 17, 2012 at 11:10 AM Post #10 of 26

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um NO, look at the FR charts and tell me who's the more colored 'phones between them- The Zx700 are very noticeably mid centric sounding. IME with the CAL those are quite accurate sounding headphones, the mids are quite linear and tonally certainly closer to the Z1000 that i owned than my ESW9's. They are very very competent little headphones.
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If you like deep low and punchy bass the CAL! would be better as the zx700 does not have the bass impact the call has. The mids on the zx-700 fare better though. The zx-700 are more neutral while the cals are coloured but many people like the cals colourations that being said you  should demo them and see which suits your taste.



 
 
Mar 30, 2012 at 8:11 AM Post #14 of 26

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Cal has this great anti-honkiness that makes anything comparable sound like a nasally mess.
i dig my cals and ive listened to zx700's and thought they sounded-honky :)
take that as a biased review but dayum i love them.
 
Mar 30, 2012 at 8:39 AM Post #15 of 26

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CAL!'s sound brilliant. Get them; you won't regret it especially since their so cheap and good. The sound stage and separation is oh-so good and the treble and midrange is both smooth and detailed. The bass is not as detailed but still nice; deep and punchy. They look a bit... shoddy, but on closer inspection the build quality is really quite good. They definitely won't survive as portables though. I wrote a mini-comparison/review: http://www.head-fi.org/t/600120/tf10-vs-cal-aka-denon-d1001 - correction: they use the same driver as denon d1001 but are NOT an OEM version, apparently Creative just got the same drivers from Fostex. I haven't run any comparisons with world class headphones, but below $150 (*cough* ath m-50 *cough*) I've yet to hear anything better than the CAL!'s.
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Here are Tyll Hertsens reviews on these two headphones: 
http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/creative-aurvana-live-classic-reincarnate 
http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/sony-mdr-zx700
They come out in a dead heat, basically.
 
If you've heard the ZX700 and like it, I think you should go with it.  I have the CAL and think it is one of the very best headphones under $100.  Great sq, deep bass without bleeding into the mids, fairly comfortable for pleathor pads.  But it isn't built to withstand abuse.  If you are careful with your headphones, as I am, it should never be an issue, but I don't know if you plan on using these as portables.
 
 
 


By the way, Tyll's review on the CAL!'s are the most comprehensive I've seen.
 

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