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Audio Technica ATH-A700 Headphones Reviews

Positive Reviews


Excellent first exposure to audiophilia


Pros: Detailed, comfortable, smooth and clear. Free from most outside noise, easy to power, very affordable

Cons: Not end-all be-all of headphones. If these are good, other more expensive models are great.

I had these and used these as my primary method of enjoying music, films and video games for 18 months until I replaced them with a more expensive model of a different brand. Before I owned these, my "greatest headphones" were $40 VOIP headsets. I won't even begin to claim I have golden ears or anything like that, but even a philistine like me could tell that these things were a million miles ahead of any game headset or stock Zune earbuds around. It was so much better than my previous equipment that I actually experienced the "I'm hearing things I never knew existed in my music" effect. This is to be expected from anyone's first pair of good headphones, though. ...
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Negative Reviews


couldn't be more disappointed!


Pros: cheap, good sound

Cons: cant imagine who these are designed for. they just plain dont fit

i got the ath-a700x couldn't be more disappointed!   cant imagine who these are designed for. they just plain dont fit. perhaps if the 'head supports' had adjustable or stiffer tension...but as they sit now they're on a spring, which offers little to no resistance.   im a total noob in the headphone dept...i imagine i have unreasonable needs and expectations. i want 'dj style headphones', with good mobility, and entry level studio/production/audiophile sound. i love the fit of beats solo, theyre great for walking around. but they sound like garbage. and the search continues...these are getting returned.  

More Reviews


Awesome for the price!!


Pros: Sound quality, Comfort, Light weight, Spacious sounding, Quality To Price Ration, and Isolating

      After owning them for a year, I still really love these headphones. For $100, this was one of the best purchases I have made! The sound quality is on par with Bose, M-50's, and the Grado sr60i. The isolation is good enough that I used them on the bus and in the library often. They sound much more spacious than the M-50, but it isn't the same as open headphones. The bass isn't as heavy as the M-50, which makes it slightly less interesting when listening to trance. I really enjoyed the controlled sound of the bass when listening to most music. I would say that the sound quality is good enough on these, that the price of my Akg q701's may not have been...
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Great entry level Closed Back Headphone


Pros: Open Sound Stage, Crisp Highs, full Bass but not boomy, Very comfy!, Isolate pretty well

Cons: Ear Pads

Very happy with my Audio Technicia ATH A700's !   I must admit I am somewhat of a AT Fan Boy but they really do offer a great entry into decent sound in my somewhat limited experience.  I have listened to some decent cans in my time ( Grado's, HD600s, DT880s, AKGs, etc ) and their is something about the AT sound that I just like and never gets old.  Clear Highs, Great Sound Stage and enough bass to have a full sound.  Mids would be considered recessed by most but I guess that is just what I prefer.   For the $100 I paid for them new I could not be happier and like I said I just keep going back to them.   After about 2 years the ear pads are...
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Great first headphone


Pros: Extremely comfortable, great sound positioning

Cons: high maintenance, not well rounded for all music genre

I've had this headphone close to 4 years now. I purchased this along with a Creative X-fi Xtremegamer sound card as my first "hi-fi" setup. Before that I was using cheapo Voip headsets, which was the very definition of bad sound reproduction. When I first got them, I experienced the "wow this music is totally different from what I remember effect". The A700 are great at reproducing details in the music, letting you hear all the nuance that makes music, to me, fun. It is extremely comfortable and you can wear it for hours without discomfort. There is a down side though. If the room is hot or has no AC, sweat will get trapped in between your skin and the earpads. Also, the pleather pads...
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Very good relatively inexpensive headphones


Pros: Very large soundstage, very comfortable, easy to drive, balanced sound overall

Cons: There is not much bass

  I have had these headphones for four months now, and they are great.  They are relatively inexpensive (at around $120 on amazon), and have a very good balanced sound.    The frequency response is pretty good, but they lack bass.  With amplification (I am using the fiio e7 e9 combo), the bass becomes more prominent and the sound is much fuller than unamplified.  While amps improve the sound, these headphones are easy to drive and still retain the soundstage, even while listening at low volumes.    The biggest plus to these headphones is that the soundstage on these headphones is massive.  It sounds like the music is coming from the...
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Excellent closed cans at any price


Pros: Excellent reproduction, comfort and isolation

Cons: Can't break dance with sling config

If you want to listen at low volumes, in the same room with other people, or in privacy this is a great option. The isolation from the ambient noise is excellent allowing you to save your ears with low volume. There is no heat problem and they are comfortable to wear for hours.   I love my AKG 702's, if I had bought these first, I would have stopped looking, to my loss.

Great budget headphones


Pros: price, comfort, sound quality, bass response

Cons: build quality, not portable

A quick sidenote I actually own the ATH-A500 headphones but they use the same drivers so the review should be similar.  I picked these up on a whim at this place that imports Japanese products for around $100.  This is my first pair of SQ headphones so I was suprised to find how big they are, the drivers completely cover your ear.  My favorite part about these things is how comfortable they are, I could seriously wear these all day and not have an issue.  For the price these things sound incredible after break-in, the bass is clean and deep and the highs are just right.  Being closed headphones they don't leak out much of any sound out and that's something I...
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Gives music a real boost - amplified sound without the amp!


Pros: Very comfortable, best non-Stax phones I have heard

Cons: So close to perfect that perfect seems just out of reach!

I was about to bag a pair of the open version ATH-AD700 then saw these on the demo stand... The difference was clear. The sound was so much fuller on this closed version. I was tapping my feet!   These are so close to perfect it's tantalising. Lovely full and open sound from a very comfortable pair of large cans. Just what I wanted. Tried Grado, Shure and Sennheiser in same price range - nowhere close for my tastes.   UPDATE A FEW DAYS AFTER PURCHASE   Still really enjoying these, and they have me rustling through my music collection and listening to stuff I have not heard for a long time.   What do they sound like? I've always liked *good* 70s hifi -...
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Blue? Really?

Not really a review, just an observation on the color.    When I first got them I thought they were black.  Others have said they were blue.  After a while, I thought I could see some blue but they still mostly looked black.  In most online photos they look black, sometimes with a slight hint of dark blue.  I asked my wife what color they were - she said black.   Then, one day they were sitting on the table across the room and the sun hit them.  Blue!  Blue metalflake even!  Took this picture.     The shot doesn't really do them justice.  The flake actually has a depth like you'd see on a custom street...
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Pros: SOUND STAGE- epically full, clear, and rich sound- exactaly what i wanted out of a set of cans

Cons: size? you see the picture,

These headphones are honestly incredible. not much more to say. i dont have much free money to throw around, but i bought these, then a year later had the chance to compare them to the sen HD 800's and a pair of nice grados   I honestly preferred the sound of these   you would NOT regret the decision to buy these unless you really cant stand carrying around larger headphones trust me, its worth it though

Lovely and leakless.


Pros: Versatile, comfortable, affordable. Highly recommended if you get headaches easily. Great detail and texture.

Cons: Not at all portable, hit and miss with hip-hop and some electro.

I purchased these trying to find a pair of 'entry level' over-ear headphones that were closed so I could listen to music with other people around without annoying them with an open design or annoying myself with something that wasn't sealed. Comfort was also an extremely high priority for me, as many headphones give me tension headaches or migraines. I was pleased with my ATH-EW9's, so instead of taking a gamble on a brand I hadn't heard before, I went with AT again.   These headphones definitely took some burning in to get to a fuller sound, but hit a sweet spot fairly quickly without any equalizer fiddling. They filled the gap that my ATH-EW9's didn't cover - "prog" rock and...
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