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Audio Technica ATH-AD700 Reviews

Positive Reviews

Dev Avidon

Excellent Mid-Fi open shells


Pros: Excellent imaging, decent detail, relatively neutral, good soundstage, FREAKISHLY COMFORTABLE!!!!

Cons: A little bass-light, can be somewhat harsh/tinny depending on source

This is usually my recommendation for newbies looking for open shells in this price range.  They are easy to drive, with excellent imaging and good detail, reasonably neutral reproduction and they are, simply put, THE most comfortable headphones on the planet (the only disclaimer being that the two ladies with smaller heads I recommended these to said they were a little too big).  You hardly even notice that you're wearing them.  I could work for these for hours.  As I noted in the cons, they can feel a little harsh/tinny in the mid-highs and high registers, depending on the source.  They're pretty easy to drive as well, I think these are some of the least amp-sensitive open shells I...
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Negative Reviews


OK while they lasted


Pros: Pleasant sound

Cons: Apalling after sales support

I had a set of ATH-AD700 for about a year. Generally, I liked the sound and learned to live with the 'one size fits all' design. Their bulk was a little annoying, but acceptable.   After about a year of ownership, the left channel developed an audible buzz / vibration during passages with very low frequencies, so I decided to send them back to Audio Technica Australia for service. That was where the fun started.   I had multiple promises that the service department would contact me to advise of progress / outcomes, but they rarely did and I was forced to keep emailing or calling them to find out why they hadn't called or let me know what was happening. The last contact...
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More Reviews


Very nice Open Air



Cons: low impedance

I've owned a long string of very cheap headphones (bose earbuds fall in this category because of how bassy they are, and the plug falling apart) so i started to upgrade my sound system. Headphones first. I did about four days worth of research (including lurking on this site) until i decided i could get the most bang for my buck with the ATH-AD700's.    They came, i listened to them all the way through burn-in and absolutely love them. Some nay-sayers think there's not enough bass, but i'll have to disagree; there's plenty.   Next upgrade on the list is a new cartridge for my turntable. I'm excited to hear the differences between my old cartridge and my new cartridge with my...
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Pretty clean sounding but very lacking in the bass department. Good for gaming and movies. Not so much for music.


Pros: Sound stage, clarity, Comfort

Cons: Cord durability, Lacking Bass

These were one of my first tries to get in to the audiophile headphone world and they were not a good choice. When I first got them I enjoyed the sound but as I got further along I realized that just too much of music was missing with these. Anything in the lows and lower mids is not there. High detail is great but I just can't enjoy music if part of it is missing due to the headphone I am using. They do have a really wide open soundstage which makes them really good for gaming and positioning in games. They are also good for movies for the same reason. If you are looking for a music headphone look elsewhere. 

Depends on listening style


Pros: Precision, mids, and general detail

Cons: Soundstage, depth, top and bottom ends

To start, this is my first set of audio-technicas, and I generally listen to towers. So some of my expectations may need to be tempered, but I have also used my other set of headphones (Bose QC 15's) as a frame of reference. Also note, this is all with my PC sound card as a source. No USB / no amp. And I generally use tidalhifi as my audio source.   The Good:   Sound - The mids are spot on here. Especially lower mids. Detail is great. I haven't owned a more technically accurate pair of headphones. (Very notable in wind instruments and live recordings for me). Highs and lows are decent.   Comfort - Very comfortable, but I think it's really hard to beat the qc 15's in...
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Comfort and Presence


Pros: Very comfortable, good sound stage, neutral with slight emphasis on Hi's and Mid's

Cons: Bass can be lacking, Mid's can get a little muddled

I bought these instead of the ATH M50, and i'm glad I did. I listened to the M50s and wasn't too impressed. After reading reviews I opted for the AD700s. Look and build quality. They look kinda dorky, no other way to say it. But good headphones aren't about looks. The purple/ pink outer mesh is an odd shade but distinctive, you'll never confuse these with another pair. The pads are comfy and very large, large enough to encompass my whole ear, which is good. The phones rest on the top of the head with two "Wings" that bend nicely, creating a very comfortable fit that can be worn for hours without hardly any breaking in. Seriously, very comfortable. The cable is a no tangle...
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Budget vs Quality Sound


Pros: Comfort Staging Range Mids Clarity

Cons: Open Bass Sensitivity

So comfortable. Hours of enjoyment with no pressure points.   Make no mistake, if you can buy these in the $70 range ('used' means they are just starting to break in, hopefully they didn't like the fit) you won't regret it. Doesn't matter if they are open style or lacking some bass, the pros outweigh the cons by a long shot.   You can gain a bit of bass response by running heavy lows through them for a couple hours, like Bjork - Hunter (off YouTube will work). No headphone will ever produce bass like a good external sub will. More usage is making them sound better and better at 2 months old.   The AD700 staging is so good that typical music will sound lacking...
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Good soundstage


Pros: Comfortable, value for money, mid-range

Cons: Weak bass

This is my first ever headphone that I have and I really like it. I would highly recommend it as an entry level headphones. For the amount you pay for, you cannot complain anymore. The sound is crisp and clear. Just that the bass is weak and certain genres of music are not very suitable. Classical, orchestra, strings sound really well on these cans. In short, if you are looking for a comfortable and sub $200 headphones, the AD700 would be on top of the list.

Hard to beat for the price


Pros: Clean, clear sound, good dynamics and imaging

Cons: Really big, slight brightness on some recordings

I've had these for 2 1/2 years now, and have been very happy.  They replaced my Sennheiser 570, which are also very good, but not as clear as these.  The AD700 is also better than the low-end Stax that I used to use.  I'm driving them through an older Arcam 45-watt integrated amp with no problems - volume control is barely above the minimum for a decent listening level.   Dynamics and imaging are very good.  Bass is normal, not overemphasized.   Issues: They're crazy big, even on a medium-sized head.  Therefore, they move around a little, but they are still above-average in comfort.  I'd prefer it if the wings were more adjustable. ...
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Pros: Super comfy, easily modable, no fatigue from 7 hours of listening.

Cons: Weak bass

This is my first pair of hifi cans so I don't really have anything to compare them to. It was a nice deal, I love the sound quality -especially when paired with a fiio e10, the e10's bass boost fixes the weak bass problem.

Great but requires EQ


Pros: Transparency, low distortions

Cons: Sounds bright

These headphones are great but you will need to be willing to EQ them to get best most natural sound.   Itself they're ok but a bit on the bright side.   See measured response below. I've posted the correction here: http://gainphile.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/audio-technica-ath-ad700-correction-eq.html  
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