Cons: The twisty cord.
So I want to start off by stating that is this is my first real review of any headphone on this website. I am not an audiophile by any stretch of your imagination! I will try to best explain what my opinions are in as clear of a description as possible. Enjoy!
These are my first pair of open backed headphones. My intention for these headphones was for gaming. They are my go to gaming headphones for CS:GO. But as total virgin to open back cans I had no idea what to expect for music and gaming. I will start with gaming first.
CS:GO: For CS these can are the best I have heard EVER. The positional audio, clarity and soundstage can not be beat. You can easily pinpoint were an enemy shoots and is runs from. I did not realize how much I was missing with my old cans. I even thought I had a good headset eg, Siberia V2's. There is just a night and day difference between the two. Although the Siberia's had decently good positional ques I did notice some serious improvement from the AD700x's. I also noticed harshness when I fired my gun. I don't think its the cans fault, I think its CS:GO's bullet firing sound clip that just has a piercingly high treble boost.
Paired with the Zalman clip on mic, these are one of my most highly recommended setups for CS:GO.
Battlefield 4, 3: You will not benefit as much from high tier positional audio, as BF4 is not a very competitive shooter, but the immersion you get just from DICE's superb audio engine is enough to give me multiple goosebumps. I noticed where planes were flying from, where tanks were driving up, where that super annoying AA is spamming in the little inconspicuos corner of the map. I would still recommend these for Battlefield even if the competitive benefits are not as prevalent as CS:GO's.
COD: I hardly ever play COD but the sake of this review I decided to login to my old steam account and play some Black ops. The AD700x's absolutely excel at the footsteps pinpointing them expertly. I think COD benefits from a more refined audio engine than CS:GO and BF4 coming out on top, but they all have their advantages.
Keep in mind that I am not an audiophile so please don't give me shciit. I do want constructive criticism however!
When I first decided to buy these I was aware that they sounded great for music but it was put in the back of my mind with the constant chatter about how good they are for gaming, ect, ect ect. So when I received them I was astounded by how good the whole of the sound was from the AD700x's. I was expecting a clear but metallic high, a pompous mid, and a lacking bass. But wow was I wrong the highs are so clean and sparkly in a very pleasurable, good sense of the word. I literally found myself wanting to eat the highs because they were so tasty! The Mids are oh so good! They are in no way, pompous or "bloated" for the lack of a better word. I heard parts of music that I never drempt of hearing. Vocals are clear and present, being carried effortlessly by a wonderfully large soundstage. One of the one things that I looked most forward to was the hyped soundstage. And SCHIIT these have such a large soundstage. Coming from a world of closed back, bassy, in-your-face cans i was astounded by the immensity of the soundstage. You feel as if you have a room on your head and its a wonderful sensation, Classical music, liquid DNB just sound magical, and airy, giving the most tingly of sensations up the spine. The bass was often refered to as lacking, but I honestly don't see that(Coming from a basshead.). I hear a rich deep, well controlled, refined, high grade bass. It is not a very loud bass, not like the bass in my car(2 12's) but a more dainty, sexy bass, that will grow on just about anyone. They aren't just for gaming folks they do music too!
These are most absolutely the most comfortable headphone I have ever worn although I did have to do the rubber band mod just so it would push down on the tops ear over extended periods of time, They are incredibly light. The pads are perfectly deep and made of a cloth that does get hot if worn for more than 5 hours. The headband is very pliable and comfortable. I like the way Audio Technica uses the wing design, it makes it almost float on your head. But the ONLY issue i have with these cans is both a issue and a treat. The Cord. The cord is very long 7-6ft to be exact but it has some crazy memory in it. It still holds the little curl of the packaging in it. Not a deal breaker just a little annoyance!
Thanks for reading and I hope to be reviewing other cans soon!