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Sennheiser HD 700 Headphone Reviews

Positive Reviews

project86

The next big thing? Maybe...

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Pros: Exceedingly comfortable, easy to drive, many of the strengths of the HD800 at a lower price

Cons: The price will be an issue if it doesn't get discounted, highs can be bothersome, plastic construction may not feel like $1K headphones

      Just adding a quick summary based on my time with the prototype version of the HD700. In my opinion this is a very good headphone, yet I know it won't be perfect for everybody. But no headphone ever is!   It basically takes the HD800 sound, reduces the treble energy to some degree, and possibly bumps up the bass impact a tad. Either that or it just seems that way due to the treble balance. Since mine was a prototype version, there is a chance that the final sound will change. Therefore I'll be speaking in generalities. I know for sure that there will be updates to the headband to offer more padding. Despite that, I already found the HD700 to be supremely...
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Negative Reviews

purrin

Sennheiser brings aural excitement to my ears

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Pros: Super comfy

Cons: Too exciting for my tastes, mid suckout, spotlit treble, too expensive, ugly

Personally I don't like it, but I can see why other people may. For a broader angle drier approach to these see: http://www.head-fi.org/t/614011/sennheiser-hd700-review

More Reviews

Rob80b

Nice addition to the Senn line up.

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Pros: Very good imaging, staging is very speaker like, seamless tone from top to bottom, excellent clarity, midrange and tight tuneful bass.

Cons: Unruly cable

January 1st  2014     Initial impressions http://www.headfonia.com/ls-take-on-the-sennheiser-hd700/   First off "Happy New Year" Took awhile but my HD700s finally showed up yesterday, a cursory listen (5-6 hrs) mirrored more or less yours and Mike’s impressions. As mentioned above I’m using a Bryston BCD-1 as source balanced to a BHA-1 for amplification, so no hiss, hum, you name it just a jet black back-round allowing every little nuance to come through unscathed. What was great was that instead of jumping through numerous tidbits of audio nirvana and being swept into audiophile neurosis I actually got immersed and “almost” listened to each disc in its...
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pdrm360

A nice pair of headphones between HD650 and HD800

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I spent a few months to find a good upgrade from the HD598. I had tried HE-500, LCD2.2, and Grado GS1000. I had never wanted to try a HD700 after having read the criticism about the sound and the bad measurements.  Between those I chose the LCD2, but because a friend's suggestion I got a HD700 from amazon. I just wanted to make sure LCD2 is the best choose on $1000 range headphones but from the first minute I tried the HD700 I found that it’s not as bad as some of the reviews.    After burn-in the headphone for around 40 hours I spent whole a weekend to compare HD700 to LCD2, to me they had a same sound quality with different sound signature, for some genres I...
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David Chavez

A hit and a miss..

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Pros: Comfort, looks, non fatiguing

Cons: Value, overall audio quality,

Let me begin by saying there is nothing special about these headphones.  My first impression of them made me smile because I fell in love with the oral shaped ear cups (I'm a sucker for "small" full ear headphones). Comfort is a highlight that sennheiser did not lose when they made these headphones. But when your paying $1000 dollars on headphones comfort shouldn't sway you from giving up large gapes of audio quality.  Which leads me to audio quality, if the only headphone drivers that existed were still dynamic drivers then this would have a great success for sennheiser. (Note I burned them in 6 hrs a day until roughly 250hrs) The best way to describe these headphones would...
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mikebirm49

The Sennheiser HD 700 is a viable alternative to their flagship HD 800

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Pros: Superlative imaging, accuracy and transparency, generous sound stage, comfortable to wear

Cons: Expensive, its accurate sound is what some object to as the Sennheiser "veil"

Designed to fill the gap between the HD 650s and the flagship HD 800s, the new HD 700s essentially share the status of flagship top-of-the-line headphones with the 800s. The open 800s are superb dynamic headphones featuring spatial accuracy and unparalleled imaging. Their innovative design uses a large "ring radiator" driver that is positioned a bit forward of the ears and then angled slightly backwards so that they deliver a more planar wave front. That modified acoustic wave front is the source of the 800s improved imaging as it more closely mimics the way we actually perceive sound. Listening to orchestral music, for example, produces an often uncanny sound stage of depth and breadth...
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SonyMDRer

My 1st 5-Star Review | Sennheiser HD700 compared to the Sennheiser HD800

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Pros: Sound, build quality, price-to-performance ratio

Cons: Could be lighter

Introduction: This is my 1st 5-Star Review. I am a very picky reviewer and I am a true believer in 'every little bit counts' and honestly I have little to nothing to complaint about aside from the headphone being a little bit heavy.   Build quality: The construction of the HD700 is very similar to the HD800. Just by looking at the headphone, you might mistake one from the other.   Sound quality: The biggest difference in my opinion lies in the smaller earcup that houses a smaller 40mm driver, compared to the massive 56mm driver on the HD800. I think this affected the sound quite a bit. With the smaller driver, I found that it was less spacious and the soundstage was not...
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stpope

They hit a sweet spot

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Pros: Comfort, light weight, spectacular sound: response and imaging

Cons: Not cheap

I've used most of the old-school brands (Grado, AKG, Sennheiser, Sony, Koss, David Clark, ...) and have tried several of the Jonny-come-latelys, and the HD700s are simply the best for comfort and sound that I know.   I can wear them for hours and never get fatigued.   Most of the others that I've heard fail relative to the HD700 in terms of either wearability or audiophile sound.   I use an after-market cable that's shorter and lighter than the stock cable.   My other options are Etymotic fitted in-ear 'phones or Genelec active monitors.   I've never heard the HD800s with anything better than a computer (and a PC at that) driving them, so I can't...
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mwhouston

An extremely good pair of headphones for the serious home listener.

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Pros: Un-coloured sound, feel solid and professional, removeable and replacable cord.

Cons: The cotton cord with a mind of its own, very open design lets a lot of sound out.

After building a very exotic valve headphone amp, with a Sophia Mesh Plate Rec. tube, I wanted to match this thermionic marvel with REAL quality phones. I have a pair of AT ATH700 Airs which I love and think excellent value for $160. I also have my "train" pair of Phiaton 400s with their closed back. The Phiatons are good but the ATs much better. I Googled for the "best headphones" the the answer came back "Sennheiser HD700s". Too many good reviews to ignore them and at around the $1K mark I must have a pair. RRP for these pro. phones is $1,100. Even on eBay they were going for $1,050. But shopping about I picked up an authentic new pair for $750. At $750 these are a steel. I'd pay $750...
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DrSeven

After about 300h of listening I have to say these cans qualify as pure awesomeness

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Pros: overall sound quality, clarity, detail, mids, soundstage and separation, extreme comfort, good cable

Cons: little sibilant in the beginning, some fragile parts, maybe too bright for some people

Sennheiser HD 700   At the moment I unfortunately have no time to write a complete review. So my apologies for that but I'm going to finish this review as soon as I can                     Audio   Low pitch: 4/5 maybe not enough bass for the bass heads but for my taste just enough -and whats more important- HQ bass   Medium pitch: 5/5 absolutely stunning! near perfection IMO   High pitch: 4/5 a little harsh in the beginning but after some time (burning in or getting used to them) I really think the highs sound great     Design   Well I like it...
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z0nda2650

HD700 Review

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Pros: Comfort, large soundstage, clear audio, design

Cons: Pricing, bright trebles, large redundant box

Let me start off by say that i am not a perfectionist nor am i a totally audiophile, but rather an enthusiast (because my rig is mostly mid-fi) that never really found any need to post a headphone review, but since the HD700 has been getting mixed impressions i'd like to give my opinion, also i've only listened to the HD800 for around 30minutes therefore i will not compare them (c'mon guys its Sennheiser's flagship headphone for a reason).   With that out of the way i can now get to the actual headphone, which i believe has i very unique design which to me looks like a face-lifted version of the hd800 albeit made with slight less premium materials. It also comes in this...
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