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The ATH-AD700 Appreciation Thread - Page 45
Gear mentioned in this thread:post #662 of 6708/1/13 at 10:17ampost #663 of 6708/1/13 at 10:33am
Just picked up a pair for gaming originally, but decided to keep these - working well here in the office
These are pretty awesome. These are my first open-air design and I think I can get used to thempost #664 of 6708/3/13 at 12:16pmI just received a pair and after listening for a little while, I am impressed, sq is good and they are super light. Damn these are big. I plan to use with mostly classical and folk and some jazz guitar/piano, seems well matched for that. Mostly will be FLACs running through Schiit M&M stack. So far, nice.post #665 of 6708/31/13 at 5:56amI've got a pair of these with about 800 hours of use.
They're clearly not the best, BUT...
1). For what you pay, it feels like highway robbery. EXCELLENT VALUE
2). Solid construction. I've dropped mine several times.
3). COMFORT SECOND TO NONE. I was recently separated from ex-wife when I bought these for apartment use, and would wear them up to 6 hours nonstop, and never once did they feel uncomfortable.
Now the not-so-good:
1). Don't turn your head. When you move, the cowling which holds the unique "winglets" in place will create some noise that is picked up inside the cans and can be annoying. These headphones are best for sitting still.
2). PC audiophiles will find themselves tweaking their gear a lot depending upon the production quality of an album.
3). Not that great for classical music.
Anyway, I like mine and recommend them to people who are sitting still and enjoy music, games, movies from a PC. And for $100, you can't beat these. They knock the socks off my Grado SR80i, which are muffled in sonics and uncomfortable after a short period of time.post #666 of 67010/8/13 at 2:50ampost #667 of 67010/8/13 at 3:43ampost #668 of 67010/8/13 at 12:41pmI know, I know. And I'm sure it's been talked about to death lol. But jeepers! You would have thought with the amount of detail that HAVE paid to these quite reasonable cans, this would have been given a little attentionpost #669 of 67010/8/13 at 1:02pm
my second set of good headphones.
the first were ath m-50s which the ad700's blow away imho
i bought them used for $60 and they were burnt in already
the side grills were dented and the head pads were kinda nasty
took em apart, removed the dents (with the blunt end of a screwdriver handle)
cleaned the pads and added a rubber band between the head pads to keep em on my head more firmly
also modded the ear pads with foam strips so my ears fit inside better
im extremely pleased with them
super comfortable with an enormous sound stage
bass is there but could be better (my only complaint)
haven't experienced the squeaking you guys are talking about
maybe the rubber band alleviates that?
thinking about upgrading to a set of ad900x's soon
Edited by steeveejee - 10/8/13 at 3:25pmpost #670 of 67010/17/13 at 5:49amTypically I just try to minimize rapid head movement. I know it's not the fix people are looking for, but it's the only thing I could think of without dismantling and reassembling with different piece parts.
And psychologically, whenever I hear the noise caused from movement, I tell myself "This is a small price to pay for comfort such as this." I say that because most other cans I've had, while they may sound superior to these like my AKGs, these are by far my "long distance runners" from the comfort viewpoint. Once I wore them for 8 hours uninterrupted and never once were they uncomfortable.
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