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Audio-Technica ATH-AD700 : fit and comfort mod!

post #1 of 65
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Hi,

 

Like a lot of people, I had problems with AD700 fit and comfort. They were loose on my head and the top portion of the earpads were appart of my head. Moreover, the AD700 is not really circumaural, since the ear rests on the (very large) earpad. This bothers me so I had to make some enhancements.

 

Here's my recipe.

 

 

Hardware needed :

 

- RG6 Coaxial Cable (24")

- Gray Open Cell Poly Foam (14")

- Masking Tape (as needed)

 

 

 

1. For each earcup, cut ±12" of RG6 coax cable and form a circle with it. Then tape it tightly with Masking Tape.

 

AD700 mod web 001.JPG

 

 

 

2. Insert the RG6 coax cable hoop inside the earpad.

 

AD700 mod web 002.JPG

 

 

 

3. For each earcup, cut ±7" of Open Cell Poly Foam and insert it inside the earpad. Position it where the upper part and rear part of the ear rest.

 

AD700 mod web 003.JPG

 

 

 

4. The result should look like this.

 

AD700 mod web 006.JPG

 

AD700 mod web 005.JPG

 

 

 

5. You can combine this with the rubber band mod, if you have (like me) a very small head.

 

DSCF9325_resize.JPG

 

 

 

6. Now for the AD700 to be real circumaural, you have to put the helix of your ear inside the earpad, like this.

 

AD700 mod web 007.JPG

 

 

 

 

This may seem and feel strange at first, but it works. Your AD700 is now a real circumaural headphone and comfort is much greater for small heads!

 

Try it and leave me your comments.

post #2 of 65

blasphemy!!!!! LIES...LIESSSS

post #3 of 65

Wow, the AD700 now circumaural? That is the most interesting thing I've seen all week.

 

I might have to try something like this. Thanks for the mod.

post #4 of 65

Best illustrated tutorial of the "phat pad" mod to date! Great work!

post #5 of 65

Did you notice any difference in sound quality? I may have to give this a go with my AD2000.

post #6 of 65
Thread Starter 



 

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Originally Posted by NapalmK View Post

Did you notice any difference in sound quality? I may have to give this a go with my AD2000.

 

The fit being now near perfect for me with this mod, the sound is MUCH better than with the original loose fit. Everything is clearer, up front and engaging. I really love these headphones now!

post #7 of 65

Holy crap! It works!  I love my AD700's even more now that they actually fit...  Sorry for the late post but this thread warrants more approval.  As a tip for people with the foam:  Push it up above the ring of RG6, so it pushes the cups up away from the driver.  It makes the pads lifted and fatter, so its easier to put over the ear.  Its great because now my AD700's sit right around my ear and the whole pad actually sits on my head now!


Edited by wdahm519 - 9/9/10 at 3:41pm
post #8 of 65

wow the tutorial was easy to comprehend. great work on that! 

post #9 of 65

This mod looks like a winner - should make the AD700 even more popular.

post #10 of 65

Great job Kloug, pretty simple and interesting. There should be a mod contest...

post #11 of 65

Nice Mod for my "Bed" Headphones!!!! You did a great job........

post #12 of 65

Nice mod but I found that it makes the sound more distant for me since it actually pushes the driver away from my ears. I like to wear mine so that the top tip of my ears just fall into the hole and back so that the drivers are closer to my ear canal. 

post #13 of 65

 

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just curious how big your guy's heads are that these don't fit.  i have a huge head and have a hard time finding headphones that fit me.  it seems like the ad700 might fit but i cant stand their lack of bass reviews ive read.

post #14 of 65
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Originally Posted by jschristian44 View Post

 

just curious how big your guy's heads are that these don't fit.  i have a huge head and have a hard time finding headphones that fit me.  it seems like the ad700 might fit but i cant stand their lack of bass reviews ive read.


Honestly, lack of bass can be EASILY solved by using a Graphic/Parametric EQ.  Right now I'm using Play on OS X with the AU Graphic EQ plugin that I've adjusted (31 bands) for added bass, and a slight bit of super-high treble.  They sound like my ATH-M50's bass-wise now but much clearer and of course the soundstage is still enourmous, etc.

 

Perfect headphone for me.

post #15 of 65

that is what i thought too, but never really sure why people still put down their bass if the fix is that simple.

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