Thanks for the reply! Here is my question though: Since I have the means to get arguably "better" cans already, doesn't it make more sense to just skip over the 700 now and go straight for the 900/1000? I remember reading that the AD-900 has more clarity than the AD-700 , and both seem to have bass but not enough for genres like dubstep. I think the local pricing here is roughly $205-210 USD for the AD-900 and $295-300 for the AD-1000.
Interesting question - was faced with same dilemma last week. Haven't tried the AD-1000. Did try both AD-700 and AD-900 last week. Spent about 1/2 an hour with my own source (Ipod Touch G4 + LOD + Fiio E7) at J&R deciding between the two of them. In the end I bought the 700's. Main reasons:
- price / value (I just couldn't justify the diff in price between the two)
- SQ -> difference to me was mainly in the bass, and with my set-up, I can either use the Fiio's bass boost or EQ using the Touch EQ apps, to achieve same/similar as AD-900 (to my ears).
To be honest, after listening to the AD-700 for most of the past week, I'm getting more and more impressed with them. They don't have the bass punch of my SRH 840's, but the bass is there, and it can be extended using the Fiio / EQ.
An option may be to look at getting the E7 + the AD-700 (combo would be similar to the AD-900 price). Then you get the benefit of a reasonable quality DAC/amp if you want to upscale your cans at any stage. You definitely don't need an amp for the AD-700's - but I'm enjoying the combo at the moment.