I understand all of the modding I can do with the AD700 to get it to fit right. I'm really just not happy with that path. When there's an overwhelmingly large and widespread issue that's documented such as the fit issue with a particular headphone, that's an issue with a product that should be addressed by the manufacturer and not the user. That's just my opinion. I know not everyone will share it. I think I may be keeping them to toy around with, but I definitely want to move onto something that's just better for me.
With moving onto something like the K701 or Q701, I'm not too concerned about making sure I give it the power it deserves. I have a FiiO E09k being shipped to me as we speak. I'll keep my fingers crossed that it can get the job done.
My more concerning question deals with the closed back design. Correct me if I'm misunderstanding this. It sounds like, in general, you don't get as large of a soundstage as you would with something that's open. So in general, a closed-back wont be as good for competitive gaming. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule, but that's generally the case? I mean other than the pros of less noise leaking in and out of the headphones, I'm not really understanding why closed-back cans are worth buying over open cans.
Sorry if I'm muddying the questions together or are simply asking stupid ones, but I promise you I'm just trying to gain an understanding.
No need to be sorry
I agree Audio Technica ought to address the design issue of fit. IMO, it would be fixed if they just allowed the earcups to pivot up and down, even just a little. However, since you already HAVE an AD700, you might as well try to make it fit nice, especially since it's pretty easy?
The K701 headphones & variants are semi-open, mostly open headphones. They are famous for their soundstage. The closed K550 trades some soundstage in order to try and cut some external sound from coming in and music from leaking out. Some closed headphones can resonate and increase bass pressure, which some people really like, though I don't know if the K550 has "more bass" than the Q701. The other factor is some people prefer the styling. Anyway, I'd overall still recommend the open models anyway for competitive gaming