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ath ad700 not that good????

post #1 of 31
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hey head-fi community, i just got a pair of audio technica ath ad700s in the mail and i am not impressed, my ears must be bad or something, because i do not see why these are worth as much as they are, i am wondering if anyone has any tips on how to use them and do a fair comparison to my other headphones(sennhieser hd201s), any music where the difference is noticeable? any thing where i might go "wow! that sounds better than that"?  i just don't get the difference

post #2 of 31

Comparing them to the HD201's is like a mule to a horse.

 

1. Let them burn in, meaning playing music for a while to adjust and warp the driver well to give the headphones their full potential. Give them about a 40 hours burn, or you can just listen to them for about 40 hours and that will give you their full power.

 

2. They are open, meaning that they are different then closed cans, so they will have more open soundstage, but less isolation. Your ears will adjust to this soon.

post #3 of 31
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Originally Posted by phantasmor View Post

hey head-fi community, i just got a pair of audio technica ath ad700s in the mail and i am not impressed, my ears must be bad or something, because i do not see why these are worth as much as they are, i am wondering if anyone has any tips on how to use them and do a fair comparison to my other headphones(sennhieser hd201s), any music where the difference is noticeable? any thing where i might go "wow! that sounds better than that"?  i just don't get the difference



Heya,

 

Well, what are you using them for? Music listening? There's a reason people don't get these for music and rather get the M50's instead for that. The AD700's are generally used for gaming because of the huge sound stage and clarity. Other than that, it's very bass light and that can make certain genres of music sound less rich which makes the headphone sound barren and not impressive.

 

Look at this for an example of why you're hearing what you are.

 

Very best,

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Originally Posted by MalVeauX View Post





Heya,

 

Well, what are you using them for? Music listening? There's a reason people don't get these for music and rather get the M50's instead for that. The AD700's are generally used for gaming because of the huge sound stage and clarity. Other than that, it's very bass light and that can make certain genres of music sound less rich which makes the headphone sound barren and not impressive.

 

Look at this for an example of why you're hearing what you are.

 

Very best,


 

well... i am not personally using them for gaming, but i did buy them for gaming, i just used them for some crysis and metro though, there is almost no difference in those games, and i don't understand what that graph means....


Edited by phantasmor - 6/24/11 at 3:06pm
post #5 of 31

Might you not be liking them because of a lack of bass response?

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Might you not be liking them because of a lack of bass response?


A lot of people complain about open can bass response, but ti takes a certain ear to enjoy the open sound structure.

 

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Originally Posted by TMRaven View Post

Might you not be liking them because of a lack of bass response?



 

no, i just don't get what makes these better, my brothers seem to LOVE them i am having a hard time getting them away from them, but i just don't get it... and i bought these for ME not THEM, and my brother that is using them for modern warfare says there is  HUGE difference, i go "huh?"


Edited by phantasmor - 6/24/11 at 5:05pm
post #8 of 31
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Originally Posted by BotByte View Post

Comparing them to the HD201's is like a mule to a horse.

 

1. Let them burn in, meaning playing music for a while to adjust and warp the driver well to give the headphones their full potential. Give them about a 40 hours burn, or you can just listen to them for about 40 hours and that will give you their full power.

 

2. They are open, meaning that they are different then closed cans, so they will have more open soundstage, but less isolation. Your ears will adjust to this soon.



oh i have been meaning to reply to this:

 

1. i bought these used so no burn in

 

2. i don't know how in the world they sound different, i just can not tell

post #9 of 31

Either you're not used to analyzing/"listening" music, you're wearing them wrong somehow (or maybe you have a small head, the AD series is notorious for people with small head), or headphones is just not for you. 

post #10 of 31

"good sound" is subjective

 

I just bought these and love them.  They are good for vocal tracks /opera/ classical.  Very clear and spacious.

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Originally Posted by FearSC549 View Post

 or headphones is just not for you. 



This ^

if your bro is enjoying them, buy something different for you. 

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Quote:
Originally Posted by FearSC549 View Post

 or headphones is just not for you.

This ^

if your bro is enjoying them, buy something different for you. 


yes, but i bought these, i have been looking forward to this day for weeks, i want to give these every chance before i just say "here take them"

 


Edited by phantasmor - 6/24/11 at 7:11pm
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oh yeah! i finally figured it out! i was listening to the wrong music and playing the wrong parts of the games, when i get to certain parts in the game or listen to certain music i can tell that the ad700 wins by a landslide!!

 

and they even have great bass when i turn on bass boost for songs that need it

 

one last edit: piano, drums, female vocals(somehow different than male) and non guitar string instruments specifically sound worlds better with the ad700


Edited by phantasmor - 6/24/11 at 8:33pm
post #14 of 31

Try listening to some classical music and analyzing the music. See how many instruments you can pick out in the music and where the musicians were sitting when they were recording the music.

 

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yes, but i bought these, i have been looking forward to this day for weeks, i want to give these every chance before i just say "here take them"

 



 

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Try listening to some classical music and analyzing the music. See how many instruments you can pick out in the music and where the musicians were sitting when they were recording the music.

 



 



now that sounds fun! any songs you recommend?

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