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How to improve ATH A700's?

post #1 of 28
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Recently got my A700's and they are disappointing me in terms of how dull the mids and highs sound. The mids and highs sounded way better in my AKG K81 headphones with velour pads on them. When im listening to Vocal Trance the female and male vocals sound flat. Anything I can do to increase the mids and highs of my A700's?

post #2 of 28

These headphones have got no punch at all. They're airy.

Nothing much you can do, unless you want to switch up the equaliser

a little. 

 

 

post #3 of 28
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by koolkat View Post

These headphones have got no punch at all. They're airy.

Nothing much you can do, unless you want to switch up the equaliser

a little. 

 

 

It's the closed back version (A700). AD700 is open back.
 

 

post #4 of 28

Righto, I missed that. My bad.

 

I guess you could try using a bass boost option

on an amplifier and maybe the amp will alter the sound

signature of the A700s but nothing too drastic to be

expected.

 

Equalising your only real option 

 

:>

post #5 of 28
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by koolkat View Post

Righto, I missed that. My bad.

 

I guess you could try using a bass boost option

on an amplifier and maybe the amp will alter the sound

signature of the A700s but nothing too drastic to be

expected.

 

Equalising your only real option 

 

:>



Bass isn't an issue. It's the mids and highs in the A700's that aren't sounding great. My A700's sound lifeless to say the least.


Edited by EpicPie - 8/4/11 at 4:22am
post #6 of 28

The A700 is like that, The best you can do is some Extreme EQ'ing.

 

Believe me, if you don't like them now, you never will. I recommend that you return them if possible. I felt the same when I had my A700's.

IME, the A700's were lifeless like you said, and I thought everything sounded artificial. Sure, they were pretty good for gaming, but I hated listening to music on them. Everything sounded tinny and the mid's were absolutely horrible.

post #7 of 28

Maybe I'm one person who really likes how they sound.

The only improvements you could really make to them outside of build quality is opening the mids a little bit.


90% of the reason I don't how to change them is listening fatigue. These things I can wear for 6-7hrs at a time.


 

post #8 of 28

The jump to the A900s over the A700s bites in the wallet but rewards the ears big time. Maybe try opening 'em up and adding some foam to the inside, applied evenly... But the real issue is the drivers and enclosure aren't going to give up the goods. Audio Technica in general is love 'em or hate 'em in my experience. I love 'em. The A900, anyway. But they are... well, they do their thing, and that's about it. I got 99 problems but a narrow presentation ain't one. (don't ask what the other 99 are, I could make an impressive list and I'd rather keep enjoying the A900 without worrying about their pretty clear deficiencies elsewhere!)

post #9 of 28

The A700 are known to have mids that are recessed. I currently own a pair but haven't listened to them in quite some time. They sound ok but the mids could definitely be more up front, as it has been mentioned earlier EQ'ing may be an option. There's also the Blu Tak mod but that helps to improve bass which isn't the issue here.


Edited by warubozu - 8/4/11 at 11:24am
post #10 of 28

Most people I know complain about the bass, not the mids and highs! tongue_smile.gif

 

Curious how the Blu Tak mod would work for the mids and highs.  I wonder... 'tis an easy mod to do.... hmm....

 

post #11 of 28

Funny. I like the bass and the highs, and don't give a **** about the mids. Soundstage is amazing for a closed headphone.

 

Only thing I'd replace is the earpads for something that won't fall apart.

 

PS. Dam is censored. The more you know.

post #12 of 28
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the feedback everyone, I suppose i'll have to EQ them through my soundcard.

Ive been doing pink-noise burn in on them every night while im sleeping(not wearing them of course), do you guys think this will help at all or am I just wasting time and electricity?

post #13 of 28

That's how the A700 sounds like. Why did you buy them in the first place, did OCN recommend them to you?

 

IMO the A700 is not that great, as in value and sound quality. A better choice would've been something like M50, SRH840, etc. 

post #14 of 28
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Originally Posted by FearSC549 View Post

That's how the A700 sounds like. Why did you buy them in the first place, did OCN recommend them to you?

 

IMO the A700 is not that great, as in value and sound quality. A better choice would've been something like M50, SRH840, etc. 



I didn't pay for them, got them as a gift from a friend(They were refurbs for $80) since I helped him with my computer build and saved him $500 compared to other stuff people were linking him.

And quite a few people on OCN recommended them to me, haha.

I'm defo looking at picking up the M50's when I find a job.
 

post #15 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by EpicPie View Post





I didn't pay for them, got them as a gift from a friend(They were refurbs for $80) since I helped him with my computer build and saved him $500 compared to other stuff people were linking him.

And quite a few people on OCN recommended them to me, haha.

I'm defo looking at picking up the M50's when I find a job.
 



My recommendation is that you sell the A700 and buy the M50(great for trance IMO).

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