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post #16 of 28
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Originally Posted by Chromako View Post

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....

 



They brought the mids and treble forward a good bit iirc. You also have to remove the yellow felt behind the driver.

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Originally Posted by 2enty3 View Post

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.


Agreed. They do benefit from EQ'ing, but don't expect large gains. When I first listened to my new DT 880s the other day. I thought "these don't sound anything like what I've read about" then I remembered I had the lows and highs ramped up in foobar to compensate for the A700s lack of. Once I reset to zero is was love at first listen on the 880. Now I can't wipe this stupid grin off my face and it's only getting better with time.

The A700 are great for gaming or the occasional netflix stream, but they are not very musical.  

 

post #18 of 28
Thread Starter 

Eq'ed them which really helped a lot.

Made two different eq's, slightly different from each other.

Regular EQ:
eqsettings.jpg

Dubstep:
atha700dubstepEQ.png

post #19 of 28

Wow if you're actually happy with the AD700's bass, I think you'll actually like Grados. The sonic signature that you described that you'd want would actually match that of Grados. Sell the AD-700 and get a pair of SR-60's or even 80's and you'll be happy!

 

You're in SF right? There are a bunch of people on Craigslist who are always selling grados, there is a dude selling a pair of 80's for like 70 bucks and they're more or less brand new. You could always go to San Jose and audition a pair of mine lol. 

post #20 of 28
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Originally Posted by Chris_Himself View Post

Wow if you're actually happy with the AD700's bass, I think you'll actually like Grados. The sonic signature that you described that you'd want would actually match that of Grados. Sell the AD-700 and get a pair of SR-60's or even 80's and you'll be happy!

 

You're in SF right? There are a bunch of people on Craigslist who are always selling grados, there is a dude selling a pair of 80's for like 70 bucks and they're more or less brand new. You could always go to San Jose and audition a pair of mine lol. 


I have the A700's not AD700.

 

post #21 of 28

They don't sound that much different. 

post #22 of 28
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Originally Posted by koolkat View Post

They don't sound that much different. 



Yes they do.

post #23 of 28

One being open back, one being closed. I imagine the closed one to have better bass response.

But both have terrible bass response to begin with. Grado's bass doesn't produce a very noticeable thump either,

that's why he recommended you get the SR60/SR80s.

 

 

post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by koolkat View Post

One being open back, one being closed. I imagine the closed one to have better bass response.

But both have terrible bass response to begin with in my most humble opinion. Grado's bass doesn't produce a very noticeable thump either,

that's why he recommended you get the SR60/SR80s.

 

 

I fixed that line for ya.wink.gif  It's true the AD and A lines aren't bass monsters, their bass is not quite terrible, perhaps a bit on the light side.

post #25 of 28

confused_face.gif sorry if I came off a bit rude. 

post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by koolkat View Post

confused_face.gif sorry if I came off a bit rude. 



You do not have to be apologetic . It's more accurate if you stated that according to you or your set up...hence the acronym IMO is normally being used in reviews Audio since it's a pure subjective matter.

post #27 of 28

I'm not too sure how much that particular EQ differs from iTune's, but don't forget to lower your input level so you don't clip the music.

post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by TMRaven View Post

I'm not too sure how much that particular EQ differs from iTune's, but don't forget to lower your input level so you don't clip the music.



I don't use iTunes so I wouldn't know.

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