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Similar to the AD700's but more comfortable?

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Easy question.  I got some AD700's, and they sound amazing for gaming, but I just cant get comfortable in them.  I love the headband, but the pads are just too big and hot.  I have tried a few padding mods and they just arent really working for me, any ideas?  I really like my UR-40's from a comfort perspective, for reference.  I have worn some ATH-M50's and the headband killed my head, I really do like the headband on the 700's.

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HD598's?

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AD900 (pads are more comfortable)

MDR-F1

and, yes HD598

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Thread Starter 

Ouch. Thanks for the suggestions but I probably should have said, looking to stay around the same price as the 700's.

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Have you tried adjusting the pad angle?


Edited by Aruna - 8/14/11 at 1:05am
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HD555
 

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Originally Posted by FinalJenemba View Post

Ouch. Thanks for the suggestions but I probably should have said, looking to stay around the same price as the 700's.



 

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I don't think you'll find more comfortable than the ad700. Sennheisers are better fitting but clamp way too hard. I'm not sure how long you've had them, but they do get better over time as you get used to them.
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Wow, I think my Audio Technica ATH-AD700s are the most comfortable headphones I have.

And they are very open, so I'm surprised you find them too hot.

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Originally Posted by FinalJenemba View Post

Easy question.  I got some AD700's, and they sound amazing for gaming, but I just cant get comfortable in them.  I love the headband, but the pads are just too big and hot.  I have tried a few padding mods and they just arent really working for me, any ideas?  I really like my UR-40's from a comfort perspective, for reference.  I have worn some ATH-M50's and the headband killed my head, I really do like the headband on the 700's.


AKG 701.

 

I have the AD500 and the K701. The AD500 is exactly like the AD700. I find both comfortable. But I find the K701's feel more solid on my head and I don't even notice the bumps (some people do, dunno how, maybe if you're bald). Huge sound stage. Great sound. The pads are well formed, fine, firm, and velour padded. Less hot than the velvet stuff on the AD500/700. Check 'em.

 

Very best,

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I also have really enjoyed my Jump to AKG from my Audio Technica AD700. I just bought a pair of Q701s. They really do solve any lingering comfort problems I had with the AD700; though those were pretty comfortable and light, especially more comfortable now that my earpads are well broken in so the bottom edge doesn't press more on my jaw than evenly around my ear, my the Q701 actually rests on my head with my ear not being pressed down by any part of the pad. The Q701 is truly circumaural. It is also more even through the frequencies. The only thing is that it's still just about as warm as the AD700s... Probably can't do any better with any headphone than these two thermally, so just remember that it's summer and give your ears and headphones a few minutes of break every hour. You don't want to damage your hearing anyway.

The Q701 was about twice the price of the AD700, there's no denying that the AD700 is a great value, but the upgrade has been worth it to me. The comfort and SQ quality increase is noticable, but not 2x as good. For me, however, it reached a level where every checkbox on my list (besides "good for train/Airplane commute") is checked. I dont make much money, but I simply saved up for a month. In your case, if you don't think spending 2-3x as much money is worth it, then perhaps consider a model lower on AKG's full-size lineup like the k240 series (K240MKII comes w/ spare cable & 2 earpad types) or a Beyerdynamic 770. The general consensus from what I read when I bought my AD700 was that it and the Beyer's were the kings of fit comfort.

Knowing what I do now and if I wanted a "first high-quality headphone," I would get an AKG 240 MKII. It's semi-open, so it'll leak less sound as a bonus compared to your AD700, while still sounding quite airy. It also doesn't require a dedicated amp, though it would benefit from one if you want to upgrade your sound in the future. So many producers mixed their albums using these headphones and their predecessors that you're going to hear what you were intended to hear. The only possible downside is, frequency wise, it has a bit of a bass boost from neutral - nothing extreme, but at max +9 Db which I find is the limit before bass starts getting muddy and overpowering. You may actually really enjoy the fuller sound in contrast to the AD700.
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