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Sennheiser HD 700 Appreciation Thread - Page 101
Gear mentioned in this thread:post #1502 of 16413/11/14 at 11:43ampost #1503 of 16413/13/14 at 1:43ampost #1504 of 16413/13/14 at 12:18pm
A lot of people, including myself, like the Lyr with the HD 700, but I have read somewhere that even Schiit recommends the Valhalla with it. Don't quote me on that last part, though.post #1505 of 16413/13/14 at 4:35pm
The only thing I know is I asked them about low impedance phones once and they told me the Valhalla was 'quieter' than the Lyr and therefore better in terms of background noise. The 700 is kind of an in between phone, not really low or high.post #1506 of 16413/13/14 at 6:51pm
Both are good. Schiit recommends the Valhalla for the HD700 because it's cheaper than the Lyr.post #1507 of 16413/13/14 at 8:42pmpost #1508 of 16413/13/14 at 8:57pmQuote:
Yes I owned both. In fact, I sold the HD700 shortly after acquiring the HE-500. Things I liked about the HD700 more was the overall signature and the soundstaging. The one major thing I had against the HD700 was I found it to be a definite level below the HE-500 and even T90 in refinement. I found the HD700 veiled in comparison. I did also like the bass on the HD700 when paired with the WA7 with upgrade tubes, and that was my reason for keeping it. However, the HE-500 was even better in the bass, especially when driven by a speaker amp like the Emotiva MiniX. And so I sold the HD700.
Now I have the HD800 and I find it an improvement across the board compared to the HD700, other than perhaps stock signature. The level of refinement on the HD800 is even better than the HE-500. Also with proper amping, the bass is not too shabby. Hence, I'm selling my HE-500 currently. Had the HD700 had even the HE-500 level of refinement, I may have preferred it over the HE-500 because I did like the tonality and signature of the HD700. I recently also acquired the AKG K812 and found the signature to be similar to the HD700, if memory serves me correct. Except it has a refinement level near that of the HD800. I feel the K812 is what the HD700 should have been, with better refinement.post #1509 of 16413/14/14 at 3:30ampost #1510 of 16413/14/14 at 8:22ampost #1511 of 16413/14/14 at 8:50amSome major differences in my mind between the hd700 and he-500 are:
Bass: he-500 has more texture and SLIGHTLY lower extension, the hd700 was just a bit dryer which led to less texture but has a bit more punch.
Mids: both have great mids, but the he-500 has more of a lush liquid quality being an ortho, while the hd700 was again just a bit more dry.
Treble: he-500 is a extended but never piercing or harsh, while the hd700 has a spike that wasn't bad to my ears, but was detectable when a/b testing the two phones. The he500 still has just a hair of the tizzy factor that i don't like about the he-400s.
Presentation: soundstage and imaging were similar to my ears, the only real factor to consider was that the hd700 had a better center image, while the he-500 was more seperated between the l/r stereo channels.
two things stick out in my mind as being overall differentiating qualities of these two phones. 1- he-500 is more liquid and lush while hd700 is more dry. This makes the hd700 sound cleaner at times, but less musical and more boring. 2. the hd700 is more aggressive and impactful and punchy, while the he-500 is more laid back and distant.post #1512 of 16413/18/14 at 5:15pmQuote:
Finally got my HD700s back from Sennheiser, finally..... as they were sent in 1/21/14.
Interestingly they appear much brighter tonally from what I remember as Sennheiser needed to order new matched drivers as the first had about 3dB mismatch in volume.
Now it might be a matter of break-in, as I seem to recall I did not immediately warm up to my HD700 originally until after a few days of continual use and finally settled down at about 50 hours.
But just checking the drivers I noticed that they are stamped 23 and 24 in the center of the dome, and wondering if this indicates consecutive runs and if they are from an earlier batch therefore 1, 2, 3, etc as most early adopters seem have to found the HD700s bright while later users like myself didn’t as with my original drivers.
It may be just be my imagination about the tonal differences between these and my original drivers but if anyone cares to take a look and report back it would be interesting.
Unfortunately I did not pay much attention to my original drivers numerical embosses.
Edited by Rob80b - 3/18/14 at 8:26pmpost #1513 of 16413/18/14 at 6:09pm
I can barely see a 24 on one side, and clearly see what I could guess is a date code of 08.03.12
I cannot see a digit on the other side, but do see the same 08.03.12 there.
I bought mine when they were first released.post #1514 of 16413/18/14 at 6:35pmQuote:
Thanks Eee Ree
Didn't realize there was also a date code, I'll need to take another look but it's enlightening that you also have a # 24.
Getting back to the tonal differences I now pervceive with regards to brightness, I do not mean it in a negative way and I should of mentioned it was in comparison to my HD580/600s when I did my original tests way back when.
Giving it further thought a 3dbs imbalance in volume between the original drivers would have made huge difference in perceived tonal balance and it is only now that with matched drivers that the HD700s are finally revealing their true brightness and clarity.
Also now that both drivers have equal output the other obvious change is that there is even more bass, which I remember was already previously stronger and deeper than my HD580/600s.post #1515 of 16413/18/14 at 6:47pmQuote:
Ok, checked the other #s printed on the Mylar or what ever they use on the original sheets before forming the driver membrane and mine are 23 10 12.
For those checking the date code it may not be obvious as part of the numbers may extend onto the ribbing.
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