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post #646 of 2532

I listen to trance, goa, deep house, tribal and other heavily rhythmic electronic music and think they do a very good job.  It depends a little on how you like your bass.  The HD700 has very tight and controlled bass.  It extends deeper than say the D5000, but is less substantial- it has less boom-boom slam to it, but if you A/B the two headphones you can tell the HD700 extends deeper, though at first listen you think the HD700 is bass light compared to the D5000.

 

The imaging and sound staging and instrument seperation is excellent, better than the D5000, 650, 600, etc... though not as good as the HD800.  The mids (including voice) on the HD700 are definitely forward.  I don't listen to a lot of vocal trance so I can't comment on how good they are for that.  I'd say if you prefer the sparkle of a forward sounding headphone (like Grado) then you'll like the HD700, especially if you appreciate the transparency and detail of Sennheisers.

 

However, you have to be careful of the 6K spike.  It can make your listening experience fatiguing.  I usually stream my trance on di.fm and I like the HD700 for this.  On the other hand if I'm listening to your typical poor recording of heavy metal, then the HD700 definitely shows it's weakness. 

 

It took me about 5 months to really notice and become fatigued by the forward sparkle of the HD700, in large part because I shifted my listening to some heavy metal music from the 80s, which was poorly recorded, compressed and bright. For that, the HD700s will punish you like a dominatrix who forgot the safe word.


Edited by PuffyElvis - 10/26/13 at 6:27pm
post #647 of 2532

^ Yes. I currently own HD600 and AKG K550 and the warm sounding HD600 is awful with electronic music and AKG much much better. I have audiotioned the HD700 three times with also electronic music and they sound great to my ears.

post #648 of 2532
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Originally Posted by Soundwave76 View Post

^ Yes. I currently own HD600 and AKG K550 and the warm sounding HD600 is awful with electronic music and AKG much much better. I have audiotioned the HD700 three times with also electronic music and they sound great to my ears.
Hmm, my HD650 do wonders for Infected Mushroom...
post #649 of 2532
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Hmm, my HD650 do wonders for Infected Mushroom...

 

You should try the HD700, I think you will like it.

post #650 of 2532

Believe me, I want to. However I don't think I will ever be able to justify the price. I consider selling off my audio gear except a pair of IEMs and sending the money to Africa to feed starving children about once a week, so the odds I'll spend even more are pretty slim. I would love to hear them, though; I heard the HD800 and was pretty impressed by them, they were much warmer and more natural sounding than what I've read had lead me to believe.

 

At this point I am in a holding pattern on all audio gear until a sub-$400 portable Android-compatible DAC-Amp combo that can drive the HD650 to my liking on its own comes out, at which point I will sell my Microstreamer and Asgard and be done with this game. Personally I have high hopes for the Geek, but I'm playing it safe until a few Head-Fiers have tested it out.

 

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You should try the HD700, I think you will like it.


Edited by Gilly87 - 11/3/13 at 8:29am
post #651 of 2532

Got my HD700 today. Bought them almost new on Ebay for 580. I have NEVER listened to anything better!

 

Dynamic, not seducing but honest sound, VERY neutral still with bass and treble in the right place. Compared with my Momentum and the much cheaper HD25-1.

 

25 has higher toe tapping PrAT, Momentum warmer but more "hissing" HD700 JUST RIGHT.

 

First it took me an hour to realize that they don´t sound flat, just natural and I have a feeling I will love them over time.

 

Clear sound, dynamic, not unbalanced or buyest. You feel like you are sitting in the orchestra, not on the first row.

 

EXTREMELY comfortable as well, even with glasses. Does not matter what headphones you have, if they are not comfortable you are not so likely to use them.

 

Only negative is maybe that the cable is a bit long.

 

Very high quality on the physical cans even if it is a sort of plastic it really feels very solid and top quality.

 

I hesitated a LOT before buying these after all reviews I read on internet but they are not correct, at least not for me.

 

I HIGLY recommend them. 

 

Will write back after I have used them for a month or so.


Edited by BasilFawlty - 11/4/13 at 4:47pm
post #652 of 2532
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I hesitated a LOT before buying these after all reviews I read on internet but they are not correct, at least not for me.

I think a lot (and I mean LOTS) of the forum postings & comments by people are either based on some early examples which were perhaps fresh out of the box, people paying too much attention to waterfall/freq. graphs and/or are being parroted by people who haven't actually sat down and properly listened to them.

 

On the back of the above, they've gotten a bit of a bad rep which I feel is unfounded. Luckily I bought mine really early before much of the 'treble peak, they've got a treble peak' nonsense really kicked off so I already had them when I read it. I find them fantastic with no harsh treble whatsoever and I consider myself pretty sensitive to such things (I have a bit of tinnitus on one side).

 

The thing that a lot of pub expert 'reviewers' seem to forget is that Sennheiser actually know what they're doing and if some graph or plot shows there's a treble peak at 7k or whatever, IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE THERE BY DESIGN. It's not like Sennheiser manufactured the HD700 and then realised there was suddenly this issue with them…. <shakes head>

post #653 of 2532

I think you are correct. I am using relatively cheap AMP - have an Sony PHA-1 so nothing fancy and an iPod Classic.

 

Just sounds wonderful. After just over an hour you want to listen more and I find details in my "old" music I did not hear before. 

 

Still very exact and not trying to "loudness" me around like cheaper I have listened to. I am Swedish maybe thats why I like the German sound ;-)

 

I drive BMW - both bike and car... Exact and you just feel the quality without surprises.

post #654 of 2532
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The thing that a lot of pub expert 'reviewers' seem to forget is that Sennheiser actually know what they're doing and if some graph or plot shows there's a treble peak at 7k or whatever, IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE THERE BY DESIGN. It's not like Sennheiser manufactured the HD700 and then realised there was suddenly this issue with them…. <shakes head>

 

You can argue the same for basically any headphone then. AKG knows what they're doin... that upper mid hump and plasticky glare on the K550s are supposed to be there, etc etc.

 

The fact of the matter is, the HD700s make my ears bleed on some tracks.


Edited by viralcow - 11/4/13 at 5:09pm
post #655 of 2532

I tend to agree with the last post : this headphone is not made for all kind of music.

 

Classical , accoustic, old rock , it s just perfect

This week end I just listen "The Wall" 3 times in the row ... sound like it was the firsr time I was listening to it

 

But I try for some vocal .... the peak is here....the sound is even better on my SE535

 

For my use , I don t care ( 90% classical / 10% old rock) , it s great. This gear must be bought carefully according to the type of music you listen to

post #656 of 2532

IMHO, the HD700s are perfect for vocals.  The T1 makes my ears more bleed on some tracks than the HD700.


Edited by pdrm360 - 11/4/13 at 6:52pm
post #657 of 2532
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IMHO, the HD700s are perfect for vocals.  The T1 makes my ears more bleed on some tracks than the HD700.


Intresting though how people react differently

Maybe it was the record quality, maybe sensitivity of the ear....

post #658 of 2532
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Intresting though how people react differently

Maybe it was the record quality, maybe sensitivity of the ear....

I think you've basically hit the nail right on the head here. Everybody's ears are different and the engineers in charge of a certain model/brand will tune the headphone for them and/or some focus group of testers to target the largest possible audience for their given price-point, etc.

 

I went to the National Audio Show here in the UK a couple of months ago and this point was brought into sharp relief when I had a listen to some HD800's being driven by the HDVD800 amp/dac combo. I waited patiently for the guy sat listening to finish and then picked them up and put them on. Then promptly grabbed them and pulled them off my head. The volume!!! I couldn't believe how loud he was listening to the test tracks. It was properly painful. I didn't realise there was such a difference in sensitivity between peoples hearing. Tonal differences, yes but not actual volume varying by such a large amount.

post #659 of 2532

Remember you're comparing a $300 consumer/budget studio headphone to a $700 high end audiophile/professional headphone. For over double the price, Sennheiser is probably paying a lot closer attention to how they tune the product.

 

Also I'm sure part of it is because to some degree, they don't want it to be "too perfect" so that people will still buy the HD800, too.

 

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Originally Posted by viralcow View Post
 

 

You can argue the same for basically any headphone then. AKG knows what they're doin... that upper mid hump and plasticky glare on the K550s are supposed to be there, etc etc.

 

The fact of the matter is, the HD700s make my ears bleed on some tracks.

post #660 of 2532
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Originally Posted by Profucius View Post
 


Intresting though how people react differently

Maybe it was the record quality, maybe sensitivity of the ear....

 

Some of the HD800s have a big 6k spike and some of them don’t have the 6k spike, based on the individual Certificate frequency response.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/433059/sennheiser-hd800-certificate-for-frequency-response-arrived

 

It could be a same thing on the HD700s too, my HD700 clearly doesn't have the 6k spike.

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