Measurements can only interpreted in the context they were taken. Its meaningless comparing different test results unless the test environment is identical. You also have to work in the confines of your test equipment which can be tricky and in some cases even repeating test results can be tough. I for one am really happy and appreciative that there are folks out there that put so much effort into giving us these measurements.
When I first put on the HD700s the peakiness was the first thing I noticed and the mids sounded really odd. Granted I was used listening to the HE-500. I guess one can used to the sound signature, but I would definitely want to EQ that peak lower and listen at lower volume to protect my hearing. I cancelled my subscription on a local audio magazine after they awarded the HD-700 nearly full marks. I was quite aghast with their conclusion and that they didn't notice any of its flaws and thought it terrific value at Sennheiser's original asking price. I thought it a good headphone when it comes to sound staging, imaging, comfort and the bass.
Edited by daerron - 1/26/14 at 10:49am