I had a pair of ES7 and I own a pair of ATH-AD700 also.
AD700 are very different being open cans.
ES7 however can take the comparison. Sound signature is close (as far as I can remember) but somehow I find the ES700 better. They sound more detailed, clearer. I've ad very little time to listen to them so it's difficult to judge. They sound damn good on classical music soudstage is very open for closed cans and everything souds just right, tones are very well reproduced from low to high. Rock music : they are punchy and bassy but not too much. Mids and highs are well balanced. Electronic music : Dancefloor is in your head! Jazz : OK I can swear that trumpet was just whistling in my ear !
Back on comfort : if you own(ed) a pair of ES7... well you will regret that AT didn't apply this receipe before ! They rest on your head just like the ES7 but with a soft cushion on the headband (so it won't hurt) and earpads are thicker too which is a good thing as they still apply pressure on your ears.
Cable : AT also learned its lesson here ! Cable looks sturdy, L shaped plug and it seems the cable is twisted too. Hope the soldering on the speakers is better too.
So far it seems to be an improved version of the ES7 and that's exactly what I was looking for !
Nice comparison, thanks.
Reading the thread, it seems that the ES700 is a slightly tweaked version of the ES7, housed in slightly better materials.
It is quite a shame, since I only got my ES7 a couple of months back - the ES700 promptly arrived a month after. Still, they look like a nice sidegrade from the ES7. I really dislike the clamp/discomfort of listening on the ES7, to be honest.
Anyway, to all ES7/ES700 owners, how does the ES700 fare in EDM when compared with the ES7? I listen primarily to EDM, so this is the main selling point for me. Thanks in advance!