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Audio Technica 3D wing headband vs AKG auto-adjust headband

post #1 of 34
Thread Starter 

   I haven't seen any comparison of them and so I decided to start a new thread.

 

 I am actually deciding between the superlux hd668b and the hd681f, with the former having the AT 3D wind headband design and the latter having the AKG headband, but I figured out that less people will be able to compare them side by side if I was to ask about the difference of the comfort between the superlux hd668b and 681f. What I'm worrying about the AKG headband is that it will exert a force continously on my head and I'm not too sure if that would be comfortable or not.

 

   I would also like some comparison sound-wise between the AT ad700 and the Alessandro ms1 if any of you happens to own both of them.

 

Thanks.

post #2 of 34
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Originally Posted by dustdevil View Post

   I haven't seen any comparison of them and so I decided to start a new thread.

 

 I am actually deciding between the superlux hd668b and the hd681f, with the former having the AT 3D wind headband design and the latter having the AKG headband, but I figured out that less people will be able to compare them side by side if I was to ask about the difference of the comfort between the superlux hd668b and 681f. What I'm worrying about the AKG headband is that it will exert a force continously on my head and I'm not too sure if that would be comfortable or not.

 

   I would also like some comparison sound-wise between the AT ad700 and the Alessandro ms1 if any of you happens to own both of them.

 

Thanks.

 

Heya,

 

I find the "wing" systems to be annoying, they don't seem to support anything when I wear them so the cups themselves are the anchor and that's just annoying to me. I prefer the full strap of a headphone band, like the AKG headband, and others. I don't have discomfort from the band touching my head. These things are light weight and I have hair so I don't notice it for hours on end. Also, you can get an aftermarket padded band if you're very sensitive quite inexpensively. Just my preference/experience. I would take the Samson SR850 over the HD668B simply due to headband (otherwise same headphone).

 

The AD700 has a big sound stage, mostly you'll hear mids and treble, the bass is very shy and polite and rolls off after 100hz so it doesn't perform sub-bass hardly at all, it does not have a balanced sound, it has a sound that is focused on the mids and treble.

 

The MS1 is more balanced, with better response with respect to treble down to bass. Great mids. Great attack. Great energy. Sound stage is not as wide. Comfort is subjective, but on-ear tends to be less comfortable than around-ear. I would pick it for pure sound difference. But it's hard to pick an on-ear without knowing if you can wear it for a few hours without pain (I can't wear my Grados for very long which is annoying).

 

Do you have any other headphone options? Frankly the HD668B is better in my opinion than the AD700 actually. And it's way cheaper to boot.

 

Very best,

post #3 of 34

I'm the opposite to Mal with the wing system vs the headband. Audio Technica's wing system is to die for, I absolutely love it. Unlike Mal, I always seem to get discomfort from headbands, I'm not sure if it is the way my head is shaped or what, but they always start to feel like they are digging in and causing pain after a while. The wing system has been a god send for me, they take just the right amount of tension off the cups and the headphones sit on my head comfortably, I basically never have to take them off because of discomfort.

Comfort is of course subjective though, headphones always fit everyone differently so the only thing you can do is really try them on.

post #4 of 34
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Originally Posted by MalVeauX View Post
I find the "wing" systems to be annoying, they don't seem to support anything when I wear them so the cups themselves are the anchor and that's just annoying to me. I prefer the full strap of a headphone band, like the AKG headband, and others. I don't have discomfort from the band touching my head. These things are light weight and I have hair so I don't notice it for hours on end. Also, you can get an aftermarket padded band if you're very sensitive quite inexpensively. Just my preference/experience.

^This

post #5 of 34

I've tried someone else's AD700s, and I found the wing system to be very comfortable. It was like the headphones were floating above my head. I don't know how well Superlux pulls it off compared to AT, though.

 

That said, I just got a pair of SR850c's yesterday, and I still find the headband to be quite comfortable (though the headband doesn't have to stretch very far to accommodate for my head).


Edited by mbamg - 1/29/13 at 7:47am
post #6 of 34

OK, I own the audio technica ATH-A900X and the AKG Q701s. 

 

The headband on the Q701s becomes uncomfortable very quickly. But I like the warmer mids on the Q701, so I put some foam on the head band, and now is is perfectly fine. Quite comfy actually. 

 

The wing is design is MUCH better, but the audio technica headphones sound too tinny or boomy depending on the design. 

 

Sooooooooo idk how much you want to sacrifice for some comfort. 5 bucks worth of foam fixed the Q701s up for me, and they sound better. IDK what to tell you. 

post #7 of 34
Wing design is great for me.. maybe my head is just wider than average.
post #8 of 34

Personally I prefer the wing system much more. But you know comfort can be very subjective. You'd better try them out yourself otherwise it's very likely to be disappointed.

post #9 of 34

I have a pair of AD900's and I absolutely love the wing design. If you have short hair, these things are a virtue. They barely rest on your head, and you forget about them after a few minutes of wearing them. Plus, it reduces the fabled "headphone hair" pretty well, since you don't have a band going over the top of your head. Instead, you have two little spots on either side of your head.

 

The wings materials is kind of like a smooth fabric, kind of like those basketball gym shorts. It has a little shine to it. Underneath the fabric, there is a sponge-like material that is very plush. It isn't that deep, but since they barely rest on your head, they don't need to be. The wings adjust up and down, swing up and down, and move left and right to form your head. 

 

I don't have experience with AKG's headband. 

post #10 of 34
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the detailed inputs guysbeerchug.gif

 

Right now it seems that both designs are pretty comfortable, with different comments from different people, I need more persuasive comments(or prices) to make up my mind.  (not that the current inputs aren't persuasive, it's just that I want to make sure my money is spent on something that I want, it took me literally 9 months to decide on my etymotic hf5redface.gif)

 

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Originally Posted by MalVeauX View Post

 

Do you have any other headphone options? Frankly the HD668B is better in my opinion than the AD700 actually. And it's way cheaper to boot.

 

Very best,

 

Well how are the hd668b better? and of course you can suggest any other headphones that you find superior to the ones I listed


Edited by dustdevil - 1/30/13 at 2:36am
post #11 of 34

there are many times I laid down on the couch with my ad700's on and fell asleep listening to music. I've woken up, realized I had the headphones still on and kept on listening. such a comfortable design

post #12 of 34

Personally, I find the Audio Technica wings more comfortable than the AKG suspension headbands. On my typical headbands, I find that pressure slowly builds up at the crown of my head and it gets irritated. The wings take a little bit of getting used to, but overall I find they distribute weight better. 

post #13 of 34

I find the AKG auto-adjust perfect.

post #14 of 34
Thread Starter 

More opinions neededconfused_face.gif

post #15 of 34
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More opinions neededconfused_face.gif

That's stupid. You will never find what's best for you base on "opinions", you should look "opinion" up. (Hint: it's subjective).

The only way is get out and try them on yourself.

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