Originally Posted by TheYonderGod
I just upgraded from my JVC RX700s to AD700s, and I'm not very impressed. They do sound different, but not necessarily better.... maybe a little bit but not really noticeable. I'm not gaining any better positional audio in Bf3. I heard in reviews that there was a HUGE difference and it was almost like wall hacks for your ears, that is not the case for me.
I got them refurbished from http://www.soundprofessionals.com/cgi-bin/gold/item/ATH-AD700
They were $60 when I bought them or obviously I would have gotten them new for the price they are there now.
I assume since they're refurbished they've been used and are burned in, plus I've used them for a couple days already so I'm pretty sure they are.
I have an ASUS Xonar DS
My game is Bf3 on both Home Cinema and War Tapes settings
My music is .flac format
I'm using the Unified Xonar Drivers w/ the C-media Panel with these settings:
(I don't really know what I'm doing with the EQ, I just used the 'Bass' preset and moved some of them a little bit back towards the middle, and it sounds better than default to me)
So am I doing something wrong, or do my ears just suck, or do I need a better sound card and/or an amp?
Or is it possible the headphones themselves are defective? Since they're refurbished I'm thinking this could be it, but I don't know.
Unfortunately you've bought a headphone that doesn't meet your criteria for sound, based on the overwhelming amount of unjustified hype that these headphones receive. It's gut wrenching how every thread on the internet that has gaming and headphones together always has someone trying to say that the AD700 is the gaming headphone and that it's like the best thing ever and positional audio on them is insane and all that. Well, those people either (A) never heard the AD700 in a gaming setup at all in the first place and are just copy & paste spammers; or (B) have the AD700 and want to justify their purchase and be in the cool-kid-that-has-them-camp but actually hasn't even bothered testing them against anything else, so they don't even know better, but they want to tell you all about how their scores went up because of this headphone. It's all just little bits of text and prose.
The AD700 doesn't have superior imaging over every other headphone. It has a nice sound stage, but it's not "incredible." So it's not the best gaming headphone out there. It's pretty "meh" as far as I'm concerned.
Also, as you noticed, it's not a competent headphone, it cannot perform all the frequencies it's asked of without you boosting it, and even then, it's still weak. You're bumping up the bass quite a bit, because as you noticed, the AD700 lacks mid-bass and is void of sub-bass something fierce. It drops off after 100hz like someone forgot it at the manufacturing plant. This is an incompetent incomplete headphone as far as I'm concerned because it can't do the basic frequency range in all categories well, but they ask you for $100. Granted you got it for less, but a lot of people buy it new. Price is totally blow out of proportion here.
As for making your gaming experience better; if you're using Dolby Headphone enabled on your Xonar, that's all you have to do. From there, any headphone will do what you're looking for. Even a closed headphone with a cramped sound stage will provide good enough imaging in a game for positional cue. I would suggest if you're throwing money at a headphone, look for something comfortable, with a full competent array of frequency range, and with the sound signature that you want based on your descriptions and preferences.
Return the AD700; or sell it.
You most certainly do not need a new sound card, or heaven forbid an amplifier, to make that headphone do anything different.