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Good amplifier that will improve bass for Audio Tachnica ATH AD700?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
So I'm thinking about ordering the AD700's, however I'm worried about the low bass. I just started browsing here so, I don't know if anyone else has asked about it yet. I would prefer a mobile amplifier, however I'm fine if i get 'more bang for my buck' for one that isn't portable. I really don't want to spend more than $30. Is it possible to keep the quality if the headphones, but raise the bass with an amplifier? Is there software I need on my computer? Anything else that could help?
Edited by DerpMaster - 9/5/13 at 12:52pm
post #2 of 21

Try not to think of an amp as a tuner for frequency response.  An amp just allows the headphone to do its job.  An equalizer is used to boost frequency response.  To me I a can guarantee the AD700 will be too bass light for you.  The headphone is a midrange champ for the price, but there is hardly any bass to it.

 

What other headphones are you considering?

 

Why do you want an open headphone?

 

You can look into EQ programs or apps.  Just remember to get the better sound quality from an EQ system do not raise the frequency you want to hear more of, rather, lower all of the others equally and leave the one you want boosted at 0dB.  This prevents the program from distorting the signal.

 

Other good headphones:

ATH-M50

Sennheiser HD 449

 

 

Take a look at the frequency charts for the three headphones mentioned in this thread.  See how both the M50 and 449 have curves above the AD700 from 10Hz to 300Hz?  This means they deliver more bass than the AD700.

post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 
I'm not a basshead or anything, I just don't want the bass to be barely audible or anything
I've looked into the sennheiser HD 449 a little bit, but I havn't done too much research on them. I know the ATH M50's are really good, but I don't know if I can afford them. What are some cons of the HD 449's? Are the M50's really worth the extra money?
post #4 of 21
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My old headset was the SteelSeries Siberia v2. Have you used them before, and if so, how would you compare them to AD700s and 449s? I listen to mostly rock and electronic music. I also do gaming, so which of those 2 would be better for that?
post #5 of 21
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Originally Posted by DerpMaster View Post

My old headset was the SteelSeries Siberia v2. Have you used them before, and if so, how would you compare them to AD700s and 449s? I listen to mostly rock and electronic music. I also do gaming, so which of those 2 would be better for that?

I wasted a lot of time trying to improve my ATH-AD700's bass, trying to improve the bass just makes the bass bloated (less detail) and crude and undesirable.

 

Sennheiser HD558, sells used for $112 to $125, new for $146.

Has decent bass (after break in).

 

What source(s) will you be plugging the headphones into?

post #6 of 21
Thread Starter 
I'm going to plug them into my laptop. I'm no audiophile or anything, I just want good headphones. I'll look into the 558's. Here's my laptop: http://www.frys.com/product/7701228 I usually don't get used items, but I'll look into both the 558's as well as the 449's. How is the bass bad though, like can you hardly hear it or is it just not 'pumpy'?
post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by DerpMaster View Post

I'm going to plug them into my laptop. I'm no audiophile or anything, I just want good headphones. I'll look into the 558's. Here's my laptop: http://www.frys.com/product/7701228 I usually don't get used items, but I'll look into both the 558's as well as the 449's. How is the bass bad though, like can you hardly hear it or is it just not 'pumpy'?

The Bass on the ATH-AD700 is the lightest (opposite of pumpy) I've ever heard on a headphone and the AD700s really do not change much no matter what is amplifying them.

post #8 of 21

The 558 is still a very bass light headphone.

 

You can find a used M50 for under $100 like the one I am selling.  Look around and you can find a deal.

 

They are definitely a great headphone, not the most airy, but because they are sealed you can hear more details in games than with an open headphone.

post #9 of 21
Thread Starter 
The M50's seem ideal, but are they good for gaming as well? Have you tried/heard of any good virtual surround sound systems? Because they will be used for 50% music and 50% gaming.
post #10 of 21
Thread Starter 
I just got an idea, but I'm pretty sure it will not work. I have small speaker system, is if possible to make the bass play out the subwoofer, but not use the rest of the speakers? The rest of the sound would play out my headphones. Is there any gadget or anything to make that work?
post #11 of 21

Sure, just unplug the speakers and leave the sub plugged in.  Use you headphones through the receiver and sub should rumble and the headphones should still transmit sound.

post #12 of 21
Yes, I've read a couple of people dong that on head-fi, although it makes little sense to me. If you're already fine using the most invasive part of a speaker system in the subwoofer, I dont see why you couldn't just use the rest of the speaker system.
post #13 of 21
The iFi iCAN amp has very good bass boost function with two steps, one that focuses only on subbass and the other is a more traditional boost. It's not cheap though - costs more than your headphones.
post #14 of 21

The ATH-M50 will work great for gaming and has the bass rumble  you want.  I think it is an excellent option with the least amount of drawbacks.

 

Hope you find something that you enjoy.

post #15 of 21
The Fiio e11 is a amp that has a very good bass boost function that doesn't cause distortion, also if you want a slightly bassier headphone from the hd449 then get it's cheaper brother who can become just as good as the 449's and the 558's in all categories after quite a bit of burn in and some simple mods which you can ask me about if you end up buying, or if you wanna go closer to the m50 route, go for the Denon Dn-HP700/Audio-Technica ATH-PRO500 as they are way more balanced and detailed and they are definately cheaper new than the m50 (hp700:100 vs M50:160 and above) and to put iceing on the cake the PRO500's have detachable cable system
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