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Is the ATH-A700X as good as ATH-AD700 for gaming ?

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I own the A700x and i can definitely say that the sound stage is wide and  there are many details...

 

 

wouldn't surprise me because they use the same drivers as AD700's...

 

 

what do you think ?

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Originally Posted by Sam21 View Post
 

I own the A700x and i can definitely say that the sound stage is wide and  there are many details...

Wouldn't surprise me because they use the same drivers as AD700's...

What do you think ?

I would guess that as the ATH-AD700s are open, they would be a touch better at FPS gaming, then the closed ATH-A700X.

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I would guess that as the ATH-AD700s are open, they would be a touch better at FPS gaming, then the closed ATH-A700X.

 

If you were me, would you sell the A700x and get the AD700x ? are the differences in soundstage huge ?

 

i was also asking myself the question when i wanted to compare PC350 and PC360...

 

 

Does the open vs closed affect the soundstage and details that much ?

 

Is it fair to say that A700x has 95% of AD700x's soundstage ?

 

Lets also look at the differences in specs : 

 

A700x :

 

Frequency Response 5 – 35,000 Hz
Maximum Input Power 1,000 mW

 

AD700x:

 

Frequency Response 5 – 30,000 Hz
Maximum Input Power 700 mW

 

Consider also that A700x has a better Frequency Response and higher input Power...

 

What do you think ?

 

EDIT: How does the HD598 compare with AD700x in soundstage and details ?


Edited by Sam21 - 10/19/13 at 1:24pm
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Regarding the frequency response, we can't hear 30K anyway, so who cares?
post #5 of 9
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Originally Posted by Sam21 View Post
 

 

If you were me, would you sell the A700x and get the AD700x ? are the differences in sound stage huge ?

i was also asking myself the question when i wanted to compare PC350 and PC360...

Does the open vs closed affect the sound stage and details that much ?

Is it fair to say that A700x has 95% of AD700x's sound stage ?

Lets also look at the differences in specs : 

   
   

 

Consider also that A700x has a better Frequency Response and higher input Power...

What do you think ?

EDIT: How does the HD598 compare with AD700x in sound stage and details ?

I would think the open AD700X offers better surround sound then the closed A700X

But I'm not sure by how much, so not sure if the cost is worth it.

The AD700s lack of any real bass makes it easier to hear sounds in the game.

 

I would think to keep an eye out for a good price on the older (used) ATH-AD700.

Use the A700X for everything else, that is not FPS gaming.

 

I like my HD558s better then my ATH-AD700, but only because the HD558 offers more bass.

The HD558, HD598 & PC360 use the same driver (all are 50-Ohm), but different cup designs.

The PC350 (150-Ohm) uses an older driver design.

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"I like my HD558s better then my ATH-AD700, but only because the HD558 offers more bass."

 

How about the Positional accuracy and soundstage ? which one is better ? I own the HD598 ... would it make sense to return the A700x and buy the AD700x ?


Edited by Sam21 - 10/19/13 at 3:11pm
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"I like my HD558s better then my ATH-AD700, but only because the HD558 offers more bass."

 

How about the Positional accuracy and sound stage ? which one is better ? I own the HD598 ... would it make sense to return the A700x and buy the AD700x ?


If you already own the HD598, I would assume the ATH-AD700 would at most make a little improvement.

So not worth buying the AD700 or AD700X.

 

What sources are you plugging the headphones into for gaming?

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If you already own the HD598, I would assume the ATH-AD700 would at most make a little improvement.

So not worth buying the AD700 or AD700X.

 

What sources are you plugging the headphones into for gaming?

 

I use X-fi go pro!, Xonar U3 and razer surround app with E17's DAC

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I use X-fi go pro!, Xonar U3 and Razer surround app with E17's DAC


I would assume the best setup is S/PDIF optical (or coaxial) from the computer to the FiiO E17 and the HD598 plugged into the FiiO E17

And using the Razer software for Headphone Surround Sound

But I'm just guessing.

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