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any good closed variants to AD700?

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Hey, first time poster here, been lurking for a bit but never posted and not super audiophile-y.

 

I do alot of gaming, and I love my ATH-AD700s, but I'm gonna be in a different living situation soon and these headphones leak way too much.

 

Is there any closed circumaural sets that anyone can recommended? preferably with similar soundstage and comfort. I don't know enough about headphones to know if that open ended sound can be recreated through a closed set, like I tried grados before and loved the sound, and I love the sound of these, but I hate sound leakage and haven't found a suitable closed replacement. :<

 

My budget is around 200 I guess, I could spend more if I can justify it. I'll be primarily using them for my computer which has one of them more expensive xfi cards, and some off-brand multi-channel headphone amp.

 

halp

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Originally Posted by Aevi View Post
 

Hey, first time poster here, been lurking for a bit but never posted and not super audiophile-y.

I do alot of gaming, and I love my ATH-AD700s, but I'm gonna be in a different living situation soon and these headphones leak way too much.

Is there any closed circumaural sets that anyone can recommended? preferably with similar soundstage and comfort. I don't know enough about headphones to know if that open ended sound can be recreated through a closed set, like I tried grados before and loved the sound, and I love the sound of these, but I hate sound leakage and haven't found a suitable closed replacement. :<

My budget is around 200 I guess, I could spend more if I can justify it. I'll be primarily using them for my computer which has one of them more expensive xfi cards, and some off-brand multi-channel headphone amp.

 

 

AKG K550 closed headphones.

Might find a good price on used and refurbs, on eBay.

post #3 of 8
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thanks, reading the akg k550 thread now, seems like there's alot of issues with clamping but i'll look more into it.

 

any other suggestions I should be looking at?

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Originally Posted by Aevi View Post
 

Thanks, reading the AKG K550 thread now, seems like there's a lot of issues with clamping but i'll look more into it.

Any other suggestions I should be looking at?

 

The AKG K550s have a very light grip, so there is a few millimeters open between part of your skin and part of the ear pads.

I usually just press down on both sides for a good seal

But i like having a lose grip, a little breathing room keeps the sound waves from putting too much pressure on the ear drums.

 

I do prefer my Audio Technica ATH-A900Xs over the K550s, the A900Xs are more musical, the sound bleeds (overlaps a little), but it not a problem for me.

Added the Hifiman HE Velour ear pads :)

post #5 of 8
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how close is the k551 to the 550? me gusta the white

 

is the k550 pretty unanimous for recommendations?

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See, I had a similar conundrum, and I picked up a set of AD900's and some Carbon Fiber overlay and went to work. The result, a semi-open wonder. The sound leakage is 2/3 of the original AD700's (of which I also have) and the sound quality is better this way, in my opinion. Plus, they look drop dead gorgeous. smily_headphones1.gif hope this helps.
post #7 of 8
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I like the looks of em, but I want fully closed ;/ I think the k550s will fit the bill better in that regard. Nobody else seems to be recommending anything else, so I guess it's probably my best option or something

post #8 of 8
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how do the k550s compare to the ue6000s? lmao

 

I'm only asking because I heard good things about the ue6000 and I see them on sale for $40

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