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Over-Ear item created by , May 5, 2010
Pros - COMFORTABLE
Cons - low impedance
I've owned a long string of very cheap headphones (bose earbuds fall in this category because of how bassy they are, and the plug falling apart) so i started to upgrade my sound system. Headphones first.
I did about four days worth of research (including lurking on this site) until i decided i could get the most bang for my buck with the ATH-AD700's.
They came, i listened to them all the way through burn-in and absolutely love them. Some nay-sayers think there's not enough bass, but i'll have to disagree; there's plenty.
Next upgrade on the list is a new cartridge for my turntable. I'm excited to hear the differences between my old cartridge and my new cartridge with my AD700's in the near future.
Pros - Great Soundstage, great mids and highs, and not bad bass either
Cons - Fitment!
Well, my AD700's just came in the mail today. I've gotten them merely minutes ago and I'd like to post up some initial impressions.
First the bad:
- I'm used to wearing closed headphones, not open air headphones, so fitment was a huge issue for me, and its going to take a while to get used to. The headphones are meant to float on your head, not attach to it, so this was very different than what I was used to. I don't like how they sit on an angle on your head, and how easily they can move around. I think I might try the rubberband trick on the headband to tighten it up a little bit. They do feel light and airy when you wear them though. You have to wear them lower than standard closed headphones, which will also take a while to get used to. Once you play around with fitment I found they fit better, its just not as easy as my closed pair of M50's.
That's really the only bad thing I found about these. Everything else is great. The pads are huge and soft, the sound stage is fantastic, the sound itself is terrific. I have to agree with others when they say this is the best headphone for $100 or less.
In terms of audio quality, the mids and highs are great and clear with only very little sibilance. The bass is freakishly accurate and clear. Its great. I'm no bass head so I don't mind not having overpowered bass like my M50's do. I prefer these for sound MUCH more. Absolutely amazing for the price.
Pros - Excellent imaging, decent detail, relatively neutral, good soundstage, FREAKISHLY COMFORTABLE!!!!
Cons - A little bass-light, can be somewhat harsh/tinny depending on source
This is usually my recommendation for newbies looking for open shells in this price range. They are easy to drive, with excellent imaging and good detail, reasonably neutral reproduction and they are, simply put, THE most comfortable headphones on the planet (the only disclaimer being that the two ladies with smaller heads I recommended these to said they were a little too big). You hardly even notice that you're wearing them. I could work for these for hours. As I noted in the cons, they can feel a little harsh/tinny in the mid-highs and high registers, depending on the source. They're pretty easy to drive as well, I think these are some of the least amp-sensitive open shells I know of. What these are NOT is a basshead's dream. The bass is pretty weak and they don't really have the kind of "oomph," as it were, to make them suitable for anything other than music listening. That said, for the likes of Jazz or Classical, they're an excellent choice. Oh, and did I mention they are freakishly comfortable?