Audio Technica ATH-A700X Art Monitor Headphones

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Audio-Technica's ATH-A700x closed-back dynamic headphones deliver audiophile-quality acoustic performance with full, rich balanced bass. The headphones feature proprietary large-aperture 53 mm drivers for high-fidelity playback. Equipped with A-Tâ?TMs innovative self-adjusting wing support mechanism, the headphones offer long hours of remarkably comfortable listening.

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Pros: detailed, great for classical music
Cons: breaks easily given the build quality, cable not removable
This is a great (now discontinued) headphone model given the price.
These are bright and detailed. For classical music, although you don't get much base. Great for vocals.
The design is very comfortable and they seal well. Nobody will hear you and you won't hear them.
Large size and excellent detail. No headband adjustment needed.
Only con is that they break very easily. Had a pair break when it fell from a bed.
Pros: Great sound, large and comfortable, lots of detail
Cons: Build quality is not good, requires a lot of burn in, a bit too much high end
I was looking for a decent pair of cans for music mastering, and I picked these up on an local online auction for $20CAD, which is a wicked price considering that these retail for around $200. Nevertheless, I will talk about these without cost in mind.
These headphones needed a lot of burn in time. While the snares and cymbals were razor sharp (sharp enough to cause pain sometimes), the sub bass lacked any oomph. After than however, they were great. That extra high end helps pick out small details especially in vocals and percussion. Low bass instruments have a lot of detail as well, with good balance as well. Overall, awesome sound for $200.
Compared to many higher priced headphones, these perform better than average, but when it comes to build quality, we can see where the cuts were made. The whole headphone is made of cheap feeling plastic that creaks and rattles. At low volumes, it can be distracting. The headband, while comfortable, is too big for most heads. Putting a rubber band between them solves this problem, but Audio Technica should have done some more testing with this. The cable is fantastic, thick and covered in fabric, but I did have to replace them after about a year. Your mileage will depend on your use and how well you take care of your gear.
These are very large headphones, and comfort is outstanding. I can wear these headphones for long periods of time without a problem. Although the headband is going to be a problem with some users, I do prefer the auto-adjusting nature of them, and so I also use them for DJing.
Overall, these are good for people who thing audio quality exceeds build quality in importance. I would keep them for home and studio use, since they may be a little too big for outdoor use. 
Pros: Soundstage, tonal balance, cable, comfort, pads
Cons: 'Wings' headband design, all plastic build
These headphones are a tremendous value for lovers of full range sound with a neutral signature.
Big thanks to Frank Doris at Audio Technica for the review sample! Great guy :)




The ATH-A700x is an efficient headphone that I've found to be great with practically every genre. However, these do rock incredibly well for me. I can honestly say that I can fully immerse myself in rock music with these headphones. I even prefer them over my DT770 Pro to an extent for rock. 
These headphones don't need an amplifier in my opinion. I can easily drive them from my iPhone and iPod without any noticeable sonic differences when compared with plugging them into an amp.

Build - For a headphone that costs around $150 new, these feel really cheap. The entire headphone is made out of plastic. No, not 'good' plastic, like on some headphones, like AT's own M50, but poorly crafted plastic. I'd be afraid to drop these just a few feet onto a hard floor. The 'Wings' feel pretty flimsy as well. I'm not sure how much abuse this headphone can take. The cable is actually very nice in my opinion. It's pretty thick and is protected with a layer of Kevlar. The jack is also very nice. I find it better than the jacks used in the M50, but that is just my opinion, obviously.

Comfort - It's a mixed bag here. I've heard a lot of people say that the Audiophile Series headphones from AT (A700x, AD700, W1000, AD900x, whatever has 'wings') are only for people with large heads. I can say that I kinda do have an above-average sized head, but it's not giant or anything. The pads are very plush and soft on my head, but the wings do feel a bit strange. On occasion, I can feel a slight 'tugging' sensation on my face by the pads downward. The wings are just too sensitive to pressure.

Sound - The very redeeming factor of the A700x is definitely its sound reproduction. Overall, I would describe it as a neutral headphone with a touch of warmth.

Bass - People have told me that the A700x is bass-light to an extent. I just don't hear that. I hear a neutral bass that's controlled and detailed. You'll probably end up hearing the bass more than you do feel it, though. With these headphones, bass is just truly done terrifically to me. Bass guitars sound lively and clean. Kicks have some punchiness to them, while still retaining a somewhat softer timbre.

Mids - The mids have a slight amount of added warmth to them that I find to be truly magnificent when listening to music. The midrange is right where it should be. Not forward, but not recessed. Vocals sound simply fantastic. It's like I'm actually listening to them at a concert.

Treble - The treble is neutral. It's quite extended to my ears. Detail just pours out of everything I listen to with these. Violins, guitars, synths, drums- everything. 

Soundstage - The soundstage is incredible with these headphones. There's a ton of depth and width. It rivals my DT770 Pro, which has excellent soundstage. There's just so much space to the sound.

Overall - If you can get past the build and possible comfort issues, and you're a fan of neutral sound, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these headphones. I think these headphones are an excellent value.

Good to hear it has the same neutral voicing as the w1000x does, and thankfully with the more expensive W series you get a much better build quality. Although the wing system is... tricky to figure out. Once you do it's amazing how light on your head the cans get!
Non the less nice review! Still though the W series has a different mid entirely, due to the wooden housing. Not to mention they have a mid bass hump, which is nice seeing as with sufficent mods and pad changes the bass get's pretty tight!
Also if it's the full sized Ath 53mm houseing then you can swap different pads onto it as well :D
After listening to these, I kinda want to try AT's higher end cans for sure.
how do they sound compared to a Soundmagic HP100?


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