Weighing in late, but thank you for this review. As a new owner of the HD700, this review was invaluable. After reading so many negative reviews of the HD700, but liking what I heard each time I listened to it myself, I finally went ahead and purchased it. One point about the negative reviews is that they tend to come from people who are defending other Sennheiser phones, most notably the HD650 and HD800. I understand that people want to feel they've made the right choice and stick by it, but sometimes the negativity feels defensive. Which is why I really appreciated this review, which compares the HD600, 700, and 800 fairly. I am now pursuing the HD600 because of this review. So thanks.