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Sennheiser HD 700 Impressions Thread

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by windsor, May 31, 2012.
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  1. Fuzziekiwi
    I got my pair for $380 inc. tax and shipping off Amazon Warehouse Deals listed as very good and they should come within the next few hours. Will post impressions before my NAD Viso HP50's and Q701's are shipped to their new owner. 
     
  2. Sajakhaki
    I guess this the thread I should post this to :)
     
    These sound great!  I don't know why people don't recommend these more.  Bass is on par with the 650's, but way better quality.  650's sound muddy in comparison.  I think the 700's have more sub bass.  Mids are comparable, more realistic on the 700's and more detailed.  Although, 650 sounds better on some recordings, I think it hides flaws a bit.  Treble is more natural on 700's.  Haven't had any tracks that were too hot... but could see how it could happen for some.  Overall, the 700's are much more detailed, with a similar sound to the 650's but with better / more natural treble and bass.  And now that they can be had for <$400, these are a steal.  
     
    I got mine for $350 on Ebay for a barely used one.  
     
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  3. Fuzziekiwi
    Almost shat myself; my HD700's came in an HD800 box and case. Inside were the 700's. Let the listening begin.
     
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    Is it pre-owned/open-box? 
     
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  5. Fuzziekiwi
    Amazon Warehouse Deals; open-box (I assume) listed with Very Good condition. I have heard that you guys will warranty the Amazon Warehouse Deals if anything goes wrong; is that true? 
     
  6. Krutsch
    Wow. I have new-found love for the HD-700s, listening to some new NOS vinyl.
     
    These really are a "shelf above" headphones, but it took me some time to really get it.
     
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  8. Elen Kras
    Hi everyone!Are they(hd700) good for Mixing-mastering?
     
  9. Fuzziekiwi
    Keep in mind I'm not too good at explaining things but here are my impressions: It is very treble forward but not harsh? I can't listen to some songs very loud as the cymbals or hi-hats are more forward. Instrument separation and layering is better than the Q701, but the Q701 puts on a good fight. After listening to these, the Q701 sounds a little smoothed over in the treble. The mids on these are outstanding although seemed to be pushed back into the mix. Voices sound so true to life. Soundstage is about as wide as the Q701 but has WAY more depth. Honestly these sound like the 650 mixed with a Beyer. I didn't like the DT770's at all due to their harsh treble but the HD700's are way better in making the treble sound quite realistic. I have to agree these are not the greatest phones for modern music, the HD650 is a much better all rounder.
     
    These excel in acoustic and natural instruments and rock/metal that's recorded on the warmer side. These are SO picky of source just like the Q701, maybe a little more picky, but I kind of expected that. I see why these have dropped in price so much. I wouldn't pay than $550. They compliment the HD650 well and are cleaner sounding and have less grain.
     
  10. slex
    Do you think Senn will update this HD700 series in the future? Like a HD700'S'.

    Intresting alternative to my HE400S considering the nice drop in price for the HD700 now.

    Anyone have done modding and tuning?
     
  11. Sajakhaki
    I think they are probably working on something now.  Usually. when you start to see a huge price decrease in that range, it's a sign they are going to be releasing another product in that price range / market segment.  As of now, they have nothing in to $500 - $1000 price bracket. Just a theory of course, but I would think they would want something in that price bracket.  Though, they might just drop the original HD 800 down to the $800-$900 range,  Although, I think having different versions of the same headphone (ie 800S vs 800), is probably not the best idea from a naming standpoint.  I would rather have them tweak the 800 and call it the 750 and cancel the 800.  Then, you have a clear path name wise for what could be considered an upgrade.  600 / 650 - 700 - 750 - 800S.
     
  12. slex
    Ok, im in no impatient of buying the elear now until a newer version of senn in between HD650 and HD800S appears.

    Elear is a "supercharged HD650". Let see Senn can " turbocharged " it. :)
     
  13. Me x3

    Sennheiser had the chance to pick the name HD850 when they lunched the HD800S but they've decided to go the HD800S route, so from a naming standpoint their way of thinking seems oposite to yours.
     
    From a technical point of view, the Sennheiser HD800 is still the best performer among the Sennheiser line of headphones, that's why Sennheiser said HD800 is more suitable for professionals while HD800S is a slightly more consumer friendly version of the very same headphone.
     
    Looking at the Sennheiser's top headphones (HD600/HD650/HD700/HD800/HD800S), I don't see them as consequent upgrades.
    I think they are different headphones with different tuning and different form factor and thus they are able to please different people and different purposes.
     
    Looking around you'll find plenty of people preferring HD650 over HD800/S, HD600 over HD700 and so on...
     
    I think HD700S might be a good idea except that the HD700 is not very well regarded, and the newer HD700S/HD750 will have to swim against the tide.
     
    A Sennheiser HD680 which should sound like the Sennheiser HD650 with better bass, and should look similar to the HE-1 would be a great addition to the Sennheiser line, priced at 699usd it should make everyone forget about the Elear.
     
  14. DavidA
    I don't see them making a HD-700S at this point since sales of HD-700 is not the best but for those of us that have tried it have gotten a pretty good deal over the last year and a half.  I think the HD-700 is about as resolving as most can hear and feel that the HD-800 is just a different sound signature for most genres of music that I listen to.  The only area that the HD-800 is clearly ahead of the HD-700 is for well recorde/mastered classical.
     
  15. slex
    One thing i really admire is the lightness and comfortable factor on the senn upper range.
     
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