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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. SomeGuyDude

    They've been on my list for AGES. I was posting in this thread a while back. There was just something about them that really appealed to me, and I can't figure out why. Maybe it's the way they look like a baby HD800, or that reviews were absolutely everywhere with what they sounded like. Some called them a bigger HD650, others a small HD800, some said they were bassy and dynamic, others said thin and piercing. Maybe because it felt like they were the ignored step in the line. Everyone either called the 650's the overall best in the world, or the 800s the king of the hill.

    I really don't think they're nearly as sharp as they're made out to be. Maybe on a solid state amp or something, but I've been sitting here trying out a bunch of metal albums that I know can get painful to listen to if the headphones are sibilant and it just ain't there. Maybe there were quiet revisions like the HD650? Dunno. I just really like 'em.
  2. samandhi
      I can't find them in the US either, but I found them from the AU official Sennheiser website. http://service.sennheiser.com.au/consumer/products/hifi-and-tv-headphones/hd-700/headband-padding-hd-700.html
      Maybe try and give Sennhieser a call. If they are available in AU, I can't see why they aren't available in the US too....
    Edit: I just put in a call to Tom at Sennhieser about this part. He did not find the part on their site. He is going to check into it and message me back. The part number (for future reference) is: 549054 I will post back on here if/when I hear back about how to go about getting the replacement part.
  3. erics75
    I've always been intrigued by these, so I had to jump on the $430 amazon price. has anyone here paired these with a magni 2 uber/modi 2 uber? I know it will have enough power, I'm more worried about synergy.
    schiit stack is edgy and too bright , but dynamic and open , if you like analytical sound go for it , but high freq is edgy and annoying , definitely hd700 deserve better amp
  5. Me x3

    More of a baby HD800 than a bigger HD650. HD650 is tweaked very differently.
    In fact HD700 is HD800's younger brother, not as smart or studious, but more badass.
    I don't find the HD700 to be sharp sounding, in my experience sharpness is most of the times a consequence of raised 8-9kHz, while these Senns have raised 5-6kHz instead which make them splashy but not sharp.
  6. samandhi
      I would agree with you 100%, if listening to them at normal or even loud levels. I have noticed, though (on SS amp that is) that if you listen to them at levels that are a lot too loud (like a lot of youngsters tend to do) they are pretty hot in that upper register, and even hurts the ears (fatigue) pretty quick. This is coming from someone that has a -10 db hearing loss of 14kHz and above. If kept at a normal to lound volume level, I have NEVER had any issues with sibilance, too hot, fatigue, etc...
      I don't have any equipment to qualify my arguments, but if you own the FiiO DAPs (X3II in particular), I can say that 80-100 volume is max for my comfort level (out of 120). Anything above about 100 is where I start to hear the shrillness, hot, fatiguing, etc... trebles. 
  7. buke9
    Well just got my Tung Sol 5998 and Telefunken 12au7 for my Bottlehead Crack and this might be the only way I listen to the 700's from now on. The bass was good before but now it is amazing and the highs just smoothed out a little . Just what they needed. I am a happy boy today.
  8. SomeGuyDude
    So what's a good cheap-ish IEM with a similar sound sig? The RE-400 seemed close but not quite.
  9. buke9
    If the Echobox Finder X-1's had the soundstage they would be pretty close.
  10. DavidA
    couldn't agree more [​IMG]
  11. SomeGuyDude
    Will these fit in a Little Dot? I was looking at the Mullards but I'm definitely curious what else is out there with a little warmth to 'em.
  12. dbaker1981
    I had a huge problem getting them to seal right.
  13. buke9
    Thanks for the advice David it was worth it.
    DavidA likes this.
  14. DavidA
    Which LD do you have?
  15. SomeGuyDude
    MK2, still kinda learning how to deal with the two types of tubes in it. Had a Lyr and that was easier because it was just one set. :p
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