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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. canon007
    I listen rap hip hop, things in the top 40 or like stuff that makes it onto billboard top 200. As for the sound it doesn't sound as upfront as the m50s however I've been told its a property of open back headphones. To compensate I turn up the volume. However in terms of sound quality they're almost the same which is ridiculous. As for the sound details you mentioned I'm not too familiar with them , I'm very new to the audiophile scene, but initially the bass sounded a bit off which I first noticed when I was listening to MAAD City by Kendrick Lamar waiting for the bass to drop around 13 seconds in and it was like nothing happened. But that problem was fixed after some eq presets.
  2. akg fanboy

    Completely agree
  3. DavidA
    Based on you music genre preference the HD-700 is not the best choice since it lacks the over done mid bass that rap, hip hop and top 40 stuff needs to sound alive.  I'm still not 100% certain that your HD-700's are not defective but if you can try them on another system or ask someone else who might have a little more experience take a listen to see if they are working correctly.  The bass on the HD-700 goes lower and is not muddy like the M50x, its very clean and detailed while the bass of the M50x is more mid bass, a little one-note and not very detailed in comparison.  It could also be that you are very used to the sound of the M50 so the large change to the HD-700 might sound off to you.
    Since you are new you might want to take a look at these 2:
    FWIW I don't use any EQ due to my setup of 2 different DACs and 4 amps in use from the same source, but I've never missed using EQ since I like the various sound signatures of different headphones.
  4. canon007
    So what would be the ideal headphones for my music taste?
  5. SomeGuyDude
    IMO I'd get a pair of X2's. 
    If you're looking for something higher up the price chain, Audioquest Nighthawks. Without question.
  6. canon007
    are there any other opinions, should i let these burn in by having them play unattended? Im still so frustrated that a pair of headphones that originally cost $1000 is barely on par with something worth $100.
  7. DavidA
    Take a look at these: HE-400S, TH-600/610, and PS-500e.  All are easy to drive and have good fast bass.
  8. canon007

    those are sorta out of my price range as i spent $360 on these cans. Not sure what else to do, should I let these burn in before requesting a refund?
  9. DavidA
    I would return them since they are not what you are looking for.
    The HE-400S is $300, a used Th-600 can be found for around $350-400, and a used PS500e for $450.
    You might also look at a used Momentum, on-ear about $60-70, over-ear about $90-120 from Amazon warehouse, these would give you the bass, a little cleaner than the M50 and a nicer mid range
  10. flaming_june
    I've been doing my due diligence and I still haven't found a clear narration on what would be a good portable amp that can sooth out the HD700 like a tube amp would.  Would anyone be able to direct me to the right place or offer some suggestions?
  11. DavidA
    WA8 or Hugo would be my choices
  12. SomeGuyDude
    I disagree completely with them being "barely on par" with $100 headphones. To my ears, they're easily worth $500+ but I'm not someone who's looking for that big warm sound I used to be. They might not be something you're looking for but that's a different matter entirely. 
    I really honest-injun would say look into the X2s. 
  13. canon007
    That is  why I feel like there may be a defect in it since I definitely dont notice any improvement. Ill look into the X2s
  14. MWSVette
    I always laugh when I read a post that says there must be some kind of defect with a given headphone/DAC/Amp due to that piece of equipment having a sound signature they do not like or is different than they expect.
    Because you do not like the sound of a given piece of audio equipment does not mean there is something wrong with it.  It just means you do not like that sound signature.
    I do not like the taste of broccoli.  That does not mean there is something wrong with the broccoli.  Just means I do not like it.
    Audio is all about preference and with the HD700 more than most...
  15. Me x3
    I still think there should be something wrong with the broccoli [​IMG]
    Best chances are the headphone is just fine and he/she doesn't like the neutralish/slightly bright sound signature.
    It's less likely but still possible that the headphone is indeed faulty.
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