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Audio Technica ATH-AD500 Full-Size Open-Air Dynamic Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Open-air dynamic headphones for natural and high quality sound with deep resonating bass and vocal projection
- Vibration-proof, 3D capsule support housing
- Lightweight aluminum honeycomb casting
- 53mm neodymium driver, CCAW voice coil
- Frequency response: 5Hz-30kHz
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Designed for incredibly comfortable listening. With a lightweight honeycomb aluminum casing and magnesium frame structure, these open-air headphones produce no sense of pressure on the ears, offering a completely natural listening experience. The self-adjusting wing support automatically adjusts to your head size. A straight cord at the left earpiece terminates to a mini plug with included 1/4 in. adapter.
Remarkably natural sound, with deep, resonating bass and outstanding vocal projection Open-air headphones produce no sense of pressure on the ears, resulting in a completely natural sensation Lightweight honeycomb aluminum casing and magnesium frame structure Large-aperture 53 mm drivers with neodymium magnet systems and CCAW voice coils for superior sound reproduction Self-adjusting 3D Wing Support Housing provides comfortable support for a more enjoyable listening experience Extremely comfortable velvet ear pads OFC (oxygen-free copper) cable Gold-plated stereo 1/8 in. (3.5 mm) connector with 1/4 in. (6.3 mm) adapter
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Top Customer Reviews
(These "reviews" are all based on my experience AFTER the initial burn in, it makes them a totally different set of sounds after.)
Albums I based my sound review are off of vinyl versions of these following albums:
The Chameleons: Script of the bridge
Nine Inch Nails: The Fragile
The Rolling Stones: Hot Rocks
Radiohead: In Rainbows
The Dave Brubeck Quartet: Brandenburg Gate; Revised
You will notice that these headphones really excel in regards to the highs. They stick out, not in a bad way, however, as they make up for this with the Mids and Bass/Lows. To really test the "highs" i used Script of the Bridge, because it has guitar riffs that flow throughout the album that are really distinguishable through the strong drivers. Initially, the highgs are very muddy, but giving them more time, they began to really come into their own
The Mids are clear and staged very well through these particular headphones, and I was able to enjoy a lot of the backing tracks in songs throughout "In Rainbows" which is an album that is suited towards all three levels of sound.Read more ›
I'm still breaking them in, but so far I'm extremely pleased!
May your decision be easier than mine was!
since i dont have both pairs i cant say for sure. But what i can say is that i am very happy with the sound that these headphones produce. With audio equipment its very hard to be satisfied with your purchase since there is always a better sounding product available for more cash. Honestly it seems like the more you pay, the less pay off you have. None the less im sure the h700 may in fact sound better despite their same range of sound.
what i have learned is majority of the time when you pay greater you pay for sound product, the greater expectations of the sound.
coming from a high end pair of denon ear buds ($200), i can say that the sound from these headphones beats any ear bud or closed head phone i have ever heard.
it may not be the top of the best of the best, but for 1/3 less then the h700 you get a great mid/hi with decent base.
I'm less than happy with a few design items though:
1. Velvet ear covers get scratchy - I'm a fan of the leather ones.
2. Wings give it a weird fit, you never feel like they're "on" your head.
3. The driver is huge, so sometimes you have to re-position them to get in the sweet spot.
4. Everyone at work says I look like a space cadet with them. Not a problem for me, but some people would be self-conscious about this kind of thing.
Either way, I'm satisfied and I use them every day. The weird look attracts attention from people, so they always want to hear what the big deal is. I fire up Hotel California since everyone knows that song. Most people haven't heard it on a half-decent set of cans, so you can see the amazement on their face.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First off, did I mention? These headphones are extremely comfortable.
I ventured into open-ear headphones because closed-ear headphones heat up too fast and make my head... Read more
These are excellent headphones. I dont enjoy having solid headphones as it seems to put to much pressure on my ears, where these are stellar in that respect. Read morePublished on January 21, 2014 by Nathan Mullins
I bought these headphones after my Sony MDR-7506s got broken. I regret it. These can't compare to the MDRs. I know they are open-back but I just don't like the sound. Read morePublished on January 9, 2014 by Brandon
A "little" bit more high frequency than the ATH-AD300. Had to mess with my equalizer to bring it to ATH-AD300 levels.Published on December 14, 2013 by Tomasa Tomasa
+ sound is perfect
+ the bridge construction is cool - it is incredibly light considering the size
- (it's not a minus, it's a feature :) it's semi-open -> a... Read more
If you are a gamer looking for staging and clarity on the high end with comfort for hours and hours while wearing these headphones then you are not going to do much better for... Read morePublished on April 26, 2013 by Razzz
I purchased this as a requested gift for someone else and they just love it!!! They don't go anywhere without themPublished on March 21, 2013 by Kathyle
I purchased on a whim, my bloody dog ate my last pair (ATH-M30s, excellent neutral phones for around the same price.) and I am pretty dang pleased with them so far. Read morePublished on March 1, 2013 by Mike
I have never gotten open-air headphones before. The description was that my ears would stay cool because of the open-air design. That is far from the truth. Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by Abraham Le'i