Audio-Technica ATH-AD700 Open-air Dynamic Audiophile Headphones
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- Air Dynamic (open) headphones for natural and high quality sounds with deep resonating bass and vocal projection
- Full open-air type headphones produce no sense of pressure on the ears, resulting in a completely natural sensation
- Lightweight honeycomb aluminum casing and magnesium frame structure; extremely comfortable velvet ear-fitting pads
- 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
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|Item Dimensions||4.8 x 10.5 x 11.3 in||5 x 11 x 88 in||7.4 x 4.17 x 7.87 in||4.02 x 7.48 x 10 in||5 x 10 x 6 in||9.84 x 5.12 x 9.45 in|
|Item Weight||1.25 lbs||0.58 lb||7.8 ounces||6.4 ounces||1 lb||1.73 lbs|
|Additional Features||Type: Open-air Dynamic, Driver Diameter: 53 mm, Frequency Response: 5 – 30,000 Hz, Maximum Input Power: 500 mW, Sensitivity: 98 dB/mW at 1 kHz, Impedance: 32 ohms||lightweight||ios-phone-control||lightweight||noise-isolation, Variable bass reflex system, Rugged headband made of spring steel||Noise-Isolation-Feature|
The sound is smooth and relaxed, with deep resonating bass and vocal projection. The self-adjusting wing support automatically adjusts to your head size for listening comfort even during long sessions. A straight cord at the left earpiece terminates to a mini plug with included 1/4-inch adapter.
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-Songs - If you want a high quality neutral sound that lets you hear everything, this is where it's at.
-Games - The pure clarity delivered means you not only know where a sound comes from but just what it is you are even hearing.
-Open Design - Means that you can hear everything around you and can even talk to others, if your volume isn't too high.
-Around The Ear - This means that all the pressure is focused on your head and not your sensitive ears.
-Padding - Soft and cool. Also, that pressure on your head feels less tense with this high quality padding.
-Paddles/Wings - No need to adjust your head to fit these headphones, they adjust themselves to fit you and feel lighter/less pressure as a result.
-Songs - The bass isn't head pounding, so if that's your thing look elsewhere.
-Games - No attached mic for VoIP.
-Open Design - You can hear everything and everyone can hear your headphones. If you want closed maybe try the A700, M50 or even the M30.
-Around The Ear - If this design isn't comfortable to you, you'll want to look elsewhere.
-Paddles/Wings - If you've got a small head, you may need to add padding to make it fit.
Price - They aren't cheap but they also aren't crazy expensive.
Portability - They're not designed to be portable.
First off, I'm not an audiophile, so I don't have much to add to what has already been said about their ability to play music. I'll just say they blow away any of the cheap headphones I've used but that's kind of expected. I'm the type of person who used to believe no set of headphones was worth more than $20. I pretty much thought all headphones were worthless. These changed my mind.
Back in March of 2009, I tripped over and broke my headphones. Deciding I was fed up with headphones I couldn't wear for more than 15 minutes at a time without feeling like I'd strapped some torture device to my ears, I went in search of a more comfortable set of headphones. I discovered quite a few possibilities for better headphones but only two really promised improved comfort. These and a Plantronics headset. As it happened, I didn't just want comfort, I wanted quality positional audio and a microphone. These AD700 headphones don't come with a microphone but the praise for them was so high I ended up buying both with the intention of returning one of the two. In the end, I still have both.
My original reason for keeping the Plantronics was because it has an attached mic and it delivered on being a comfortable headset with decent positional audio. The headset was leaps and bounds better than anything else in its price range (at the time). For the price, it was the real deal in gaming headsets and I still feel that way (for headsets). However, I just don't use it and, for that reason, I probably should have returned them. Even now, my Plantronics headset waits in silence for the day some terrible fate befalls my AD700.
So, if I like my Plantronics headset so much, why don't I ever seem to wear them? It's simple. The AD700 delivers superior sound quality in just about every way possible. What's more, just by the sheer improvement in quality of the overall sound the positional audio was also improved. People like to talk up these expensive "gaming" headsets that promise superior positional audio. They take all these tiny speakers and arrange them in all sorts of ways to attempt to improve the positional audio. However, there's the catch. Those tiny speakers just can't compete with the quality being produced by the speakers in a pair of AD700s. When you can hear a sound more clearly, it's easier to understand. So, not only do you have an, at least, equally good idea of where a sound comes from, it's also easier to recognize just what it is you are hearing. Superior clarity brings superior positioning. This not only makes it easier to know where an enemy is coming from, it also adds to the immersion. This is exactly why a gamer should pick the AD700 over pretty much any gaming headset.
The other reason I use these headphones over my Plantronics headset is because the comfort is also better. Don't get me wrong here, the Plantronics headset is the first and only headset I've worn that was comfortable enough that I could actually wear them all day. The around the ear design is pretty much critical for my enjoyment of any headphone. However, in spite of being bigger and all around bulkier, my AD700s feel lighter and more comfortable than the Plantronics headset due to the padding and that weird paddle system it has. Yes, these headphones look goofy but they more than make up for it in comfort. Though, I could see someone with a small head having trouble wearing them without increasing the padding or otherwise modding them.
Ultimately, it's a case of you get what you pay for. There are cheaper headphones that you might be happy with. If you can't afford these then nothing I say will change that. There are more expensive ones that are probably better. From the perspective of a gamer, these headphones can give you an edge over someone with a cheaper pair. More expensive headphones aren't likely to give any significant gain in either positional audio or clarity. If you don't play competitively (or online at all) and don't care much about audio quality or immersion, you could very well get by with something cheaper.
The best part about these headphones is the soundstage. It's incredibly easy to discern the direction of certain sounds, which makes these headphones highly advantageous for playing competitive video games (namely CS:GO).
They still work great even after being dropped multiple times, having the cord yanked multiple times, being stuff in my backpack hundreds of times, and being used every day since purchasing them.
Just to address the 'lack of bass' - there isn't necessarily a lack of bass. The fact is that you're hearing the notes just fine - most people are just used to speakers or headphones that artificially enhance lower notes to either make up for their inferior performance at lower notes or because people can't distinguish between a low frequency and the sound of a speaker that's being pushed over it's limit anyways so why try. Or they're used to closed headphones which are able to gain some loudness on the low end due to reverberation inside the headphone itself - these being open air they do not do that - but they also don't muddle the higher frequencies.
Either way - if you're looking for headphones that will reproduce what you want to listen to how it was recorded and mastered then this is what you want. If you want something that will have lots of bass (in headphones...) then this isn't for you.
1.They can take a serious beating. I don't know how many times I've accidentally rolled over or crushed the cord and the audio quality still hasn't deteriorated.
2.They are the only headphone's I've ever tried that don't hurt my ears to wear over long periods. Seriously, this may just be due to the shape of my ears somehow but they're so big that none of the real pressure of having them on my head rests on my ears. Over the past 3 years I've never had sore ears due to these headphones.
3. The audio quality is great in high to midrange. The bass is lacking, but that's to be expected in open-ear headphones; I'm not looking to play with portable studio monitors on my head. If you want better bass with a less comfortable feel at the $130-$170 pricerange, go with Audio-Technica's M50s.
4. The cord is really long. If your computer is far from your keyboard they'll have no problem reaching. This is less important but still relevant.
I'm writing this review because after 3 years of not the best care I've managed to undo the adhesive that keeps the cord attached to the inner part of the headphones and it's starting to slide out and cause static. I put none of this blame on the headphones.
I believe these are out of production and that's why they're no longer a reasonable price when new, so if you want a light and durable pair of headphones that you can wear for an eternity and a half, go with the AD700's successor, the AD700x.
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