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Audio-Technica ATH-AD700X Audiophile Open-Air Headphones Black
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- 53 mm drivers reproduce clear treble and midrange. Connectivity Technology: Wired
- Bobbin-wound CCAW voice coils for superior power handling. Impedance: 38 ohms
- Sensitivity: 100 dB/mW . Full open-air type headphones produce no sense of pressure on the ears, resulting in a completely natural sensation
- Lightweight aluminum honeycomb casing with excellent acoustic properties
- Self-adjusting 3D Wing Support provides a comfortable listening experience; total ear-fit design minimizes pressure. Maximum Input Power: 700 mW
- Frequency Response - 20 – 20, 000 Hz and Impedance - 45 ohms
- Connector Type: 3.5mm
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|Headphones Form Factor||Over Ear||On Ear||On Ear||In Ear||Over Ear||Over Ear|
|Item Dimensions||11 x 5 x 88 inches||6.69 x 4.33 x 7.48 inches||8.7 x 4.7 x 9.1 inches||4.72 x 9.45 x 12.6 inches||11.4 x 10 x 4.1 inches||11.4 x 10 x 4.1 inches|
|Item Weight||1.00 lbs||0.66 lbs||0.55 lbs||0.84 lbs||0.52 lbs||7.80 ounces|
|Special Features||lightweight||Lightweight||lightweight||Microphone Feature, Lightweight, Noise Isolation, Volume-Control, Universal Phone Control||foldable||Model Sealed Dynamic Type|
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Audio Technica ATH-AD700X Audiophile Headphones
Unsurpassed comfort and a completely natural listening experience make the ATH-AD700X headphones by Audio Technica ideal for long listening sessions. Designed with a lightweight honeycomb aluminum casing, these open-air headphones produce no sense of pressure on the ears. Audio Technica’s newly designed 53mm drivers with bobbin-wound CCAW voice coils deliver spacious sound with superior highs and mids.
The self-adjusting wing support automatically adjusts to your head size for easy-wearing listening comfort. A straight cord at the left earpiece terminates to a mini plug with included 1/4 inch adapter. A wide 5-30,000Hz frequency response make the ATH-AD700X headphones the perfect choice for producers and music lovers of all types.
- Newly designed 53 mm drivers reproduce clear treble and midrange
- Bobbin-wound CCAW voice coils for superior power handling
- Full open-air type headphones produce no sense of pressure on the ears, resulting in a completely natural sensation
- Lightweight aluminum honeycomb casing with excellent acoustic properties
- Self-adjusting 3D Wing Support provides a comfortable listening experience; total ear-fit design minimizes pressure
- Flexible raised-fabric earpads offer excellent wearing comfort and durability
- Highly conductive OFC single-sided cord with elastic TPE sheath to prevent tangles
- Gold-plated stereo 1/8 inch (3.5 mm) connector with 1/4 inch (6.3mm) adapter
From the manufacturer
53 mm drivers
Newly designed 53 mm drivers reproduce clear treble and midrange.
Superior power handling
Bobbin-wound CCAW voice coils for superior power handling.
Full open-air type headphones produce no sense of pressure on the ears, resulting in a completely natural sensation.
Lightweight aluminum honeycomb casing with excellent acoustic properties.
3D wing support
Self-adjusting 3D Wing Support provides a comfortable listening experience; total ear-fit design minimizes pressure.
Designed for comfort
Flexible raised-fabric earpads offer excellent wearing comfort and durability.
Highly conductive OFC single-sided cord with elastic TPE sheath to prevent tangles.
Gold-plated stereo 1/8" (3.5 mm) connector with 1/4" (6.3 mm) adapter.
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I don't know how these Audio Technica ATH-AD700X have done it, but they nailed the directional audio. I can feel when someone is in front of me to the right... or behind me to the left. The way the noise hits in the headphones is amazing! It's greatly improved my game since now instead of hearing footsteps and trying to guess where it's coming from I can actually know with 100% assurance that they're to the right and in front of me or whatever the case may be.
I am so happy I bought these!!! I'm a Gold 1 in Rainbow 6 Siege, so I'm not a bad player, but these will help me reach into Platinum since I can finally "sound whore" like the best of them!!!
Grab a Modmic as well, some of the reviews say it's hard to attach, but it's not true, it was super easy for me!!!
I wouldn't recommend these for music listening due to the fact I love bass and these do not really have any, but for gaming these are amazing at the price point!!! The other con I would say is the headset can be uncomfortable if you're head is super tiny. I don't have to use the rubberband fix to fit my head since I was a 7 1/2 New Era fitted so my head is huge and these fit just fine.
One thing I did notice for me is it kind of rubs my ears weirdly, not enough to bother me, but I definitely notice is. My Phillips SHP9500S were definitely more comfortable, but they sucked in terms of directional audio with these ATH-AD700X are the kings of!
ATH AD700X VS. ATH AD500X: There has been, much confusion in what is the difference between the two. Amongst the many, design and specs similarities, the only difference is the ATH AD700X has a frequency response of 5-30KHz, while the ATH AD500X has a frequency response of 5-25KHz. Then, the ATH AD700X has an impedance of 38 ohms, while the ATH AD500X has an impedance of 48 ohms. Also, the ATH AD700X has a maximum output of 700 mW, while the ATH AD500X has a maximum output of 500 mW. The price discrepancy between both is $15.
DESIGN: Overall, the design of the ATH AD700X is good, overall. The double-hooped, headband is made up of a thick, wired, plastic structure, which looks cheap, but is extremely, durable. Underneath, is what Audio-Technica calls, 3D Wing Support, which is spring-loaded and self-adjusting for stability and comfort. Underneath the 3D Wings, which covers the head is made of mesh, fabric. Ear cups is lightweight, aluminum-honeycomb, which is transparent enough to see the drivers on the inside. The ear cushions are made of raised fabric ear cushions, similar to velour. Overall, the headphones have a bit of weight to them. In fact, some say the headphones are uncomfortable. However, I have no issue, when wearing them for long periods of time. Also, the headphones do not have any external buttons to work the headphones, like a volume button or an external mic, as it is not a gaming headset by default. PS4 users will have to change the volume by accessing the Volume Control (Headphones) option on the PSN settings menu. Not much of a hassle in my opinion. A mod-mic will be needed to use a microphone for these headphones.
SOUND: Instead of using the ordinary title, open-back, Audio-Technica uses what is called, Open-Air Dynamic technology. The Open-Air Dynamic technology was made to produce, lower pressure on the ears while listening. I must mention, they keep the ears cool. However, ordinary open-back headphones have sound leakage by default. This means sound from the headphones can be heard by others, nearby. In addition, the user will be able to hear some outside noise, as well. Honestly, I do not hear, much sound-leakage, while playing. Beneficially, open-air has a wider sound-stage, which creates an immersive, natural, surround sound-like, performance. Sounds can be heard, very clearly and accurately. Of course, sound performance, may vary, depending on where and how they are used. With that said, I will only be speaking from a video game, standpoint. The driver size is 53mm, which is very, large. As I mentioned, the frequency response is outstanding, 5-30KHz. The impedance of 38 ohms with a maximum input power is a whopping, 700 mW is impressive for protection from overload by various audio equipment. The sound can be pumped up with a DAC. I have a Neoteck 192hz DAC and Converter. I used it on these headphones and it pumped up the sound. However, they can put out some sound, without a DAC. Once, I connected the headphones to my PS4 Pro controller, along with turning the controller volume up on the PSN settings menu. Unlike many, gaming headsets, surprisingly, they can get mighty, using the controller.
Speaking of gaming, I tested the Open-Air Dynamic performance of the ATH AD700X, while playing Rainbow Six Siege and Call Of Duty Black Ops 4 on my PS4 Pro. The sound from the ATH AD700X, gave perhaps, the clearest and most authentic sound I have heard, while gaming with open-back headphones. I was more impressed with the open-air performance of the ATH AD700X, rather than with closed and semi-open, gaming headphones or headsets. Every sound was heard with crispness and ample, clarity from all angles with no distortion. The highs and mids were very, balanced. The lows are good, too. Great, but surprising, treble. In fact, it can be a little harsh on the ears. When playing Black Ops 4, the "squish" sound, when getting a kill, has me on edge because I am never prepared for that abrupt, loudness. The bass is there in the ATH AD700X, but not, much. I prefer a decrease amount of bass because I believe it drowns out some sound in my opinion. Of course, preference varies.
While testing the ATH AD700X on Rainbow Six Siege, which is a very, detail-oriented game, when it comes to a need of hearing, various sounds while playing. Having the right headphones can be essential to survival. Anyhow, my character, Ash, sent the drone around the area. She could hear the White Masks, shuffling back and forth, while crouched in cover positions, waiting to attack. She could hear, exactly, where they were, either behind a wall or other structures. She could hear footsteps of roving patrols, very clearly. Plus, hearing how close and how distant he was from her position while taking his patrol routes. Also, she could hear the White Masks, communicating with each other, while waiting in their cover positions. I could hear my character’s footsteps getting louder or softer, depending on movement speed. Knowing this, lets you know, when to move slowly, as your footsteps can also, be heard by the enemy. They WILL shoot through a wall if they hear you coming.
While testing the ATH AD700X on Call Of Duty Black Ops 4, I could hear gunfire, explosions, dialogue and other random sounds, which can be heard, throughout the map to the left and right of me were heard with an increasing amount of accuracy and clarity. I knew, EXACTLY, what was going on and where the action was taking place on the map, especially on the Nuketown. I felt, as though I had been thrown directly into the middle of a war. The ATH AD700X picks up small sounds, like a vacuum, thanks to the headphones lows. For example, on the Morocco map, outside of hearing the common sounds, during game-play, I could hear the subtle, clinging and breakage of pottery, kicked around, while traversing the area. Also, hearing voices from other Specialists on the maps, who were at a bit of a distance. I could, barely here this with other headsets, but in more abundance, but not with the ATH AD700X. The crunching sound, as my character was trampling through the deep snow and the crack of the ice on the Icebreaker map, sounded unbelievably, real. Once, my character, Battery, ran inside of an open-ended bay of the Summit map. Battery was communicating, while outside and finished talking, while going inside of the bay. There was an echo of Battery's voice while speaking inside of that open-ended bay. The authenticity of the echo was unbelievable and nearly, scary.
Of course, I am sure, some are wondering about footsteps. Well, the ATH AD700X, picks up footsteps on Call Of Duty Black Ops 4, very well. I have been able to get the drop on enemies while ducking for cover and waiting on them to search for me. This happened, while on the Summit map, once. Battery ran up the stairs and took cover on the side of the building, looking toward the open trailer, while waiting on an enemy to pop out of the bay. Meanwhile, she heard footsteps to the left of her. She waited, patiently for the enemy to pass. Sure enough, it was Prophet, running towards the bay, where Battery was waiting on enemies to come out of. She ran up behind him and took him out. Immediately, she got fired upon from the rear. She immediately ran and hid in a corner, between some with tarp in-between the back of the opened, trailer door. Again, she heard footsteps from her left. This time, it was Crash. He came in front of her with his gun drawn. However, due to her being able to hear his footsteps and seeing his shadow on the ground, she was ready and took him out. Then, she saw another enemy coming on the mini-map. She went on the other side of the tarped crates with drums and skid, lying next to a yellow forklift. She heard footsteps on the left. It was Crash, again. This time, he was heading into the bay to take on some of Battery’s teammates. She took him out. Hearing footsteps, helped Battery take out three enemies. Be warned! Players cannot always, rely on hearing footsteps because of the nature of the going-ons, during matches, which is lots of gunfire, explosions, etc.
MIC (OPTIONAL): As I mentioned, a mod-mic will have to be purchased to utilize, while online gaming. The prices vary. I have not tried this, yet, as I do not have a mod-mic at this time. I do know, with one attached, it should perform, exceptionally, well.
VERDICT: Overall, the ATH AD700X is currently, a good price, considering it was once, sold for $200. In addition to that, Audio-Technica is a well-known and trusted, brand. At this point, when it comes to gaming in a quiet environment, I would argue that open back is the best way to go because of that sound, which I mentioned, above. At this point, when it comes to gaming, I will likely, not go back to closed-back headphones or a headset.
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The sound as immense presence due to the 54mm drivers, when switching to these from my other headphones I have to turn the volume down they are so powerful .They handle a broad range of sound that tends to favour the bass end a little, but are quite capable dealing with the high notes. I have heard notes that I have never heard before with my other cheaper brands.
I would recommend these to those of you that like pop, rock, trance and modern dance music as they can really handle lots of bass if that's your thing.
I thought I had seen a reference to Audio Technica being about to render these ("butterfly wing") type headsets as either obsolescent or obsolete, and consequently I started researching to check out the current availability of this model (ATH AD500X).
The current price is still hugely discounted by Amazon and is still available at just under £99 and yesterday I went to my local Morrisons' Doddle counter to pick up my new headphones that are intended as a reserve in case my original set suffers anything serious from loss to accident.
I checked out that all was well with this set, and as they sounded exactly as my original set, I felt no need to examine any further when I already knew this model to be the best quality headset that I am likely to afford. As I have said previously, hearing is a particularly subjective characteristic., and it may be a safe bet that no two people will ever hear the same sourced music (or sounds) in exactly the same, identical way.
There are many other headphones available that offer qualities of pure, natural sound, at many times the price I paid for these. For my ears... and the way that I like to hear the sounds I enjoy, I am happy to consider with certainty that these ATH AD500X series are quite close enough to real, respectable hi-fi for me to be content for the rest of my time.
And I also know for certain that my 'listening comfort' is assured as I have not yet found any other headset with both the AD500X's audio performance AND its sustained 'comfort' ability.
The build quality, whilst very lightweight, feels rather cheap. They also do not have a removable cable, which is a big downside. And even worse, the cable is permanently trying to coil itself back up to the way it was packaged. And the cable doesn't feel that strongly attached to the headphones - and i fear with an accidental yank, you could easily tear out the cable, rendering the headphones useless.
In regards to sound quality, i put my ~7 year old Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro 250 ohm headphones to rest, after a good amount of service life out of them. And comparing the audio quality of those, to these Audio Technicas? They are a big drop in audio quality. It doesn't sound so clear, or crisp compared to my DT 990's. However the audio is still slightly better than those budget £30 - £35 headphones companies try to sell off as "premium gaming headphones".
The main selling point of these, is the soundstage. Due to the design, directional audio is VERY good, and far better than any 7.1 headsets i've tried. It helps a lot with gaming, particularly FPS games. Also very nice for ASMR videos, providing you are in a quiet environment - as the open design does allow a lot of sound to both escape, and enter.
These should not be sold for higher than £45 - £50 imo.
Sound is very good more focused on treble but bass was better than expected for an open set and either got better with use or I got used to it.
I can recommend for most music but not for you if you are heavy bass focused.
1. The 3D wing support is rubbish. It's not strong enough to support the headphones on your head properly, if you shake your head or body the headphones will slip down off your ears. There are workarounds such as attaching some elastic between the wings which will stop them spreading to far but when you are paying £113 for something you don't expect to need to implement workarounds to get it functioning correctly.
2. The bigger problem though is the fixed cable. As others have commented on, the cable quality is not great and you can't change it out. No matter how much I try, I cannot get the cable straightened out, it has a habit of trying to curl itself back up which is irritating enough on its own but it's also quite long and there's no way of shortening it without having a coiled up cable lying around.
Overall I'm happy with the purchase but some minor design flaws stop this being a 5 star review.