Sennheiser HD 700 Headphone
|Brand||Sennheiser Consumer Audio|
|Model Name||HD 700|
|Form Factor||Over Ear|
About this item
- Specially tuned, highly efficient drivers capable of delivering high sound pressure levels and a flat frequency response. Nominal impedance: 150 ohms
- Highly optimized ventilated magnet system minimizes air turbulence and harmonic, intermodulation distortion. Sound pressure level : 105 dB. THD, total harmonic distortion is less than 0,03 percentage
- Open back ear cups facilitate transparent sound while showcasing cutting edge industrial design
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Bring excitement to the next stage of intensity with the new HD 700. Incorporating Sennheiser’s signature sound expertise, these open, circumaural dynamic stereo headphones promises outstanding soundstage with a warm and balanced audio reproduction. Paired with specially-tuned, highly efficient drivers capable of delivering high sound pressure levels, immense audio enjoyment is available at your fingertips.
Equaling the audio performance are the finest parts expressly selected for production – highly aesthetic dual-material yoke, angled acoustic baffle, detachable symmetrical silver-plated oxygen-free four-wire copper cable – for an optimal sound experience. In addition, exceedingly optimized ventilated magnet system minimizes air turbulence and harmonic, intermodulation distortion while a very low THD is achieved by the superior, extremely stable internal damping element.
The open-back ear cup design is not only revolutionary but also, to facilitate transparent sound. Extraordinary wearing comfort is ensured, with their ultra comfortable and luxurious earpads, together with its silicone-treated headband resulting in minimal headband resonance. All in all, the HD 700 invites the user to bask in true musical enjoyment.
What's in the box?
- 1 HD 700
- Instruction manual
-Open, circumaural dynamic stereo headphones.
- Outstanding soundstage with a warm and balanced audio reproduction.
- Specially-tuned, highly efficient drivers capable of delivering high sound pressure levels.
- Highly optimised ventilated magnet system minimises air turbulence and harmonic, intermodulation distortion.
- Open-back ear cups facilitate transparent sound while showcasing cutting-edge industrial design and natural sound experience.
- Ultra comfortable and luxurious velour earpads, silicone-treated headband for minimal headband resonance.
- Innovative and highly aesthetic dual-material yoke for better stability and eliminates negative influences to sound quality.
- Very low THD achieved by top-notch and extremely stable internal damping element.
- Symmetrical and detachable silver-plated oxygen-free four-wire copper cable for better conductivity at higher frequencies.
- Designed in Germany, assembled in Ireland.
- 2 year warranty.
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|Headphones Form Factor||Over Ear||Over Ear||On Ear||On Ear||Over Ear|
|Item Dimensions||8 x 5 x 10 inches||10.12 x 4.25 x 12.6 inches||8.7 x 4.7 x 9.1 inches||6.69 x 4.33 x 7.48 inches||8.1 x 3.95 x 10.25 inches|
|Item Weight||0.90 lbs||0.58 lbs||0.55 lbs||0.66 lbs||0.55 lbs|
If the HD 700 headphones were a music group, it would be equally gifted in every style. Whether classic, jazz or rock, it would have sound mastery of each genre. Regardless of what song it’s currently playing, its timbre is always warm and emotional. With its exceptional and unique range, reproduction of the lowest and highest tones that the human ear cannot consciously perceive is now achievable. This is a true maestro and an unforgettable listening experience suited for every musical taste.
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for years I read the horror stories about the hd700 and it's "ear bleeding" sibilance. I've seen people say its like ice picks to their ear drums. others say it's like a devil's dentist drill, shredding their ear drums (no joke!). and lets not even bring up the frequency response graphs.....
I always thought the reviews seemed odd, could it really be that bad? at that time the 700 was well over $750, which was way out of my budget. but the recent prices (got mine for $430) brought it down to my level. why not, I figured. I could always return it if it was as bad as "they" say.
well, guess what? it's not bad. nope, not at all. actually it's good. how good? quite good! hd800 good? no, but then again it wasn't supposed to be that good. if it was, why even have the 800? $1000 good? no, I wont go that far. $500 good? oh yeah! now we're talking.
I wont go into super detail on the sound signature, as it's been done to death. instead I want to focus on what I feel are misconceptions, and parroting. and by parroting, I mean the epidemic online of people just regurgitating things they've read/heard, without having any first hand experience. just go on headfi, it's a popular parrot destination. and I strongly believe the hd700 is a victim of overaggressive parroting on many sites, not just headfi. a few early adopters didn't like the highs, and suddenly the hd700 was "like having ice picks in my ears". really?
lets get down to it, the highs. that's what most people considering this headphone want to know about. are they really that bad? for me, and my ears and ACTUAL experience, nope, not at all. I'm running my 700 on a bifrost 4490 and lyr 2 (gold lion tubes). tidal hd, and the most random list of music known to man. some good quality, some not so good (metal, get your quality up!). so how are the highs? crisp, detailed, extended, slightly warm. sibilant? no, not at all, at least for my old ears. I do hear the peaks others have described in great detail. but they don't pierce my ears. they don't cause me discomfort. sorry folks, the devil and his dental drill from hell are not shredding my eardrums. no ice picks either. I must be deaf, I guess, because I actually really like the highs. they offer a level of clarity and sparkle few of my other headphones can even come close to. I will admit the peaks on low quality recordings (metallica death magnetic) can get pretty intense. but I fault the recording more than the headphones. death magnetic is a clipped, shrill mess on most of my headphones.
so there you have it, the highs are pretty good. I wont lie, I was really nervous trying them on for the first time. I had the volume down so low I could barely hear anything. I was so worried the 700 would shred my eardrums. 5 minutes later I was at pretty obscene volume levels and not wincing at all. in comparison, my msr7 would be much more fatiguing and uncomfortable sounding at lesser volumes. even my q701 sounds harsher up top than the hd700.
ok mids/lows, i'll be more concise. mids are ever so slightly recessed, or maybe just neutral. but they definitely sound farther away than my alpha prime, q701, and pm3. those three are my mid range masters. but the 700's mids are still beautiful sounding. warm, detailed, with great weight and texture. vocals are glorious, even if I do feel I'm sitting a few rows back from where I'd like to be. bass is excellent. it's tight, with fast decay, and almost planar like in it's detail. believe it or not, I was more surprised by the bass than I was the highs. I had that feeling the commotion about the highs were exaggeration. but no one talked about the bass. and the bass just blew me away with it's depth and texture. I honestly put the bass on these right up there with my all time bass favorite, my alpha prime. the prime doesn't have the deepest bass, but to my ears, it's the most detailed and textured. well the 700 isn't as good, but boy does it come close.
the soundstage is just as exquisite as you've read elsewhere. it's wide, it's deep, it's precise. if the hd800 didn't exist, it would probably be the best soundstage out there. it's that good.
at 150ohms, the 700 doesn't need a ton of power, but an amp is required. I tried plugging into my iphone 6s and got so so volume levels, and absolutely dead dynamics. it was pretty lifeless, as I expected. I tried it on my dragonfly black. more volume, more dynamics, but still not that great. bass was flubby (it's a word!). highs did pierce. soundstage was tight. those drivers wanted more power. ok, dragonfly red. whoa..... the red is actually powering this thing pretty well! had to lower the volume a lot. the whole sound experience exploded. the stage expanded, the highs smoothed out, the bass tightened up, and it actually sounded....well, good! ok, lets get these on the big rig (bifrost/lyr). WHOA..... take everything I said about the red, and it did it more. finally, the drivers had all the power they needed. the bass now had it's planar like speed and precision. highs further smoothed. extended? yes? harsh? no no no. well not until a death magnetic track came on my shuffled playlist. that made me turn down the volume, I wont lie.
bottom line, for under $500, the hd700 is a killer headphone. it's not the eardrum killer it's reputation suggests. maybe sennheiser did a mid cycle retuning? I suspect so, as all the 2012-2013 reviews were critical. then the 700 seemed to garner refreshed interest around 2015-2016, and those reviews were far more positive. my guess is a few factors are at play here. first, I'm guessing it had a retune around 2014/2015. sennheiser is notorious for retuning their headphone without any press releases or model number changes. please, sennheiser, stop that! I love the fact that you're improving your products. just tell us! second, I think the graph lovers unfairly crucified the set. there were some prominent figures in the audio world who absolutely hated the uneven frequency peaks on the 700. next thing you know, the parrots were out in full force spouting off about graph peaks. and that leads me to my last point, the parrots. if you've spent any time researching the 700 online, you'll have run across the big audio forums like headfi, changstar, sbaf, reddit, etc. and what do you find there? 99% parrots. how many times have I read people say "I've read" or "I heard", when talking about the hd700, and none of them have any firsthand experience with it. I'm not saying there is no useful information there, because there is. you just need to know who's parroting and who's actually speaking from experience.
and that leaves me with this last point, then i'll get off my soapbox. we all hear differently. add to that we all enjoy different sonic signatures. what's bass heavy to one person might be bass light to another, and so on. so I end with this, everything I've said applies to MY OPINIONS FROM FIRSTHAND USE of the hd700. for me, its great. you might like it, you might not. don't take anything here as fact. until YOU put them on and listen for yourself, you wont know the facts FOR YOU. deep breath...stepping off the soapbox......good night......
First; I adore the Sennheiser sisters, the HD600 and 650. Both are wonderful headphones and deserving of what really is almost a level of magnitude in headphone audio. Both similar but different enough for me to justify keeping both. The HD 700 has very little of that sameness but the Sennheiser "house sound" to me is intact in the 700 though changed or tweaked in a way I'm unable to really articulate so soon. Out of the box and powered by the dark voice the sound gorgeous and full and wide and detailed. Beware these headphones may ruin music you've loved for years. They are not kind to bad recording and the subsequent voodoo employed to make these recordings sound better. They reveal an abundance of sins perpetrated on the music listening public. The inverse of this is; to use the cliche "I heard things in my music I've never heard before." Some of it not flattering. Some of it just short of mind blowing, if not that than certainly thought provoking. I've never heard cello through a headphone have such palpable texture. Acoustic, simply though skillfully recorded has never had such air and I've always kind of enjoyed the "in the head" presentation of the 600 series. The 700's take those vocals from behind my eyes and throw it out. A ways. And the detail... Back up singers not so on the back yet not so forward that they overpower. Cymbals, especially the high hat. So crisp and lifelike as to feel nearby. Startling even. I reserve the right to comment later as things burn in. Additionally I'm currently awaiting a bifrost multibit dac and otl headphone amplifier from a little audio company in Valencia California (Their name rhymes with Spliit). I'm really looking forward to testing these out with that.
After a week.
I really want to not make what I'm about to write about the amp and dac. However; the three together sound so great I'm not sure I can. The Bifrost multibit, the Valhalla otl tube amplifier and the hd700 sound beautiful together. All still new so sound may change but I can't think any piece will change for the bad. On to the 700's. Brighter than the 600 or 650, as smooth as the 600, ample bass like the 650 without the darkness, with tubes plenty warm enough, neutral with solid state. Never sibilant but after a few hours one can begin to feel the effect of what has to be peak in the upper mids or lower end treble and they...not fatigue so much but something is there. A resonance maybe. It hasn't stopped me from listening for long periods.
A little further down the road...
I have given these cans enough listening the sound has mellowed a bit. Still detailed, still plenty wide sound stage, still being used daily, and for long periods. I'm listening to them now. When I'm surprised with an unexpected period of down time, my first thought is my HD700's. Every other headphone in my collection is griping about neglect. Grumbling about going where they're appreciated... The "something" I mentioned before has either evened out with use or I've adapted and I'm ignoring it. They do however continue to expose crappy recording and mixing/mastering. When you're standing at the top of detail mountain, your can see for miles and with some music the view isn't always flattering.
A word about equipment paring, I was using a sigma/delta dac from emotiva connected to a Schiit Asgard2 and that was awesome. Both really good gear and the Asgard continues to be one of my favorite amplifiers but it's really for low impedance loads. The dark voice with stock tubes really is a sublime tube amp for the price and sounded really good, better with a tube roll and anyone that asks in that budget would get that from me as a recommendation for high impedance headphones. That said; I've found a new love. The Schiit bifrost multibit and Valhalla 2, Oh my but does this combo sound good. With the HD's 600, 650 but man with the 700, if you've got the dough to drop; especially if you're multibit or tube curious. I don't care what you've heard, when your headphones scale to sources and amplification so well; their is in fact a difference between sigma delta and multibit. Detail mountain gets that much higher. Startling from the first track, then you expect and lesser gear just won't do anymore. This is what it now takes to get my fix. Redbook or higher well produced flac files->multibit dac->well executed otl amplification-> The very gorgeous sounding Sennheiser HD700.
I bought mine at what I feel was a lifetime bargain price of around $500. Today I see they're going for $750-ish. I wouldn't let that price tag stop you if you have the bread and some tubes but you shoulda ignored the haters and bought them a year ago.
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Upon receiving them, I was amazed with the high quality construction, materials and of course the comfort. These are very light, amazingly comfortable, and keep your head/ears cool. As others have said, the comfort alone will justify the price. For music they sound better than anything else I've tried, but I'm not that experienced with high quality headphones. I feel the DAC/AMP doubled the quality of my other headphones compared to just plugging it into the computer. And these headphones doubled it again over my other headphones. I can really feel the soundstage and when watching a movie on Bluray, the positioning/accuracy is exquisite.
When I was younger, I invested a lot into a proper home theater setup, but with family and kids, it's just not feasible to crank movies or video games anymore. But with these headphones, I can capture much of that but without disturbing others. If you spend several hours a day with headphones on, then these are definitely worth the investment. I don't recommend using these in an open office environment unless you keep the volume down, as the sound leakage is significant. Finally, they just look cool!