Audio-Technica ATH AD700 - Headphones ( ear-cup )
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- Hi-Fi Headphones
- Open Backed
- Excellent Performance
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|Headphones Form Factor||on-ear||over-ear||earbuds||Over-Ear||over-ear||Over-ear|
|Item Dimensions||12.19 x 26.67 x 28.7 cm||12.7 cm x 27.94 cm x 2.24 m||16 x 16 x 8 cm||12.7 x 25.4 x 20.32 cm||21.08 x 28.7 x 11.94 cm||25.4 x 28.96 x 10.41 cm|
|Item Weight||0.57 kg||263 grams||315 grams||454 grams||0.66 kg||0.95 kg|
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 sound is smooth and relaxed, with deep resonating bass and vocal projection. 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 ¼" adapter .Air Dynamic (open) headphones for natural and high quality sounds with deep resonating bass and vocal projection.
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You're going to need a bit of a big head for these though. They have fins that "adapt" to your head when you put them on, but they can't be adjusted.
They are incredibly light, easily the lightest, soft, comfortable headphones I have EVER worn (seriously these are like having a feather on your head, they're SO light). But with this, comes a lack of feel of build quality. They feel a little too flimsy and a bit tacky. And the purple colouring doesn't vibe with me.
With their size and lack of weight, they kind of sit on my head (and my head is big, I can never wear hats), and feel a BIT like they're balancing there.
If I shake my head side to side, they slip off after about 3 seconds.
They're incredibly comfortable, but they have that feeling of like they'll come off. You don't feel like you have to tilt your head to keep them on or anything, but they are noticeably "loose" on the head.
Essentially they don't mold to your head and feel like they're pressing on the sides, though this means you don't get headaches wearing them, but at the same time, I would never, ever wear these while walking. They're clearly designed for being worn when sat down.
For sound though?
When you first put them on, you can hear things around you still as they don't push onto your ears and enclose them. I worried straight away that the sound would leak and sound washed out, kind of like when you don't put an in-ear headphone into your ear properly.
Oh, I was so wrong.
These cans have some of the best directional sound I have ever heard. These take 7.1 surround to a whole new level, and I really felt like I was almost cheating in FPS games by wearing them. You can hear people walking up on you, on the other side of walls etc, and in games like Battlefield 3 which has arguably the greatest sound design to date, it feels like you're actually there, hearing everything from rounds going off in the distance to the crunching of individual pebbles under foot.
That's not to say you couldn't hear these before or anything on any other headset, as a testament to DICE's sound design, but this headset somehow amplifies those little sounds, makes them clearer and crisper.
The mid-ranges of this headset are just incredible.
The bass is there, but it's not overwhelming. It's just the right amount, but this can be upped with a sound card by fiddling with the settings of course. If you don't have a sound card, then you'll still get enjoyment from the incredible sound these cans can produce. If you don't have a sound card and you like really, really bass-y explosions, I'd probably look elsewhere to, say, a USB sound card headset from Steelseries.
For music, I was even hearing parts of songs, simply plugged into my Galaxy S3 phone, that I wasn't hearing before with my Sennheiser in-ear headphones (though granted those were £20 or so), so they're great for music too.
As a gamer, these cans aren't perfect however.
The jack comes with a screw-on adapter if you wish to plug it into a Hi-Fi, but it's your standard jack with it off.
The cable is almost 3m long, which is great for plugging it into the rear of your PC, preferably into a sound card of course.
There is no mic. This is kind of an issue, but, there are examples of mods on the net that show ways of attaching a mic to this headset, which requires a little DIY. Or you'll have to buy a separate clip-on mic, which is all fine for team speak talk etc.
Not so sure how console owners would fix this issue though.
Also, these are not enclosed headphones, in that they leak sound, quite badly. Turn up the volume, and you get to the point where you feel you could play without even wearing them and still hear a lot. Bit of an exaggeration, but they can be quite loud when they're off your head.
There's also no volume control on the headset, which is standard for other (cheaper) gaming headsets.
That and a lack of mic, means you will have to get a separate mic, AND most likely an external volume controller unless your sound card comes with one like mine did.
Considering the price, come on, is it too hard to expect a volume controller on the cable these days? Also the build quality makes me wonder why they're over £100.
I think the fact that the sound cannot be beaten by this headset, makes them worth your purchase. Just be aware that you will need to buy an external mic, SHOULD have a sound card to get the best out of them, and if you can you should really try them on before buying.
They are for sure a one-size-fits-all, I just wish they had a better design so they push into your head to keep them attached a BIT more securely. Also the packaging is hilariously bad, the cardboard is super flimsy and the plastic the headset sits on in the box could blow away if you sneezed. Ridiculous. Lose a star for those 2 things.
Other than that, I see no reason why I would use any other headset for gaming from now on.
The main aspect of their performance is musicality. The music seems to flow effortlessly through the cans creating a sense of being there. Middle are silky, highs are very extended and not grainy at all and bass is very tight, maybe not as deep as in the Sennheisers' but very palpable.
These cans have excellent soundstage which I appreciate a lot as I mainly listen to classical music. They excel at orchestral music, portraying a large holographic scene, but don't be mistaken that their merits end there. Keyboard music and small scale ensembles (classical and jazz) sound just as fine. In some very good piano recordings I own, I had the sense that the piano was actually present in my room (please note that I play the piano, so I know how it should sound like).
AD700's will benefit from a good recording, but they let you hear to moderate sound quality recordings without discomfort. They are also very easy to drive - I myself, many times connect them directly to my laptop and listen to music stored in my PC with very good results. That said they will really shine with a good headphone amp. The bass will grow deeper and faster, the soundstage more three-dimensional and the highs become much more airy. The midrange and speed benefit a lot too, offering even greater musicality.
Some points of attention. These cans are semi-open that means they leak sound. You will not be able to use them in the same room with others being present, except if you keep the volume down. They are also quite big, so no outdoors use. I have read reviews stating that they can't fit them in their heads. I have no problem whatsoever, my head size being a moderate one, but do try them before purchasing.
I don't mean to imply that there are no other contenders out there. There are many musically satisfying headphones that will offer you endless hours of musical satisfaction. If your tastes are different than mine maybe you will find others that will suit you even better for about the same price. But for my kind of music these are the best all around headphones for up to three times the price so they easily earn their five-star recommendation.
These headphones are no disppointment - at first they feel huge and the idea of surrounding your ears is a big novelty. It's like having a pair of speakers on your head - but they are incredibly light and feel luxurious!
I decided to test them with some of my favourite orchestral music and a few SACDs of Mahler symphonies. I was amazed at the details that appeared which I had not noticed before - even in hundreds of listenings!
I think live digital recordings of large orchestras is the best test as we are not talking about a producer's whims here - it has to sound like it does in the concert hall - and it does!
However, I don't listen exclusively to Classical music and I had just got a double CD of Grace Jones' Compass Point recordings - digitally re-mastered and these sound superb! Lack of bass - no way!! Sly and Robbie sounded huge in these headphones and the dub-style bass of Robbie was clear, but massive!
A big bonus of the CD was a lot of the 12" single remixes and the bass on these was earth-shattering - but with no lack of detail or distortion - subtle off-beat keyboards and percussion can be heard across the mix and all comes through loud and clear!
I think any prolonged headphone use gets wearing - but these are very comfortable and a joy to sit with and listen to long symphonies - can't recommend highly enough!
I know people pay huge prices for headphones - but these are a reasonable and worthwhile investment.
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