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My HD555's broke, and I'm going to have to get a new pair. I kind of want to try ad700's, but I don't want to lose the comfort that I've found in the 555's. How do the two compare in terms of comfort?
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My HD555's broke, and I'm going to have to get a new pair. I kind of want to try ad700's, but I don't want to lose the comfort that I've found in the 555's. How do the two compare in terms of comfort?
I own the HD555's as well. They are by far the most comfortable headphones I have ever owned. The ad700's are on ear headphones. So that means less ear room, more heat, and more tension. Plus they are not Sennheisers I'd reccomend finding a store around you that carries the ad700's and see if they will let you try them on.
    
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If you have a large head, the AD700 headphones are a great choice. You place them over your ears and the "wings" rest lightly on the top of your head, keeping the headphones in place.

For smaller heads, the wings tend to slide together and the headphones do not remain in place very well.

For me and my 7 7/8" head they are great, but for my mother and her 6 and 1/2" head they slide forward too much when she moves.
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I have the HD595's basically the same thing comfort wise as the HD555's and I wouldn't trade them for anything. The "wing" type head design of the AD700s are supposed to conform to your head a lot more and therefore make it more comfortable, and I do hear that a lot more people prefer them over the fixed head bands that Sennheiser offers. To add though, sound wise I have heard of many accounts where the sound from the AD700s was much better than that of the HD555s.

Link to a comparison: http://www.headphones.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=10

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The Sennheiser HD555? No comparison. There is honestly NOTHING about the HD555 that should make you choose them over the AD700. The HD555 sounds dull and lifeless, even muffled at times, compared to the AD700. Separation and clarity are sadly lacking in the Sennheiser model, bass response is slow and wooly and treble detail is almost nonexistant. The AD700 makes the HD555 sound like a tired old man who's just run a 200m race.
Note that this is just one guys opinion though.
Edited by Doogiehouser - 5/13/11 at 10:33pm
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Coming from a pair of headphones without wings I must say that the wings on the AD700s feel funny at first (and do funny things to ur hair). But these phones feel almost weightless compared to my rx700s and it feels like the cups are putting a lot less pressure around my ears.

I can't compare it to the HD555s, but against the rx700s, these are more comfortable.
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Both are comfortable. You can't go wrong with either really, but if your head is large enough, the AD700s are more comfortable. If your head isn't large, it's rather loose and shakey, which doesn't hurt, but also is rather annoying if it's shaking about your head.

IMO, the AD700s are brighter than the very neutral HD555s. They also have a larger sound stage.
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I have the HD595's basically the same thing comfort wise as the HD555's and I wouldn't trade them for anything. The "wing" type head design of the AD700s are supposed to conform to your head a lot more and therefore make it more comfortable, and I do hear that a lot more people prefer them over the fixed head bands that Sennheiser offers. To add though, sound wise I have heard of many accounts where the sound from the AD700s was much better than that of the HD555s.

Link to a comparison: http://www.headphones.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=10



Note that this is just one guys opinion though.

Hmm, he must have had a faulted pair. Or he could be deaf...either one is possible
    
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Appreciate the help. I'm going to try the AD700's in store to see how they compare. No idea if I have a big head lol
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