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Yeah if you read Simca's post about recommendations here at OCN, the Alessandro is the most recommended for music in general priced at $100, but I don't think its sound stage will compare to that of the A700. I've read one of your posts that specifically stated that your primary concern is music, where as mine is gaming, so different cans are better for different tasks. I think you'll be better off with the MS1's for music, where as the A700's will overall provide a better gaming experience with a bigger sound stage.
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HD555's can be modded to a HD595. I would say the HD555's or the ATH-M50 headphones (original or s. Only difference is the cable).
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M50's are better for music, same with the HD555's and they are better for classical music not quite metal. My primary concern is going to be gaming, secondary concern metal, been thinking about the A700's. Definitely need to sell my used PS3 games and monitor and I'll have plenty of funds. Hoping that I sell them soon some how xp Thanks for the post though
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Thats the only thing that has kept me from purchasing the ms1 yet. I think I want some decent soundstaging for my music and apparently there is almost none.
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Originally Posted by rivaldog View Post
I was replying to Kyle with the post that you quoted

If the RX700's aren't better than the AD700's or A700's, I don't want them. It may save me money and may be close to as good, but if they aren't better I don't want them, and they don't look nearly as comfortable.
If you're looking for input from one person specifically, it would be best to PM them. Otherwise, you're missing the point of a forum.

As someone said previously, sound is subjective. Either way, anything you get will be a tremendous upgrade over your Razer Carcharias and onboard sound.

You seem like you're trying to find one set of cans that will do it all, and that's just not going to happen.
Since you spend more time gaming than listening to music, your best bet for now is to invest in a set of open-back headphones specifically with gaming in mind, such as the AD700s for their excellent sound stage.
Later on, consider picking up a set of headphones from the Grado/Alessandro lines to be used strictly for headbanging.

Since this will be your first set of "audiophile" headphones, you'll have nothing to really compare them to, so whatever you end up going with should impress you regardless.
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Your need to have all in one is getting to the point where you're either going to go all one way, or sacrifice both and spend a lot less.

Maybe start looking at RX700s and mod them if you're indecisive. That should relatively give you best of both worlds at a cheap cheap price.

From there you can decide what you're looking from more. Better gaming or better music.
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Originally Posted by VanillaCena
If you're looking for input from one person specifically, it would be best to PM them. Otherwise, you're missing the point of a forum.

As someone said previously, sound is subjective. Either way, anything you get will be a tremendous upgrade over your Razer Carcharias and onboard sound.

You seem like you're trying to find one set of cans that will do it all, and that's just not going to happen.
Since you spend more time gaming than listening to music, your best bet for now is to invest in a set of open-back headphones specifically with gaming in mind, such as the AD700s for their excellent sound stage.
Later on, consider picking up a set of headphones from the Grado/Alessandro lines to be used strictly for headbanging.

Since this will be your first set of "audiophile" headphones, you'll have nothing to really compare them to, so whatever you end up going with should impress you regardless.
Definitely not wanting input from one person, I appreciate every one's input, I'm just looking for input more directed towards AD700 vs A700, kind of set on purchasing one of those
My bad, I kind of thought it was gonna start looking like I wanted all in one. I knew that couldn't happen I am just trying to make sure I get the best of what I can for my needs though, and I think I'm going to go with the AD700's for the cheaper price and sound stage for gaming, I suppose. One of these days I'm just biting the bullet and grabbing either the A700's or AD700's for the upgrade. I'm most likely going to be blown away by the quality and clarity either way, that's definitely true. Thanks a lot for the help guys
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In my search for headphones (before my ATH-M50's) I tried A700, AD700, senn's 555 and 595 and from from my experience as far as gaming/music, there was no contest ATH-M50. I was lucky enough to get my hands on the blue and white box version of the M50 and the new white box definitely tightens the bass and eliminates some of the muddiness people reported with the older blue box ones.

The bass of the M50's, compared to the other headphones, makes the poor Senn's and AD700 seem almost nonexistent and A700 just weak.If the choice was pure gaming I would say Senn 555's get my vote since the foam mode makes a nice difference when amped properly. Unfortunately I like bass and isolation and though the A700 have nice isolation and some bass, it feels inept in comparison to the M50's. And the senn's/AD700 have, again, nonexistent lows, though I am planning to buy the 555 in a couple of months because they sounded fantastic as a second pair.


My opinion on the M50's is pretty much the common one and I might have not said enough about A700/AD700 but they are awesome headphones. Unfortunately based on my tastes (Rock/Metal/Gaming/Movies) the M50's pros were quite overwhelming based on prices at the time. At the current *shipped* prices of $85 for 555, $90.95 for AD700, $110-120ish for ATH-A700 and $109 for ATH-M50 still, my vote still falls on ATH-M50/Senn 555 + Zalman clip for gaming.


Based on current prices there is no way I don't get the 555's at $85 from amazon and then foam mod them to turn them into 595's, whose value at amazon is at $148.50 currently, though I already have M50's.


In parting, sound is so incredibly subjective that honestly it makes it impossible for you to know what you'll like unless you try them out yourself with at least your own music.*take an mp3/ipod/sansa/Cowon/CL Zen player or phone with you to a store for demo* Don't take isolation for granted in headphones, but know you will sacrifice some sound stage which is quite helpful in FPS. For me my choice was sound stage vs bass AND isolation........sound stage lost but I'll remedy that probably next month since BD got pushed. but at the same time


AGAIN though sound is soooooooooooooo subjective the best thing to do is go somewhere if you can and try them out. My long 2 cents
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Thank you very much for your input Junkboy, I appreciate it, but I'm leaning very heavily towards the A700's after watching + reading reviews on youtube and amazon, could you provide more input on that headset? I've also heard the M50's just aren't good for gaming as their sound stage just doesn't compete with the likes of the AD700's. What I like about the A700's is that what the reviews I watched said that their bass wasn't too over whelming, not to powerful, it was very clear, and overall right where it needed to be. Some reviews even stated there was still a very wide sound stage and it wasn't to big of a loss compared to the sound stage of the AD700's.
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I got the A700s and im loving them. (on onboard) I have a musiland 02 coming soon. At first I was not that impressed but as I am using them they are definitely growing on me (carcharias already feel/sound really bad after wearing these for a few hrs). The bass is actually pretty close to the carcharias but it is a lot more 'defined'.
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