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I am thinking of either getting the HD555 or the A700. My friend is doing the same. I am coming form razer carcharias and he is coming from a steelseries siberia.

How big of a difference will it make switching?
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post #2 of 66
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Originally Posted by magna224 View Post
I am thinking of either getting the HD555 or the A700. My friend is doing the same. I am coming form razer carcharias and he is coming from a steelseries siberia.

How big of a difference will it make switching?
Depends if you have a sound card, which sound card and how well tuned your ears are.

Should be a significant enough upgrade.
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post #3 of 66
Headsets are terrible.

Get 555 / AD700 with a Zalman Clip On mic and you're set..Way better.

I'm buying new headphones right now for music and gaming, just waiting seller's PayPal but I'm just getting a $10 Clip On mic and here we go..All set with WAY better sound quality.
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post #4 of 66
Big difference.

As to which one to buy...

If you like bassy music (dubstep, rap, techno, etc.), go with the A700's. If you like anything else, get the HD555's.
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post #5 of 66
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Depends if you have a sound card, which sound card and how well tuned your ears are.

Should be a significant enough upgrade.
+1 on being a big upgrade

I've got both the HD555's and A700's. it's an either/or call between the two for my ears at least.

I tend toward the A700's soundstaging/imaging when playing games and movies
I tend toward the HD555's for general, genre-nonspecific music and in situations where I need to be listening to other things in the room/area/etc
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post #6 of 66
I'm about to make the same upgrade as you man, I'd like to go with the A700's, I wish they were cheaper though
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post #7 of 66
i might get ad700s hmm
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post #8 of 66
you could opt for the AD's, a bit cheaper on the street (but lighter on the bass).

the A700's are definitely warm sounding, with a clean low-end that other, comparatively priced open sets I've heard have difficulty doing as well. Great with Blueman group and the like

I've read that the AD700's sacrifice bass extension for smoothness and actually come off as a better overall headphone. soundstaging/imaging are virtually the same too.
Haven't heard them myself though.
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post #9 of 66
How is the bass on the A700's? Do you game with it? If you do, can you easily hear foot steps with them in games like Battlefield Bad Company 2?
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post #10 of 66
a700 go for 65$ refurb just so ya know on amazon
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