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I know similar questions have been asked, so I apologize for replicating those threads, but I just had to make my own. I've been having a really hard time deciding between two headphones; the Sennheiser HD 555s or the Audio Technica AD700s. I'd be using them for 40% music 40% games and 20% movies.

From what I understand the AD700s have an amazing soundstage, and more of a lively, signature sound, whereas the 555s are a more neutral sounding headset with a very good soundstage and slightly better bass.
So, I have a few questions about both:

How much better is the soundstage on the ADs? Is it really noticeable, or just slightly better?

How much better is the bass on the 555s? I know neither are great since they're both open-backed, but I'd still like to have some bass.

Which is more comfortable? It seems like the ADs are softer and lighter, but some complain about them falling off. I have a pretty large head, so I hope I don't have to worry, but I don't like the idea of them slipping. I've also read that the Sennheisers are a little tight at first, but it seems like they'd be more secure.



Overall, it seems like most people prefer the ADs, but I've seen some conflict. A LOT of people on OCN recommend the 555s, and they seem to be more popular in competitive gaming. They also seem like they'd be better over a more broad variety of music genres. Also, Sennheiser seems like a much more reputable brand (maybe that's just my ignorance). Finally, I could probably listen with the HD555s in public.. with the ADs, not so much.


Thanks in advance! If I missed anything, please let me know!
post #2 of 15
I've only used one of the two so I can't give you an answer, but does everyone say that the AD700s look bad? y'all can't seriously be that insecure.

Also I don't think sound stage should be described in terms of quality, but rather in terms of size.
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Th color of the ad-700 is different. But it doesn't bother me as i can't see them once i put them on my head. And since the o.p. says he has a larger head then the ad-700 will be great for him. The 555 i don't like because they always crack down the sides. But the ad-700 feel so nice, though you can't turn your head like real fast as they will wobble on you then.
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Yeah you can get the AD700s to move around if you swing your head like a t-rex, but it won't move anymore than my JVC HA-RX700 which are much tighter on my head.
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post #5 of 15
I have 595s, but I believe the physical aspects are identical, and I can say they're extremely comfortable.

I've tried AD700s but not 555s (though I believe 555s are fairly similar to 595s) and I can say the 595s appear wider and more aggressive than the AD700s, but neither have masses of bass. Bass on the 595s is tight and sculpted but is by no means in plentiful supply.

I'd personally opt for the 555s if you listen to rock/jazz/classical etc. and appreciate great treble and mids.
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i just purchased some 555's im excited
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post #7 of 15
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Thanks for all the input so far. One thing I've forgotten to ask is if anyone has any experience with the 555 "mod" that apparently turns the headphones into a 595. Does anyone know if the modification really works?
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Thanks for all the input so far. One thing I've forgotten to ask is if anyone has any experience with the 555 "mod" that apparently turns the headphones into a 595. Does anyone know if the modification really works?
I think the 'modification' (taking two pieces of foam out) just makes the 'phones louder and damages the driver. I saw a test from a respectable site that proved there was no noticable sound improvement from removing the pieces of foam. I'll update this post if I find the link.
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I think the 'modification' (taking two pieces of foam out) just makes the 'phones louder and damages the driver. I saw a test from a respectable site that proved there was no noticable sound improvement from removing the pieces of foam. I'll update this post if I find the link.
please do, i am beginning to think that the pad was put there maybe for a reason. not to just retard it.
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please do, i am beginning to think that the pad was put there maybe for a reason. not to just retard it.
It's for dampening, which influences the sound and to protect the driver. Two purposes.
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