The AD700 is what is is.... a mid-priced open headphone w. great sound stage. They excel at gaming, which is what you should be buying them for. If ONLY music is your goal, there are better choices for $100.
You also have to keep in mind, these guys are reviewing them with an expensive source and are pulling from years of testing headphones that go up into the $600-1000++ range. What do you think they are going to say about a 80 dollar pair of ATs that don't even require an amp.
If you have never had a decent pair of headphones and are coming from like a logitech or plantronics gaming headset, dont even pay attention to this review.
I love using my ad700s when im 4-5 hours into a long pvp binge in eve because they are so clear and comfortable, but they dont hold a candle to my akgs or my hd650s when they are amped and listening to a good music source. That sure as heck doesnt stop me from coming back to them all the time though, they are still sort of my day-to-day "go to" pair.
Edited by rmp459 - 6/14/11 at 8:05am
Ill-fitting and cumbersome
-> false unless you have some wrongly shaped head. Most people find them extremely comfortable. Nobody wants to feel pressure on their head when they are at a computer for hours on end gaming, not to mention they certainly dont feel like they are gonna fall off.
Aggressive, metallic sounding Highs
-> Mostly goes away after 40-50 hours of burn in
Won’t fit directly into iPhone
-> Never had a problem with the jack on these, but who the heck buys open AD700s to use with a iPod