I just got my AD700's last night (ridiculous standard shipping from Amazon...ordered about 9pm est friday and they arrived around 3pm est monday) and they sound awesome. The bass is enough for me and isn't nearly as absent as everyone makes it out to be. The bass is clean, which I will take anyday over loud bass that is muddy sounding.
I also discovered that onboard sound (Realtek 889) doesn't sound bad in music, but is awful in games for positional audio. I mean nothing sounds right...I thought my headphones were messed up at first. No matter where a mortar striked landed, I heard it through my right speaker...same for my foot steps. The quality wasn't horrible, but I couldn't stand it.
I then plugged the AD700's into the Gamecom 777's usb 5.1 converter and all problems were solved. Positional audio was back and I was super relieved that it wasn't a problem with the phones...however the quality was worse than with the onboard (just not as clear sounding). Now I know that I MUST buy a sound card today so that I can get positional audio back AND great sound quality. I'm contemplating just going to bestbuy and picking up the Titanium HD to make sure I like it, then returning it to reorder it on Newegg for $40 less if I do like it.
I will say one last thing...what people say about getting new phones and hearing sounds in games and music that you have never heard before is COMPLETELY true. I can't believe these phones cost me only $88. Now I have to find the balls to spend $140 on a sound card
.Edited by turbocharged - 7/26/11 at 4:41am