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Hello Overclock.net, I have been reading over a couple topics on the AD700's and HD555's in the past week. I am trying to decide which one of these I should purchase for my gaming. I will be using a Creative XtremeGamer sound card. I hear that the AD700's have too large of a sound stage and make it where footsteps are too difficult to hear in general. The Sennheiser HD555's are more expensive than the AD700's now it would seem. I was leaning toward the HD555's. Which one produces the best sound in a game regarding hearing footsteps and reloading, things like that? Will my sound card work better with one of those two? Finally, which of these produces better "virtual" surround sound with my Creative XtremeGamer sound card. Thank you for reading and responding!

If anyone has had better experiences with a headphone other than these two that I have ruled myself down to I am open to suggestions!
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Will they be used only for gaming? From what I have read, AD700's have a slightly better soundstage. But the HD 555's are better "all arounders". I can't comment on the AD700's but my HD 555's do a great job at gaming and music for the price
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I hear that the AD700's have too large of a sound stage and make it where footsteps are too difficult to hear in general.
Not really. I prefer the Senns for music, but the AD700 are just better in strict gaming. The AD700 are brighter sounding, while the Senns are extremely neutral, albeit with slightly more bass presence. Larger soundstage really doesn't mean you can't hear footsteps.
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I hate my HD555s. I've tried them with numerous sources, and for the price, they perform less then my 70 dollar inears. Good sound stage though, which is all they offer.
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I hate my HD555s. I've tried them with numerous sources, and for the price, they perform less then my 70 dollar inears. Good sound stage though, which is all they offer.
How do they "perform less"? Your preference is of course subjective, but I can't understand "hating" them. They could use a little more in the bass department, but otherwise they're quite engaging and neutral.
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I've bought an AD700, I can't wait to receive it .

Don't forget that the AD700 is "Over the air" (it leaks sound).
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I've bought an AD700, I can't wait to receive it .

Don't forget that the AD700 is "Over the air" (it leaks sound).
Yes. All open headphones, including the 700 and 555, will leak quite a bit of sound. To the extent that in a car, I have to set the volume to quite low to avoid being heard, and then I hear all the background noise through the phones.
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I hate my HD555s. I've tried them with numerous sources, and for the price, they perform less then my 70 dollar inears. Good sound stage though, which is all they offer.
Absurd statement...
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How do they "perform less"? Your preference is of course subjective, but I can't understand "hating" them. They could use a little more in the bass department, but otherwise they're quite engaging and neutral.
I dislike them; but I'm just trying to emphasis a point. I bought into the OCN hype and it was very disappointing. The AD700s are suppose to be quite similar.

The flat sound make games and music lacking and boring. The poor and popping bass is horrendously annoying in games. The highs and soundstage are the only things going for these IMO.

They aren't engaging, unless you consider engaging to be related to sound positioning. They don't even give an immersion feel, but do give good sound stage/positioning.

I've paired it with a Cowon S9, onboard, and even my Forte. Numerous formats for music switching from 320kpbs to 1.2-1.5 mbps FLAC. Not impressed at all, especially since my Sony MDR-500s gave a much better sound immersion then the boringness of the HD555s.


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Yes. All open headphones, including the 700 and 555, will leak quite a bit of sound. To the extent that in a car, I have to set the volume to quite low to avoid being heard, and then I hear all the background noise through the phones.
Oh, worse then a car. They sound like bloody laptop speakers when you crank them to 60-70% on an onboard.
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and another "IF it don't have no bass, then it dont have no place" believer.......
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