Originally Posted by PhilWrir
Now, Im not a full blown Audiophile, But I would recommend the JVC HA-RX700 or RX900s + a Mic over the M50 or AD700 any day. Both(And the sennheiser HD555s) are over-recommended and arent nearly the kill all headphones people seem to think they are. Especially the AD700s which, while having great definition and soundstage, have pitiful bass. Like, sickeningly pathetic bass.
I have both the JVC's and the AD700's and my opinion differs slightly from the above.
Yes they are bass light. First off I'll admit I use bass boost to give them a little more ummph. Once that was done I really don't miss anything bass wise strictly for gaming. They have this tight mid-bass punch that handle all in game or movies for that matter explosions, shotgun blasts etc. perfectly. Plus you get the benefits of the big soundstage and detailed mids.
Don't get me wrong I like my JVC's and use them as much if not more then the AD700's. Mostly though that is because I prefer the isolation of a closed can. They don't really excel anywhere except being a great all around closed can for the $$. After extended use with the AD700's going back to the JVC's that bass can make everything seem muddy and bloated. Mods coming soon to help that.
I'm no audiophile nor a audio-technica fan boy. In fact I was fully prepared to dislike the AD700's. I just needed an open can for certain occasions, saw a good deal and decided to check out what all the hype was about. I think I had half of my scathing review already written then I actually tried them and had to trash it.
If OP wants a closed can you should consider the Ultrasone HiFi 580 as well as the M50. Same price range ( http://www.buydig.com/shop/product.aspx?sku=USHFI580
), some reviews ( I have neither ) claim a little more sound stage and a little tighter bass. Another option to look at anyway.