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I plan on getting a pair of Audio Technica 700's, but don't know whether or not I will want the A700's (Closed) or the AD700's (Open). I don't know enough about each. My major focus is Music (ie. Dubstep. Electronic. Dance.) and Gaming, but gaming isn't the main concern, since I'm no sound whore ingame since I'm usually in teamspeak talking ****. I plan on mounting a microphone on the side of the headphones and the sleeving the cables together. I need help choosing between the closed A700's or the Open AD 700's. thumb.gif
post #2 of 29
Closed if you like bass.

Check out Simca's Audio Thread.

I personally went with Ultrasone HFI-580s. They sound great with the genres you mentioned.
Edited by importflip - 2/8/12 at 9:44pm
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DO NOT get the A700 or the AD700, they are horrible. The 3d wing thing is just stupid. When I first tried them I had a hard time not laughing and then passed them to my wife to see if she liked them.... she instantly took them off and said "uhhhh no".

The AD700s have VERY VERY little - NO bass at all. The A700 only have slight bass. They both feel horrible and honestly dont sound that great. I think people are insane for constantly recommending them.

I would get some sennheisers or beyerdynamics. I own the DT770 pros and they are TONS more comfortable that the AD700/A700 and they sound tons better as well.

since you listen to some of the music that I do I can tell you now, you will NOT like the a700/ad700 headphones.
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This is a bit hard to describe, but... closed phones are a lot heavier and darker, good for the genres you mentioned. Open headphones are clearer and airier. I always opt for someone to go with open headphones if they are not travelling/wanting to keep out noise around them as closed headphones for casual use are too fatiguing and uncomfortable as their clamping pressure on your head is bound to be tighter. At any rate, every open headphone I have owned has been much more comfortable than its closed counterpart.

Go with the open, it will be better in the long run and actually enjoyable.
    
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This is a bit hard to describe, but... closed phones are a lot heavier and darker, good for the genres you mentioned. Open headphones are clearer and airier. I always opt for someone to go with open headphones if they are not travelling/wanting to keep out noise around them as closed headphones for casual use are too fatiguing and uncomfortable as their clamping pressure on your head is bound to be tighter. At any rate, every open headphone I have owned has been much more comfortable than its closed counterpart.
Go with the open, it will be better in the long run and actually enjoyable.

This. Plus the sound stage on an open is much better than a closed.
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This is a bit hard to describe, but... closed phones are a lot heavier and darker, good for the genres you mentioned. Open headphones are clearer and airier. I always opt for someone to go with open headphones if they are not travelling/wanting to keep out noise around them as closed headphones for casual use are too fatiguing and uncomfortable as their clamping pressure on your head is bound to be tighter. At any rate, every open headphone I have owned has been much more comfortable than its closed counterpart.
Go with the open, it will be better in the long run and actually enjoyable.

closed are generally not super great since they just get way to warm and cause the ears to get sweaty. I tried the ATH-M50 headphones (closed) and while they sounded awesome they were very uncomfortable since the leather pads keep them from breathing. Noticed the same thing with the A700s although not too such a great extent. I however notice the ear pads on the DT770 pros allow them to breath and my head/ears do not get hot and sweaty like other close back headphones. I dont feel that the closed back headphones are heavier and darker like you had mentioned. I think it is just more of a preference issue and based off what music the OP listens to I can easily say open headphones (even the A700s) will not satisfy him.
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closed are generally not super great since they just get way to warm and cause the ears to get sweaty. I tried the ATH-M50 headphones (closed) and while they sounded awesome they were very uncomfortable since the leather pads keep them from breathing. Noticed the same thing with the A700s although not too such a great extent. I however notice the ear pads on the DT770 pros allow them to breath and my head/ears do not get hot and sweaty like other close back headphones. I dont feel that the closed back headphones are heavier and darker like you had mentioned. I think it is just more of a preference issue and based off what music the OP listens to I can easily say open headphones (even the A700s) will not satisfy him.

OK Ratjack talk to me. Please recommend the headphones of my dreams without going too far over 200. I am honestly open to all suggestions that have valid backed up support from users. Everyone recomended the a700's and 900's so thats what I went with. thumb.gif
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OK Ratjack talk to me. Please recommend the headphones of my dreams without going too far over 200. I am honestly open to all suggestions that have valid backed up support from users. Everyone recomended the a700's and 900's so thats what I went with. thumb.gif

thats why I tried them as well... but I just dont get why people are so crazy about them. The only other 2 headphones I have tried so far was the ATH-M50 and the DT770 Pro 80 ohm. The m50s sounded GREAT and had plenty of bass to satisfy but I could only wear them for so long until it got uncomfortable and hot. The DT770s sound just as good and have the same amount of bass (maybe a little bit more), has a larger soundstage, and the ear cups are a soft material that can breathe. I can listen to them for hours and hours without any problems. I got mine at guitar center for 175 bucks. They were 199.99 but they had a 12 percent off coupon. They are currently offering 20 bucks off anything above 100 bucks though and can be done online or printed out for in store.

From the 4 I have tried I would say DT770>M50>A700>AD700. I have also read great things about some ultrasone headphones but cant say anything myself on them.

I truly have no idea why so many people suggest the AD700/A700 headphones... sometimes I think they are just trying to justify their purchase. The ear cups feel horrible, the 3d wing support is junk, and have no bass.... snap your fingers next to your ear... thats the amount of bass the AD700s produce. Also keep in mind I did adjust my EQ settings and it still sounded bad. It did add some bass but it dropped in quality.
Edited by Ratjack - 2/8/12 at 10:32pm
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thats why I tried them as well... but I just dont get why people are so crazy about them. The only other 2 headphones I have tried so far was the ATH-M50 and the DT770 Pro 80 ohm. The m50s sounded GREAT and had plenty of bass to satisfy but I could only wear them for so long until it got uncomfortable and hot. The DT770s sound just as good and have the same amount of bass (maybe a little bit more), has a larger soundstage, and the ear cups are a soft material that can breathe. I can listen to them for hours and hours without any problems. I got mine at guitar center for 175 bucks. They were 199.99 but they had a 12 percent off coupon. They are currently offering 20 bucks off anything above 100 bucks though and can be done online or printed out for in store.
From the 4 I have tried I would say DT770>M50>A700>AD700. I have also read great things about some ultrasone headphones but cant say anything myself on them.

Hmm so you are saying I should get the Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro... It is in my price point and you promise they won't disappoint in my music?
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Hmm so you are saying I should get the Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro... It is in my price point and you promise they won't disappoint in my music?

For me they are the best headphones I have owned. I love the sound especially with the type of music you have listed. Do you have a guitar center near you? if you buy them they will allow you to return them within 14 days.

They are made very well and the ear pads are amazing. I think the mids, highs, and lows are all where they should be. I really believe you would be happier with them over the A700s and AD700s. I was super excited about picking up the A/AD700s and was extremely dissapointed after listening to them.

I do not think you would regret the purchase at all.
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