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Comfort is a very subjective thing, we all have different heads after all. The HD 700 and HD 800 are extremely comfortable in my opinion, more comfortable than my Audio Technica ATH-A900X. Those Sennheisers are really light, fully adjustable unlike the Audio Technica Art Monitor/Air series, and the pads of my A900X touch my ears slightly which I hate.
 
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Hi there,

Sorry to highjack this thread, if I may ask a question.
I have the choice between Sennheiser HD380 PRO Headphones or Audio-Technica's ATH-A700X.

They are within the same price range in my country. $170.00
I have an old sound blaster Titanium sound card, would this give either of these 2 cans justice ?

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Hi there,

Sorry to highjack this thread, if I may ask a question.
I have the choice between Sennheiser HD380 PRO Headphones or Audio-Technica's ATH-A700X.

They are within the same price range in my country. $170.00
I have an old sound blaster Titanium sound card, would this give either of these 2 cans justice ?

Cheers,

That sound card will work well for either of those headphones.
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Thanks for the reply Zero4549,

From what I have read would the Sound Blaster Z be a good upgrade ?
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Thanks for the reply Zero4549,

From what I have read would the Sound Blaster Z be a good upgrade ?

Depending on which "titanium" you have, the answer can go either way.

If original X-Fi Titanium, the Z is indeed a decent upgrade if you can get it for a good price. If Titanium HD, then no, the Z would not really be significantly better, and isn't worth spending any money on.

Even the original Titanium will drive either of those cans reasonably well though. If the upgrade is going to be expensive, you're better off putting it into higher end headphones instead (unless your current audio card is giving you some kind of issues. I know X-Fi cards are prone to developing ground loop issues, etc).
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Depending on which "titanium" you have, the answer can go either way.

If original X-Fi Titanium, the Z is indeed a decent upgrade if you can get it for a good price. If Titanium HD, then no, the Z would not really be significantly better, and isn't worth spending any money on.

Even the original Titanium will drive either of those cans reasonably well though. If the upgrade is going to be expensive, you're better off putting it into higher end headphones instead (unless your current audio card is giving you some kind of issues. I know X-Fi cards are prone to developing ground loop issues, etc).

Thanks mate the sound card still works well. I'm blowing the small budget I have on a set of headphones, will more than likely upgrade the sound card at a later date.

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Sound Blaster Z would be a downgrade over the Titanium HD in terms of sound quality, but it would probably offer improvements in positional audio.
 
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Sennheiser makes decent products, but even their highest end units are only average in comfort.

As for Sennheiser HD 600, which I own and have used for 7 years now, I also feel they are not overly comfortable.
However to say Sennheiser "makes decent products" is a bit of an understatement.
HD 600 for example are highly respected headphones - do a search on Google.
They sound really, really well. Nice, neutral and balanced with nothing "sticking out".
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As for Sennheiser HD 600, which I own and have used for 7 years now, I also feel they are not overly comfortable.
However to say Sennheiser "makes decent products" is a bit of an understatement.
HD 600 for example are highly respected headphones - do a search on Google.
They sound really, really well. Nice, neutral and balanced with nothing "sticking out".

Sure, but they also typically cost the same or more than other similarly performing cans from other good audio companies, and their plastic parts are extremely prone to cracking for no good reason. There are of course individual model exceptions, but overall Sennheiser's product lineup isn't outright BETTER than their competitors, just similar or slightly more expensive. By their compeitiors I of course mean companies like Audio Technica, AKG, etc, and not companies like Skullcandy, Beats, Logitech.
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Sure, but they also typically cost the same or more than other similarly performing cans from other good audio companies, and their plastic parts are extremely prone to cracking for no good reason. There are of course individual model exceptions, but overall Sennheiser's product lineup isn't outright BETTER than their competitors, just similar or slightly more expensive. By their compeitiors I of course mean companies like Audio Technica, AKG, etc, and not companies like Skullcandy, Beats, Logitech.

Yeah Sennheiser has its competition, that's for sure. But regarding comfort, have you worn the HD 700 and HD 800? I guess I can see one thing people wouldn't like about the HD 800's comfort: the pads are absolutely huge so it can feel kind of awkward.
 
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