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Ok, I have to pick a headset for a friend of mine and his choices are:

Sennheiser HD555: £60
Audio-Technica ATH-A500: £66
Audio-Technica ATH-A700: £96

He mainly wants this headset for gaming and music, so which of these headsets are better for what, and how big is the difference between the A500 and A700.

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I would get the AD700's. Open style headphones generally have a greater soundstage than closed headphones, which gives positional sound for gaming.

The HD555's are pretty nice too.
Edited by ImmortalKenny - 6/11/08 at 10:30am
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For gaming, the A700s are better. For music, the HD555s CAN be better, depending on what type of music he listens to. The A500s aren't on the same level as the other 2.

If he listens to a lot of metal, rock, even jazz, the HD555s will sound better, due to their more neutral sound, and their open style. If he listens to techno, rap, electronic stuff, the A700s will sound better, due to their emphasis on bass, and closed style.

For gaming, the A700s will be slightly better, due to the bass emphasis, and the closed style helps to isolate the sound better, getting you more "into" the game. Either pair of headphones would be a great buy, but I think, unless he listens to a LOT of rock and stuff, and does that more than he games, he should get the A700s. I have my A900s for gaming, and have been using the mfor all music, and they do the job very very well. I would imagine the A700s will suit him very well, too.
    
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I would get the AD700's. Open style headphones generally have a greater soundstage than closed headphones, which gives positional sound.

The HD555's are pretty nice too.
I don't like open style headphones. They are pretty useless for traveling, and forget using them in a room with someone watching TV or reading (one of the main reasons a lot of us get headphones in the first place).

I have the A700s and I love them. Great quality, sound awesome, really comfortable, and a pretty good value. Plus, they don't really need an amp to drive them. Great for gaming.
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Wait so the A500's aren't as good as the HD555? o_O
And how big is the difference between the HD555 and the A700 in gaming?
eg does it sound 33% better as that's how much more he'll have to pay, and also he'd rather not get the A700 due to the large price
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The HD555s are the middle of their series, and the A700s are the middle of THEIR series. The A500s are at the bottom of their series. While I'm sure they're still decent, the A700s and HD555s are both better.

Aw crap, just realized the price difference. The A500s will still be fine, and will compete well with the HD555s, though they are a different style of headphone. Everything I said previously about the sound signature of the A700s still holds true for the A500s. The A700s are much better than the A500s, but for the price, the A500s still compete well with the HD555s.
    
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Wait so the A500's aren't as good as the HD555? o_O
Umm, no.

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I don't like open style headphones. They are pretty useless for traveling, and forget using them in a room with someone watching TV or reading (one of the main reasons a lot of us get headphones in the first place).
It all depends where his friend is. If it's just in his room with no one around, then open-style headphones are fine. If his computer is in the living room or something, then yes close-style headphones would be better. Which leaves the a700's (the HD555's are open-style).
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Some useful posts here, ty guys, I think I'm gonna go for the A700, but I just found out there are two types?
The ATH-Ad700 and the ATH-At700?
What's the difference?
    
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Some useful posts here, ty guys, I think I'm gonna go for the A700, but I just found out there are two types?
The ATH-Ad700 and the ATH-At700?
What's the difference?
A700s are closed, AD700s are open. Open gives an airier, more natural sound, but leaks sound. Closed sounds very slightly more artificial, and a bit more forward, but isolates sound very well. I would recommend the Closed A700s for gaming purposes, or if he has a noisy environment.
    
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Some useful posts here, ty guys, I think I'm gonna go for the A700, but I just found out there are two types?
The ATH-Ad700 and the ATH-At700?
What's the difference?
I believe the AD700s are open style, while the A700s are closed.
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