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How I Improved My ATH AD700s

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The ATH AD700 is a great, budget friendly headphone that actually out performs some of its more expensive brethren. They are light and comfortable, and have a superb sound stage with true and accurate reproduction, which makes them perfect for gaming and most music. You can wear them for hours, and even fall asleep with them on, (yes I have) without discomfort. The one major draw back for them, is the bass is not strong. Its there, and evenly distributed with the mids and highs, just not as strong as most people like it. For me personally, its not a problem, but hey, I wouldnt mind a little more. I use the 700s mostly for gaming, and listening to jazz, classical and movies. When the urge hits me for some rock, I put on a pair of DT770 Pro80s I just got, but thats another story.








So, how do we go about improving the bottom end on these cans. The first thing is, there open, duh. Well, I got a roll of dynamat, ( a soft poly mat that is used for sound dampening) and cut out a piece slightly larger than the inside diameter of the cups,



and put it on the inside of the cups. I cut it large enough so I have about a 1/8" folded up on the side.



Now they have this foam disk that is suppose to go in next.



I replaced the foam disk with some acoustic ball fiber. It kinda looks like puffy cotton, and you find it in many high end speakers. I didnt use much, just enough to stretch out and lightly fill the inside of the cup without compressing. And I also removed the white fabric disk that is glued on.



While I had the cups out, I just had to do something about the color. You can get creative, I used metallic black. Clean them good first (I used acetone) and paint them in several light coats. The Audio Technica roset is just sticky glued on and comes off, but dont bend it. I have a toaster oven that I heated to 200 degrees and baked each coat on. I also put them in for a couple minutes after installing the dynamat to soften it and conform it to the shape of the inside of the cup better. Be careful not to melt it though.
Here is how it looks compared to original.



And here is a picture of them back together.





How do they sound. Great. It is not some miraculous jammin, bass thumpin fix, but it does give an overall improvement to the low end. It also seems to have a slightly warmer sound, which I guess is due to the removal of the foam pad and using the acoustic "cotton". They also retain all the original characteristics that make them great. I recently went to the Guitar Center testing out all the stuff they had, and compared them to an unaltered pair, and the difference was surprisingly noticeable. Yes, they still bleed and you still can hear outside noise, but the dynamat helps keep some of those lows inside. The only benefit an amp gives is volume, but any poor quality input is reproduced. So if you are hooking these up to junk, you are going to hear junk. Hope this might help some, as its not that difficult to do. Just be careful with the wires and how things go back together. Dont force anything. Later I might upgrade the cables, but for now, they do everything I need them to.
Edited by ericld - 1/16/11 at 5:22pm
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I can't see pics, but sounds like you may have switched to A700's to accomplish the same.
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I can't see pics, but sounds like you may have switched to A700's to accomplish the same.
No, not quite. I tried the A700s also, and they have a feel more like the Denon D1000s. These still keep the crispness, but capture more of the lows. To me, the lows of the A700s sounded like they came from the cup, while the mod had a more natural feel to it. If you can understand how I am trying to explain it. The dynamat not only keeps more of lows in, it also doesnt "reflect" them like a full hard shell does.

Why cant you see the pics, did I goof or something.
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Pics show for me just fine?
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wow, very nice! i need to do this to my 555's..
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I like the colors..cool mod
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I did this to my AD300 a while ago but it sounded too warm(even with acoustic damping foam). Basically I shove only acoustic foam behind the driver and removed the stock black foam. I also raised the ear pads so it had a wider soundstage.
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Very impressive. It seems like you know what you're doing and I think you did a great job.
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