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Ive narrowed my choices between the ATH-A700's and the ATH-AD700's, i know the difference between them is that one is an opened back while the A700's are closed. Can someone please tell me what the sound difference is like? Im looking at these for games. I really was wanting some headphones with deeper bass more than anything else. But if there is any other headphones that rival these for max about 150 in price can i please get a recommendation? Once again these will be for games, BC2, CSS, TF2, MoH, all types of FPS. I play in a very quiet enviroment by my self, so sound leaking is not a problem, i love to turn games wayyyyy up so no distortion is a big plus. Coming off of some razer carcharias that distort every gun shot in css...
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Also wanted to see what all the hype was about for buying more high end headphones and audiophile headphones vs the generic consumer headphones.
    
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I just bought some ad-700's off the forums here. So i should get them tuesday or wednesday. But the ad-700's are better in game from every review i read so far. The a-700's will give you better bass as they are closed. So it is which ever you prefer games or bass. The sennheisers 555's are suppose to have better bass then the ad-700's from the reviews. But the ad-700's are better in games then the 555's. Good luck.
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I just bought some ad-700's off the forums here. So i should get them tuesday or wednesday. But the ad-700's are better in game from every review i read so far. The a-700's will give you better bass as they are closed. So it is which ever you prefer games or bass. The sennheisers 555's are suppose to have better bass then the ad-700's from the reviews. But the ad-700's are better in games then the 555's. Good luck.
Hmmm, tough decision, im still gonna do some more digging/get some more opinions, thanks though!
    
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A700 have a more bass, less sound stage (allows you to hear where sounds come from) and are less comfortable than AD700.

But they're still similar and if you like bass you won't like either of them.

Which is more important to you, soundstage for gaming or having headphones tailored to your music tastes (most notably bass)?

also budget?
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I love my A700s and when thiru says they are less comfortable than the AD700s, they are still more comfortable than 99% of the other headphones around. You may be interested in this member selling his on OCN: http://www.overclock.net/audio/92246...-ath-a700.html
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I love my A700s and when thiru says they are less comfortable than the AD700s, they are still more comfortable than 99% of the other headphones around. You may be interested in this member selling his on OCN: http://www.overclock.net/audio/92246...-ath-a700.html
Yes, AD700 are the most comfortable headphones at this price point, the A700 is probably just one step below.
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A700 have a more bass, less sound stage (allows you to hear where sounds come from) and are less comfortable than AD700.

But they're still similar and if you like bass you won't like either of them.

Which is more important to you, soundstage for gaming or having headphones tailored to your music tastes (most notably bass)?

also budget?
Id rather have headphones for gaming, i only listen to music 1% of the time im on my computer, budget is 150, on sale right now on amazon i can get the HD 595's for only about 130. Should i snath those up? Even in games i LOVE bass, and i always hear people saying about the 595s they can litterally feel the wind from the bass, is this true?
    
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I don't think the 595 are renowned for having lots of bass.
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Id rather have headphones for gaming, i only listen to music 1% of the time im on my computer, budget is 150, on sale right now on amazon i can get the HD 595's for only about 130. Should i snath those up? Even in games i LOVE bass, and i always hear people saying about the 595s they can litterally feel the wind from the bass, is this true?

I have a pair of 555's that I upgraded to 595's by opening them up and removing these plastic pads that block air in to the drivers. Theres a lot of debate that the 555's are the same as the 595's except the pads blocking air. Personally I think the drivers are simply tested lower during the stress testing at the factory and the ones that don't pass a certain level are put in the 555's. But just like we can over-clock CPU's, taking the pads out can let the drivers perform much better.

You open them up and remove these rubber pad things and it allows about 75% more air in to the drivers. It opens up the bass and mid levels way up. For gaming they sound incredible, playing bad company 2 it feels like your actually in a war and you can hear people walking around trying to sneak up on you.

Also yes I can feel the bass punching my ears on high base music.
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I don't think the 595 are renowned for having lots of bass.
Which cans do you think have the most powerful/deep bass out of the 595/ad700/a700, comfortability doesnt matter, and all i can get for >150$. Since all sound good (relatively) it comes down to this.
    
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