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They're very comfortable headphones but I can attest to the awkward period when I first starting wearing them. Took about a week to get used to them but now its fine, they also mess up your hair a little bit. On the sound side they sound fine for me, I'm not a big womp guy so the low bass doesn't bother me and even with on board sound they do the job well.
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Originally Posted by Simca View Post
I was with Magariz until he said "JUST MAKE SURE YOUR SOUNDCARD HAS A HEADPHONE AMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

The AD700s will not benefit whatsoever with an amp.

If you're considering getting the AD700s, get it for the following reasons and these following reasons ONLY.

1) Gaming
2) Classical, Vocal, Orchestral, Bass-less electronica.

There is sadly no use for these headphones for any other reason. In terms of music in general, I have to say they're not great. Anything with bass and you will be rather disappointed. I'm not saying there is NO bass. There's just barely ANY bass at all. On a scale of 1-10 it's like a 2 on bass. Really.

These have an awesome sound stage though and hearing foot steps is very easy.

I would personally recommend you go with a Xonar DX at least. You will be highly disappointed if you stick with on board sound. The clarity in footsteps from on board to a soundcard is light night and day.

If you're looking to listen to music as well, you should consider other options. While the A700s do give you slightly better bass, they're not as bassy as many people assume. They're actually pretty bass light as well. It's just compared to the AD700s, they're like a 4 on the bass scale compared to a 2 from the AD's.

Modding RX700s is another option. You'll have nice mids and highs with bass to power music. They're super ridiculously cheap as well and that'll help you put more into a sound card which will be your largest investment. If you name a price range I can help you choose headphones. I just need to know what you really want these headphones for.

I bought the AD700s for gaming strictly. I knew what I was getting into. I also use them for classical music and they're nice.
You could not be more wrong. There was a drastic difference in sound quality and range when I installed my sound card that has an amp. You have either not used these headphones with an amp or the amp you had was not good. The difference is night and day. I can only comment on the Auzentech Bravura 7.1 because I have not tried any others.

While these headphones are not suited for heavy rap they have no trouble cranking out Mettallica or Distrubed with profound accuracy and a solid bass line. As for gaming, Bulletstorm and Unreal sounded epic on them as well.
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You could not be more wrong. There was a drastic difference in sound quality and range when I installed my sound card that has an amp. You have either not used these headphones with an amp or the amp you had was not good. The difference is night and day. I can only comment on the Auzentech Bravura 7.1 because I have not tried any others.

While these headphones are not suited for heavy rap they have no trouble cranking out Mettallica or Distrubed with profound accuracy and a solid bass line. As for gaming, Bulletstorm and Unreal sounded epic on them as well.
The underlined portion completely invalidates your "amp is required" argument. You've not tried it with a sound card that doesn't have a headphone amplifier so it sounds like you went from onboard to a Bravura which isn't the same thing as going from something like a Xonar D1 to a Bravura. The AD700 themselves are 32 ohms and are 98db/mW at 1 kHz. Hint: it means they're easy to drive.

What other headphone experience do you have? If the AD700 was your first proper headphone, then you really don't have anything else to compare it with.
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The underlined portion completely invalidates your "amp is required" argument. You've not tried it with a sound card that doesn't have a headphone amplifier so it sounds like you went from onboard to a Bravura which isn't the same thing as going from something like a Xonar D1 to a Bravura. The AD700 themselves are 32 ohms and are 98db/mW at 1 kHz. Hint: it means they're easy to drive.

What other headphone experience do you have? If the AD700 was your first proper headphone, then you really don't have anything else to compare it with.

















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The underlined portion completely invalidates your "amp is required" argument. You've not tried it with a sound card that doesn't have a headphone amplifier so it sounds like you went from onboard to a Bravura which isn't the same thing as going from something like a Xonar D1 to a Bravura. The AD700 themselves are 32 ohms and are 98db/mW at 1 kHz. Hint: it means they're easy to drive.

What other headphone experience do you have? If the AD700 was your first proper headphone, then you really don't have anything else to compare it with.
Listen to this guy he knows what he is talking about. And as for the AD700s, the are a great pair of cans. They were my first pair of quality headphones and they have a great open sound. While the bass can be lacking (which as has been pointed out, can be overcome by purchasing a good sound card), the headphones sound awesome overall and have a really warm sound. Trust me, these are pretty much the best headphones you can find in their price range. IMO, they are significantly better than Sennheiser 555s and the like.
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