Originally Posted by Simca
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.
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.