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Right now on newegg the A700 are just 20 bucks more than the Ad700's. Whats the difference between these two sound wise? One is closed and one is an open back but thats all I know. I'm going to use these for gaming only no music, so I want to get the one that sounds better for gaming.
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AD700s. They're open, so they'll leak, but the soundstage is wider. You get less bass, but if you're like me and wanted them simply for gaming, those are the ones to get.
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Right now on newegg the A700 are just 20 bucks more than the Ad700's. Whats the difference between these two sound wise? One is closed and one is an open back but thats all I know. I'm going to use these for gaming only no music, so I want to get the one that sounds better for gaming.
What is your budget? What type of music do you listen to? What is your source? How important is bass?
post #4 of 71
AD700 (32 Ohm) are considered better for gaming (sound stage) and will work well with just about any source.
A700 (64 Ohm) have better bass, and lose a little in the sound stage.
It seems most people would take an AD700 over the A700.
As the A700s have higher Ohm rating, they might benefit more from a headphone amp.
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AD700 (32 Ohm) are considered better for gaming (sound stage) and will work well with just about any source.
A700 (64 Ohm) have better bass, and lose a little in the sound stage.
It seems most people would take an AD700 over the A700.
As the A700s have higher Ohm rating, they might benefit more from a headphone amp.
64 OHM's is nothing to worry about. My Xonar drives them just fine. If anything my sound card is a bit overboard for them. Now, my HD800's on the other hand definitely require an amp because of their much higher impedance.
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I hate to jack a thread but, I have tax refund (IE: GAMING EQUIPMENT TO BUY) Coming up..

I have (since my ATh-ES7's) considered getting a pair of A700's.

I have seen a number of threads discussing one pair over the other and at one point in time I saw the A700's more recommended for gaming and at others I've seen the AD700's recommended.

I understand the open backed ones do provide better sound stage.. but, lets just say I plan on listening to disturbed or rammstein on a somewhat regular basis..

How much sound stage am I losing?

For that matter as far as gaming headphones and sound stages go.. How will any of these compare to a relatively cheap open backed headset for the purpose of gaming.
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post #7 of 71
Like the others said, A700 for more bass, and to me a more claustrophobic feel. AD700 for a good soundstage, more comfortable, great for positional audio (games).

I own both, and I wear the AD700 all the time, almost never my A700s.
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post #8 of 71
I am not sure if the ad700 would be enough bass...

I am by no means a bass whore or anything but, I do think that if a pair of headphones were lacking in bass.. songs like disturbed may feel almost incomplete...

sadly i can't afford both.
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I am not sure if the ad700 would be enough bass...

I am by no means a bass whore or anything but, I do think that if a pair of headphones were lacking in bass.. songs like disturbed may feel almost incomplete...

sadly i can't afford both.
Get the A700s and an Asus Xonar DG sound card, or DX for a few dollars more.
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I don't exactly have room for a sound card.
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