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Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:

Gaming (14), Casual Listening (20), Film/video Production (6), Office (3), Comfortable (3), Studio (5)

How long have you used this product?:

Over A Year (9)

What best describes the environment the product was used in?:

Computer (3)

What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:

Intermediate (4), Audiophile (6)

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durability

By Benjamoney from Undisclosed on 09/14/2014

i have had a pair of these headphones since they first came out, and after fours years of use they still feel great. they have taken some wear and tare when i first got them i would forget they were on my head (because they're so comfy) and walk away from my desk and they would fall on the floor, despite this they still work years later. however they do over time begin to collapse around the third year of use the domes started to cave in the fabric and cushioning around the ear is also starting to g. the audio quality has not very noticeably decreased but it has a little bit. in the end i'm glad that i purchased them once, i'm also glad they brought these back into production so i can buy a second pair.


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durability

By Benjamoney from Undisclosed on 09/14/2014


How long have you used this product?:

Over A Year

i have had a pair of these headphones since they first came out, and after fours years of use they still feel great. they have taken some wear and tare when i first got them i would forget they were on my head (because they're so comfy) and walk away from my desk and they would fall on the floor, despite this they still work years later. however they do over time begin to collapse around the third year of use the domes started to cave in the fabric and cushioning around the ear is also starting to g. the audio quality has not very noticeably decreased but it has a little bit. in the end i'm glad that i purchased them once, i'm also glad they brought these back into production so i can buy a second pair.


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Amazing Clarity

By Shlimmy from Madison, WI on 03/21/2014


Pros:

Film/video Production, Casual Listening, Studio, Gaming

Cons:

Not For Small Heads

Every sound is crisp, clean, and has a great spatial distinction. Certain songs just don't sound the same without these. These are very light, I find them comfortable, but I can see how, on a small headed person, there could be an issue. I will wear them in the winter as earmuffs, although they are almost ridiculously large. Also, they are very very durable. I have had mine for over two years; only a small dent in one side, cosmetic stuff. The cord is very long and sheathed in a high-quality synthetic material; I never worry about it breaking or fraying. Great for gaming and music. These headphones are open-air, so sound leaks in and out, and bass doesn't have much of a "kick".


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Amazing Clarity

By Shlimmy from Madison, WI on 03/21/2014


Cons:

Not For Small Heads

What best describes the environment the product was used in?:

Casual Listening

How long have you used this product?:

Over A Year

Pros:

Studio, Gaming, Film/video Production, Casual Listening

What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:

Audiophile

Every sound is crisp, clean, and has a great spatial distinction. Certain songs just don't sound the same without these. These are very light, I find them comfortable, but I can see how, on a small headed person, there could be an issue. I will wear them in the winter as earmuffs, although they are almost ridiculously large. Also, they are very very durable. I have had mine for over two years; only a small dent in one side, cosmetic stuff. The cord is very long and sheathed in a high-quality synthetic material; I never worry about it breaking or fraying. Great for gaming and music. These headphones are open-air, so sound leaks in and out, and bass doesn't have much of a "kick".


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Don't waste your money

By roninark from arkansas on 11/14/2012


Cons:

Can't Adjust Headset

If your head isn't shaped like a bowling ball forget these. You can't adjust them to fit. They look impressive out of the box but I couldn't use them. There's no adjustment to bring the sides closer together. Now I have to go through the process of sending them back and finding something else.


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Don't waste your money

By roninark from arkansas on 11/14/2012


Cons:

Can't Adjust Headset

What best describes the environment the product was used in?:

Computer

How long have you used this product?:

Less Than A Month

What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:

Casual Listener

If your head isn't shaped like a bowling ball forget these. You can't adjust them to fit. They look impressive out of the box but I couldn't use them. There's no adjustment to bring the sides closer together. Now I have to go through the process of sending them back and finding something else.


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Great Can at a great price

By Bubo from Chicago area on 08/03/2012


Pros:

Office, Comfortable, Excellent Voice Reproduction, Casual Listening, Studio, Light, Film/video Production

Cons:

Wings Could Be Better Built

I own these, the close back model A-700 and AKG 702s. If the AKGs get a 98%, these get a 95-96% at 1/3 the cost. Great sounding comfortable cans at any price. Remember that the open cans are more responsive, less bass and let the sounds in and out. I prefer them for accuracy and lack of heat.


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Great Can at a great price

By Bubo from Chicago area on 08/03/2012


Cons:

Wings Could Be Better Built

What best describes the environment the product was used in?:

Computer

How long have you used this product?:

Over A Year

Pros:

Office, Comfortable, Casual Listening, Studio, Film/video Production, Light, Excellent Voice Reproduction

What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:

Audiophile

I own these, the close back model A-700 and AKG 702s. If the AKGs get a 98%, these get a 95-96% at 1/3 the cost. Great sounding comfortable cans at any price. Remember that the open cans are more responsive, less bass and let the sounds in and out. I prefer them for accuracy and lack of heat.


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Top budget headphones

By Jonty from Melbourne VIC, Australia on 07/09/2012


What best describes the environment the product was used in?:

Office

How long have you used this product?:

Over A Year

Pros:

Non-fatiguing, Detailed, Comfortable, Casual Listening, Accurate

What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:

Audiophile

I've had a pair of these ATH-AD700 cans for over a year now and I haven't looked back. In fact, I bought a second pair for work - replacing my old and reliable ATH-910 Pro cans which I'd used at work for nerly 2 years. The older cans (modified slightly by taking out the metal 'grill' in the ear-piece# were very easy to listen to - the forward upper bass #or lower midbass# meant that I couldn't even be annoyed by a loud mid or upper range screeching. The AD700's are a completely different kettle of fish. While the bass is extended, certainly going below my hearing at about 16Hz, it is not forward and is nicely detailed. The midbass is quite beautiful, as are the mids - making both female and male vocals quite a joy to listen to. Highs are not screechy or forward. The earpieces are soft and comfortable. The only thing that it took me a long time to get used to was the lack of adjustment. I'm used to setting up phones so that they fit nicely. While, in the end, I do have to admit that they fit nicely, it took a long time for me to get used to the lack of user fine-tuning. Closest comparison would be to the AKG K701 cans, which have an even dryer bass sound and a slightly more detailed #and harsher# upper range sound. I generally wear these from 2 to 7 hours a day at work and I don't fatigue much at all. And, at home, I use them to listen to movies and music when my wife has gone to bed. Well done Audio-Technica! For the budget, they are the best I could hope for. Unless the AD900s are a big step up, then I'd have to pay over $500 for better sounding phones.


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A true redefinition of Audio

By Anonymous from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India on 02/23/2012


Pros:

Film/video Production, Gaming, Casual Listening, Sound Separation

Cons:

Length Of Wire Insufficient, Lack Of Bass

This is trully a great headphone that I have used. The MS-1 I have been using so far seems completely colored and muddled after I listened to these phones. I am yet to audition a Reference phone, so I really cannot be sure which is the correct sound when it comes to MS-1 and AD700. Lack of bass is immediately noticeable. But using a EQ does reduce it to some extent, though not up to my expectation. Looking forward to next series of Audio Technica headphones!


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A true redefinition of Audio

By Ravishankar from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India on 02/22/2012


Cons:

Length Of Wire Insufficient, Lack Of Bass

What best describes the environment the product was used in?:

Casual Listening

How long have you used this product?:

Less Than A Month

Pros:

Gaming, Casual Listening, Sound Separation, Film/video Production

What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:

Intermediate

This is trully a great headphone that I have used. The MS-1 I have been using so far seems completely colored and muddled after I listened to these phones. I am yet to audition a Reference phone, so I really cannot be sure which is the correct sound when it comes to MS-1 and AD700. Lack of bass is immediately noticeable. But using a EQ does reduce it to some extent, though not up to my expectation. Looking forward to next series of Audio Technica headphones!


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Excellent gaming headphones.

By John12 from Sydney, Australia on 11/18/2011


Cons:

Leaky

What best describes the environment the product was used in?:

Gaming

How long have you used this product?:

Over A Year

Pros:

Gaming, Casual Listening, Very Very Comfy.

What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:

Intermediate

I coupled these cans with a clip-on mic, and boom, you have the best gaming headset for under $100 (Amazon). The soundstage is great, allowing me to hear all of the footsteps and gunfire. It really immerses you in the game. Music and movies are also fantastic, although bassheads need not apply. However, using the EQ on my soundcard allowed to bass to really come to life. The 3D wing-support also makes it supremely comfortable during long sessions and the amount of pressure put on your ears is minimal. However, as it is open, there is quite a bit of leaked sound. Buy these!


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Best audiophile entrance product!

By Anonymous from Undisclosed on 11/09/2011


Cons:

Not Super Durable

When getting into the hifi scene, the ATH-AD700 was my first choice. The pricing was right and the reviews of the product were good, so I set out to get a pair for myself to try. Sound: The ATH-AD700 is a great pair of headphones. The sound is clear, crisp and controlled. The bass is tight and enunciated. Its not powerful or gives you that kick, but the precision is very present and punchy. It is not excessive nor muddy but clear. The sound stage is very airy and open (its an open-air headphone...) The mid-range on these are amazing for what they are. The mid range and up is very clear and somewhat bright but not fatiguing. Very good sound. Will please anyone except people looking for a strong bass presence. Comfort: Extremely comfortable. I have a smallish head and these are huge, but they fit ever so comfortably. They sit on my head very very lightly and you do not need to adjust. They cover a large portion of you ear and more. They feel like over-sized soft earmuffs. I really recommend these to people starting off in the headphone hifi scene! They are a great first product and I still use them from time to time after 4 years. I dropped them once and the right side became imbalanced... Had to get that fixed.


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Best audiophile entrance product!

By ryaneezy from Undisclosed on 11/09/2011


What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:

Audiophile

Cons:

Not Super Durable

How long have you used this product?:

Over A Year

When getting into the hifi scene, the ATH-AD700 was my first choice. The pricing was right and the reviews of the product were good, so I set out to get a pair for myself to try. Sound: The ATH-AD700 is a great pair of headphones. The sound is clear, crisp and controlled. The bass is tight and enunciated. Its not powerful or gives you that kick, but the precision is very present and punchy. It is not excessive nor muddy but clear. The sound stage is very airy and open (its an open-air headphone...) The mid-range on these are amazing for what they are. The mid range and up is very clear and somewhat bright but not fatiguing. Very good sound. Will please anyone except people looking for a strong bass presence. Comfort: Extremely comfortable. I have a smallish head and these are huge, but they fit ever so comfortably. They sit on my head very very lightly and you do not need to adjust. They cover a large portion of you ear and more. They feel like over-sized soft earmuffs. I really recommend these to people starting off in the headphone hifi scene! They are a great first product and I still use them from time to time after 4 years. I dropped them once and the right side became imbalanced... Had to get that fixed.


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Incredible Sound

By OrangeLanguage from Undisclosed on 10/27/2011


What best describes the environment the product was used in?:

Casual Listening

How long have you used this product?:

Up To A Year

Pros:

Studio, Gaming, Casual Listening

What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:

Intermediate

I'm writing this review to get 15% off my next pair of headphones, but these really are incredible sound. They're my first audiophile headphones and they've gotten me addicted. I'll certainly buy more from Audio-Technica and would recommend these to anyone who asked.


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Possibly the best entry-level audiophile headphone in it's class

By Geohound from Keene, NH on 10/21/2011


Pros:

Long Sessions, Gaming, Comfort, Casual Listening

Cons:

Possibly Overly Bright, Durability

Sound: Very detailed and accurate, the AD-700 satisfies those looking for an airy soundstage and quick details that allow for a more concentrated listen than most sets. The Bass while not powerful is ever present and punchy. The mid-range shines on this set and lends to a very musical sound. The treble is rather bright but not siblant, this being said, they may leave some users fatigued after moderate listening sessions. Design: Extremely comfortable, can be worn for what seems to be an infinite amount of time in a room of a comfortable temperature. I can't imagine these being as fitting on very small heads though, and the build quality probably won't allow for too much abuse, I've already dented one of the grills to no consequence other than cosmetics. All this being said, if proper care is taken, I don't see how these wouldn't last a very long time, the cable seems of a high quality. Being an entry level consumer minded set, these will be easily driven out of any sound card or stereo while miniature MP3 players (e.g. Sansa Clip) will leave it a bit starved in my experiences


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Possibly the best entry-level audiophile headphone in it's c

By Geohound from Keene, NH on 10/21/2011


Cons:

Possibly Overly Bright, Durability

What best describes the environment the product was used in?:

Computer

How long have you used this product?:

Over A Year

Pros:

Casual Listening, Gaming, Long Sessions, Comfort

What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:

Casual Listener

Sound: Very detailed and accurate, the AD-700 satisfies those looking for an airy soundstage and quick details that allow for a more concentrated listen than most sets. The Bass while not powerful is ever present and punchy. The mid-range shines on this set and lends to a very musical sound. The treble is rather bright but not siblant, this being said, they may leave some users fatigued after moderate listening sessions. Design: Extremely comfortable, can be worn for what seems to be an infinite amount of time in a room of a comfortable temperature. I can't imagine these being as fitting on very small heads though, and the build quality probably won't allow for too much abuse, I've already dented one of the grills to no consequence other than cosmetics. All this being said, if proper care is taken, I don't see how these wouldn't last a very long time, the cable seems of a high quality. Being an entry level consumer minded set, these will be easily driven out of any sound card or stereo while miniature MP3 players (e.g. Sansa Clip) will leave it a bit starved in my experiences


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Great Value

By jazzman from San Diego, CA, USA on 10/21/2011


Cons:

Gold And Rose Color, The Fit On My Head

What best describes the environment the product was used in?:

Casual Listening

How long have you used this product?:

Over A Year

Pros:

Audiophile Quality, Thats Affordable

What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:

Audiophile

I must admit I have been an AT user for many years and when I bought these I had studio pair and a pair of ANC7's for travel. But I read an article in Sam's column in "Sterophile", if he raves about a product I pay attention. He eas reviewing Musical Fidelity V-Can headphone amp, and said something to the effect of add a pair of ATH-AD700's and you will have an audio experience that is better than $40000.00 speaker based system or something like this, I don't want to dig out the issue. But the words and his an his excitement, stuck in my head, like it was on a loop. So I went and purchased both and it truly was one of the best audio investments I have made. I might add that the cans are kind of large so I wear a cap when I am listening. I am looking to purchase a pair of 900's, and checking out the site I saw a new model of the ANC7's, so I guess I will add 2 new pair in the next year.


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What I think of my ATH-AD700

By InvalidFileName from New York, NY, USA on 10/20/2011


Pros:

Gaming, Casual Listening, Other

Cons:

Too Bulky

I was very impressed with the packaging. It looks like they took some time and thought into it. It wasnt just headphones thrown in a box. The comfort seemed nice, and I was overalled pleased. The only thing after a few weeks of use. I started noticed I was getting a neck ache. Being I use my headphones for playing games, ventrillo, and listening to music. It seemed the bulkiness of them were taking a toll on my neck. I had to take a few min rest periods through out my gaming to stop my neck from hurting. Being you cant adjust them and they just sit on your head i feel that could of been one of the issues. But overall this is a great product. My ears never sweat, the audio quality was excellent. I would recommend these if you can get use to having a bulky thing on top of your head. Thanks.. Satisified Customer :)


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Surround Sound Earphones

By Butler from Maine on 10/20/2011


Pros:

Gaming, Casual Listening

These were my first "audiophile" grade headphones, and it opened a doorway to a whole world of high quality music that has since changed my whole outlook on listening to music. These lightweight headphones are an incredible deal for their quality. It's comparable to listening an entire surround sound system. Because of their open frame the sound stage is incredibly wide and large and there is little to no pressure on the ears. It's a good thing they're comfortable because this preservation of spacial information really helps you find things in your music you never knew was there. I would recommend these to anyone interested in entering the world of audio the way it was meant to be heard, or any competitive gamer even. These are highly recommended for competitive gaming whereas they afford you a leg up on the competition because you are much more aware of the "world" around you. Please keep in mind that these are open air style: The backs of the drivers are exposed so there is sound leakage. A quiet room is the best for these, whereas people can here what you're listening to to a small degree, and you can certainly hear them.


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Surround Sound Earphones

By Butler from Maine on 10/20/2011


What best describes the environment the product was used in?:

Casual Listening

How long have you used this product?:

Over A Year

Pros:

Gaming, Casual Listening

What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:

Audiophile

These were my first "audiophile" grade headphones, and it opened a doorway to a whole world of high quality music that has since changed my whole outlook on listening to music. These lightweight headphones are an incredible deal for their quality. It's comparable to listening an entire surround sound system. Because of their open frame the sound stage is incredibly wide and large and there is little to no pressure on the ears. It's a good thing they're comfortable because this preservation of spacial information really helps you find things in your music you never knew was there. I would recommend these to anyone interested in entering the world of audio the way it was meant to be heard, or any competitive gamer even. These are highly recommended for competitive gaming whereas they afford you a leg up on the competition because you are much more aware of the "world" around you. Please keep in mind that these are open air style: The backs of the drivers are exposed so there is sound leakage. A quiet room is the best for these, whereas people can here what you're listening to to a small degree, and you can certainly hear them.


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What I think of my ATH-AD700

By InvalidFileName from New York, NY, USA on 10/20/2011


Cons:

Too Bulky

What best describes the environment the product was used in?:

Gaming

How long have you used this product?:

Up To A Year

Pros:

Casual Listening, Other, Gaming

What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:

Intermediate

I was very impressed with the packaging. It looks like they took some time and thought into it. It wasnt just headphones thrown in a box. The comfort seemed nice, and I was overalled pleased. The only thing after a few weeks of use. I started noticed I was getting a neck ache. Being I use my headphones for playing games, ventrillo, and listening to music. It seemed the bulkiness of them were taking a toll on my neck. I had to take a few min rest periods through out my gaming to stop my neck from hurting. Being you cant adjust them and they just sit on your head i feel that could of been one of the issues. But overall this is a great product. My ears never sweat, the audio quality was excellent. I would recommend these if you can get use to having a bulky thing on top of your head. Thanks.. Satisified Customer :)


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