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Sennheiser HD 700 Headphone - Black by Review Summary ,  Sep 1, 2015

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Sennheiser HD 700 Headphone - Black
Report Date: 01/02/2016
Based on 89 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.5
Returned or considering to return: 6.7%

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Individual Feature Rating
Comfortable4.5   average
Headphone4.4   above average
Listening4.4   average
Price4.4   average
Quality4.4   average
Music4.2   average
Sound4.0   average
Treble3.3   below average
Cable2.9   below average


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Audio

Audio:
"It is also a terrible idea to use this model to mix and master audio after recording is done, in attempt to spot flaws in the recording."
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"The HD700 is similar to its brother in its sheer unwillingness to be forgiving of faults in the audio masterings."
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"Pros:- Open, circumaural dynamic stereo headphones for maximum comfort- Outstanding soundstage with a warm and balanced audio reproduction- Specially-tuned, highly efficient drivers capable of delivering high sound pressure levels and a flat frequency responseCheck out the rest of the list for other great Sennheiser headphones: http: boldlist."
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"* Outstanding soundstage with a warm and balanced audio reproduction."
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"They make for a highly recommended Class-A portable audio system."
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"People in the audio industry refer to them as flat, and flat is the perfect way to describe them."
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"Even though it's something of a sin, they even sound good plugged into my phone or computer's audio jack."
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Cable

Cable:
"The cord as many others have stated twist and have annoying kinks in it which make it hard winding back up for storage."
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"The plastic throughout the cable fix points and on the cups is not that pretty to look at and feel noticeably price cutting in comparison to the HD800's simpler yet better made parts."
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"However, my tastes also include rock and dance house (the bass really comes through-- it's balanced, yet still makes an impact on you).It does come with a really long cable, which some have complained about-- but it works just fine for me."
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"I can imagine it's easy to damage the cord if you're not paying attention."
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"I have had one problem: the headphone cord broke, developing its fault near the 1 4in phone plug."
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"I have been using the HD650, tweaked with a DIY headphone cable, for quiet sometime now, they have served me really well and my sensitive ears absolutely love the HD650's warm sound signature."
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"The HD650 improves a lot and opens up with a good after-market headphone cable upgrade."
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"I can imagine it's easy to damage the cord if you're not paying attention."
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"I got the Grado Extension cable so I can sit on my couch with these, and well, I try to use just it for extension and leave the Sennheiser cable coiled on my couch next to me so it doesn't get damaged."
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"You have to have the best tube amp, with the best after-market cable and the best lossless audio source for it all to work together."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"- Using a Fiio D09K + E17 with USB or Optical from either a ASUS MOBO or a 2013 MBP OPT Out the sound is ok - Seem to get better sound out of my iPhone 6s to the E17 and into the HD700s - For gaming in BF4 or movies they are a bit better than the Razer gaming headphones I have for the sound comfort, the hot spot is super annoying here."
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"At first it sounds exciting and different but after a while I started missing my HD 650 because the sound is more realistic, the HD700 is very comfortable and fun but only at first, painful with certain genres of music...."
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"Sliding them on, I find the 700s to be very comfortable, with well distributed weight and plenty of padding."
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"The 598's are great sounding headphones and very comfortable."
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"The sound detail and the COMFORT of these HD700's is unparalleled."
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"Perfectly comfortable with very minimum to no fatigue."
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"Out of all the headphones listed above, these are made the best and are the most comfortable."
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Headphone

Headphone:
"All plastic headphone at this price is really unacceptable"
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"Everything negative that has been said about this headphone regarding the 5 kHz treble spike... well I simply don't see it."
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"I do have a problem with the left side of the headphone."
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"I know it must sound weird to hear that a headphone sounds amazing and yet boring, but its true."
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"Maybe I got a bad pair or something, but these headphones sounded downright weird."
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"The Grado SR80i are another great set of headphones, but they are uncomfortable and dont appear to be made as well as the other headphones on this list."
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"A lot has been said about the amount of sound that comes out into the room at large from open back headphones, but at perfectly satisfying sound levels, I find that the sound coming out into the room is exceedingly faint."
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"It appears to have enough power to drive these headphones to a sound level beyond comfort on most source material."
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"Best headphones ever!"
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"The 598's are great sounding headphones and very comfortable."
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"The HD 700's are the best sounding headphones I've ever put on my head."
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Listening

Listening:
"I tried limiting listening time, but even at low volumes the problem persisted."
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"I don't really enjoy listening to Adele before but I just found out now how amazing her voice is."
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"At first listening, the sound is highly accurate and detailed."
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"Comfort-wise these are well suited to long listening sessions."
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"Overall:I recommend these to people who want to make the most of their listening experience."
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"Great for reviewing listening to recordings Best music listening experience of my life."
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Music

Music:
"These flow out noise at different rates and get tossed around which makes it hard to just listen to music."
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"The HD650 focuses on what's left in a recording and connects me to the music, whereas, the HD700 focuses on what's missing in a recording and highlights the possible flaws therein."
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"The first time I listened a music with headphone I was really disappointed coz it really sounded like a tin can."
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"At first it sounds exciting and different but after a while I started missing my HD 650 because the sound is more realistic, the HD700 is very comfortable and fun but only at first, painful with certain genres of music...."
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"Outside of real instruments the sound stage makes it easy to playback digitally composed music and movies video games as its soft on the ears."
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"The Sound stage is its key feature and yields well to classical music and real musical instruments."
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"What I mean by that is that the music just sounds...well, huge."
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"Honestly, although they sound great for games and movies, the HD 700 true potentials are in music."
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"Everything sounds much improved: Music, Games, Movies and they are the most comfortable pair of headphones I ever put on."
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Price

Price:
"All plastic headphone at this price is really unacceptable"
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"The plastic throughout the cable fix points and on the cups is not that pretty to look at and feel noticeably price cutting in comparison to the HD800's simpler yet better made parts."
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"I found myself liking the compromise of the HD700's the best for the price."
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"It's hard to describe the level of detail they give, but one listen straight out of the box was all it took to convince me that these are one, if not the best, dynamic headsets available for the money."
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"Well, I think they should throw in a 1 8 adapter, considering the price."
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":)Pros-The build quality stacks up well against most other brands in the 300-600 price range that i have used."
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"So far these cans are pretty good for the current price (499)."
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"Some notes to my Sennheiser history, my first set of quality headphones was the HD205 (one of the best cheap headphones) and the most expensive HD800's I've listened to and tried with notable amplifiers and mods."
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"Summary- Right away i would recommend this over the HD800 because of price alone as the HD800 isn't substantially better amplified with the most expensive amps I've had the pleasure of using."
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Quality

Quality:
"* Innovative and highly aesthetic dual-material yoke for better stability and eliminates negative influences to sound quality."
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"*Also, should go without saying, but get a high quality amplifier or you won't be able to fully enjoy either pair."
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":)Pros-The build quality stacks up well against most other brands in the 300-600 price range that i have used."
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"Some notes to my Sennheiser history, my first set of quality headphones was the HD205 (one of the best cheap headphones) and the most expensive HD800's I've listened to and tried with notable amplifiers and mods."
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"They are closer in build quality to the 600 650 than the 800, and they are very comfortable to wear."
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"Even though the overall picture quality may appear to be well lit, they may not be easier on the eyes in the long run and may not be forgiving of imperfect videos."
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"Those who already own and appreciate the Sennheiser HD650, the HD 700 will offer high definition performance with good quality recordings and will compliment the headphones collection."
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Sound

Sound:
"I feel slightly disoriented as the sound stage isn't clear and the stereo surround is not neutral to the brain."
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"I find it hard to pay attention to the sounds i'm hearing because the sound stage is so awkwardly noticeable."
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"Its a very sophisticated sound stage, but at the same time its hard to like."
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"The last issue stems from the sound stage problem, and that is how quickly sound reaches the ear and what sound reaches the ear first."
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"A lot has been said about the amount of sound that comes out into the room at large from open back headphones, but at perfectly satisfying sound levels, I find that the sound coming out into the room is exceedingly faint."
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"It appears to have enough power to drive these headphones to a sound level beyond comfort on most source material."
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"The 598's are great sounding headphones and very comfortable."
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"The HD 700's are the best sounding headphones I've ever put on my head."
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Treble

Treble:
"Everything negative that has been said about this headphone regarding the 5 kHz treble spike... well I simply don't see it."
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"They have a weird treble curve that makes them undesirable for some people or some recordings."
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"They faithfully reproduce Miles Davis' trumpeted highs stunninglymoving you right up to the edge of the cliff, but never do they crash into harsh distortion or painful over the top treble."
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"The treble is weak and not sharp."
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"i've read that people who are into electronica, for example, are sometimes unhappy with the treble."
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"I'm not a crazy audiophile in terms of being able to talk about all the intricate details of treble, mids, and such."
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"As some might know I also have a pair of Grados 325e, which I still love, the Sennheisers seem to encompass all of the Grado's strengths-extended treble and great detail, but with a much more powerful bass and outstanding soundstage."
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"Everything negative that has been said about this headphone regarding the 5 kHz treble spike... well I simply don't see it."
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"I am running these headphones with a Fiio E10k amp with bass boost on most of the time, and they are an extremely accurate and enjoyable headphone to listen to, retaining an exciting treble, but it is not as sibilant as everyone tends to claim in their exaggerated reviews citing some objective charts."
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"Some treble and some hissing can be heard on occasion, but overall these are amazing headphones if you like flat sound."
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