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Audio-Technica ATH-A700x Audiophile Closed-back Dynamic Headphones by Review Summary ,  Sep 13, 2015

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Audio-Technica ATH-A700x Audiophile Closed-back Dynamic Headphones
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 190 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.4
Returned or considering to return: 8.9%

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Individual Feature Rating
Music4.8   above average
Range4.7   above average
Audio4.6   above average
Level4.6   above average
Comfortable4.5   average
Fit4.4   average
Quality4.4   average
Sound4.3   average
Price4.2   average
Video4.2   average
iPod4.2   average
Cable4.0   above average
Gaming4.0   below average
Noise4.0   average
Design3.6   below average
Listening3.5   below average


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Audio

Audio:
"The Audio Technica's are easily 5 stars even with the below problem which is minor at best."
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"Besides shipping it to them, there was no cost, and the good people at Audio Technica also replaced half the parts of the headphones (the pads and cord and everything)"
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"The best part about them is that any IEM or even ear bud i've tried is painful when the volume it turned up, but with these, there is perfect audio and its painless."
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"If you have a big head like me, are looking for comfort and an audio experience that IMHO cannot be matched by any other PC headset on the market, (..."
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"Only reason for the 1 star is that, although audio quality is great, comfort isn't for glasses users."
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"Virtual audio positioning is also excellent."
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"My 1020-K Pioneer receiver (again, I'm not an audio geek but I want some decent sound) sits right behind my couch so I can just plug into the front of the receiver and it's ready to rock and roll."
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"I have had these for a few months 5-6 month mark and have taken care of them extremely well and I have been noticing that the cable is starting to show signs of wear right when you connect it to the audio port, it has not broken but I hate that this is occurring."
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Cable

Cable:
"I am no audiophile but these sound amazing I can't comment on anything else but the build on these and its rather sturdy the only downside is the long cable and while it feels sturdy out of the box is coming undone 6 months after use and do not want to know what another 6 months will look like but I will keep you updated."
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"Second, these are a winner on all of my judging criteria (not in order):1) looks - very sharp2) sound quality - outstanding3) comfort - wearable for quite some time with no ear pain or discomfort4) cord length - very long, like studio monitor headphonesI give these headphones 5 5 stars."
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"The cord is very long, which I like, but its kind of hard to get it all wrapped up to put it away."
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"The open can version is both less money and the sling design quality is not as good, the cable is not wrapped in cotton a nice protective feature."
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"Also, what is really nice is the cord is braided which makes it very hard to tangle the wires, definitely a plus."
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"They're kind of tight and uncomfortable for more than an hour at a time.5) HD-280 cord is standard coiled type, which isn't necessarily a bad thing but it does transmit sound when it bump against things (like the desk).CONCLUSIONAs with everything in life, the choice of what headphones to buy is a series of trade-offs."
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"I attached the mic about 10inches down the headset cord from the top and it sounds great on Skype, TeamSpeak and Mumble."
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"Pros:-53mm drivers allows for great frequency response-Sound isolation closed-back design-Braided 3.5mm cable jack, very tough material on it-High-quality CCAWs used (copper-clad aluminium wires)-Intricate detail of sound throughout all frequencies-Very flat frequency response-The long 3m cable I guess-Double Air Damping System-Rather impressive soundstage for a closed-dynamic typeCons:-3D-Wing support system ear pressure discomfort-Discomfort after long hours of usage ((from my testing, 3 - 5 hours) may vary for some consumers though)-Low-impedance (hi-fi users tend to have an amplifier)-Plastic construction-No microphone"
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"Sound: 8 10, perfect for a basshead, possibly even a picky treble loverComfort: 9 10 Closest thing to taping pillows to your head, they can slip off thoughPortability: 3 10 Points for being able to wrap around your neck at least, but the cable and the headphones are massive, can't fold up, and can really attract several pairs of eyes on account of making you look like some kind of spaceman."
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"I have had these for a few months 5-6 month mark and have taken care of them extremely well and I have been noticing that the cable is starting to show signs of wear right when you connect it to the audio port, it has not broken but I hate that this is occurring."
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"1st thing I noticed is they are pretty big, 2nd thing the box says Japan but a sticker on the headphones says made in China, 3rd the nice long cord allows me to get up and get another beer without pausing music."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Let me start by saying I have a huge head, so finding a comfortable headset has always been a challenge for me."
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"These headphones sound amazing, however I really didn't enjoy how the headpiece fits on my head so I had to return for comfort reasons."
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"I wear these as I walk to and from classes, but I suspect these are for listening in the comfort of your home, so my fault."
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"Overall great headphones that sound amazing, which is what really matters, but maybe not the best for someone shopping for a comfortable, casual-listening pair to travel with."
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"Unfortunately, these headphones aren't the most comfortable."
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"They are completely comfortable and the worst that happens is my ears get a little warm."
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"They are amazingly comfortable and sound great."
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"They are comfortable on my head (pretty big), but the pads falling apart just annoy me."
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"Only reason for the 1 star is that, although audio quality is great, comfort isn't for glasses users."
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"They're incredibly comfortable and have a great soundstage."
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"Absolutely fantastic sound for audiophiles, very comfortable, blocks out sounds, and fully compatible with portable players."
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Design

Design:
"Keep in mind comparing a closed back to open back design is hard to do."
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"Sadly, they are terribly uncomfortable with the rock hard padding and 'wing' design, forcing the cups to push down on top of my ears."
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"The earphones have now broken off on the head piece that turns, another design flaw."
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"The open can version is both less money and the sling design quality is not as good, the cable is not wrapped in cotton a nice protective feature."
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"They are not very portable, but it's clear that they weren't designed for portability, rather for performance and comfort."
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"When using them for gaming I found I liked the closed back design better."
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"I wear cans five days a week as part of my job, and this design is VERY comfortable for long periods of time listening."
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"Although it looks a little silly, I think that the wing design really helps make them comfortable to wear."
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"But AT actually designed these phones this way on purpose as a comfort factor."
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"They ARE the most comfortable headhphones I've ever used, designed to be worn all day long without fatigue."
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Fit

Fit:
"I almost hesitated purchasing these when I read a review which indicated the fit was uncomfortable if wearing glasses."
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"These headphones sound amazing, however I really didn't enjoy how the headpiece fits on my head so I had to return for comfort reasons."
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"They fit in my backpack and are hard to get them out on an air plane."
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"The only negative compared to the Bose is the size fit."
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"The headphones do not slide down and the fit is quite comfortable."
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"For me, these headphones are the perfect fit without any adjustment."
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"I wear glasses and found the fit was comfortable and there were no pressure points."
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"The fit was like a cushion and comfortable."
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"Brilliant headphones, great fitting nature and top notch sound quality for their price range."
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Gaming

Gaming:
"I purchased these headphones to replace a broken pair of gaming headphones I used at my computer."
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"I cannot express how perfect these are for gaming, or listening to anything for extended hours."
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"I wear glasses and it does get a bit uncomfortable during long gaming sessions; as the cans are held into place by horizontal pressure and press the frame tighter onto my head."
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"When using them for gaming I found I liked the closed back design better."
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"While gaming, the A700x provide directional detail and a clear crisp soundscape."
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"Even though these weren't engineered for gaming, they actually perform quite well towards doing so."
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"I first had the Audio Technica ATH AD700 open air headphones and although perfect for gaming it was loose and wiggly around my head and was lacking bass."
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"These were my first two high end entry level audiophile headphones and consider both of them excellent for gaming especially when paired with the Astro mixamp."
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Level

Level:
"Both of these problems are alleviated by turning the volume up, but since I like keeping my volume level as low as possible for my given environment, it's a problem for me."
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"These were my first two high end entry level audiophile headphones and consider both of them excellent for gaming especially when paired with the Astro mixamp."
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"If you want great entry level audiophile cans that DO NOT require a headphone amp just to use sure go for them."
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"These ones are a good budget level headphones that have decent sound quality."
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"Once they've had a chance to breathe, I think you'll find that the treble calms way down and reaches a very nice, mellow level that's pleasing to the ears."
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"Sound: 95%, the sound is good at all levels, it is not muddy or tinny."
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Listening

Listening:
"I wear these as I walk to and from classes, but I suspect these are for listening in the comfort of your home, so my fault."
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"I know that sounds ridiculous but I truly feel like I'm listening in an anechoic chamber."
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"I cannot express how perfect these are for gaming, or listening to anything for extended hours."
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"They are super comfortable, which was a concern for me since head phones tend to have the problem of hurting your ears after an hour or two of listening - these don't hurt at all."
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"I wear cans five days a week as part of my job, and this design is VERY comfortable for long periods of time listening."
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"Audio Technica headphones in this series -- as well as in the open-headphone AD series -- are known for their spacious soundstage, which you will especially appreciate if you enjoy listening to classical music."
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"I wear these as I walk to and from classes, but I suspect these are for listening in the comfort of your home, so my fault."
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"If you are looking for headphones to watch movies, play video games or listening to music I highly recommend these headphones to you."
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"I ordered these without listening to them first and hoping for the best."
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Music

Music:
"Enveloping beautiful music, almost no bleeding, comfortable (I have a big head)Cons: If you have no hardware acceleration ( built in EQ exempt such as PSP) they lack bass."
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"While the noise cancellation was phenomenal (I couldn't believe how much they filtered out standard office noises), their actual music reproduction was disappointing."
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"The sound quality is great for music, movies, and also video games."
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"These are for the high-fidelity headphone users looking to truly indulge in their high-quality music."
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"very comfortable even after 3 hours of usage, use them primarly in music and gamming and the provide fairly good sound through the range."
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"I still feel amazed when found products like this, that take the technology to offer the option to enjoy the art, in this case the music or a good book with it....Thanks to the Audio Technica Team."
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"Third: confortables, if you are looking an excellent headphone can go with this, for sure will enjoy it and the music."
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Noise

Noise:
"Personally I prefer the ath-a900x's by a smidgen but in reality these headphones really do match them blow for blow when you factor in the $70 price difference and slight weight increase (aluminium cans)I heard lots of people complain about creaking joints, noisy foam and many other issues with the headphones, I cannot see any of these being issues..."
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"Other reviewers complained of the background noise in the room you can still hear when wearing these headphones."
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"They are however open back, so I still had the problem of outside noise like the dishwasher, kids etc to contend with."
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"Unfortunately if there is any outside noise, or you move your head or shift in your seat, then unwanted noise makes itself present."
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"While the noise cancellation was phenomenal (I couldn't believe how much they filtered out standard office noises), their actual music reproduction was disappointing."
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"I had great experiences with the ATH-AD700's but work noise and phone calls around me were distracting so the open backed head phones were going home."
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"They have great balanced sound throughout, the noise isolation is decent enough for most environments, the 53mm drivers are a huge plus, and the quality of the voice coils really enhances everything from sound quality to sound reproduction."
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"I got them for work, they do a good job of noise cancellation when music is playing, and powered by an AudioQuest DragonFly they sound great for the money."
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"Noise canceling is nice, but it can really take away from comfort."
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"Some want the best sound, the most comfort, the most reasonable price, the most portability, the best noise canceling, and or the best durability, in greatly varying orders of importance."
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Price

Price:
"I honestly hate thinking about all the money I threw away on headphones just to find the perfect comfy cans for my big head that don't sound like absolute garbage."
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"And it's hard to beat them at this price range."
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"With that being said, here is my rather long review of these:These headphones are, without a doubt, very impressive monitor headphones for their current price point of $129.95 (I paid $149.95 though)."
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"I also have the Sony MDR-V700 (mostly broken now) and countless cheap headphones buds that probably came with all the portable cassette, CD, Minidisc, MP3 players of the decades."
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"Before finding these I purchased and either gave away to friends and family, or returned immediately after listening them the following: SONY Pro (can't recall the model but @$80 street price)--the earcuffs fell off in less than a month, a problem I later noticed that was frequently mentioned by numerous reviewers of SONY headphones."
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"At the $120-ish price, I have not found any as good (to be fair, I don't have access to the less common audiophile cans, so my comparisons are limited)."
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"Conclusion: For the price I am very happy."
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"Overall, recommended at this price point."
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"I honestly hate thinking about all the money I threw away on headphones just to find the perfect comfy cans for my big head that don't sound like absolute garbage."
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"Excellent pair of headphones for the price."
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"Great headphones for a reasonable price."
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Quality

Quality:
"That being said I did listen to some classical when testing and found that they were good but not as good as the ATH-AD700's when attached to a quality DAV AMP."
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"The build quality is decent, perhaps mediocre, with all plastic, the 53mm drivers are entirely capable of recreating the immersion and soundstage in audio."
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"Don't buy the cheaper versions either, I've read some pretty nasty reviews on their build quality."
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"The biggest downside of these is the build quality, particularly the earpads."
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"Usually that means I have to sacrifice all the sound quality, which is just as unacceptable as discomfort."
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"The sound quality of these headphones challenge those that are $300."
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"So far I've only plugged it into my laptop's standard headphone jack and have yet to try it on my tricked out tower and the sound quality is still extraordinarily high."
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"These headphones are fantastic sounding, they are really tough and they've got all around nice quality and execution."
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"Amazing sound quality, I never feel songs are this much addictive."
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"The sound quality is fairly good but audiophiles will find it a bit lacking."
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"Great sound quality and have been using for years (purchased June, 2009) ."
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Range

Range:
"And it's hard to beat them at this price range."
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"- The bass hits strong and really is able to be felt because of the large drivers and power range of the headphones."
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"Pros:- Truly high-fidelity, even without an amp I get far better sound than I found in the numerous headphones I purchased and returned and far superior in sound range to the beats solo 2.0 that I use on the streets."
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"very comfortable even after 3 hours of usage, use them primarly in music and gamming and the provide fairly good sound through the range."
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"I'll start off by complimenting the sound quality, these are great headphones for the price range."
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"In fact the AD700 seems to set the standard for staging even in its low price range, it's amazing."
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Size

Size:
"Probably not the best for using out in public, due to the size and if you mind people looking at you."
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"The only negative compared to the Bose is the size fit."
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"The large ear cups also are a good size for me."
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"When these came and I unboxed them, I was a little overwhelmed at the sheer size."
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"They fit perfectly and seem like they would be great for any size head."
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"There really are no complaints from me at all beyond the very small concerns voiced earlier (detachable cord, a bit on the big side)."
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"If you can get over their size, you will not be disappointed in craftsmanship, audio fidelity or comfort -- Perfection! "
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Sound

Sound:
"Sound was good, but broke too easily."
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"Sound signature is not perfectly flat but a slight V shape."
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"My GPU also produces a very loud coil whine, so these really help to eliminate that annoying sound."
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"Some have mentioned that it doesn't do a good job at isolating sound, but I find these do just fine with my full tower case desktop sitting right next to me at the same level of my head."
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"Usually that means I have to sacrifice all the sound quality, which is just as unacceptable as discomfort."
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"They sound good, not amazing but good."
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"I have a large head (no ego jokes please) and care greatly about the sound I get from my headphones."
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"On to the ATH-A700xPros: They sound great with or without a headphone amp."
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"Positional sound was easier to track."
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"So far I've only plugged it into my laptop's standard headphone jack and have yet to try it on my tricked out tower and the sound quality is still extraordinarily high."
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"This headset sounds beautiful."
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Video

Video:
"I went to a couple high end video stores and tried Grado's (which were good but uncomfortable to me, not to mention open-very open), Sennheiser's- pretty much the whole line I wasn't impressed at all, way overpriced IMHO."
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"I was able to hear a movie on the plane while my wife couldn't very easily."
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"The sound quality is great for music, movies, and also video games."
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"Great for mixing music and absolutely amazing for watching movies and such."
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"I listen to music, watch videos and play RPG games (all on a PC).The sound is the best that I have ever heard from headphones."
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"If you are looking for headphones to watch movies, play video games or listening to music I highly recommend these headphones to you."
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iPod

iPod:
"I will never listen to anything if I can't use these headphonesWhy I got these: good reviewsI got these headphones because the apple buds that came with my ipod were disintegrating, which was pretty disappointing."
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"(Although they don't sound as good out of my iPod as they do out of my usb sound card."
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"I will never listen to anything if I can't use these headphonesWhy I got these: good reviewsI got these headphones because the apple buds that came with my ipod were disintegrating, which was pretty disappointing."
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"If you are looking to buy these or similar quality headphones, I recommend that you but a line out adapter for your ipod and an amplifier."
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"It sounded really good but my iPod just simply couldn't handle these phones by itself."
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"They are pretty huge, definitely not headphones you'd wear around town with your iPod, but with the extra long cord it has, I can easily move around the rooms with them plugged into my computer."
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"The highs on this headphone are sparkly and amazing, they have a crispness to them that I miss from every other speaker headphone I own, they submerse you in clear crisp audio straight out of an iPod sound card."
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