Conclusion: After three weeks with the ATH-A700 Closed-back Dynamic Headphones, we very much enjoyed these but we encountered a few caveats. The ATH-A700 headphones are extremely comfortable and these look beautiful.
Summary: I purchased these trying to find a pair of 'entry level' over-ear headphones that were closed so I could listen to music with other people around without annoying them with an open design or annoying myself with something that wasn't sealed.
Pros: Versatile, comfortable, affordable. Highly recommended if you get headaches easily. Great detail and texture.
Cons: Not at all portable, hit and miss with hip-hop and some electro.
Summary: These headphones are honestly incredible. not much more to say. i dont have much free money to throw around, but i bought these, then a year later had the chance to compare them to the sen HD 800's and a pair of nice grados
I honestly preferred the sound of these
you would NOT regret the decision to...
Pros: SOUND STAGE- epically full, clear, and rich sound- exactaly what i wanted out of a set of cans
Summary: I was about to bag a pair of the open version ATH-AD700 then saw these on the demo stand... The difference was clear. The sound was so much fuller on this closed version. I was tapping my feet!
These are so close to perfect it's tantalising.
Pros: Very comfortable, best non-Stax phones I have heard
Cons: So close to perfect that perfect seems just out of reach!
Summary: A quick sidenote I actually own the ATH-A500 headphones but they use the same drivers so the review should be similar. I picked these up on a whim at this place that imports Japanese products for around $100.
Summary: If you want to listen at low volumes, in the same room with other people, or in privacy this is a great option. The isolation from the ambient noise is excellent allowing you to save your ears with low volume. There is no heat problem and they are comfortable to wear for hours.
Pros: Excellent reproduction, comfort and isolation
Summary: I have had these headphones for four months now, and they are great. They are relatively inexpensive (at around $120 on amazon), and have a very good balanced sound.
The frequency response is pretty good, but they lack bass.
Pros: Very large soundstage, very comfortable, easy to drive, balanced sound overall
Summary: I've had this headphone close to 4 years now. I purchased this along with a Creative X-fi Xtremegamer sound card as my first "hi-fi" setup. Before that I was using cheapo Voip headsets, which was the very definition of bad sound reproduction.
Pros: Extremely comfortable, great sound positioning
Cons: high maintenance, not well rounded for all music genre
Summary: After owning them for a year, I still really love these headphones. For $100, this was one of the best purchases I have made! The sound quality is on par with Bose, M-50's, and the Grado sr60i. The isolation is good enough that I used them on the bus and in the library often.
Pros: Sound quality, Comfort, Light weight, Spacious sounding, Quality To Price Ration, and Isolating