Audio-Technica ATH-AD700 Headphone Review

With our recent wired and wireless headset reviews, we picked up a pair of ATH-AD700 Headphones to compare to at the urging of our readers. Today we give you a review of what is likely one of the best values in wired headphones in the world. If you are thinking of purchasing soon, you owe it to yourself to read this review.

Introduction

Audio-Technica is a global company well-known for its broadcast and recording quality microphones and headphones. The company began in 1962 manufacturing stereo phono cartridges and gradually expanded its product line to include high-performance microphones, mixers, and headphones for professionals and home users alike. While researching the company, I have found its strongest brand prevalence in the television broadcasting and professional music recording industries. So why would PC users ever choose this Audio-Technica's products when selecting audio accessories for personal use with a PC? Simple. PC gamers love to play games at very high volume levels because they want to hear every detail of the game faithfully and realistically reproduced as if they were a part of it. Sometimes, gamers must use headphones to keep the sounds of their battles private but have no desire to compromise a quality filled sound experience simply because they have switched from speakers to headphones.

In my search for great wired headphones and headsets for [H]ardOCP, I observed educated enthusiasts in our audio and gaming forums religiously recommending the Audio-Technica ATH-AD700 open-air dynamic headphones and the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO Closed Studio Headphones. Open headphones are meant to sound more natural but offer significantly reduced sound isolation. Sounds tend to leak in and out of the headphones and tend to disturb those around the listener more. Closed headphones tend to possess stronger bass and keep more of the sounds "inside your head." Today, I will examine the Audio-Technica open-backed headphones in depth to see if they meet or exceed my needs not only when I am gaming, but also when I am watching movies, and listening to music on my PC.

Product - Pricing - Packaging

Currently, the Audio-Technica ATH-AD700's retail at Newegg for $89.99 with 99 Cent Shipping and at Amazon for $83.99 with Free Shipping. The company's website lists this set of cans for $249.99 MSRP so it is a necessity to spend just a few minutes looking elsewhere on the web when making a substantial purchase like this one. HardOCP purchased its set from Newegg.

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While the retail package seemed to be securely padded inside Newegg's brown shipping box, the front of the box had a very long, wide and wrinkled Newegg inventory label plastered over it which obscured a crease in the middle of the box; nothing was damaged inside though. The box's outer flap is white with small unobtrusive lettering surrounding a purple feather. I believe it is obviously signifying the headphone's light weight on the ears but I think Audio-Technica should forget the flap and just have the clear window underneath as the primary packaging. The back of the box has every specification I would look for without having to go to the company's website for further details. I can grab such a box in a retail store and see immediately if my home receiver or PC sound card can power these cans and I can tell if it has adapters for various size jacks included.