Sennheiser HD 700 Around-Ear : Good build quality let down by tinny sound.

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Initial off straight out of the box they sounded remarkable. As opposed to my hd 650’s the clarity of the mids and highs are night time and working day. The bass just isn’t as muddy alternatively a lot more managed and more rapidly. Vocals are additional ahead sounding and treble is never sibilant. Ease and comfort, it does not acquire very long to neglect you are carrying these. The hd 650’s are comfy but the hd 700’s are following level. They are 150ohm so make positive you have an amp to electrical power these with. Wonderful established of headphones only enable down by the tangle fest cable. (dangle the cable in excess of a door or a thing when not in use it will help to straighten it out).

The best, better than the hd800.

Comfortable and a pleasure to hear the astounding sound depth. . The sound depth is just ridiculously correct, the headphones have a peak all around five khz that can get a little bit troublesome with some tracks, but that can be adjusted from the equalizer. I was employing them with a oppo ha2 headphone amp and i was actually setting up to worry due to the fact they the place just awful. Right until i have acquired the asus a single mkii dac/amp, when i connected the 700’s to it woooww .They just arrived alive and the seem was so great, the voice and devices seem awesome and effectively outlined. I love them now, i continue to keep them in the first box and just take them out only in the weekend as a treat to myself. If you are considering about buying these headphones please continue to keep in thoughts that you will need a seriously superior, and not so low-priced dac/amp , in buy for you to get the best out of the 700’s.Here are the specifications for the Sennheiser HD 700 Around-Ear:

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  • Elegant open-backed, cutting edge headphones in an industrial design with a warm and balanced audio reproduction
  • Highly optimised ventilated magnet system minimises air turbulence and distortion
  • Angled acoustic baffle for high sound projection and natural sound experience
  • Specially-tuned, highly efficient drivers capable of delivering high sound pressure levels
  • Symmetrical and detachable silver-plated oxygen-free four-wire copper cable for better conductivity at higher frequencies

I have this running by means of my inventive soundblaster zxr inside audio card which has a 600ohm headphone amplifier. I’m managing it at ‘normal gain’ which is 32-300ohms and it appears certainly excellent. Some people complain about harsh highs but i have had no such difficulty. I have discovered both the sennheiser hd598 and hd600 to be awesome for gaming with no overpowering bass, the hd700 is on the similar line but just on yet another amount. Flawless seem and positional audio is as excellent as you are likely to get. The separation of instruments and degree of depth. You should if you have the funds just audition them at any audiophile shop. The only issue i would like to have witnessed would be less plastic additional metallic in it is really style and design, but the create good quality is however incredibly substantial.

On mortgage and soon after a test audition they are really relaxed and have a much more open soundstage than the 650s. I have the sennheiser hd 650s, have auditioned the hd 800 ,, which are just chic any way you spin it. , and have akg k702 and audio-technica ath mx fifty. Both from amazonall really differentbut most will glow with a headphone ampi have experienced the hd 700s for a week, on financial loan and following a check auditionthey are quite cozy and have a more open soundstage than the 650s. The akg bass is very similar in tightness but the hd 700 has extra. I was listening to michael jacksons they dont care about us. Incredibly energeticexcellent for jazz vocal ,, ,,as they will be coming my way for less than i received the hd 650s ,, no contest.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Fantastic Detail, Sound stage and Comfort
  • number of years and thought an upgrade would be nice
  • Great headphones, crystal clear sound

Selection of several years and thought an update would be wonderful. I have experienced the hd 650 headphones for a variety of several years and considered an improve would be nice. Even straight from box devoid of any melt away in time the hd 700 was a substantial advancement on an alreadybrilliant 650. The consolation is improved as perfectly as the total soundstageing. The musical image is vastly improvedwith bass and symbel reverberation exceptional. I cant wait in a couple months time when they are at their greatest.

It is really excellent it improved than ahead of.

This review is from : Sennheiser HD 700 Around-Ear, Open Dynamic Stereo Headphones

Number of years and thought an upgrade would be nice. I have had the hd 650 headphones for a number of years and thought an upgrade would be nice. Even straight from box without any burn in time the hd 700 was a huge improvement on an alreadybrilliant 650. The comfort is improved as well as the overall soundstageing. The musical picture is vastly improvedwith bass and symbel reverberation outstanding. I cant wait in a few weeks time when they are at their best.
Number of years and thought an upgrade would be nice. I have had the hd 650 headphones for a number of years and thought an upgrade would be nice. Even straight from box without any burn in time the hd 700 was a huge improvement on an alreadybrilliant 650. The comfort is improved as well as the overall soundstageing. The musical picture is vastly improvedwith bass and symbel reverberation outstanding. I cant wait in a few weeks time when they are at their best.
I bought these to replace an ageing pair of 650s, which have been my favourites for many years. The first impression of the 700s is how comfortable they are, bearing in mind i always thought the 650s were the most comfortable around ear phones ever. However, the 700s are very light, not too tight, and fit just right. Onto the sound quality, well, they are accurate and detailed, not quite as ‘warm’ as the 650s, but more than make up for this in breadth of the sonic sound stage. So far i have listened to all of bernard haitink beethoven symphonies with the lso ( so much better than rattles insipid offering ), mozart piano sonatas (dg collectors edition) with maria joâo pires, and the hyperion box set of brahms chamber music, and i have not found fault with these amazing phones. No fatigue after hours of listening, crystal clear strings, beautiful bass ( the allegretto of beethovens 7th was a revelation ). I am delighted with these, i put off buying them for too long, you only live once, music feeds the soul and with these superb phones i don’t have to listen to my awful wife.

This review is from : Sennheiser HD 700 Around-Ear, Open Dynamic Stereo Headphones

I bought these to replace an ageing pair of 650s, which have been my favourites for many years. The first impression of the 700s is how comfortable they are, bearing in mind i always thought the 650s were the most comfortable around ear phones ever. However, the 700s are very light, not too tight, and fit just right. Onto the sound quality, well, they are accurate and detailed, not quite as ‘warm’ as the 650s, but more than make up for this in breadth of the sonic sound stage. So far i have listened to all of bernard haitink beethoven symphonies with the lso ( so much better than rattles insipid offering ), mozart piano sonatas (dg collectors edition) with maria joâo pires, and the hyperion box set of brahms chamber music, and i have not found fault with these amazing phones. No fatigue after hours of listening, crystal clear strings, beautiful bass ( the allegretto of beethovens 7th was a revelation ). I am delighted with these, i put off buying them for too long, you only live once, music feeds the soul and with these superb phones i don’t have to listen to my awful wife.
Let me start saying i own hd598/600/650 in addition to the hd700 subject of this review and my pick of the bunch for a travel to the moon would be just the hd700. I realise these are often maligned on head-fi and a few other web sites and the word “harsh” is often found in the reviews. In part i understand where the reviewers are coming from, as these are less relaxed in the high register than the 650 in particular, and i’d say than the rest too. They are also more forward along with the mids: with these headphones vocals, but also trumpets, saxophones, guitars stand up more from the rest. The overall effect is not what i would call fatiguing but i acknowledge that the overall experience is not as relaxed (cushy) as other models. That said, the reason why these are my pick is that they i find them much more detailed and revealing than the others. More or less is like removing sun glasses: you get more or a penetrating light, generally better, more accurate colours and whether that is your best or not is just your a matter of your individual preferences. Like the rest of the bunch, these react very well to equalisation: if you want to raise the bass (something that i often do) they deliver without distortion. If you want to reduce the highs (which i do not do but i can see many others wishing), again the response is immediate.

This review is from : Sennheiser HD 700 Around-Ear, Open Dynamic Stereo Headphones

Let me start saying i own hd598/600/650 in addition to the hd700 subject of this review and my pick of the bunch for a travel to the moon would be just the hd700. I realise these are often maligned on head-fi and a few other web sites and the word “harsh” is often found in the reviews. In part i understand where the reviewers are coming from, as these are less relaxed in the high register than the 650 in particular, and i’d say than the rest too. They are also more forward along with the mids: with these headphones vocals, but also trumpets, saxophones, guitars stand up more from the rest. The overall effect is not what i would call fatiguing but i acknowledge that the overall experience is not as relaxed (cushy) as other models. That said, the reason why these are my pick is that they i find them much more detailed and revealing than the others. More or less is like removing sun glasses: you get more or a penetrating light, generally better, more accurate colours and whether that is your best or not is just your a matter of your individual preferences. Like the rest of the bunch, these react very well to equalisation: if you want to raise the bass (something that i often do) they deliver without distortion. If you want to reduce the highs (which i do not do but i can see many others wishing), again the response is immediate.
First off straight out of the box they sounded amazing. Compared to my hd 650’s the clarity of the mids and highs are night and day. The bass isn’t as muddy instead more controlled and faster. Vocals are more forward sounding and treble is never sibilant. Comfort, it doesn’t take long to forget you are wearing these. The hd 650’s are comfortable but the hd 700’s are next level. They are 150ohm so make sure you have an amp to power these with. Fantastic set of headphones only let down by the tangle fest cable. (hang the cable over a door or something when not in use it helps to straighten it out).

This review is from : Sennheiser HD 700 Around-Ear, Open Dynamic Stereo Headphones

First off straight out of the box they sounded amazing. Compared to my hd 650’s the clarity of the mids and highs are night and day. The bass isn’t as muddy instead more controlled and faster. Vocals are more forward sounding and treble is never sibilant. Comfort, it doesn’t take long to forget you are wearing these. The hd 650’s are comfortable but the hd 700’s are next level. They are 150ohm so make sure you have an amp to power these with. Fantastic set of headphones only let down by the tangle fest cable. (hang the cable over a door or something when not in use it helps to straighten it out).
Great headphones, crystal clear sound. Great headphones, crystal clear sound. Ordered a shorter cable as the one supplied can be a bit ungamely when used close to the source, but boy is that sound fabulous.
Great headphones, crystal clear sound. Great headphones, crystal clear sound. Ordered a shorter cable as the one supplied can be a bit ungamely when used close to the source, but boy is that sound fabulous.
Comfortable and a pleasure to listen the amazing sound detail. . The sound detail is just ridiculously accurate, the headphones have a peak around 5 khz that can get a bit annoying with some songs, but that can be adjusted from the equalizer. I was using them with a oppo ha2 headphone amp and i was really starting to panic because they where just awful. Until i have purchased the asus one mkii dac/amp, when i connected the 700’s to it woooww .They just came alive and the sound was so good, the voice and instruments sound amazing and well defined. I love them now, i keep them in the original box and take them out only in the weekend as a treat to myself. If you are thinking about buying these headphones please keep in mind that you need a really good, and not so cheap dac/amp , in order for you to get the best out of the 700″s.
Comfortable and a pleasure to listen the amazing sound detail. . The sound detail is just ridiculously accurate, the headphones have a peak around 5 khz that can get a bit annoying with some songs, but that can be adjusted from the equalizer. I was using them with a oppo ha2 headphone amp and i was really starting to panic because they where just awful. Until i have purchased the asus one mkii dac/amp, when i connected the 700’s to it woooww .They just came alive and the sound was so good, the voice and instruments sound amazing and well defined. I love them now, i keep them in the original box and take them out only in the weekend as a treat to myself. If you are thinking about buying these headphones please keep in mind that you need a really good, and not so cheap dac/amp , in order for you to get the best out of the 700″s.
I have been a longstanding akg user for many years. I work as a composer as my day job and getting a solid final mix fit for broadcast is essential to me. The akg k702’s i previously used, were very analytical and the top end especially so but they lacked bass and low end definition for an accurate mix. Now these by direct comparison are warmer across the range, less fatigue on the ears, sharp and defined low end range and the top end is slightly more rounded off, causing less fatigue and giving me more friendly handling of those upper frequencies. The problem with overly brittle clear highs when mixing is, they are so painfully forensic, you can over compensate but pulling it back an rolling off too much detail. These are also a lot easier to drive being 150ohms. I use my uad apollo as my headphone amp as such. It works flawlessly with a perfect representation of the sound i need to hear. The ear cups happily fit over my big lug holes and my enormous noggin is no match for the hd700 head band.
I have been a longstanding akg user for many years. I work as a composer as my day job and getting a solid final mix fit for broadcast is essential to me. The akg k702’s i previously used, were very analytical and the top end especially so but they lacked bass and low end definition for an accurate mix. Now these by direct comparison are warmer across the range, less fatigue on the ears, sharp and defined low end range and the top end is slightly more rounded off, causing less fatigue and giving me more friendly handling of those upper frequencies. The problem with overly brittle clear highs when mixing is, they are so painfully forensic, you can over compensate but pulling it back an rolling off too much detail. These are also a lot easier to drive being 150ohms. I use my uad apollo as my headphone amp as such. It works flawlessly with a perfect representation of the sound i need to hear. The ear cups happily fit over my big lug holes and my enormous noggin is no match for the hd700 head band.

This review is from : Sennheiser HD 700 Around-Ear, Open Dynamic Stereo Headphones

Disappointed until i eq’d up the bass and treble a little. The sound quality for the first few months of owning these just felt a little empty. But i finally decided that it wasn’t just me being ignorant of good sound and started playing with eq, and found that they need a little help with the bass (with my asus xonar essence st soundcard at least). This really brought up the richness of the sound. Without that support it was sounding a little empty. However, bringing up the bass seemed to wash out the treble a little, so i brought that up too. Also, they really are super comfortable.

This review is from : Sennheiser HD 700 Around-Ear, Open Dynamic Stereo Headphones

Disappointed until i eq’d up the bass and treble a little. The sound quality for the first few months of owning these just felt a little empty. But i finally decided that it wasn’t just me being ignorant of good sound and started playing with eq, and found that they need a little help with the bass (with my asus xonar essence st soundcard at least). This really brought up the richness of the sound. Without that support it was sounding a little empty. However, bringing up the bass seemed to wash out the treble a little, so i brought that up too. Also, they really are super comfortable.

This review is from : Sennheiser HD 700 Around-Ear, Open Dynamic Stereo Headphones

Excellent quality, clarity & balance in all frequencies. What’s more, at half price due to a very slightly damaged box, i consider these headphones an absolute bargain.
Excellent quality, clarity & balance in all frequencies. What’s more, at half price due to a very slightly damaged box, i consider these headphones an absolute bargain.

This review is from : Sennheiser HD 700 Around-Ear, Open Dynamic Stereo Headphones

On loan and after a test audition they are very comfortable and have a more open soundstage than the 650s. I have the sennheiser hd 650s, have auditioned the hd 800 ,, which are just sublime any way you spin it. , and own akg k702 and audio-technica ath mx 50. Both from amazonall very differentbut most will shine with a headphone ampi have had the hd 700s for a week, on loan and after a test auditionthey are very comfortable and have a more open soundstage than the 650s. The akg bass is similar in tightness but the hd 700 has more. I was listening to michael jacksons they dont care about us. Very energeticexcellent for jazz vocal ,, ,,as they will be coming my way for less than i got the hd 650s ,, no contest.

This review is from : Sennheiser HD 700 Around-Ear, Open Dynamic Stereo Headphones

On loan and after a test audition they are very comfortable and have a more open soundstage than the 650s. I have the sennheiser hd 650s, have auditioned the hd 800 ,, which are just sublime any way you spin it. , and own akg k702 and audio-technica ath mx 50. Both from amazonall very differentbut most will shine with a headphone ampi have had the hd 700s for a week, on loan and after a test auditionthey are very comfortable and have a more open soundstage than the 650s. The akg bass is similar in tightness but the hd 700 has more. I was listening to michael jacksons they dont care about us. Very energeticexcellent for jazz vocal ,, ,,as they will be coming my way for less than i got the hd 650s ,, no contest.
Quality of the headphones and the delivery pack is good safe. High quality of the headphones and the delivery pack is good safe enough.
Quality of the headphones and the delivery pack is good safe. High quality of the headphones and the delivery pack is good safe enough.

This review is from : Sennheiser HD 700 Around-Ear, Open Dynamic Stereo Headphones

Sennheiser hd 700 – sennheiser’s queen in 2016sennheiser was kind enough to lend me their hd 700 for a home demo. And as you know, i already own the hd 650 (silver drivers) to compare them to. And thankfully, sennheiser has also agreed to lend me their hd 800 in a few days, for a more thorough side by side comparison. But that is best left to another review. I’m not sure whether these hd 700 headphones have been burned in or not. Because i’m not a big believer in burn in making a radical difference to the sound. At least in the majority of cases.
Sennheiser hd 700 – sennheiser’s queen in 2016sennheiser was kind enough to lend me their hd 700 for a home demo. And as you know, i already own the hd 650 (silver drivers) to compare them to. And thankfully, sennheiser has also agreed to lend me their hd 800 in a few days, for a more thorough side by side comparison. But that is best left to another review. I’m not sure whether these hd 700 headphones have been burned in or not. Because i’m not a big believer in burn in making a radical difference to the sound. At least in the majority of cases.

This review is from : Sennheiser HD 700 Around-Ear, Open Dynamic Stereo Headphones

Is every bit as good as the 650s. I’ve been a collector/user of headphones for years, and my choice was settled on sennheiser almost from day one. I’ve had about four pairs of 650s, and just about everything that came before them, and a couple after. Pricewise, the 700s are about double the cost of the 650s, which i geuss is the model they were slated to replace, and at around £450 they’re not a casual purchase. I bought these to replace a pair of 650s which lost one side of its output. Sound, which is what i bought them for, is every bit as good as the 650s: i’ve also got a pair of 800s, and would say these are pretty similar, or nearer the 800s than the 650s. It’s pretty much a question of what you fancy, because on the ear they’re just fine. Couple of small details for the picky; the earpiece is oval on one side and flat at the front, so the first impression is that, compared with both the 650 and 800 these are a slightly snugger fit. On the inside of the earpiece, the 650s are 4cm wide by 7cm high in a true oval; the 700s are the same height, 7cm, but, contrary to first impressions, they are 4. 5cm wide from oval to flat side.
Is every bit as good as the 650s. I’ve been a collector/user of headphones for years, and my choice was settled on sennheiser almost from day one. I’ve had about four pairs of 650s, and just about everything that came before them, and a couple after. Pricewise, the 700s are about double the cost of the 650s, which i geuss is the model they were slated to replace, and at around £450 they’re not a casual purchase. I bought these to replace a pair of 650s which lost one side of its output. Sound, which is what i bought them for, is every bit as good as the 650s: i’ve also got a pair of 800s, and would say these are pretty similar, or nearer the 800s than the 650s. It’s pretty much a question of what you fancy, because on the ear they’re just fine. Couple of small details for the picky; the earpiece is oval on one side and flat at the front, so the first impression is that, compared with both the 650 and 800 these are a slightly snugger fit. On the inside of the earpiece, the 650s are 4cm wide by 7cm high in a true oval; the 700s are the same height, 7cm, but, contrary to first impressions, they are 4. 5cm wide from oval to flat side.
High quality beautiful peice of kit. Incredibly comfortable, beautiful peice of kit, sound is rich, clean bass, crisp clear accurate highs. They are expensive but worth it if you really need the quality. I simply cannnot understand the negative review on this, or how anyone could give these less than 5 stars.I can’t think of anything negative i could say about these gorgeous, beautifully made headphones. A delight to use, absolutely perfect sound.
High quality beautiful peice of kit. Incredibly comfortable, beautiful peice of kit, sound is rich, clean bass, crisp clear accurate highs. They are expensive but worth it if you really need the quality. I simply cannnot understand the negative review on this, or how anyone could give these less than 5 stars.I can’t think of anything negative i could say about these gorgeous, beautifully made headphones. A delight to use, absolutely perfect sound.
I bought these refurbished from sennheiser as the price was hard to resist. Compared to the spectacular philips fidelio x2 they lack bass and are not as exciting. They are relaxing headphones that are a bit dull, but they are not as dull as the hd598. When i listen to certain female vocals with the philips x2 i get goosebumps, but when i listen to the same vocals with the hd700 i get nothing. The best i can say about the hd700 is that the sound is clear and relaxing, and that they are as comfortable to wear as a pair of soft slippers.
I bought these refurbished from sennheiser as the price was hard to resist. Compared to the spectacular philips fidelio x2 they lack bass and are not as exciting. They are relaxing headphones that are a bit dull, but they are not as dull as the hd598. When i listen to certain female vocals with the philips x2 i get goosebumps, but when i listen to the same vocals with the hd700 i get nothing. The best i can say about the hd700 is that the sound is clear and relaxing, and that they are as comfortable to wear as a pair of soft slippers.

This review is from : Sennheiser HD 700 Around-Ear, Open Dynamic Stereo Headphones

5mm and the presentstion box is too large to be practical. They did not come sealed so for all i know i may have a seconds pair.

This review is from : Sennheiser HD 700 Around-Ear, Open Dynamic Stereo Headphones

5mm and the presentstion box is too large to be practical. They did not come sealed so for all i know i may have a seconds pair.
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