ATH-AD700 Open-air Dynamic Headphones from Audio-Technica

by Mark R

I got a chance to try out the ATH-AD700 Open-air Dynamic Headphones from Audio-Technica, and I would say that I am impressed.

Of course, I am usually easily impressed by any pair of padded headphones. As much as I love the retro-glory of the padded ‘phones, the ATH-AD700 has some interesting features.

For example, the lightweight honeycomb aluminum casing, large aperture 53mm drivers with neodymium magnet systems and CCAW voice coils for superior sound reproduction.

The velvet ear-fitting pads are also pretty amazing as well. By the way, I could not figure out how to adjust these guys, but that’s because I didn’t have to. These things have some odd tabs that are designed to cradle the head. I was able to shift them from my head to my seven-year-old daughter’s head without any adjusting whatsoever.

Other terrific features include an extra long cord, as well as the gold-plated stereo 1/8 inch (3.5mm) connector with 1/4 inch (6.3mm) adapter.

You may notice that these headphones have sort of fibrous exterior. I remember when I first took these out of the box, I thought the ear cups were speakers themselves. It was a shame that wasn’t one of the features.

If you’re wanting to get one of these guys, head to the Audio-Technica site and get one. You will have to lay down about $249.95, though.

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