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Wooden housings made of African Padauk not only look great—they contribute to the superior acoustic reproduction that these beautiful headphones offer. Audio-Technica’s specially designed 42 mm neodymium drivers project powerfully. Luxurious earpads deliver long-wearing comfort. The headphones fold flat for compact storage.
 
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Beatiful in looks and function
PostedOctober 21, 2011
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Environment:Office
Expertise:Intermediate
How Long:Up to a year
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I will admit, I was a sucker for these when I first saw them way back when... I mean, wood, portable? I was ready to buy them without even trying them or reading reviews. Luckily my patience in holding off, due to being a poor college student, paid off. I got to go to Tokyo, and while there, got to give these guys a test run. I was sold.
They are beautiful to look at, the leather and wood work so well together.
Everything about the sound of these, I love. I am coming from using the AKG K701s and AD700s for home listening and the Etymotic ER4Ps for everything else. I decided these would be the in between when I don't want to use any of those. So, these sit in my laptop bag so I can use them at home then again at work.
The bass on these are nice and sweat, something I wasn't ready for, coming from the headphones previously listed. Unfortunately, the bass is not without fault, though. These handle 90% of the music I listen to well, but when it comes to some of them metal (any song by Black Witchery or Blasphemy are not going to go well on these, and probably 99% of the other headphones out there)I listen to, the bass is just to "slow" and sort of muddle together. But give it a nice Opeth song like "Face of Melinda" or Tiesto's "Elements of Life" and these shine beautifully.
The treble on these are nice change of pace from my other headphones, they're not as pronounced but they're not too subdued, either. The mid levels, feel perfect something like Mazzy Star's "Into Dust" or Sunn o)))/Boris' "Sinking Belle" sound amazing coming through these.
All in all, I would recommend these to someone looking for beautiful headphones that also sound great.
Pros Casual Listening, Office, aesthetics
 
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With a lightweight honeycomb aluminum casing and magnesium frame structure, these open-air headphones produce no sense of pressure on the ears, offering a completely natural listening experience. The sound is smooth and relaxed, with deep resonating bass and vocal projection. The self-adjusting wing support automatically adjusts to your head size for easy-wearing listening comfort. A straight cord at the left earpiece terminates to a mini plug with included ¼" adapter.
 

have the ad700s been compared to the bose ae2s or triports if so how did they fair thank you

I can compare them to the Bose IE2, and only slightly to the Triports (only demoed these).

I would say, the Bose offerings are geared towards a strong low end response; so they will offer more bass, in comparison to a lighter bass response in the AD700s. In terms of bass control, the AD700s aren't as "bloated" as the Bose can be. If you are use to the bass of the Bose, you're definitely going to feel like something is missing.

Otherwise the AD700s trump them in terms of mid and high responses. The AD700s also win in presentation because you have a much greater 'air" around you when you listen, giving you the illusion of a wide area the music is coming from.

If you want isolation, get the Bose (or check out the A700s, though I do not have experience with them so I cannot describe their sound), if you want something that will give more "openness," get the AD700s.
 
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