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.
3 years ago