The Audio-Technica ATH-AD700X are budget open-back headphones that deliver an above-average sound for critical listening. They're comfortable and decently well built. However, they're not casual headphones. They won't be versatile enough to use outside or in noisy environments.
- Above-average and open sound quality.
- Comfortable design.
- Very sensitive to ambient noise.
- Open-back design leaks a lot.
- Big and bulky headphones.
The Audio-Technica ATH-AD700X are typical open-back headphones with a unique headband design. The self-adjusting paddles and well-cushioned ear cups deliver a comfortable fit during prolonged listening sessions. However, they can't and are not intended to be used outdoors effectively. They're bulky and will fall if used while doing any physical activity.
The ATH-AD700X are average looking over-ear headphones with a unique headband mechanism. They're big and have large circular ear cups that have an almost entirely open-back design. The cups are covered with thin metal grill, and they're padded with a soft cushion that feels good on the skin but looks a bit cheap. The headband has self-adjusting paddles that replace the typical leather strap that you would find on these types of headphones. They're a bit dull and bulky to wear in public, and nothing except the unusual headband is really eye-catching.
The ATH-AD700X have a unique headband that's comfortable and exerts the right amount of pressure on your head. They're not heavy despite their size. The ear cups are large and well-padded with a soft cushion that feels good on the skin but also makes the ear cup opening a little small for larger ears.
The AD700X are not built to provide a stable fit during physical activity. They are not sports headphones and will quickly fall off if used while running, jogging or exercising. They will maintain a stable fit during casual listening sessions, but the cable is not detachable so if it gets hooked on something, it will pull the headphones off your head.
The AD700X are bulky headphones that don't fold up into a more compact format. The ear cups don't lay flat to take less space and the headband design also makes them quite large and cumbersome to carry around. They will fit in a backpack but are too big for anything else. There's also no case or pouch, to carry them around.
These headphones are moderately well-built but have a lot of moving parts. The ear cups feel sufficiently dense, and they're lightweight enough, to not get damaged from a few falls. However, the unique headband design has a lot of joints and moving parts that will wear through regular use. Their build quality also feels a bit cheap.
The ATH-AD700X deliver a pleasant critical listening experience with a wide and open soundstage. However, they don't have the most balanced audio reproduction. The mid-range is a bit too emphasized compared to the rest of the mix. That combined with the slightly unexciting bass, makes instruments and vocals sound too forward on some tracks. They also lack a bit of clarity and detail representing lead instruments, due to the slight dips in the treble range.
Average Bass Range performance. Low-bass is lacking a little bit, however, considering the open-back design of these headphones the low-bass extension is good. Bass is also reproduced well, but high-bass is a little overemphasized which could add excess warmth and muddiness to the mix.
Decent Mid Range performance. Although low-mid and mid are virtually flat, they are consistently overemphasized by 5dB. This creates a boxy and honky tonality and makes the sound of these headphones quite mid-rangy. High-mid is underemphasized compared to the lower Mid Range and therefore favors the lower harmonics of vocals/leads.
Decent Treble Range performance. Low-treble is underemphasized by about 3dB, which negatively affects the clarity and detail of leads/vocals. This is going to be even more noticeable due to the 5dB bump in low-mid and mid. Treble is a little uneven, but more balanced than low-treble. The bump between 8KHz-10KHz could potentially make these headphones a bit sibilant, but the effect will be quite subtle.
- 100% Avg. Std. Deviation
Decent Soundstage. These headphones are quite open, and therefore create an open and spacious Soundstage which merges the music with the outside ambience. Also, due to their relatively large ear cups, they activate the resonances of the pinna to some extent. On the other hand, they don't excite their acoustic environment like loud Planar Magnetics do.
Average Imaging. There is a large and slow phase shift happening in the Bass Range, as well as spikes in treble and high-treble. On the other hand, the drivers of our test unit were well-matched.
Very good Harmonic Distortion performance. Although the amount of harmonic distortion produced in the Bass Range is rather elevated, humans are less sensitive to harmonic distortion at lower frequencies. The amount of distortion produced in the Mid and Treble regions is very low.
These are open-back headphones not designed to block noise or isolate listeners from loud environments. They're purposely open, to improve their sound quality. Unfortunately, this also means that they cannot be used outside or in public, as ambient noise will easily seep into your audio and the leakage level is high enough to be distracting to anyone in your immediate vicinity.
Poor isolation. These headphones don't isolate any sound below 2KHz. Above 2KHz, they fail to achieve more than 12dB of overall attenuation in the Treble Range.
Poor leakage. These open headphones leak a lot of sound mostly in the Treble and upper Mid Range frequencies. The leakage starts to become noticeable around 800Hz and remains so up to 12KHz.
No active features.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Audio-Technica ATH-AD700X Headphones
- 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter