ATH-AD700

Audiophile Open-air Dynamic Headphones

MSRP* US$159.95
Two-Year Limited End-User Warranty

*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Actual selling price may vary; please check with an authorized Audio-Technica dealer.



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  • Overview

    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 ľ" adapter.
  • Features

    • Air Dynamic (open) headphones for natural and high quality sounds with deep resonating bass and vocal projection

    • Full open-air type headphones produce no sense of pressure on the ears, resulting in a completely natural sensation

    • Lightweight honeycomb aluminum casing and magnesium frame structure

    • Large-aperture 53 mm drivers with neodymium magnet systems and CCAW voice coils for superior sound reproduction

    • Self-adjusting 3D Wing Support Housing provides comfortable support for a more enjoyable listening experience

    • High-quality hybrid PCOCC and titanium alloy cord

    • Extremely comfortable velvet ear-fitting pads

    • Gold-plated stereo 1/8" (3.5 mm) connector with 1/4" (6.3 mm) adapter

  • Specifications

    TypeOpen-air Dynamic
    Driver Diameter53 mm
    MagnetNeodymium
    Voice CoilCopper-clad aluminum wire
    Frequency Response5 Ė 30,000 Hz
    Maximum Input Power500 mW
    Sensitivity98 dB/mW at 1 kHz
    Impedance32 ohms
    Weight280 g
    Cable3.0 m (Single/Hybrid-PCOCC)
    Connector1/8" (3.5 mm) mini stereo, gold-plated
    Accessory IncludedDetachable 1/4" (6.3 mm) adapter



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    ATH-AD700 Audiophile Open-air Dynamic Headphones 4.4 5 12 12
    Amazing Clarity Every sound is crisp, clean, and has a great spatial distinction. Certain songs just don't sound the same without these. These are very light, I find them comfortable, but I can see how, on a small headed person, there could be an issue. I will wear them in the winter as earmuffs, although they are almost ridiculously large. Also, they are very very durable. I have had mine for over two years; only a small dent in one side, cosmetic stuff. The cord is very long and sheathed in a high-quality synthetic material; I never worry about it breaking or fraying. Great for gaming and music. These headphones are open-air, so sound leaks in and out, and bass doesn't have much of a "kick". March 21, 2014
    Don't waste your money If your head isn't shaped like a bowling ball forget these. You can't adjust them to fit. They look impressive out of the box but I couldn't use them. There's no adjustment to bring the sides closer together. Now I have to go through the process of sending them back and finding something else. November 14, 2012
    Great Can at a great price I own these, the close back model A-700 and AKG 702s. If the AKGs get a 98%, these get a 95-96% at 1/3 the cost. Great sounding comfortable cans at any price. Remember that the open cans are more responsive, less bass and let the sounds in and out. I prefer them for accuracy and lack of heat. August 3, 2012
    Top budget headphones I've had a pair of these ATH-AD700 cans for over a year now and I haven't looked back. In fact, I bought a second pair for work - replacing my old and reliable ATH-910 Pro cans which I'd used at work for nerly 2 years. The older cans (modified slightly by taking out the metal 'grill' in the ear-piece# were very easy to listen to - the forward upper bass #or lower midbass# meant that I couldn't even be annoyed by a loud mid or upper range screeching. The AD700's are a completely different kettle of fish. While the bass is extended, certainly going below my hearing at about 16Hz, it is not forward and is nicely detailed. The midbass is quite beautiful, as are the mids - making both female and male vocals quite a joy to listen to. Highs are not screechy or forward. The earpieces are soft and comfortable. The only thing that it took me a long time to get used to was the lack of adjustment. I'm used to setting up phones so that they fit nicely. While, in the end, I do have to admit that they fit nicely, it took a long time for me to get used to the lack of user fine-tuning. Closest comparison would be to the AKG K701 cans, which have an even dryer bass sound and a slightly more detailed #and harsher# upper range sound. I generally wear these from 2 to 7 hours a day at work and I don't fatigue much at all. And, at home, I use them to listen to movies and music when my wife has gone to bed. Well done Audio-Technica! For the budget, they are the best I could hope for. Unless the AD900s are a big step up, then I'd have to pay over $500 for better sounding phones. July 9, 2012
    A true redefinition of Audio This is trully a great headphone that I have used. The MS-1 I have been using so far seems completely colored and muddled after I listened to these phones. I am yet to audition a Reference phone, so I really cannot be sure which is the correct sound when it comes to MS-1 and AD700. Lack of bass is immediately noticeable. But using a EQ does reduce it to some extent, though not up to my expectation. Looking forward to next series of Audio Technica headphones! February 23, 2012
    Excellent gaming headphones. I coupled these cans with a clip-on mic, and boom, you have the best gaming headset for under $100 (Amazon). The soundstage is great, allowing me to hear all of the footsteps and gunfire. It really immerses you in the game. Music and movies are also fantastic, although bassheads need not apply. However, using the EQ on my soundcard allowed to bass to really come to life. The 3D wing-support also makes it supremely comfortable during long sessions and the amount of pressure put on your ears is minimal. However, as it is open, there is quite a bit of leaked sound. Buy these! November 19, 2011
    Best audiophile entrance product! When getting into the hifi scene, the ATH-AD700 was my first choice. The pricing was right and the reviews of the product were good, so I set out to get a pair for myself to try. Sound: The ATH-AD700 is a great pair of headphones. The sound is clear, crisp and controlled. The bass is tight and enunciated. Its not powerful or gives you that kick, but the precision is very present and punchy. It is not excessive nor muddy but clear. The sound stage is very airy and open (its an open-air headphone...) The mid-range on these are amazing for what they are. The mid range and up is very clear and somewhat bright but not fatiguing. Very good sound. Will please anyone except people looking for a strong bass presence. Comfort: Extremely comfortable. I have a smallish head and these are huge, but they fit ever so comfortably. They sit on my head very very lightly and you do not need to adjust. They cover a large portion of you ear and more. They feel like over-sized soft earmuffs. I really recommend these to people starting off in the headphone hifi scene! They are a great first product and I still use them from time to time after 4 years. I dropped them once and the right side became imbalanced... Had to get that fixed. November 9, 2011
    Incredible Sound I'm writing this review to get 15% off my next pair of headphones, but these really are incredible sound. They're my first audiophile headphones and they've gotten me addicted. I'll certainly buy more from Audio-Technica and would recommend these to anyone who asked. October 27, 2011
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    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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    Answer: 
    Thank you for your inquiry.
    We have not tested the ATH-AD700s against the Bose AE2s or the Triports. The ATH-AD700s are an open-back headphone typically used by Audiophiles to listen to music at home. Since the Bose AE2s/Triport models are closed-back designs, we don't feel that they directly compete. Unfortunately, Bose doesn't publish their headphone specs - otherwise, we could take a stab at an "on-paper" comparison.
    If you are looking for a great open-air pair of headphones, I along with many independant reviewers would suggest the ATH-AD700s. If you are looking for a closed back design that delivers great clarity, comfort and reliability at an affordable price, I would suggest looking at our ATH-A700 audiophile headphones, ATH-ANC7b QuietPoint Active Noise Cancelling Headphones or our new ATH-WS70 Solid Bass headphones.
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    How big is the inside of the ear cups?

    I have larger/taller than average ears (~2.75") and I've been looking few a new pair of headphones/headset. I am at the computer for a very long time and my current pair don't accommodate my entire ear.

    This means that the cushion is resting on my earlobes which after about half an hour start to get very uncomfortable even if the cushions are very soft.

    Finding the exact size of the inside of the ear cups of any pair is proving very difficult.
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    Not large enough. Circular design can put pressure on ear lobes.
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    Thank you for your inquiry. The overall size of the the earcup is 4.3 inches. These are a bit different than other over the ear headphones in that the there is a wide band of padding that sits on the ear and forms a seal. They are very comfortable and should work fine for you.
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    I love these headphones but the material of the earpads is itchy on me I was wondering if there is a leather like alternative that is offered. Thanks so much
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    I bought these headphones on the Internet and I thought they were circumaural but they are not since the wide part rests on my ears. So despite the size these are supra-aural headphones. I am extremely disappointed as I cannot use supra-aural and if I cannot find alternative ear pads I will get rid of them.
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    Thank you for your inquiry. These are the only ear pads available for this head phone. You could try some of the Disposable Headphone Covers offered by 3rd party companies. just browse the internet for Disposable Headphone Covers.
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    How to install the drivers for ad700

    I just purchased my ad 700, however no sound comes in when i plug it in to the audio jack thing for my laptop. How do i install the drivers?
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    The AD 700 is a headphone, it does not need any drivers. Please make sure that
    1) your computer is turned out
    2) that the headphone plug [the skinny end with two black lines on it] is plugged into a head phone out not a microphone
    3) make sure your volume is turned on and up in windows
    4) make sure that your music player is not muted
    5) lastly test another pair of headphones with your system after you've done the first 4 steps, if they work and the AD 700 do not work chances are the AD 700 are broken. In which case contact Audio Technica with your proof of purchse and they should provide a replacement!

    Non the less I'm sorry to hear that your having trouble using them, I hope you can get everything worked out!
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    Thank you for your inquiry. There are no drivers needed for headphones on your laptop. You may need to configure your OS or application to use the headphone jack. Check with the documentation for the computer or the computer vendor about how to do this.
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    Where can I find replacement earpads?

    I've been loving my AD700 headphones over the past three years. But over the almost 1k hours (estimation, probably more) I've listened with these, the earpads have flattened and my ears rest uncomfortably on the hard driver covers.

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    Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact our parts department at 330-686-2600 option 4 and they can help with this.
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