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Not necessarily bigger, but they take up more room. The AD700 is perfectly round, while these are oval and bulkier. They stick out of your head quite a bit farther than every other headphone I have ever put on, except maybe the XB700 (and I still wonder if they bneat even those). The headband is also very thick, and the mic is loooong. Don't let the online images of the Z2 fool you. They are absolutely humongous.
In the very short time I heard them with the Mixamp, I would say that they are decently crisp and balanced. The AD700's soundstage is WAAAAAAY bigger as the Z2 is closed, but they have a decent soundstage for being closed, reminiscent of the CAL. Overall positioning isn't anything anyone would complain about either. The AD700 sounds so crisp, like cold mountain air, it's hard to really compare the two. I would still prefer the AD700 sound, but the lack of a mic, and terrible lack of a normal style headband were deal breakers for me. 3D wings just fail so hardcore for me. I would never ever get another Audio-Technica with 3D wings, which sucks as their best headphones all seem to have them.
I would still pay some decent money for an AD700 modded with a normal headband. That is quite an undertaking though, unless transplanting the drivers into an open headphone with similar dimensions would work.
I of course won't recommend the Z2 quite yet until I can sit down with them for at least a few hours worth of gaming. As it stands, they obviously don't stack up to the CAL or AD700 in the price range, but they do have a mic, and still sound great enough that no one would seriously complain, with the exception of their bass. The bass is DEFINITELY there, but the pads just don't allow it to reach your ears.
When I get my second Z2, I'm gonna go over my friend's house and see if the AD700's pads fit. If so, I will more than likely order some.
I'd say so far, the Z2 is like a closed AD700. That is both good an bad, as the AD700's main thing is their huge soundstage, which makes a closed version lack quite a bit in comparison. Without the soundstage, the AD700 are just a very bass light, cold, and treble oriented headphone. An open Z2 would probably compete with the AD700, from the little I heard if only because they actually have bass, and the sound is more evened out as a whole. They aren't as crisp as the AD700, but they ARE crisp. There is NO hint of muddiness/veiled sound from the Z2. That is a VERY good thing. I'm inclined to believe they may sound even more crisp than the CAL, but the CAL just has this smoothness to it I love. Not muddy, but juuuust right.