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Audio Technica ATH-AD700 Breakin?

2350 Views 6 Replies 4 Participants Last post by  He Save Dave
So, I bought these awhile back and so far I'm disappointed. I use them on my PC and on my Yamaha sound system and they sound very tinny and have a lack of bass. I've been reading and some people say you have to break them in. Can anyone tell me the best way to do that? How high should the volume be and what should I use? How long? Thanks guys. I look forward to your responses.
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when hooked to the PC, are you using any equalization on the playback ? Most audio programs have a software equalizer that lets you boost the bass and mid frequencies a bit, since many mp3 digital files are quite flat sounding.

What Yamaha sound system ? The ATH-AD700 headphones are well liked and should not under perform your expectations. I can imagine they might benefit from a headphone amplifier, particularly when attached to the PC (soundcards have very little real output power)
the AD700s are supposed to be fairly weak in their deep bass, their frequency response graphs show their bass starts rolling off around 80Hz. So these headphones will indeed sound kind of tinny

I don't think any amount of break in will change that. You should consider something else if you are looking for a bassier sound.

I'd recommend the Shure SRH840 or Audio Techica ATH-M50. Both have a full bodied sound.
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warp, I added those two headphones to my list to check out. Can you recommend any that are more open eared like the AD700s? Alot of times headphones make my ears sweat lol. Thanks
the only other one I might recommend are the Beyerdynamic models like the DT990 or DT770, but I find them a bit too bright sounding for my taste.

They are supremely comfortable due to their velour type pads which is why I mention them but I prefer the two mentioned above for their tonal balance,
I own the AD700's, and if you're not happy with them now, you probably won't like them later. I'd give the Sennheiser HD555's a try, or the Grado SR-80i. The Beyer DT770, DT880, and DT990 are also good choices for non-sweaty ears, but are above the price range.
I have looking into the Beyerdynamic sets. I am confused about one thing. What do the different ohms mean? I will be mainly using them on my PC but sometimes on my YAMAHA RX-V565 7.1-Channel Home Theater Receiver. Which pair should I get for PC? Do I need some sort of amp for the PC use? Which do I buy?

Also, I am shopping for a nice set of earbuds as well. I have a couple hundred to spent for each set so 200 each or so. I need some good bass and full sound. Thanks guys!
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