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Reviewed on Sep 12, 2016

Audio-Technica ATH-AD700X
HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
5.4
Mixed Usage
7.0
Critical Listening
4.3
Commute/Travel
5.2
Sports/Fitness
4.9
Office
5.6
TV
5.6
Gaming
Type : Over-ear
Enclosure : Open-Back
Wireless : No
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : No
Transducer : Dynamic

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.

Test Results
Design 6.1
Sound 6.9
Isolation 2.4
Microphone 0
Active Features 0
Connectivity 4.8
Pros
  • Above-average and open sound quality.
  • Comfortable design.
Cons
  • Very sensitive to ambient noise, by design.
  • Open-back design, so they leak a lot.
  • Big and bulky headphones.
Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
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6.1

Design

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.

Style

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.

7.5 Comfort
Weight : 0.57 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0.80 lbs

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.

0 Controls
Ease of use : N/A
Feedback : N/A
Call/Music Control : No
Volume Control : No
Microphone Control : N/A
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : N/A
7.9 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 2.3 C
5.0 Portability
L : 9.5 "
W : 7.38 "
H : 4.38 "
Volume : 307 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

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.

0 Case
Type : No case
L : N/A
W : N/A
H : N/A
Volume : N/A
6.5 Build Quality

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.

6.0 Stability

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.

Cable
Detachable : No
Length : 9.84 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRS
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6.9

Sound

The AD700X is an above-average sounding pair of open-back over-ear headphones. They have a good Bass and an open sounding Soundstage due to their open-back design. However, they lack a bit of sub-bass, tend to sound Mid-Rangy and their Treble could be piercing on certain tracks.

7.5 Bass
Std. Err.
:
3.06 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
64.42 Hz
Low-Bass
:
-5.69 dB
Mid-Bass
:
-0.86 dB
High-Bass
:
2.37 dB
7.4 Mid
Std. Err.
:
3.41 dB
Low-Mid
:
3.06 dB
Mid-Mid
:
3.17 dB
High-Mid
:
3.88 dB
6.7 Treble
Std. Err.
:
4.54 dB
Low-Treble
:
-1.62 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-1.52 dB
High-Treble
:
1.1 dB
6.7 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.7 dB
8.4 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.21
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.76
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
1.99
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
7.75
5.0 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
4.11 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
-2.11 dB
PRTF Distance
:
5.23 dB
Openness
:
9.0
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
8.6
Correlated Crosstalk
:
-0.38 dB
8.5 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
0.184
Weighted THD @ 100
:
1.139
2.4

Isolation

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. 

2.7 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-2.88 dB
Bass
:
0.17 dB
Mid
:
2.01 dB
Treble
:
-10.42 dB
Self-Noise
:
0 dB

Poor isolation. These headphones don't isolate any sound below 2KHz, which is expected and typical of open-back headphones. Above 2KHz, they fail to achieve more than 12dB of overall attenuation in the Treble Range.

1.7 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
63.2 dB

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.

0

Microphone

Integrated
:
N/A
In-line
:
N/A
Boom
:
N/A
Detachable Boom
:
N/A
0 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
N/A
LFE
:
N/A
FR Std. Dev.
:
N/A
HFE
:
N/A
Weighted THD
:
N/A
Gain
:
N/A
0 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise : N/A
Speech + Subway Noise : N/A
SpNR
:
N/A
0

Active Features

No active features.

N/A Battery
Battery Type
:
N/A
Battery Life
:
N/A
Charge Time
:
N/A
Power Saving Feature
:
N/A
Audio while charging
:
N/A
Passive Playback
:
N/A
0 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
N/A
ANC control
:
N/A
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
:
N/A
Playback control
:
N/A
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

No compatible app.

4.8

Connectivity

0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
:
N/A
NFC Pairing
:
N/A
7.2 Wired
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
PS4 Compatible
:
Audio Only
Xbox One Compatible
:
Audio Only
PC Compatible
:
Audio Only
0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A
0 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
N/A
Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
10 Latency
Default Latency
:
0 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

In the box

  •  Audio-Technica ATH-AD700X Headphones
  • 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter
  • Manual

Conclusion
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5.4 Mixed Usage
These headphones are not designed for everyday, casual use.
7.0 Critical Listening
The ATH-AD700X are built to deliver a comfortable listening experience. They slightly overemphasize the mids, and they're not as well-balanced as some of the higher-end open-back headphones, but they reproduce tracks with above-average fidelity. They also create a satisfactory soundstage for critical listening.
4.3 Commute/Travel
Not made for commuting. They don't block any ambient noise.
5.2 Sports/Fitness
Too bulky and unstable for sports. They will slip off your ears if used while running or doing physical activity.
4.9 Office
Not intended for office use. Unless you work in an isolated environment, these headphones will leak and be distracting.
5.6 TV
Average for home theater. They're decently comfortable headphones with a good enough sound quality, for watching movies. They also have no latency since they're wired headphones. However, they lack a bit of bass and although long, the cable may not have enough range to comfortably watch movies from your couch.

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