July 31, 2015

Vaibhav Pisal

Vaibhav Pisal, Delhiite audiophile, tells us what he thinks of his Sennheiser HD 700 Over-Ear Headphones.

Design & Build

Build quality of this headphone is exquisite. From headband sliding mechanism to rotation of ear cups, everything is solid and very precise. Headband sliding mechanism is so smooth I almost can never get it right in one go. But it is obviously my fault. Headband is silicone coated and feels premium to touch. All materials used seem top quality and even though there is plastic, its robust and good quality. Cable is a bit thick and has a lot of memory. But its cloth covered that gives it a premium touch. Unboxing experience was great and storage case adds value to product.

Sound & Performance
Sound is very natural and even handed. All instruments sound very life like and there seems to be no boost to any frequency. It is very detailed and achieves it by very high driver resolution instead of any tricks like boosting the treble. Mids are slightly on warm side, bass is tight and round, treble is extended and detailed. Soundstage width is okay but depth is exceptional giving it a bit out of head feel.
That said its a rather high performance headphone and be prepared to invest in good DAC and amp, preferably tubes.

Accessories & Complementary Gear

I have AUDINST HUD-mini, a Hi-Fi USB Audio DAC. It sounds great but these can do better and am in market for a matching amp, preferably a tube amplifier.

Final Verdict
I think these are firmly into dynamic flagship territory and one should take a plunge only if you are willing to build a matching setup around it. If you do that, be prepared to experience most natural, smooth, extremely resolving sound you can hope for. These are not top of the line like the HD800 but considerably high end than mid range headphones like Sennheiser HD650s that I have also heard on multiple ocassions.

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