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The audiophile realm is full of mystery and intrigue to most people. Those on the periphery want desperately to be in on it, and the ones deeply entrenched in it, pontificate eloquently in an almost pseudo-sciencey way. The truth though is that audiophilia, at least the way it is practiced, is more like a cult, than a science. Audio is so subjective an experience that over the years esoteric customs have evolved in this subculture such as obsession over specialist cables (the actual wires that transmit signals), burn-ins, vintage amps and hundreds of nebulous ways in which audiophiles try to quantify their experiences into words. But the makers of audiophile gear, in this case headphones, couldn't possibly be complaining. They are only too happy to supply a hungry audience with tweaked and tuned headphone variations to suit every subjectivity-ridden ear. The sweetest outcome is that we get to try out so many different units and models. One such audio piece we've been craving to get our hands on for the longest time was the Sennheiser HD 700. These headphones were released a long time after the now legendary flagship HD 800s – most speculate to possibly to fill a budget gap been the 800s and the old standard (and beloved) Sennheiser HD 650.
Sennheiser's new HD 700 ($999.95) over-the-ear headphones sound "effortless," without strain, harshness or aggressive edge. Their stereo soundstage is more open and spacious than you'll hear from most audiophile headphones, and the bass, midrange, treble balance is very smooth, with no overly exaggerated frequencies. The HD 700 is straight down the middle, a very accurate set of headphones designed for buyers who want to hear sound with nothing added or taken away from the music. The HD 700 feels like it weighs almost nothing on your head, but in fact it's 272 grams, which is about average for full-size headphones. Its plush microfiber-covered earpads allow for some air circulation, so they are less likely to make your ears sweat than leather pads would. I find the HD 700 well above average in comfort, even after hours of use. Earpad pressure against my ears was light, and that certainly contributed to the HD 700's exceptional comfort. It's one of the few full-size headphones that didn't put pressure against the frames of my glasses. (Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET) The HD 700's unique styling may not align with everyone's tastes, but I think it looks great.
Some headphones are designed to be affordable upgrades from the terrible earbuds bundled with an iPod. Others are built for the home, for you to play back your music with all the clarity and beauty of a choir of angels drinking martinis. The Sennheiser HD 700s fall into the second category.At £600 they're certainly not cheap, but these open-backed cans hope that their good build quality, wide sound and crystal-clear audio will tempt you to part with your cash.The HD 700s offer a particularly striking design, made up of various shades of steel grey, extremely fine mesh panels and angular struts of plastic clamping onto the large earcups. It's a very modern, almost aggressive look that will certainly find appeal among the more fashionable circles. It may well scare off those of you who find comfort in the classier wood-encased Denon AH-D7000s though. They look very similar to Sennheiser's HD800s from 2010, and in fact share the same large earcups. That big size isn't just for show though -- it's apparently designed to place the driver further away from your ear in order to achieve a more open sound. I'll return to this later. The earcups sit around the ear, rather than on it, and have a doughnut-shaped micro-fibre padding that's pretty comfortable.
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