Following the success of the ATH-ES7, Audio Technica ups the ante with the ATH-ES700. It’s made of stainless steel and a minimalist enough headband for bringing it on the road. The closed back design makes it suitable for commuting as it blocks out most of the noise and wouldn’t bother people next to you on the train with what you’re listening to.
The first thing you’ll notice when comparing the ES700 to the ES7 is the improvement they made on the head pad. The thicker and softer headband makes long listening sessions a delightful experience. The pleather on the ear pads is also very comfortable. The ES700 weighs in at 160g, and it feels like you’re not wearing one at all. The clamping force is also pretty light but enough for it to be stable on your head while moving.
The ES700 is powered by 42 mm drivers, which delivers an expanded audio range, more specifically in the lower end. I find the ES700’s bass response a bit more pronounced but not much as to drown the mids and the highs.
Listening to the re-mastered version of Bob Marley & The Wailers, you get a wide range of its performance. From the percussions to the vocals, everything was balanced and the bass has got that satisfactory boom.
The ES700 is capable of delivering a wide range of genre but the sound stage may be a little tight to some, which is expected for closed-back design headphones.
I gave it a go with Dream Theater’s Images and Words and Metropolis Part I blew me away. Each section was delivered clear and spaced.
Now I guess, where the ES700 really shines is when I started to listen to Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories. Pharrell Williams’ vocals really shine on these cans combined with the tight bass, it’s an experience like no other.
It seems that the weakness of the ES700 is with the high frequencies. I played Kenny G.’s Breathless album, and the highs seem just a bit short than I like, but the vocals are handled pretty well which still makes it enjoyable to listen to.
Audio Technica ES700 Specifications:
Type: Closed-back, dynamic
Freq. Response: 5 ““ 30,000 Hz
Max. Input Power: 1,000 mW
Sensitivity: 104 dB/mW
Impedance: 36 ohms
Cable: 1.2m Y-type, with 3.5mm, gold-plated L plug
Accessories: Protective carrying pouch, cleaning cloth
The Audio Technica ES700 has an SRP of Php 11,999