The Good The Sennheiser HD 700 is a large, full-size audiophile headphone model with a wide-open sound profile and transparency that sounds great on digital music players.
The Bad The HD 700 is very expensive, so some buyers might be put off by the amount of plastic used in the design.
The Bottom Line Sennheiser's HD 700 isn't just one of the best-sounding headphone models we've tested, it's also remarkably comfortable to wear for hours at a time.
Among the best-sounding audiophile headphones
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.
Design and features
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.
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