Bass To The Power Of Two: Pro700 Mk2

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I may have one of the oddest preference for headphones. Sennheiser HD800 and Stax Omega 2 on some days, and a bass monster Pro700 Mk2 on others. But seriously, I am having such a great time listening to the Pro700 Mk2 that it earns my strong recommendation mark if you happen to be into deep, hard-hitting bass. The reality is that different headphones are built for different types of music, and in this case the Pro700 Mk2 simply delivers when it comes to bass heavy electronic music (I know a lot of you are listening to these).

The bass on the Pro700 Mk2 will put most other basshead headphones to shame. The Beats, the Denons, or what ever other bass heavy headphone you can think of — I’ll gladly put the Pro700 Mk2 for a challenge. And despite the condescending tone audiophiles tend to have over basshead headphones, the recent success of the JH16Pro and the Audez’e LCD-2 tells me that we may love bass more than we’re willing to admit. Of course the Pro700 Mk2 is a $200 headphone and it would be silly to attempt to match it to the $1,000 orthodynamics or the 16 drivers custom in ears. But I am quite sure that the Pro700 Mk2 can have the bragging rights when it comes to the bass category under the $500 mark. My friend Sem who owns the Audio Technica ES-10 (that huge 58mm driver portable headphone) and the Denon 2000 (another supposedly basshead favorite) commented that the Pro700 Mk2 has even more bass than the two, and comparing the Pro700 Mk2 to my favorite HD25-1 and AIAIAI TMA-1 again proves that it would be silly to challenge the Pro700 Mk2’s bass supremacy.

53mm driver delivers seismic bass.

 

I didn’t know I was such a bass addict, but whenever I start to think about the Pro700’s bass, I just have this uncontrollable grin (and even small laughs) as the brain re-played the thumping beats on my head. With the right music, this headphone is seriously a lot of fun. In fact, I’ve been spending more time with the Pro700 Mk2 out of the Yulong than I do with the Exstata + Omega2 combo (there goes all my credibility). I don’t know, perhaps it’s not the Omega2’s fault, but rather the wishy-washy Bill Evans Jazz that I’ve been listening from the Omega2 that causes this behavior, because Prodigy and Interpol sounds really kickass with the Pro700 Mk2.

If you are used to the typical audiophile headphone’s tonal response, then nothing can prepare you for the the Pro700 Mk2. This headphone is so heavily bass colored that it will make the HD650 sound thin and bright (it really does that, actually). I also had to spend some time trying to readjust my ears, but after I did, then I really didn’t want to take them off.

The Pro700 Mk2 is also quite different than the HD25-1, which still had a typical audiophile headphone tonal balance with the addition of a tight and punchy bass. The HD25-1 is one of the few headphones that can please both the audiophile as well as the bass-seeking crowd, and in a way, it’s a very safe recommendation to make. But for the pure bass-seeking crowd, the Pro700 Mk2 offers the true SEISMIC bass that makes the HD25-1 sound weak in comparison. And while the Pro700 Mk2 is something that every basshead should apply for an audition, I would be more hesitant to recommend this headphone to the typical audiophile.

One of the issues with the so-called “heavy bass” headphones is that sometimes they only give you big quantity of bass reverbs without actually delivering the punch (or the kick, in the case of the Pro700 Mk2). The HD25-1 didn’t have any bass reverbs, but it delivers a convincing and fun punch. The Pro700 Mk2 on the other hand, is a pure basshead approach to music. This headphone would make the Beats Studio headphones sound like a polite audiophile headphone as it delivers one of the most thundering bass I’ve ever heard from a pair of headphones. Given the seismic quality (and quantity) of the bass, it would be un-reasonable to expect the Pro700 to match the transients and the articulation level of headphones with lesser bass levels, including the HD25-1. The bass is not exactly slow, and reverb levels are quite low, but still the Pro700’s bass can only be considered to be moderate in speed and articulation. The PRaT factor, however, is quite excellent with the right beats as the seismic quality of the bass makes up for anything it loses in the speed section.

Another thing that you need to be prepared for is attenuated treble levels from the typical audiophile style tonal balance as well as a significantly less open midrange section. I didn’t brand this a basshead headphone for no reason. But compared to the original Pro700, the Mk2 is significantly improved in the midrange quality, housing reverbs, and top and bottom extension. Bass also hits lower and deeper on the Mk2, and as a whole, as I told my friend DJ Reginald, the upgrade from the Pro700 to the Mk2 is a must.

Compared to the HD25-1 and the AIAIAI TMA-1. HD25-1 Adidas version courtesy of Astrindo.

 

Compared to my previous favorite, the AIAIAI TMA-1, again the Pro700 Mk2 is simply supreme in the bass, but the AIAIAI has a better midrange and treble clarity. The TMA-1 is more refined than the Pro700 Mk2, but the bass does sound too polite when compared to the Pro700 Mk2. The TMA-1 is also noticeably brighter than the Pro700 Mk2. Now if you consider that a lot of people brand the TMA-1 as a dark and muffled headphone, then you’d have a pretty good idea of the kind of tonal balance we’re talking about with the Pro700 Mk2. But, somehow, with the right music, I think the Pro700 Mk2 really delivers the goods (Evil Empire also sounds really good with the Pro700 Mk2, btw).

The housing surprisingly says “Monitor Headphones”. I don’t know how you can monitor with these seriously skewed tonal balance.

 

I tried the Pro700 Mk2 with some popular R&B such as Raphael Saadiq and the Cadillac Records, and while the bass are always good, vocal passages, especially Beyonce’s on the Cadillac Records, are quite muffled and congested. It can pass as a decent R&B headphone, but the HD25-1 is definitely the better choice as it presents a much, much better vocal section. The TMA-1 is a little better than the Pro700 Mk2 on the vocals, but again, the HD25-1 beats both of them convincingly. But for a moment I am enjoying the bass so much, and as most electronic music don’t put a heavy emphasis on vocal, the Pro700 Mk2 remains to be a very strong recommendation if you happen to be a fan of Electronica, Dance, House, and even Alternative Rock — anything that demand strong and impactful beats to work.

You can enjoy the Pro700 Mk2 direct from an Ipod just fine, but with bass-heavy recordings, bass control would quickly go out the door. Blame it on the Ipod though, as a good portable amp that boasts good articulation such as the Meier StepDance quickly solves this problem. Likewise I much prefer the Yulong U100 with its superior bass articulation than the warmer sounding Audinst HUD-MX1.

I used to praise the Etymotic ER4 for its supposedly “high quality” bass section, but that was in 2008. This year, bass is what you should be listening to. Click on that “Like” button if you agree.

UPDATE: COMPARISON WITH THE AUDIO TECHNICA M-50

The reason that I didn’t even bother comparing the Pro700 to the M-50 is that the two headphones are so different from each other.

The Pro700 Mk2 is a purebred basshead headphone, while the ATH M-50 is closer to a studio monitoring headphone that happens to have good bass quantity. The tonal balance of the M-50 is quite proper, with treble, mids and bass all taking roughly similar proportions. The Pro700 Mk2 is so seriously skewed to the bass regions, it’s probably one of the most colored headphones I’ve ever listened to.

The M-50 has good bass punch, but presented in that wide soundstage, the focus and the impact seems lost. The HD25-1 is better in this regard, as the smaller soundstage helps focus the impact of the bass. The two headphones’ bass, however, sounds puny in comparison to the Pro700 Mk2.

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  • http://twitter.com/CliffCLF Cliff Cheng LF

    curious, how is it when compared to AT’s in house Solid Bass series headphones?

    • Anonymous

      Still way more bass on the Pro700 Mk2.

      The Solid Bass series is like a proper hi-fi headphone with a slight EQ
      on the bass section. The Pro700 Mk2 is an all-out bass headphone.

  • Pdm

    Good article mike, i do like to read your articles. But i’m just curious on how good the pro700mkii compared to beyerdynamic bass monster dt770pro/80 ohm. Is there any chance that you make the comparison? Thanks.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve only listened to the 770/80 briefly, but I t

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2ZUZ7TPMTJOPXCB6H5LKQ6OSF4 Eli

    I listen to songs I download from itunes and Right now I have a setup of my ipod touch and my zo personal subwoofer amp. I have a goal of getting the bassiest headphone ever made. I have the M50s right now but was wonderin if there was something bassier. I listen to alot of top 40, hiphop/rap, dubstep, and Dance music.
     
    I want the headphone that not only has the best bass but more so the one that I can feel the most. To be more specific, I want a bass a ‘phone that has the best of both worlds if thats possible. I like the pounding mid bass against my head but I also like the rumbling deep bass that courses through your body.  I’m looking for the the headphone that is superdynamic where I can feel the bass, but also the crystal clear highs. I want quantity and quality if thats possible becuase I hate distorted bass unless its dubstep or something. The one that will shake your whole head. How would the mk2s compare to the M-audio Q40s with these parameters?

    • Anonymous

      Eli,
      You want to listen to the bassiest headphone ever made, but you also
      want crystal clear highs. That’s like asking for a Ferrari with a soft
      plush suspension straight out of a Toyota Camry.

      The Pro700 mk2 is the bassiest headphone I have ever listened to. And
      while I’ve never listened to the M-Audo Q40s, I think the Pro700 mk2 is
      probably going to be far bassier than it. This headphone is totally
      focused on bass, and while the treble is actually quite clear, and I
      think you’ll enjoy it a lot with Dubstep and Dance. With rap and the top
      40 stuff, you’ll be better off with the Sennheiser HD25-1.

      http://www.headfonia.com/adidas-originals-hd25-1/

  • Sam

    Thanks for your great reviews. Your site has been a great help in finding the right headphones for me.  My question for you is, how would these Pro700Mk2 phones sound coming directly out of a HRT Music Streamer II? My HD595’s sound amazing when paired directly to the MSII, but I feel the bass isn’t up to par for my preferred dance/electronica/trance music.  So I just ordered the Sony XB500’s and the ATH-Pro700Mk2’s  to compare. Thanks for your input.

    • Anonymous

      Hi Sam,
      First of all I don’t think you should be connecting your headphones
      directly to the MS2 (it doesn’t come with a headphone out). But anyway,
      the Pro700 Mk2 needs an amp really, but nothing too heavy, so any
      portable amp would do the job quite well, including the PA2V2 that I’ve
      just reviewed.
      http://www.headfonia.com/electric-avenues-pa2v2/
      http://www.headfonia.com/category/amplifiers/portable-amps-amplifiers/

      The HD595 is indeed quite light on bass so I wouldn’t be surprised it
      doesn’t work for dance/electronica/trance. The Pro700 Mk2’s bass is way
      way more than the XB500 or the XB700 though.

      • Sam

        Actually, it is completely fine to connect your headphones directly to the MS2 via a RCA to 3.5mm cable. This is what the CTO of HRT had to say about that: “Thank you for your email and purchase of a Music Streamer.  In answer to
        your question, yes.  You can certainly use an adapter cable (RCA to
        3.5mm stereo) and directly drive a pair of headphones.  I have been
        using Grado SR60s with a Streamer for just such a pairing for many
        months and find the results to be fantastic.   In fact, other than a
        slightly lower maximum level, the performance far exceeds that which I
        have obtained with any headphone amplifier I have tried.”

        Anyhow, thanks for your help.

        • Anonymous

          Hi Sam,
          Yes, I’ve seen some people do that out of their pre amp line outs (which
          is sort of a similar concept). I think the sound will be better if you
          get an entry level amp (PA2V2, JDSLabs Cmoy, Fiio E11) and hook it
          between the HRT and the headphone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Karta666 LeyTon CarTer

    I just found your site and spent hours on here reading your reviews. What a great site!

    If i may ask a question from a music production point of view? (TL;DR below).

    I was going to get a set of the ATH M50’s as they are renowned in the industry for a relitively flat EQ (for the price), yet still maintaining good bass presence, which is essential in music production.

    I write electronic music with a heavy emphasis on sub-bass; my musical style is very similar to the Prodigy. If we take that as an example, would the M50’s be more suitable for this over the Pro 700 mk 2’s?

    I mix/master with professional studio grade monitors & a subwoofer, but other times (i.e. late at night) I need a set of studio quality ‘phones to carry on working on ideas. If i take the analogy that the MK50’s would be my full-range monitors, would the pro700 mk2’s be the monitors plus a subwoofer, or is the range in the M50’s good and strong with minimal tail-off all the way down to 20hz?

    When you take into account that my personal taste is very bass heavy – strong and precise (but without being muffled or muddy) or at the expense of heavily colouring the highs, would you be able to reccommend the pro700 mk2’s as a studio phone, or, as I read in your review that you say the tonal balance is heavily skewed – is it skewed to the point where it would be IMPOSSIBLE to mix on without completely re-adjusting my ears, or, due to the fact that I am used to dealing with strong bass in the first place would it be suitable…

    Summary:

    I know that a studio phone should be as flat as possible, however my taste dictates a stronger emphasis on bass. Is it TOO strong on the Pro 700mk2 VS the M50’s, or would it suit me?

    • Anonymous

      Hi LeyTon,
      Thanks for the compliments.

      I am not a professional sound engineer, but I do simple sound system set
      up for my church, and if I’m going to do some monitoring the M-50 is
      definitely far more prefferable than the Pro700 Mk2. The M-50 is far
      more linear, though it still can be considered to be a little bass heavy
      compared to some of the other monitoring headphones from Shure or
      Beyerdynamic.

      I definitely wouldn’t recommend using the Pro700 Mk2 as a monitoring
      tool, you need to put some serious EQ to tone down the bass (perhaps 6dB
      on all the bass frequencies) and to make it linear. Otherwise I fear
      that the results of your mix will be quite anemic in the bass.

      Another choice that you may want to consider is the Sennheiser HD25-1.
      People use it for television production monitoring, so I am not sure how
      it will be for music production. But where the HD25-1 differ from the
      M-50 is that the bass is less bloated, and yet more punchy than the
      M-50. The M-50’s bass however extends lower and the treble higher than
      the HD25-1.

      I would personally advise you to give the M-50 a try. They are fairly
      linear and has all the right characteristics for a monitoring tool. The
      Shure SRH-840 is flatter than the M-50, but the bass is even more anemic
      so I wouldn’t recommend it for you.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Karta666 LeyTon CarTer

        Thanks for your quick reply!

        In response to your comments, a flat frequency response is probably going to be more preferable to me in a studio application than a 6db(!) difference in the lows… after all, due to the fact that the majority of my mixing is done on my monitors, the last thing I want to be doing is fiddling with my EQ every time I want to put the cans on… wow, 6db’s.. no wonder it has all that extra bass – but it will be far too much for monitoring. I now see what you mean by skewed.

        I’ll have to take a listen to the HD25-1’s – I’ve heard some very good things about them, especially with music that has a very fast pace, such as rock. The only way for me to decide is if I listen to one then the other, but my instinct is still on the M-50’s, due to the extended frequency response for the lows and high’s, even if the PRaT isn’t quite up to scratch with the HD251’s older drivers.

        Thanks very much for your input. I’ve actually been reading your site all day, i’m quite a fan of your work already – it’s nice to read something that knows the difference between subjective and objective, especially when it comes to reviewing.

        • Anonymous

          Hi LeyTon,
          Yes I’m think the M-50 will be a more suitable tool for your production.
          Give the HD25-1 a try as well and see if you like it better than the
          Audio Technica. The toe-tapping factor is much better on the HD25-1, but
          as you mentioned, the M-50’s driver is more modern and has a better
          frequency range.

  • Zart_zaku

    I will buy ath pro 700 mk2 next month. I will use hifiman hm-601 as the source. Will I still need an amp for it? In audiophile-id, I saw someone sell govibe pkk. Do you think it will be suitable for ath pro 700 mk2.

    • Anonymous

      I haven’t tried that govibe, sorry. HM-601 should be enough though.

      • Zart_zaku

        should i just direct ath pro 700 mk2 to hifiman hm-601 or using fiio e11 or soundmagic a11?

        • Zart_zaku

          sorry i mean soundmagic a10

        • Anonymous

          If you want an amp, I would recommend the E11 over the A10 for the Pro700. The bass is punchier on the E11 and would go in line with the Pro700’s character better.
           

          • Zart_zaku

            so E11 is better than internal amp in hifiman hm-601??

            • Anonymous

              Less refined, but punchier.

  • http://twitter.com/SoundEskimoo Eskimoo

    hi, nice review there.
    can we just conluded that Pro700 Mk2 is ultimate DJ / Clubber h.phone which very suitable for Dance, R&B, Techno, Trance (progressive) and House?
    mostly customer eyeing DJ h.phone for it’s ‘more & powerful bass impact’

    aside from seismic bass, how the detail, treble, mid compared to other DJ phone like 181DJ, SRH750DJ, or even highly appraised HD25-1 (which i’m not sure HD25-1 really suitable for clubber music mentioned above even its has PRaT, punchy and perhaps accurate bass) ?

    thanks b4

    • Anonymous

      The Pro700 Mk2 just obliterates everything else when it comes to bass.

      The driver resolution is actually very good and if your ears are
      sensitive enough it is actually more resolving than the HD25-1,
      SRH-750DJ, and even slight better than the 181DJ. However treble
      quantity is very very low, and so it’s hard to see that.

      Treble quantity on the phones you mentioned goes something like this:
      (less to most):
      Pro700 Mk2, SRH-750DJ, HD25-1, AKG K181DJ.

      If you are into club music, I actually suggest headphones that attenuate
      the treble heavily since the recordings are always very sharp on the
      trebles. The Pro700 Mk2 is awesome and another choice is the AIAIAI TMA-1:
      http://www.headfonia.com/aiaiai-tma-1/

      • http://twitter.com/SoundEskimoo Eskimoo

        on your analysis with club & electronica, which is better :  AIAIAI TMA-1 or Pro700mk2? 
        thx in advance

        • Anonymous

          I love both.

          TMA-1 is more refined, more detail in the mids. Pro700 Mk2 if you are a true basshead. 

          TMA-1 is like gourmet food. Pro700 Mk2 like fatburger.

          • http://twitter.com/SoundEskimoo Eskimoo

            you make me torn apart with that choices.
            not everyone buy both cans. 

            aiaiai not widely available here.
            and for gourmet vs fatburger  .. a bit confusing

          • Anonymous

            Well,
            If the thought of having massive amounts of bass excite you, then the Pro700 Mk2 is for you. If you only said “okay.. ” when you hear about massive amounts of bass, then go for the TMA-1.

            :)
             

  • Andre.

    Hi Mike,

    Well this article really helps me narrowing my choices of bass head cans. I listen to some types of music including R&B, HipHop, Electro, House Music, and Pop sometimes. I have been looking for a bass head can that can fulfill my need and my choices have come down to :
    1. Audio Technica Pro700 MK 2
    2.Ultrasone HFi 580.
    3. Sennheiser HD25-1 II
    4. Denon AH-D1100.

    I am looking for the cans that can provide lower bass extension (like a subwoofer sound) while still manage to have a bit of bass impact  and control which I think is good for the music that I listen to. I don t really mind with the impact and bass control as long as the bass quantity is greater. I have listened to the beats studio and I think that the bass from that cans is pretty good for R&B song but it seems like it does not have enough bass impact and I don’t like the highs on because it is too sharp and attacking my ears.
    Which of my options from the list above would you recommend? Sound Isolation and comfort is also my main concern prior to purchasing this headphone.
    Thanks,
    Dre.

    • Anonymous

      Hey Dre,
      I think the Pro700 Mk2 will give you the mind blowing bass that you look for, while keeping treble levels reasonably safe.

      • Andre

        Have you listened to the Ultrasone 580? some reviews said that the 580 is recommended for bass head but I am not sure if the can has greater bass quantity than the beats studio. I think the bass quantity that the beats studio provide is good enough for me, but I like the bass to be deeper, punchier and faster while keep maintaining the low extention.
        Do I need an amp to drive this Pro700mk2? If so, what would be the most suitable amp for this pro700mk2? I probably use the Ipod and my laptop to as a source for now.

        Thanks..

        • Anonymous

          Yes the Ultrasone 580 has a good bass, but the Pro700 is more powerful.
          As for amps, I think the Fiio E11 is a good amp to pair it with — of course you can go with better ones if your budget allows. http://www.headfonia.com/the-usual-suspects-12-portable-amps-compared/

          • Andre

            Mike, I purchased the Pro700mk2 and the reason why I chose this over ultrasone 580 and M50 was because Iwanted more bass.. What would be the better amp than the E11? I will probably check out the price first before I buyt it.

            • Anonymous

              If you can afford the Meier Stepdance amp, that will be among the best amp for the Pro700mk2. It will add some bass punch to the mix, but most importantly it will add a very strong bass control.

          • Andre

            Wow.. Mike it is a lot more expensive than the E11. But I have read the reviews and I know it has been given an A+ for an amp.  I will probably go with the E11 since it offers a decent price range for me.. Thanks…

            • Anonymous

              I know, it is quite pricey, but since you asked. ;)

              The E11 it is then.

          • Andre

            Mike, I have read some reviews and they said that this MK2 sounded really awful. It is like having a monster sub without the bass control at all??? and if you listen to the trance music, you can’t even tell when the bass stops because Trance music is a kind of music that has speed in bass and these MK2 bass could not even catch up  and the mids and highs are really recessed. The guy suggested to return this Mk2. The Kicker HP541 sound even better than these mk2.  Is it really that worse? I mean I hope I would like this headphones when I get them. Does providing E11 amp help these mk2 sound much better? Or should I just get the HFI-580 and return this MK2? Do the HFI 580 have more bass quantity than the beats studio?

            Thanks.

            • Anonymous

              I won’t say that the guy who said that is wrong, because when you have a lot of bass, like on the Pro700 Mk2, it’s going to be hard to control them. The only bassy headphone that has crazy bass and just as good control is the JH16 and they did it with four balanced armature drivers. So, that you have to know.

              This is why a good and precise amp like the Meier Stepdance I mentioned earlier helps. The E11 is not as articulate, but it would help. Ultimately it depends on the type of trance as well. If you listen to the really speedy type, the HD25-1 would be better. Smaller bass quantity, still very punchy and good control.

    • Andre

      Mike, I also purchased the Ultrasone HFI 580 and I think I would choose between the Pro700 and the HFI 580. I would return one of them.  Any recommendation for the most suitable amp for the HFI 580S?? 

      • Anonymous

        Budget? I never spend too much time with Ultrasones, but perhaps RSA amps like the Hornet, Mustang, SR71-a and such.

        • Andre

          Budget is around the same with the Fiio E11. Something around $50-70. Thankss

          • Anonymous

            For the Ultrasones I’d proably get the JDSLabs.

    • Andre

      I will probably listen to both pro700mk2 and 580 unamp and will see which one I like more. To be honest, I like the punchy and good control bass but I do not want to lose the lower frequency extension that will make them sound just like a mid bass. I will see how the ultras one 580 sound. Any reference for a good amp that is suitable for the 580?

      • Anonymous

        I think a lot of headphones these days can do lower bass pretty well. The difficult part is getting one that can do lower bass with power and good control. That’s what the LCD-2 does.

        On second thought you seem to be very picky about bass quality, might as well save some money and get the LCD-2.

        Or if your budget is limited, it’s much easier to get good low bass on custom IEMs. The JH5 should be a good place to start. http://www.headfonia.com/recommendations/

        • Andre88s

          I think the best way for me is to listen to them and pick out the best out of them that fit me taste. Then i will try to get an amp for the cans.  Anyways, thank you so much for your help and time.. You have such great reviews..

          • Anonymous

            Thanks, Andre.

    • Andre

      Mike, I auditioned the MK2 and the 580. Personally, I like the MK2 better than the 580. I think the 580’s have too much treble and the high is very very aggressive.  I personally do not like the sound of the 580. I returned them. The mk2 is the bass head can, I do bass lower on my EQ and listen to the Audiophile songs and they sound Ok for me, well but the mid is a bit recessed.  I think somewhere between 2.5k to 6.0k frequency range need to be boosted. Thanks Mike..

      • Anonymous

        Yes the midrange on the Pro700 Mk2 needs to be EQ-ed for a more linear presentation.

        • Andre88s

          I have been listening to the mk2, i have been enjoying the sound.. I am thinking to buy the E11. I am satisfied with the bass quantity and the bass quality is not bad, it is enjoyable. :)

          • Anonymous

            Are you listening to it ampless now? If yes the E11 would make things better.

          • Andre88s

            Yes, I am listening with no amp right now. I just ordered the E11, can’t wait to pair them up and listen to it. Thanks mike. I almost bought the Solo HD but, I liked these Promk2 better than the Solo and Studio.

            • Anonymous

              Nice

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pedro-Malheiro/1221039273 Pedro Malheiro

    Hi. I recently discover this site and I love your reviews.

    Can you help me to decide what to buy?

    I don’t know what to choose between the Hd25-1, M50, and the Pro700Mk2.
    I would like one close headphone that are good in both music kind, and not very good in some kind of music and not so bad in other.
    I think that between the hd25 and the M50, I prefer the M50 because the old drivers of the hd25, and I don’t know if the pro700 will bring to much bass… I like bass but maybe for some kind of music it could be more than the intended… :|

    I listen musics like,
         300 and Gladiator soundtrack 
         Daft Punk in Tron movie,
         Linkin Park
       
    Adele and Eminem for example

    Best Regards Pedro Malheiro

    • Anonymous

      Pedro,
      I think the HD25-1 or the Beyer DT1350 should bethe two headphones you look at. Please also read the DT1350 review.

      http://www.headfonia.com/beyerdynamic-dt1350-death-to-the-hd25-1/

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pedro-Malheiro/1221039273 Pedro Malheiro

        thanks very much,  I like the design of the Beyer dt1350 but it’s much more expensive than the hd-25-1 :S

        I’m looking a close and portable headphones most of all for travel at maximum 150€, probably I will choose the hd25-1 II
        Do you think there will be a new version of the hd25 soon?

        Best Regards

        • Anonymous

          Hi Pedro,
          If the budget is limited, then yes just go with the HD25-1.

          I absolutely have no idea if there will be a new HD25-1.

  • Ieatbabyheads

    Disregarding the “bass” when it comes to sound quility, which is better, the PRO700MK2 or Ultrasone HFI-580?

    • Anonymous

      HFI580.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve heard that these babies require a lot of burn in time(almost a month) and the ear pads hurts so bad after long use that one reviewer in YouTube recommended and even replaced it with the M50’s pads.  Is this true? 

    • Anonymous

      It’s a sad fact that almost every reviews these days say that headphones need hundreds and hundreds of hours before they open up. In my experience most headphones settle down within 12-24 hours. 

      As for the pads, the M-50 is softer but I think it would induce more sweating. And different pads would alter the frequency balance so unless you purposedly want to tune it a certain way and know what you are doing, I recommend staying with the stock pads. 

      • Anonymous

        Thanks

  • DJ/G

    What are the best DJ-headphones ?? :O

    Can you make a top 5,?? please!! thank you so much!

  • Jmbassrulz

    would these be good while listening to hardcore/metal music?

    • Anonymous

      Nope, too much bass quantity, and the bass is too slow for metal.

      This is much better for metal: http://www.headfonia.com/sennheiser-hd-25-1/

      • Jmbassrulz

        I have been researching a lot about all different kinds of headphones because I want a durable pair with a lot of bass but also treble and midtone clarity for a reasonable price, and also for more of hardcore style of music. Would you rather go with the HD 25-1 or the AIAIAI TMA-1?

        • Anonymous

          The Pro700 Mk2 and the TMA-1 would not have the treble and midrange clarity that most people are used to.
          The HD25-1 is good with treble and midrange clarity, but I’m not if it has enough bass, since you are asking for a lot of bass.

      • Jmbassrulz

        or what about the ATH-M50 also?i forgot to put that in the list. And im not gonna be using an amp either.

        • Anonymous

          Also not sure, define lots of bass. The M-50 has bass but it’s not exactly a basshead headphone.

          • Jmbassrulz

            I would like to have every drum kick to really “KICK”. 

            • Anonymous

              Okay, I think different people have different standards as to how much of a kick really counts as a kick, if you know what I mean.
              Neverthless, I’ll suggest that you go and try out the Sennheiser HD25-1. It is one of the headphones that have a very good balance between the treble-mid-bass, and a lot of people find it to have a good bass kick without overwhelming the rest of the frequencies.

  • Sorensiim

    Have you ever tried the Ultrasone Pro 900? Deep, impactfull bass AND clear highs and tons of detail…

    • Anonymous

      Yes the Pro900 is a very nice headphone.

      • Sorensiim

        Yeah, I like mine a lot – But how would you compare the bass of the Pro700mk2 to that of the US Pro 900?

        • Anonymous

          Someone asked this earlier when the article was published.

          I actually did a comparison between the two (I should’ve posted this in the article), but it boils down to this: The Pro 900 Ultrasone is a fine hi-fi tuned headphone with good bass and at the same time good clarity. The Pro700Mk2 ATH on the other hand is a skewed, total bass-head headphone with little treble quantity but very massive bass amounts. The bass is much much bigger on the Pro700 Mk2.

          • Sorensiim

            Much bigger bass than the Pro 900? Doesn’t it create some severe resonance in your skull when your eardrums hit each other?

            Damn, the Pro700mk2 sounds like a purebred basshead can!

            • Anonymous

              That’s what’s so fun about it. Lol.

              The purist certainly won’t like it though. ;) This thing is so guilty of exaggerating the bass.

  • http://twitter.com/djformation Dj Formation

    I think i my have found some new cans!

    • Anonymous

      Lol. Good for you man!

  • http://twitter.com/djformation Dj Formation

    I think ive found some new cans

  • J Sleamy

    Hi, do you mind comparing this pro700 mk2 with Sony mdr-xb1000? thanks :)

    • Anonymous

      Yea I really need to do that. :)

      I’ve only done the comparison up to the XB700-500-300, and from that the Pro700 Mk2 has a far stronger kick on the bass, compared to even the XB700. The bass on the Sony, though plenty (the XB700), is a bit loose as well compared to the Pro700 Mk2. The Sony still has a more proper treble presence though, where the treble is more attenuated on the Pro 700, making it a darker headphone overall.

      • J Sleamy

        looking forward to that Sir :)

        from the reviews that i read, xb1000 is way better than xb700.
        so i’m just wondering how the pro700mk2 competes with the xb1000.

        i own the M50 and i’m planning to buy a good “basshead” headphone, but i dont want to have a headphone that only emphasising the low freq while sacrifice (significant) mids and high.
        because in my honest opinion, listening to such headphone would be like putting your ears to a sub-woofer while the satellite speakers are located 10 meters away from the ears. i barely can’t enjoy the music.
        or is it the typical basshead headphone characteristic?

        it’s only my 2 cents though. i’m still kinda novice in this headphone world :)
        cheers.

        • Anonymous

          Well, it is the XB1000 so it should be better. As to how much better it really is, that remains to be seen.
          The Pro700 Mk2 will definitely give you that ears in subwoofer sound, and if you still want good treble I think you’d be better off trying the Sony. At least I know that the XB700 doesn’t do that.

      • J Sleamy

        looking forward to that Sir :)

        from the reviews that i read, xb1000 is way better than xb700.
        so i’m just wondering how the pro700mk2 competes with the xb1000.

        i own the M50 and i’m planning to buy a good “basshead” headphone, but i dont want to have a headphone that only emphasising the low freq while sacrifice (significant) mids and high.
        because in my honest opinion, listening to such headphone would be like putting your ears to a sub-woofer while the satellite speakers are located 10 meters away from the ears. i barely can’t enjoy the music.
        or is it the typical basshead headphone characteristic?

        it’s only my 2 cents though. i’m still kinda novice in this headphone world :)
        cheers.

      • g.peterson

        I have the Ultrasone DJ1, XB1000, and just got the Pro700Mk2 to compare. I feel like the XB1000 has a deeper bass than the Pro700Mk2. This is especially true with bass boost equalization and driven by a Yulong U100. The Pro700Mk2’s bass seems slightly tighter than the XB1000, but the DJ1 has even tighter bass.

        So I feel like the Pro700Mk2 ends up being stuck between the other two: it doesn’t have the deep extension of the XB1000 nor the tightness of the DJ1. It also does seem to have more recessed mids compared to the XB1000 and DJ1.

        Just my initial impressions, YMMV of course…

        • Anonymous

          Hi, Gerber. I think you described the DJ1 and the Pro700 Mk2 quite well. I have yet to listen to the XB1000. Thanks for sharing your impressions.

    • Anonymous

      Yea I really need to do that. :)

      I’ve only done the comparison up to the XB700-500-300, and from that the Pro700 Mk2 has a far stronger kick on the bass, compared to even the XB700. The bass on the Sony, though plenty (the XB700), is a bit loose as well compared to the Pro700 Mk2. The Sony still has a more proper treble presence though, where the treble is more attenuated on the Pro 700, making it a darker headphone overall.

  • J Sleamy

    Hi, do you mind comparing this pro700 mk2 with Sony mdr-xb1000? thanks :)

  • Guest Sheeert

    I’ve read from other places that this is just a bass monster and all you hear is bass and no clarity at all from vocals and background instruments like piano, sinth, guitar, etc. Is this true? I wanted something that was really punchy in bass and give you that “shock” of boom from bass but still with really good clarity.

    Was wondering how this would compare in the mids and highs against hd25-1 ii or even the V-Moda LP2 or V-Moda m80

    • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

      Yes that is right, that’s what the Pro 700 Mk2 is all about.

      If you want good bass punch with good clarity, then the HD25-1 is the one you should get. I’ve never auditioned the V-Modas so I can’t comment, but the HD25-1 has been winning people over for a very long time. Hard to go wrong with that one.

      • Guest Sheeert

        Alright thank you, I just came up with another headphone and still deciding, have you ever tested the Ultrasone pro750? I was wondering how it compares to the HD25-1?

        • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

          The driver resolution is better with the Pro750, the soundstage is also more spacious. However some people don’t like the S-Logic’s way of presenting music, and it would also depend on the recording — some works, other doesn’t. The HD25-1 is a more straight forward sound, and it’s easier to pair with mainstream recordings.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000580720754 An Da D’Samster

    Hey I’m planning on buying the ATH Pro700. My question is, would it be comfortable for long distance travels? let’s say about 4-5 hours. Please help! tnx

    • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

      Well I can’t really say since it depends on the people who wear it, but comfort isn’t the Pro700’s forte — so I would guess no.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000580720754 An Da D’Samster

        ok thanks for the info…

  • Anonymous

    I was thinking of buying this is too much for my budget but there is the Pro500MK2 which appears to me that it is the cheaper version of the Pro700MK2 with 53mm drivers. What do you think about this new model? Also do you have any experience on the Pioneer HDJ500?

    • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

      Sorry, I don’t have any experience with either the Pro500 or the HDJ500.

  • headphone_maniac

    Hello mike !
    Thanks for the review and for all the job done in this site !
    I own the ATH-M50 for 2 years now and truly love it , i consider-it a “bass-heavy” headphone and mostly enjoyed it on electro and hip hop , using an other can for classical ,vocal , jazz.
    My question is that : For dynamic music which benefits in my opinion with good bass impact ( less fidelity but so enjoyable music) do you recommand the pro 700 mk II avoer the M-50?
    What about details of those 2 cans ?
    I’m also a little affraid by vocals , are they that bad? i love hip hop and vocals are to me as important as bass impact so is the pro 700mkII worse in this section than the M-50 ( or do the MKII do less than expected for a higher priced headphone than the M50 on vocals)
    I hope you didn’t get me wrong and sorry for english errors if they are any (i’m french)

    Once again thanks for the great job done here, i always found your reviews to be verry good and verry close to what i think and feel!

  • Ed

    Hi Mike,

    Your site is wonderful.  I’ve been enjoying myself reading your reviews , and your honest opinions on Hi-fi gear.  I might be getting this Hps, since I’ve always been a bass head. Your review makes them sound like some really interesting headphones.  I just got one question: Have you heard of the Anniversary edition for this model? They look really nice. I’m just wondering if they might have a different sound, because they have included metal on the casing and the pads a genuine leather according to Audio Technica.

    Thanks so much for your time Mike!

    Ed

    • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

      Hi Ed,
      I was just talking with a friend on the anniversary edition Audio Technicas, and yes they relased some limited edition Pro700 Mk2s, but I don’t think I’ll be reviewing it. However I may do a review on the Anniversary Edition M-50, and since I have the stock one to compare it with, we’ll see if the anniversary edition is really any different.

      • Ed

        Yeah, the M50 Anniversary edition look nice as well.  I can tell you that a lot of people might wanna read that review Mike.  Thanks so much for your quick reply.

        I will be looking forward to your insightful write-ups.

        Have a nice day!

        Ed

        • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

          You’re welcome, Ed.

  • Ed

    Here’s a pic of the anniversary edition. 

    • http://www.theideate.com Aria Gorba

      those are some sweeeeeeet loking pair of cans.

  • Alexsafyre

    I am right on the verge of either buying this phone, or the ATH-ASW70 – Someone ” in the know ” reccomended this over the Pro 700 yes, bass ” description ” sounds great, but if the ” mids ” are gone – than forget it….I tried the Klipch –  bass heavy too, but there wa absolutely no mid range……Why does everyt hing seem to have to be a comprimise in the ” portable ” market….I am willing to spend good money, but I absolutely will not sacrificed audio quality…..I have an M-50 -and unlike some others, am not that impressed over all, so if it falls short of the M-50  – than I don’t want to risk it……What about he HI_FIMAN 400 – Yes I know MUCH bigger, but it doesn’t seem like if I give up on something, I will find something acceptable DAMM !!!!

    • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

      What sort of music do you listen to? And do you want a pure bass monster headphone or something that has good bass and good mids as well?
      Usually bass monster headphones would have some compromise on the midrange.

  • Anonymous

    Okay so I bought the MD50s and found them really flat and not what i was looking for. I wanted something more for entertainment use and therefore am returning them for these. However I see on the headphones it still says “Monitor” headphones. This is just marketing right? I dont want sound that can be called “clinical” or just focused on 100% accuracy, I want something FUN and bass-orientated. So whatsup with the “Monitor” thing? Even if they are MUCH more bass-orientated than the MD50 does the fact they claim to be “Studio Monitoring Headphones” mean the other frequencies are flat and boring? LONG QUESTION SHORT: Are these headphones for entertainment use? And does Monitor status differ from regular consumer headphones? (hoping not)

    • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

      I don’t know why people keep on saying that the M50 is a basshead headphone because it certainly isn’t. It’s made to be a monitoring headphone, but it just happens to have a slightly above average bass quantity for a monitoring headphone.
      The Pro700 Mk2 on the other hand is a purebred basshead headphone. I don’t know why the monitoring writing is there.
      Well monitoring usually strives for a flat frequency response and a recording revealing sound. Some people, perhaps they only listen to good recordings, like to use monitoring headphones for music listening. That makes sense if everything you listen to is well recorded. Otherwise, I’d recommend a music listening headphone.
      Please check this list, and pay attention to the ones marked “Hifi”.

      By the way you don’t sound like someone who wants a basshead headphone. I think something with a more Hifi sound may be what you’re looking for.
      http://www.headfonia.com/full-size-headphone-recommendations/

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NGR735MPRCMV3QYXU37P4GILLU Boon Huang

    Hi Mike,

    This site is wonderful and your review is really useful. I wonder how do you compare Pro700 Mk2 with SRH-750DJ?

    • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

      The Pro700 Mk2 is a much stronger, bassier headphone than the 750DJ.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/NGR735MPRCMV3QYXU37P4GILLU Boon Huang

        How about the comparison of clarity? Which one is more recessed in mid? I owned 750DJ and changed it to M50s, but I like the sound of 750dj more except its uncomfortable design. I wonder if pro700mk2 is an update from 750dj regarding the bass quality, clarity and mid/high range? 

        Thanks Mike!

        • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

          The bass quality and clarity is perhaps better on the 750DJ. Basically the rule of thumb is the bigger the bass quantity, the harder it is to maintain clarity.
          If you’re still concerned with the quality of mid and high range, then you should look into something else, perhaps like the ATH WS-70. The Pro 700 Mk2 is a pure basshead headphone.

  • Zac Caslin

    Did you break them in before the review? Because I got a pair about a week ago and I don’t seem to be getting the huge bass that everyone is talking about. For example my klipshch image one headphones have alot more bass than the 700pro mk2’s. Do I need to just let them break in for a wile longer. Also I tried them with a Fiio E6 and E10.

    Thanks, Zac

    • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

      Just the standard break in, nothing too extreme. The klipsch Image One having more bass than the Pro700? Surprising. Honestly I don’t know why your Pro700 Mk2 seems to be so bass light.

    • Autumn Constantine

      It could be that you have a counterfeit.

      • Zac Caslin

        No I baught them from amazon and everything looks good, just not the bass that everybody says it has. Maybe I was exspecting too much from them.

        • http://www.facebook.com/damon.michener Damon Michener

          I’ve had experience with both. In my experience, the Klipsch Image One’s are more naturally bassy in certain frequencies, but the Pro700 Mk2 is good if you use an amplifier with a good bass boost (or have a Cowon MP3 player like I have — the EQ options on my J3 make my iPod Touch’s seem awfully anemic). I will say I vastly prefer the overall sound of the Pro700Mk2’s myself — seems less muffled.

      • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

        Yes, very surprised to hear that you don’t get enough bass with it. I can’t imagine any headphone having any more bass than the Pro700Mk2.