The Audio Technica AD700 is a very popular headphone that is widely considered to be among the best-sounding headphones under $100. I have listened to the AD700 several times in noisy meet situations and left away liking it. Now that these headphones can be found for as cheap as $85 in the United States, I have finally bought one myself to see how good it really is. For this review, I am also including the Superlux HD668B, a headphone I bought for $35 but seriously impressed me and other Headfonia staffs for the price. You can find the review we had done for the Superlux HD668B in this website.
I want to begin by discussing the ergonomics and build of both headphones. In the world of fullsize headphones where neutral colors and natural material color like wood and metal dominate, the AD700 comes in a rather unconventional champagne and purple color. It is a good color scheme that stands out, though I figure it will look a bit goofy in most people’s head. In terms of construction, the AD700 is solid. It creaks a little, but the overall build quality is definitely among the best I have come across for the price. The AD700 is a big headphone with big circumaural pads made of soft breathable velour. Combine this with its patented 3D wing design; this headphone is very comfortable and suitable for long listening sessions. Held side by side against the AD700, the all-black plastic HD668B does feel a little bit like a toy. The fit of the Superlux is on the tight side but is very secure and its pressure is well distributed. It was uncomfortable when I first tried them on, but after few weeks, I have gotten used to the tight fit, and it is quite tolerable now. The only thing I still don’t like about the fit is how their 3D wing pads presses hardly against the top of my head.