Sennheiser HD700 Open-back Audiophile and Mastering Headphones

Open-backed Audiophile Headphones with 40mm Transducers, Detachable Cable, and Storage Case
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True Audiophile Headphones

The Sennheiser HD 700 open-back audiophile headphones give you astonishing performance and comfort. With an uncanny ability to step aside from the music without leaving their mark, the HD 700s serve up an unprecedented level of sonic invisibility. The HD 700's angled Duofol transducers convey the sense that you're listening to a pair of excellent monitor speakers. As you would expect, these incredible 'phones will readily point out shortcomings in source material - making them ideal for mastering and other critical-listening duties. If you're ready for true audiophile-quality headphones, the Sennheiser HD 700s are for you.

Sennheiser HD 700 Open-back Audiophile Headphones at a Glance:
  • A natural, speaker-like listening perspective
  • Astonishing audiophile sound
  • They're from Sennheiser
A natural, speaker-like listening perspective

The Sennheiser HD 700's angled Duofol transducers mimic the positioning of a pair of reference monitor speakers, overcoming the main objection many recording engineers have to monitoring on headphones: the sense of being smack dab in the middle of your mix. It's this speaker-like listening perspective - combined with their exceptional comfort - that makes the HD 700s so perfect for studio use.

Astonishing audiophile sound

Sennheiser's HD 700 headphones feature an open-back design. Open-back headphones give you a more natural, speaker-like listening experience, with a more spacious soundscape than closed backs can produce. Angled 40mm Duofol transducers with powerful neodymium magnets mounted in curvaceous stainless steel mesh deliver a stunningly detailed soundstage and ultra-quick response for amazingly lifelike audio reproduction over a jaw-dropping frequency range. All this Sennheiser engineering mojo makes the HD 700s ideal for monitoring, mastering, and critical listening. And you'll love how comfortable and adjustable the HD 700s are.

They're from Sennheiser

When it comes to pro audio, Sennheiser knows what they're doing. Established in 1945, this German company has been behind some of the most iconic professional mics ever made. The Sennheiser MD 421 is many engineers' first choice for toms and electric guitar cabinets, and the company's MKH Series shotgun mics are what top Hollywood location sound mixers place on their booms to cleanly capture dialog and production effects. Sennheiser headphones are tracking essentials in high-end studios worldwide. With Sennheiser products in your toolkit, you're in good company.

Sennheiser HD 700 Open-back Audiophile Headphones Features:
  • Open ear cup design provides smooth and natural sound reproduction throughout the audible range
  • 40mm Duofol transducer mounted in uniquely curved, stainless steel mesh delivers precise sound
  • Powerful neodymium magnet systems offer detailed, lifelike audio reproduction from 10 to 42kHz
  • Ventilated magnet system regulates air mass to achieve low total harmonic distortion
  • Vibration dampening headband frame reduces unwanted resonances to deliver music in its purest form
  • Microfiber ear cushions guarantee comfort for long listening sessions
  • Angled transducer mimics the positioning of a set of reference monitors
  • Duofol diaphragm provides a wide soundstage with ultra-quick response
  • Ventilated magnet system to manage airflow for ultra-low THD
  • Specialty steel mesh molded to the natural shape of the acoustic chamber
  • Ships in a luxurious storage box
For stunning audiophile quality, check out Sennheiser's HD 700 headphones!

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Tech Specs

Open/Closed Open
Fit Style Circumaural (Around the Ear)
Driver Size 40mm
Frequency Response 10Hz-42kHz
Impedance 150 ohms
Replaceable Cable Yes
Cable Length 9.8'
Plug Size 1/4"
Weight 3.5 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 504963

Customer Reviews

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Excellent mastering and audiophile headphones

These are the best headphones I have had the pleasure of owning. I have owned the AKG K701, AKG K553, Sennheiser HD598, Sennheiser HD600, Beyerdynamic DT1350, among other lower end headphones, and these by far blow all of them away in terms of detail, soundstage, clarity, lack of distortion and ultimate neutrality. They take on the tonality and spatial information from the recordings they are playing back, so be prepared for that. If your recordings sound boxy and odd, the HD700 will sound boxy and odd. If your recordings have the spacial quality of sounding like they are assembled from mono elements to be played back on speakers in a room, they HD700 will sound like you are playing your music on high end audiophile speakers in your room. If your recordings are recorded in a space that is wide open and has giant soundstage, excellent detail and clarity, the HD700 will convey those qualities to their fullest. Also, be prepared to throw out many of your plugins, as only the best ones will survive after scrutinizing them on your HD700s. For example, many reverb plugins will sound artificial, only the best convolution reverbs will pass the HD700 test. Ditto with microphones, many of your dynamic microphones will be exposed as sounding blurry, grainy and void of detail, but your good to excellent quality condenser microphones will be conveyed with the ultimate in clarity and spatial information preserved in playback over the HD700. They are a great analytical tool, but they also sound very musical at the same time. They are neutral, but avoid sounding sterile or clinical. Highly recommended for situations where the utmost in clarity, resolution, and detail are necessary!

Worth upgrading from HD650??? Yes!!!

Yes, there is only so much detail the human ear can process relative to ultra hi-fidelity sound. "Will I really be able to tell the difference between the HD650 and the HD700?" I asked myself. "Are they worth a few hundred more bucks?" I wondered. A resounding "Yes" and "Yes" were the answers. Wow. I've been searching for the ultimate set of headphones for years and the search is over. The clarity is astounding. The detail is unsurpassed. I record both live instruments and electronic music and the HD700's reproduce both with a quality that I cannot accurately describe. Additionally, they are the most comfortable headphones I've ever worn. At times, I forget they are on my head. Plunking down this kind of money is a decision most people need to sleep on before making. Trust me, you will not lose any sleep once you have put them to use. I am in love with these beauties and, as always, purchasing from Sweetwater is a breeze.
Music background: Musician, songwriter, engineer.

Great sound

These headphones sound wonderful. I mix a lot on headphones and these allow me to hear new timbres and colors I didn't hear before in my headphone mixes. They are very comfortable and fine for long mixing/listening sessions. I don't own the HD800, so I can't compare. 2 complaints: You would expect a real carrying case for $1,000. It does come with a box with foam contour. However, the box doesn't lock making it useless for travel. I would also expect a lifetime warranty for the price (my cheap Koss headphones come with that).

Disappointing, how did these get past QA?

I couldn't believe how bad these were compared to the HD650 model. Very odd mid-range, a little overemphasized, kind of "boxy" sounding. Not good, I would strongly recommend sticking with the HD650 or picking up the Shure SRH1540 if you're looking for a good closed design.
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