|Audio Technica ATH-PRO700mk2's|
The ATH-PRO700mk2's are packaged in a sufficiently protective box and include a nice faux leather drawstring carrying pouch, 1/4 inch adapter and two cables, one very short straight cable and another coiled cable. The ATH-PRO700mk2's do have detachable cable functionality, so the inclusion of two cables is a very nice addition. The coiled cable is threaded on the end allowing for insertion of the screw-on 1/4 inch adapter. Both straight and coiled cables screw into the PRO700mk2's left ear cup resulting in a secure fit so that the cable can't be pulled out of the headphones by an accidental yank or snag. The overall build quality is fantastic, with a durable plastic construction and beefy joints. The PRO700mk2's even surpass my Sennheiser HD 280 Pro's in terms of construction quality and overall ruggedness. Both cables are a relatively thick gauge with plenty of insulation insuring cable durability for years and years of listening. The headband is thick and provides ample clamping force. The ear pads are a bit disappointing as they are extremely thin (more on that later) and the adjustable headband is a bit too resistant to well... adjusting. Aside from a few issues, the build quality is pretty much top notch as far as durability is concerned. I think the aesthetic design is ok, I just don't understand why Audio Technica didn't accent the Audio Technica logo on the side of the ear cups with a different color (silver maybe?). I suppose that Audio Technica was trying to go with a more simplistic, non-flashy design with the PRO700mk2's but I really wish that they had emulated the legendary Audio Technica ATH-M50 aesthetic design more. This is however only a minor personal gripe that has nothing to do with the most important factors when choosing a headphone: comfort and sound quality.
Housed within the PRO700mk2's ear cups are absolutely massive 53mm driver units, that would be much more impressive if they weren't jammed so close up to your ear! The drivers are not recessed into the ear cups like many headphones and the ear pads are so thin that part of your ear literally rests on the metal grille that protects the driver. This provides for a very uncomfortable listening experience. I honestly cannot fathom why the ear pads are so thin. In addition, a hefty amount of clamping force is present, that wouldn't be so bad with some decent ear pads but is exacerbated by the thin ear pads. While the sound quality of the PRO700mk2's is somewhat debatable, the comfort is absolutely not. All Audio Technica needs to do is slap some thicker, comfier ear pads on the PRO700mk2's and the problem is solved! The ears also do tend to get a bit hot and sweaty during extended listening sessions due to a lack of breathability from the ear pad material.
|PRO700mk2's and included accessories|
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