Audio-Technica ATH-PRO700MK2 Professional DJ Headphones Review
- Built like a tank
- Great sound quality
- Good isolation
- Relatively inexpensive
- Slightly too tight
Considering how much the Audio-Technica ATH-PRO700MK2 cost and how much they offer, we think that they are an excellent deal—one that you definitely shouldn’t miss if you want to buy a versatile pair of headphones suitable both for professional use as well as listening at home.
Audio-Technica is a respected and well-known manufacturer of professional audio equipment as well as products aimed at regular consumers. The ATH-PRO700MK2 have many of the same qualities that have convinced countless DJs around the world to choose this Japanese brand over other brands, yet they don’t cost more than most headphones intended for casual listening.
Design and Build
The Audio-Technica ATH-PRO700MK2 are lightweight yet extremely durable professional DJ headphones with unassuming design and excellent versatility.
The earcups of the Audio-Technica ATH-PRO700MK2 rotate on all axes, and the earpads are amply padded for maximum comfort, which is very important if you intend to use the headphones in a professional capacity. The headband is padded as well, and it can be easily adjusted to fit just about any head shape and head size. The only criticism we have regarding the comfort of the Audio-Technica ATH-PRO700MK2 is that the clamping force produced by the otherwise flawless headband is slightly too high for our liking. It gets slightly better after a few hours of listening, but don’t expect a miracle.
To use the headphones, you connect one side of either the straight or the coiled cable to the right earcup and the other side to your audio source. Because the headphones have an impedance of just 38 ohms, they sound great without amplification even when listening using a portable audio player.
Being closed-back headphones, the Audio-Technica ATH-PRO700MK2 isolate a respectable amount of outside noise and don’t leak even at higher volumes. This is something that both casual listeners and professional DJs can appreciate.
Another thing that every fan of music can appreciate is great sound quality, and the Audio-Technica ATH-PRO700MK2 have a lot to offer in this regard. Audio-Technica designed a brand-new 53 mm driver exclusively for the PRO700MK2, and we’re glad they did. Thanks to the new driver, the headphones have a frequency response from 5 to 35,000 Hz, and their maximum input power is 3,500 mW.
The sound of the Audio-Technica ATH-PRO700MK2 is characterized by clear, well-defined trebles, rich bass response, and the level of clarity that DJs and sound engineers demand for monitoring and mixing purposes. Unlike many other professional headphones, the Audio-Technica ATH-PRO700MK2 are fun to use even outside the studio setting. Their tonal richness makes them great for casual music listening, and their wide soundstage makes gaming enjoyable and more immersive.
What’s in the Box?
Included with the headphones are two cables: one straight for home use and one coiled for DJ use. You also get a 3.5 mm to 6.5 mm adapter.