Being new to the audiophile scene I had no idea on what pair of headphones to purchase. After much research and looking I decided to go with Audio Technica as I have heard many positive things about their build quality and reputation with sound quality. Upon receiving this product, I was amazed at the build design and quality despite being manufactured in China, the plastic feels sturdy and the metallic ear pieces are a welcome addition. The cord is similar to that of the G35 despite feeling more flexible and lighter. The 3D wings that are advertised with these make the headphones very comfortable to wear and feels a lot lighter than my G35 headset. Sound Quality is amazing, I might not have the ASUS Xonar Essence STX but even when plugged into my Creative USB Xifi Sound-blaster Pro, these headphones sound amazing. My song list generally ranges from orchestral to heavy rock and I have to say, the A700X handled them all very well, the A700X's are a good all rounder despite excelling in the more quiet tunes. Snares, drums and all instruments were clear as day and bass wasn't very overwhelming but very noticeable and more detailed. Vocals were also very well reproduced. Compared to my G35's, I have to say the A700X's take the cake. The only regrettable thing is that it doesn't have a microphone but that would sacrifice sound quality I guess. A very well designed and made product that is worth your money.