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Most immersive classical music headphone

post #1 of 31
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Simple question, vote away

IEMs, discontinued models, and electrostats excluded because, well, I'm only really interested in full-size dynamic headphones that are in production right now. Sorry.
post #2 of 31
Symphonies, HD650 all the way (tonality can't be beat)
post #3 of 31
580/600/650 outshine everything else for classsical.

- augustwest
post #4 of 31
Well... the real answer is electrostats, but since you excluded them, then probably the HD650 w/ Zu Mobius.
post #5 of 31
Out of all of the headphones I have used, none of them does classical like the HD650. What I really like about them is the high treble extension and the nice, hefty weight they give to things like timpani drums.
post #6 of 31
Yar, 650...why exclude Stax? ^.^
post #7 of 31
I also think the HD650 is one of the best headphones for classical music. Just yesterday I was listening to some classical music, particularly violin music: Arvo Part's Tabula Rasa (Gil Shaham), and Paganini´s Capricci (Itzhak Perlman). Used a Bel Canto Dac 2 and my modded Toshiba as sources, my recently finished Dynahi as amp, and HD650s + Zu as headphones . The richness and clarity of the sound in those violins is so amazingly beautiful in this setup and with these headphones.

Cello also sounds simply wonderful, even in relatively old/poor recordings. I have the Bach Cello Suites played by Pablo Casals (old recording) and also by Rostropovich (much newer), different styles by two masters, also very different recordings, yet both sound so wonderful...
post #8 of 31
A good Stax system for classical music - the SRS-3050A - starts at 900USD + S&H. A good dynamic system based on the HD650/GLite (for example) will cost 600USD + S&H. The extra 300USD is quite a substantial amount of money.

Timbre wise, I think the K701 is more accurate than the HD650, but the K701 doesn't have the rich mids and more prominent bass that really makes symphonic works come alive. Nevertheless, the K701 is still the dynamic headphone of my choice for small ensemble, solo instrument, etc while the HD650 takes the crown for symphonic works, large choral, organ, etc.
post #9 of 31
Big thumbs up for the HD650, also for the Ergo 2.
post #10 of 31
best dynamic headphone..... no electrostats fall under such a category...
post #11 of 31

Ummm - did you forget...

K-1000


post #12 of 31
K1000 for me too...would prefer to use it for classical more than the HE90. But if this is based on current production, would probably vote for the HD 650...
post #13 of 31
AKG K-1000.

x3

post #14 of 31
PRO4AAT OR 701.
post #15 of 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by jagorev View Post
Simple question, vote away

IEMs, discontinued models, and electrostats excluded because, well, I'm only really interested in full-size dynamic headphones that are in production right now. Sorry.
uh...dude..you been here for a while now I thought you figured this out, many thousands of posts before, already.
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