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Budget headphone for classical music. ~$50

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hi guys,


I am new to this forum. I did a search for "classical budget headphone" and came up with quite a lot of threads. However, it is either my budget did not fit in or the genre of music is different from that mentioned in those previous threads.


What I am looking for is a headphone for classical music, mainly orchestral musics (so soundstage matters). I am a college student and so my budget is a bit tight, just $50, and the less the better. What I have in mind is Senn HD201. I have read different opinion with regards to amp the 201 or not. Any input on this? confused.gif Also, can you suggest some alternatives beside the 201?


Thanks a lot, and by the way, this will also be my first proper headphone (put aside the ipod freebie)

post #2 of 10

I think the best headphones for classical for under $50 would have to be the Koss KSC75's.


Do a quick search and see all the praise people sing for them. wink.gif

post #3 of 10

The HD 201 has a very small driver (28mm if i remember right). Not exactly audiophile standard, and possibly a little bit too small for such large cups. Basically the driver diameter is about the same of the old walkman's portable headphones.


Try and look at something like Sennheiser HD 428 or Audio Technica AD300 and even Sennheiser HD 238.

post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 


Thanks a lot for the reply Do you think the HD428 needs an amp? My source is usually an ipod or a laptop.


post #5 of 10

Won't do too much for them. Maybe just increasing the richness of the sound by a little, if any. They are easy to drive and will run loud enough without an amp.

post #6 of 10

If you don't mind used pairs and open headphones , you can find the Sennheiser HD 555's for $44 on Amazon.

post #7 of 10
Originally Posted by ValSic View Post

If you don't mind used pairs and open headphones , you can find the Sennheiser HD 555's for $44 on Amazon.


You are talking about the used ones rite? 


post #8 of 10

Yes , I'm talking about the used ones. I personally had the HD 555's and loved them with Classical , Acoustic and Acoustic Instrumentals. They're one of my favorite entry level headphones next to my RE0 IEMs.

post #9 of 10

If I were you I'd keep an eye out for Audio Technica Ad700 to drop in price a little. They can be had for $70-$80 new. No headphone matches the clarity for the price, nor does any headphone beat the sound stage.

post #10 of 10



Audio-Technica ATH-M30 (40-44 $ current price) is in my mind. I need budget cans for classical music now and I did some google research I found that Sehnheiser HD 201 or 202 pro lacks a lot for to be decent cans. referring this frequency response graph I would avoid these firstly




you can consider others also:


Panasonic RP-HTF600-S 30$ (Good offer and low price also appealing Specifications) 
beyerdynamic DT 235 Headphone
Superlux HD668B Dynamic Semi-Open Headphones



Edited by Lumos - 8/25/12 at 1:38pm
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