Here's a couple of options:
The Auditor is expensive though - but I was mightily impressed. PS audio is the manufacturer. It rarely gets written about here. I would really like to hear electrostat cans for classical - but I've never heard them....the new Stax SR-009 that Jude reviewed - look awesome for detail...imagine orchestral detail...nice nice...
I thought the Auditor is made by SPL, not PS Audio. The Auditor is the scaled down version of the SPL Phonitor as far as I know...
I think all the companies should made the Auditor...
well someone else just addressed that question/speculation:
My memory has been playing tricks on me - well at least the letters - late night with beer wasn't helping. I stand corrected and thanks! And you are right - it is the scaled down version - but you would not know from auditioning it first hand. It's got firm power and it not a lightweight by any stretch of imagination.
3 friends returned to montreal (sans mr miinnear) june 15, 2010. hopefully you were able to catch them then. and yeah, any chance to chat with Gaz is good.
they play a very classical style of progressive rock.
there must be some active audiophile labels, but i'm not so sure off the top of my head. i used to buy some great recordings from cisco records at hifi shows. i'm not sure of their current status. their adagio d'albinoni is an essential recording. it's so good that i've had folks refuse to remove it from their players while auditioning their wares at shows, so i've bought it a few times.
I'm not familiar with the 401, I think the xx1 series have more bass, but not sure...
I think one thing to say about this thread is that certain phones work for certain kinds of classical music...
First we have the musical periods Renaissance, Baroque and Classical (often performed with modern instruments, but since the 1980's we now have authentic instrumental recordings too).Then there is the Romantic period and finally the Modernist and post modernist phase. Each period will have a better kind of headphone to use..
Second, are we talking orchestral, chamber music, instrumental, large choir or small vocal group, opera etc...I've found plenty of great phones for symphonic music - but say if the Mozart Mass in C Minor was running through those phones - the choir would be too recessed.
Third - musical textures in classical music is far more diverse and experimental in the same was that jazz is. Jazz and classical - are more texturally diverse than say pop or rock music. Often there are phones that equally well with both Classical and Jazz genres
I think we ought to be more precise in our recommendations. Earlier I hit on this point
On a side note right now I'm listening to Mahler's Titan (Symphony No. 1) by San Francisco Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, through my K702: this recording is just perfect, one of the best I've ever heard.
Another outstanding recording is the Handel Water Music by Jordi Savall.