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Good headphone for classical music!

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Hi! I would like to buy a pair of cans good for classical music! I like very much senn hd 650 senn hd600, grado ps 500 and grado rs2i. Wich of them is better for classical music? Any Suggestions? 

post #2 of 42

Those are pretty different headphones; when you say you like them, have you heard them?

 

The Sennheisers are generally the popular choice for classical, but I tend to prefer higher end Grado. If you're looking at the PS500, you should probably also listen to the RS1i for its superior rendering of wooden stringed instruments. 
 

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Hi! I would like to buy a pair of cans good for classical music! I like very much senn hd 650 senn hd600, grado ps 500 and grado rs2i. Wich of them is better for classical music? Any Suggestions? 



 

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Forget the Grados. They are far too colored and have an inadequate sound stage for classical. The HD600 would be my easy suggestion. One of the best headphones for classical music at any price point. The 650 is no slouch either, but the more neutral tonality of the 600 works better with most classical works. You do need a decently powerful amp to drive these well, however.


Edited by juantendo8 - 3/24/12 at 10:12am
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The Beats Pro headphones.

 

 



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post #6 of 42

I second the hd600s with a amp

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Higher end Grados tend to do a much better job of layering music than I've found in the Sennheisers, so I tend to disagree with your assessment which will probably come as a surprise to nobody.

 

I suggest that the OP try both out, and see what they think. 
 

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Forget the Grados. They are far too colored and have an inadequate sound stage for classical. The HD600 would be my easy suggestion. One of the best headphones for classical music at any price point. The 650 is no slouch either, but the more neutral tonality of the 600 works better with most classical works. You do need a decently powerful amp to drive these well, however.



 

post #8 of 42

I don't listen to too much classical, but I have a pair of MB Quart 450 which I believe are now German Maestro or CharterOak. From reviews that I have read in the past they are highly rates for classical.

 

post #9 of 42

AKG's should sound nice with classical music due to their excellent mid range and large soundstage.

 

I personally own the K601 model and they sound really nice with classical music. I'm currently listening to Radetzky March by Johann Strauss and it sounds so nice.


Edited by Papander - 3/24/12 at 1:05pm
post #10 of 42

What I should have asked:

 

OP, what is your budget? Are there any genres other than classical that you intend to use your headphones with? Once you get past the RS2 Grado price range, there are much better choices if you are looking for a pure classical headphone. Also, if you want a more Grado like sound that does classical better, the Beyerdynamic DT880 is a great choice.


Edited by juantendo8 - 3/24/12 at 1:17pm
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I' have only looked at them because I 'm not able to find a store that sells them... I'm in Naples

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What I should have asked:

 

OP, what is your budget? Are there any genres other than classical that you intend to use your headphones with? Once you get past the RS2 Grado price range, there are much better choices if you are looking for a pure classical headphone. Also, if you want a more Grado like sound that does classical better, the Beyerdynamic DT880 is a great choice.



my budget is max 600$ (450 euros). I bought ultrasone pro 900 some days ago but I have had some problem with them... the singers' voice is distorted and too recessed from di soundstage of instruments... shall I burn-in them for long time? I generally listen to symphonic music, but also hard rock, and jazz... But i think that ultasone should be good at reproducing these kind of music if the problem is just to burn in them


Edited by fmr94 - 3/24/12 at 1:34pm
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has anyone had experience with the shure 1440 and classical music?

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I' have only looked at them because I 'm not able to find a store that sells them... I'm in Naples


NFB12.1 with one of the following: Sennheiser HD600, Beyer DT880, AKG Q701, AudioTechnica AD900, Denon D5000.

 

Very best,

post #15 of 42

It still depends on your personal preference. I love bass when I listen to pop music. To me the HD600 makes the timpani slightly too boomy and is slightttly overwhelming in symphonies, but the lower strings sound great. I'm a violinist so I like the  higher notes xD and the AKG q701 has just the right amount of bass for me. I also have the ATH ad500 but those are actually too bass light lol.

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