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Closed portables for classical

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Can you please recommend me closed portable headphones (not IEMs) for classical music ? By that I mean they should be as neutral / non-agressive as possible. They especially shouldn't have overpowering bass / bass boost etc. as my ears are quite sensitive. Basically in this case: less bass is better than too much of it. (just to give you an idea: if they would have similar sound singature than HD 595s than that should be OK) They also should be easy to drive just with cell-phone. Price should be below 200 euro. Thanks.


Edited by appletree - 7/3/12 at 2:41am
post #2 of 12

actually quite interested in the question myself. ^^

post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

Well these are phones I have found so far that seem like that they could match my criteria

 

Beyerdynamic DT 1350 (although being slightly above 200 eurobucks, but I don't mind paying more if it pays off)
KRK KNS 8400
Shure SRH840
Audio Technica ATH M50
 

Soundwise: are any of those better for classical then the others ? (esp. no overpowering bass and no harsh highs)

Amplification: are any of those difficult to drive just from cellphone ? (I'd like them to sound close to their best even without amp)

 

Aside from DT 1350 all seem quite big - can the rest of them be actually still considered portable ? (Do people use them that way ?)

Are there any phones similarly sized to DT 1350 that have sound I search for ?

post #4 of 12

i will put my vote on DT1350, M50 might sounded bassy for you.
SRH840 might too big size for you.

post #5 of 12

seinheiser hd228.....wink.gif

post #6 of 12

One simple answer Beyer T5p

post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 

At the end I decided to go for ATH ES55. It sounded really nice especially from my desktop amp, however comfort-wise it was not my cup of tee. And the biggest problem: due to its closed construction it was creating to much pressure on my ear-drums (due to medical condition of my ears) resulting in very bad pain. This happened to me also with HD25 and some IEMS.  I thought maybe it has improved over time but nope. I guess I may hav to stuck with PX100 II for eternity :/

post #8 of 12

Looks like you'll have to save for a HD650... 

post #9 of 12

I could say that KRK KNS 8400 (the only one in your list I have) soundwise are quite neutral...I enjoy them a lot with both classical (orchestral or solo) and jazz..

However, portable? not quite...

post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by palestofwhite View Post

Looks like you'll have to save for a HD650... 

 

I already have HD650 and I don't like them - at least not with my present amp. And I certainly woulnd't bring them outside even if some 1000$ portable amp could make them sound like the best phones in the universe somehow.
 

post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by Szadzik View Post

One simple answer Beyer T5p

 

wish i could afford one :P

post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by plasmoic View Post

I could say that KRK KNS 8400 (the only one in your list I have) soundwise are quite neutral...I enjoy them a lot with both classical (orchestral or solo) and jazz..

However, portable? not quite...

 

this can is very light..n the cups fold flat...can easily slip into a laptop bag.

just that its headband makes it looks BIGGer than normal portables "P

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