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Wich are the best headphones under US$1000 for classical music?

post #1 of 52
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Hi everyone, since I met headfi I'm looking for a good setup to play/enjoy classical music. I´ll start by the headphones. I'm thinking not to spend more than U$1000 on them. Nowadays I use HE400, but in my opinion they don't have enough bright. I mean I want to hear the breathing of the players, complete string sound, air between instruments, and the power of the drums and percussion.

 

Questions: planar or dynamics? Is it ok HE500 for that? may I consider the senns on this field?

 

thanks for your help

post #2 of 52
you should try D7000 if you still can get them
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you should try D7000 if you still can get them


D7000 are beautiful, but I can't find any dealer who has international shipping.

 

thanks for your reply

post #4 of 52

when you say 1000 $, you mean headphone and amplifier? or headphone only?

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when you say 1000 $, you mean headphone and amplifier? or headphone only?


Headphone only.

For now, Hifiman EF5 amp is great.

post #6 of 52
Why not LCD2 ? I listen to classical music with LCD2 especially music with nice cello bass.
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Originally Posted by Canadian411 View Post

Why not LCD2 ? I listen to classical music with LCD2 especially music with nice cello bass.


Do you think LCD2 are better than HE500 for classical?

post #8 of 52
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Originally Posted by manzana View Post


Do you think LCD2 are better than HE500 for classical?

 

Depends on your tastes. LCD-2.2 can sound really great with chamber music, but HE-500 is far superior for symphonic classical. If I was going to pick one of the two for classical, I'd go HE-500.

 

I'd also add the Beyer T1 to your wish list -- it's a fantastic classical can -- but I can't vouch for its synergy with the EF-5. The "lowly" Beyer DT880-600 is also a worthy classical specialist, though some find them to be deficient in bass quantity.


Edited by Olias of Sunhillow - 8/7/12 at 11:00am
post #9 of 52

I listen to lots of classical and chamber arrangements and find the Grado GS1000's to be super sweet. They aren't as good with rock music to my ear (at least not like the other Grados) but they excel in the detail department for sure when listening to classical (mostly small piano/string arrangements is what I listen too and not much big orchestral stuff. 

post #10 of 52

The K-702 are great, and maybe the best for classic under $1000 and above. The other option will be the K-1000 above 1K.

post #11 of 52

x2 on K70x

 

Also, ATH-A2000X.  Very lively headphone, excels with strings.  Superb transparency, very sparkly treble, very clean-sounding and detailed.  Very tight and controlled sound, too.  Huge PRaT like Grados.

Edit: Don't pair it with a bright system!


Edited by Mad Max - 8/7/12 at 11:42am
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Originally Posted by manzana View Post

Hi everyone, since I met headfi I'm looking for a good setup to play/enjoy classical music. I´ll start by the headphones. I'm thinking not to spend more than U$1000 on them. Nowadays I use HE400, but in my opinion they don't have enough bright. I mean I want to hear the breathing of the players, complete string sound, air between instruments, and the power of the drums and percussion.

 

Questions: planar or dynamics? Is it ok HE500 for that? may I consider the Senns on this field?

What source(s) and DAC are you using?

post #13 of 52
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

What source(s) and DAC are you using?


AIMP3 with WASAPI (FLACs and 320 MP3) > Xonar Essence STX or Hifiman HM-602 > Hifiman EF-5 (stock tubes and opamp)

post #14 of 52
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x2 on K70x

 

Also, ATH-A2000X.  Very lively headphone, excels with strings.  Superb transparency, very sparkly treble, very clean-sounding and detailed.  Very tight and controlled sound, too.  Huge PRaT like Grados.

Edit: Don't pair it with a bright system!

 

Excelent! I like the non expensive AKG K702. But is it really the best under $1000 ??

 

In my country the prices are:

AKG 702 = $450 (aprox.)

HE-500   =  $600

ATH-A2000X = $620 (aprox.)

 

And the T1, HD800, and GS1000 are out of the range. (GS1000 = $1.400)

post #15 of 52

The K702's are great at reproducing symphonic music and opera etc and are hard to beat for the price. I use the HE500's for classical now and although they are never going to compete with the AKG's in the soundstage department I think they offer a much more pleasant sound. They reproduce piano perfectly imo, strings sound textured and airy, brass instruments never sound harsh or intrusive. Instruments in general sound very real and 3 dimensional; the K702's in comparision can sound more 2d and flat within the very wide soundstage. The K's also, if not amped properly can produce some nasty treble spikes when the other frequencies aren't coming through enough.  Both great classical cans, but I know which one I prefer.   

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