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post #61 of 72

Another vote for the HD598 .... love em.

very natural sounding

post #62 of 72

I'm listening to classical on HD558 right now, did have 598 but gave those away as a gift. Saw good deal on HD558 so snagged a pair, hated color scheme of 598 anway, 558 black suits me better. Not modded them yet and not sure if I will. For a closed headphone I quite like SHURE SRH840 with classical and jazz.


Edited by Schonen - 12/17/13 at 4:03pm
post #63 of 72

What's the best headphone for classical that doesn't need an amp?

post #64 of 72
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What's the best headphone for classical that doesn't need an amp?

 

 

Probably, Beyerdynamic DT660..And it is closed. 

post #65 of 72

Do you know how the DT660 compares with any of the following the K550, K545, A(D)900x, A(D)1000x, MA900 for classical & solo piano music? Thanks.

post #66 of 72
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Do you know how the DT660 compares with any of the following the K550, K545, A(D)900x, A(D)1000x, MA900 for classical & solo piano music? Thanks.

 

I listen to piano more than orchestral, so I test for that carefully.

 

DT660 is excels at string / orchestral musical. Piano sounded adequate. It didn't exaggerate anything; I would say it went to other extreme of being a little boring.

 

I prefer SRH840. Piano sounded pretty good. I especially like the overall accuracy of the soundstage which makes the piano sound prominent regardless of the warmer sound. Every subgenre sounds good on it.

 

I am unfamiliar with the others, so I too should like to hear some opinions. This might help:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/654161/review-comparison-ath-ad900x-vs-ath-ad1000x-vs-mdr-ma900-its-still-over-900. Be aware that you're now including open models, so you might want to add DT880-32.


Edited by Claritas - 12/18/13 at 5:07pm
post #67 of 72
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What's the best headphone for classical that doesn't need an amp?


Shures or ATH AD series are good

post #68 of 72
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What's the best headphone for classical that doesn't need an amp?


DT660. For classical music (and pretty much classical music only), it is a fantastic headphone. If I listened to classical more often (or needed high quality studio monitors), I'd use them a lot more often. They are very comfortable, you CAN amp them pretty well and the mids are very solid. Be warned though, they have virtually zero bass.

 

But to answer the poll, HD800 has the best soundstage and accuracy, HE-500 makes classical more exciting. I can go with either when I put classical music on. Both are winners in their own right. I actually tend to find higher end headphones are less picky with classical music than stuff like female vocals and metal. Maybe is just me.

post #69 of 72

I'll second the recommendations for the AKG K70x.  If you go with a Beyer, I would recommend the DT880/600 ohm over the 250 ohm version.  

 

On the other hand, the Martin Logan Mikros 90 (closed) portable can be bought for a ridiculously low price right now (they're at NewEgg for $59.99/shipped).  For me, they do everything--and more--that the AKGs or Beyers can do--save sheer size of the soundstage (but the MLs are no slouches in this respect, either).  Superb retrieval and resolution of detail, first class transparency, excellent extension and control at both the treble and bass ends; all this together with a lovely musical tonality.  The MLs scale up well, and will do justice to the equipment in a top tier listening station.  


Edited by pataburd - 12/19/13 at 2:03pm
post #70 of 72
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I listen to piano more than orchestral, so I test for that carefully.

 

DT660 is excels at string / orchestral musical. Piano sounded adequate. It didn't exaggerate anything; I would say it went to other extreme of being a little boring.

 

I prefer SRH840. Piano sounded pretty good. I especially like the overall accuracy of the soundstage which makes the piano sound prominent regardless of the warmer sound. Every subgenre sounds good on it.

 

I am unfamiliar with the others, so I too should like to hear some opinions. This might help:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/654161/review-comparison-ath-ad900x-vs-ath-ad1000x-vs-mdr-ma900-its-still-over-900. Be aware that you're now including open models, so you might want to add DT880-32.

Thanks, I will look into the Shure. So basically the DT660 has a less forward piano sound than the SRH840. I'm not sure how much the imaging that would affect my enjoyment but what interests me about the DT660 is when people say they accurately represent instruments in terms of their timbres. I've read the same about the DT880 (600 ohms) also, noting that harp and organ can sound awesome on it. This could just be a Beyer trait. Of the cans I listed, the K550 seems close to the DT660 ie it's closed but open sounding, good with instrumentals/acoustic, flat signature, even has the sibilant treble issue. The difference could be in piano. Some say that it sounds good with piano, nothing detailed but it piques my interest. 

 

I feel that the DT880-32 is a compromised version of the 600 (from my basic understanding of impedance) to cater for those without amps. So I prefer the 600 but then I would have to match it with a dedicated amp if I went that route. Of course, I could add the new AKG K812 to the list because that is easily driven but it is well out of my budget.


Edited by Head1 - 12/20/13 at 5:55pm
post #71 of 72
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Thanks, I will look into the Shure. So basically the DT660 has a less forward piano sound than the SRH840. I'm not sure how much the imaging that would affect my enjoyment but what interests me about the DT660 is when people say they accurately represent instruments in terms of their timbres. I've read the same about the DT880 (600 ohms) also, noting that harp and organ can sound awesome on it. This could just be a Beyer trait.

 

I didn't mean that SRH840 sounds forward in the sense of aggressive. Rather, it places the piano forward on the soundstage, which is matters a lot when listening to a piano concerto. It's warm and the pace feels natural, whilst DT660 is cold and slow. 

 

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[...] the Martin Logan Mikros 90 (closed) portable [...] do everything--and more--that the AKGs or Beyers can do--save sheer size of the soundstage (but the MLs are no slouches in this respect, either).  Superb retrieval and resolution of detail, first class transparency, excellent extension and control at both the treble and bass ends; all this together with a lovely musical tonality.  The MLs scale up well, and will do justice to the equipment in a top tier listening station.  

 

How well do they play the organ? DT660 can't handle it: it's simply too sharp. SRH840 is adequate. I haven't heard K550 yet.

post #72 of 72

I have both SRH840 and SRH1540, SRH840 is definitely nice sounding and adequate, but IMHO, SRH1540 is so far the best of Shure headphones :)

But for classical, SRH1540 a bit to thick in the midrange, but still sounding good for classical, good detail and dynamic.  But for classical I like open back better, like Philips Fidelio X1 (better bass) and DT880 (brighter and more airy).


Edited by earfonia - 12/23/13 at 1:58am
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