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Headphones for classical in sub-$50 range?

post #1 of 40
Thread Starter 

Hello to everybody!

 

 

I would like to ask you is there any pair of good headphones on the market that cost $50 or less?

 

Needs:

 

  • Classical. Only.
  • Home use only. No noise cancellation is required.
  • Over-the-ear
  • Preferably new, as I am living in UK. (Shipping)
  • Should be better than my current Panasonic RP-HT711.
  • $50 or less (could be $60, but no more!)
  • I think that I would appreciate more the open-back ones (but, I cannot judge - didn't have a lot of headphones to say so)
  • Will drive it with FiiO E7 (150mW@16 and 16mW@300Ohm) or directly from Onkyo C-7030 headphone's jack

 

I prefer dark-sounding to the bright-sounding ones.

Why not closed-back's (Click to show)
I remember buying Senn HD419, loving them for their bass and sensitivity, but hating for the sibilances. They ended up on the shelf - I started to notice my hearing went down. They are both closed and have an awful peak at 1,5 - 3kHz I would say, so I don't know what affected my hearing. But I become suspicious towards all closed-back headphones.

 

I cannot test the cans, so I rely only on your advices.

 

My sympathies are with Audio Technica (don't know why!), especially with ATH-TAD400 - 35 Ohms, 93dB/mW (BTW, what are the differences between TAD400 and TAD300?)

 

E7 and TAD400 (Click to show)
I assumed the voltage output of E7 to be linear (from the given two parameters), so the output at 50Ohm will be 53mW, which will give 17dB of gain and result in 110dB at max volume (which is quite decent)

 

If this thread is truthful (doesn't mention the classical music though), the TAD400 is a steal for its price, or I am just trying to convince myself here? :)

 

 

I would be very grateful if you could help me.

 

Kindest regards,

U6astik


Edited by U6astik - 2/26/14 at 8:40pm
post #2 of 40

The easiest fix is KSC75 clip ons (with or without the Parts Express headband mod). It sometimes breaks though, but it's so cheap that might not matter.

 

Other than that, maybe you can find a used SRH440, which I haven't heard, but I trust that brand.

 

I have read good things about:

 

Tascam TH02 (http://www.head-fi.org/t/654946/tascam-th-02-headphones-waiting-to-be-discovered-now-appreciation-thread)

 

Takstar HI2050 (http://www.head-fi.org/t/585356/the-takstar-technical-pro-gemini-greathon-thread)

post #3 of 40
Thread Starter 

Claritas,

 

Sorry, forgot to mention - I am interested only in over-the-ear's.

 

Shure - have never heard of them (I mean anything good). Are they good at classics?

Same for Tascam and Takstar - have you experienced them?

 

Taskcam seems to have very decent LF if take FR graphs from your link for granted. Haven't found any info regarding classical music.

Takstar - same issue.

 

Do you have experience with Audio Tehnica?

post #4 of 40
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Originally Posted by U6astik View Post
 

Shure - have never heard of them (I mean anything good). Are they good at classics?

Same for Tascam and Takstar - have you experienced them?

 

Taskcam seems to have very decent LF if take FR graphs from your link for granted. Haven't found any info regarding classical music.

Takstar - same issue.

 

Do you have experience with Audio Technica?

 

It's the next model down from SRH840 which is pretty good at everything including classical. I've been impressed with Shure's other products too. SRH840 is V-shaped, but the reliable reviews of SRH440 indicate that it's either neutral or maybe a little bright. Sounds to me like what people look for in a classical headphone. So look around for a used pair (from a reputable seller).

 

I haven't heard the Takstar or Tascam. That's why I wrote that "I have read good things about" them. Specifically, I was struck by that FR chart you saw of the Tascam.

 

Audio Technicas are varied. You have bassy models such as M50 and presumably M35, and more classical oriented models such as AD900, and then there are all those woodies which are hard to tell apart. I haven't heard the particular model you posted about, but AT is a respectable firm. Nevertheless, I wouldn't buy it based on that one thread.

 

I understand that it's a hard choice. Be patient. Ask questions on the Tascam and Takstar threads about how they sound with classical. If someone answers, look at their profile to see if they listen to classical, have experience with better models, post on the classical records thread, &c. so you know whether to believe them -- and please let me know what you find out.

post #5 of 40

Apparently these are pretty good.

post #6 of 40
Thread Starter 

Claritas,

 

Thank you. I will look into these three models more in depth.

Probably, I won't be able to afford a pair of used SRH440, as it is too expensive to ship headphones from US to UK. Here in UK used Shure's are as expensive new ones.

 

L0SLobos,

 

...why?

 

They have a volume control - that's, if I am not mistaken, a significant reduction in sound quality.

Again, they are closed-back. Is there any FR for them, any comments? What about their compatibility with classical content?

 

 

Any more thoughts?


Edited by U6astik - 2/26/14 at 8:58pm
post #7 of 40

These babies:

 

http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volume_7_2/sennheiser-hd-590-headphones-5-2000.html

 

If you can find them second hand.

 

If you had accepted on-ear grado would have been the obvious choice.

post #8 of 40
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by TwoEars View Post
 

These babies:

 

http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volume_7_2/sennheiser-hd-590-headphones-5-2000.html

 

If you can find them second hand.

 

If you had accepted on-ear grado would have been the obvious choice.

 

TwoEars,

 

But the Grados are bright, aren't they? They have a very specific sound, as I was told.

I've never heard of HD590 and UK Amazon doesn't offer them (neither new pair, nor used ones). And to ship them from US, again, could be our of my budget.

 

I'd prefer new headphones :)

post #9 of 40
Grados are good at organ, solo vocals, and chamber (strings). They are too bright for orchestral and piano, besides lacking the soundstage needed for orchestral. I bought one for organ, but I wouldn't have it as my main one.

U6astik, considered also buying a Fostex (any RP series) and modding it.
post #10 of 40
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Claritas View Post

Grados are good at organ, solo vocals, and chamber (strings). They are too bright for orchestral and piano, besides lacking the soundstage needed for orchestral. I bought one for organ, but I wouldn't have it as my main one.

U6astik, considered also buying a Fostex (any RP series) and modding it.

 

Claritas,

 

Fostex T20rp seem to be quite reasonable, but the are SO expensive in UK (£99 against $69).

I've heard only good things about Fostex and I would go for them, if they were cheaper :(


Edited by U6astik - 2/27/14 at 7:37pm
post #11 of 40

Any superlux headphones.

post #12 of 40
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by b0000 View Post
 

Any superlux headphones.

 

b0000,

 

The price is very appealing, however I haven't heard anything of them before.

Do you have any experince with them? How do they play classical?

post #13 of 40

Theyre pretty much the best value in that price range. They'll be pretty good for classical. They're mostly neutral, but slightly bright. Whichever version you get is up to you. theyre pretty close in terms of sound

 

http://www.head-fi.org/products/category/headphones/superlux

 

this has the 668b:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/433318/shootout-111-portable-headphones-reviewed-creative-aurvana-live-2-added-02-25-14

post #14 of 40
What makes them popular with aggressive rock?
post #15 of 40

I just noticed there's now a (new?) evo version that seems to have lowered treble energy since a lot of people found the original to be bright and fatiguing.

 

Edit: seems like the evo is slightly bass heavy, that rules them out for classical


Edited by b0000 - 2/28/14 at 5:34pm
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