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Best Headphones for Classic Rock, Jazz, and Classical Music on a Budget

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Thread Starter 

Hello Everyone,

This is my first post, and I mostly listen to Rock  (Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, The Eagles, Boston, Black Crowes, AC/DC, ect...), Jazz, blues, and a lot of Classical music (Mozart, Bach, Aaron Copland, ect). I really enjoy a the guitar in rock, and the strings and trumpets in classical music, and the saxophones and trumpet in jazz and blues music, so I'd like headphones that would be at those instruments. I like bass, but I do not need really bass heavy 'phones because to much gives me a headache.

 

I need recommendations under $200, and I'm open to buying used. From my research so far, the Sony MDR-7506's and Audio Technica ATH M50's are the most common recommendations for this price range, but I was hoping for some more personalized recommendations from you guys.

 

I run all my music off an IPhone 4 (I know, I know; but I'm not rich, and don't have money to blow right now), and I'm hoping to get a headphone amp as well. Any recommendations for a portable amp/DAC under $200 would also be very helpful.

 

Thanks,

F23

post #2 of 8
Do you need an open or closed headphone? Open headphones have the advantage of a more immersive/bigger soundstage, but they leak sound and you will be able to hear your environment. For someone not looking for heavy bass, they are the way to go if they will work for you. But not good for portable use outside of the home.
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I plan on using them a lot outside the home (plane, bus, ect.) , so I think closed back headphones are more practical for me, although I will probably buy a pair of Grado SR80i's in the future for home use.

 

Thanks,

F23

post #4 of 8

SRH840 plays your preferred genres well both unamped and amped. The only drawback is the heavy headband, which you can mod.

post #5 of 8
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I've been looking into Beyerdynamics headphones, and I've been reading a lot about the DT-770 Pro 80ohms and 250 ohms. I have also been looking at the DT-660's, but haven't found much into on them. My question is would the DT-770's have better sound performance because of the 80 ohms than the 32ohms of the 660's?
Edited by f23blackwidow2 - 4/12/14 at 5:47pm
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The two sound very different. DT770 has a good deal of bass and DT660 is more neutral. I liked 660 for orchestral music and piano sounded fine. I'd recommend it over 770 for classical.

Edit: 660 plays strings very well, which is why it's good for orchestral and chamber, but I thought the treble was bothersome in organ music. I don't think I tried it with rock, but I would suppose that it will sound good because models that play strings well usually play guitar well too (and vice versa).
Edited by Claritas - 4/12/14 at 9:00pm
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Thread Starter 
So right now I am seriously considering these headphones:

Audio Technica ATH M50
Beyerdynamic 770
Beyerdynamic 660
Shure 840

Any help narrowing that list down anymore would be helpful

Thanks,
F23
post #8 of 8
If they aren't too big for you to haul around, Soundmagic HP100 would be worth considering for their neutral response: http://noblehifi.blogspot.com/2012/10/soundmagic-hp100-review.html
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