I've recently discovered that my preference in music is changing, and classical is really growing on me. Most of my current headphones have been bought with Alt Rock and some EDM in mind, HE-400 and the Dunu DN-1000 being my primary headphone/IEM currently.
I have been listening to classical music using the Etymotic HF5, MartinLogan Mikros 90, and Sennheiser HD598. I have comfort issues with both the Ety and the M90, and find the HD598 comfortable and enjoyable. I am also utterly ignorant on which headphones are decent for classical music at the higher price ranges. Hell, on one of the threads I read, someone suggested that the HE-400 is good for classical, but I haven't gotten around to giving it a real listen to test it, especially considering I find the mids to be weak compared to the bass and treble.
I would like to stay away from any IEM, so I'd like to get myself a good headphone for classical. As far what I would use as sources, if the suggestions could be driven from a Fiio X3, that would be magnificent. I know with many high end phones I will not get the most out them from the amount of amping the X3 provides, and I can always buy a more powerful portable amp, like the Fiio E12. Isolation is not an issue for me whatsoever, as the only reason I'm using portable sources is that I listen in various parts inside and outside my house, so whatever I get will not be a computer desk only headphone. As far as other amping, I also use a Fiio E9i connected to an old iphone for SiriusXM streaming, and a rockboxed 5th gen ipod.
I know the price range is huge, but I'm just trying to get an idea of which headphones will work well with this type of music. Plus, if there is a headphone that performs quite well, but is rather difficult to drive, this will give me a bit of a buffer to make sure I purchase an adequate amp. I'm sure I'm forgetting other useful information, and sorry in advance.
If this information helps at all, I have lifelong depth perception problems, so while I haven't checked into testing it, there's also a chance it might affect my perception of soundstage as well. I only bring this up because I'm pretty sure that's the case. I can't even comprehend how people can tell how far away instruments are using headphones and high quality recordings. Still, if soundstage is good on a particular headphone, its not going to hurt.
Thanks in advance!
Oh yeah, one last thing. I have no clue when it comes to headphones for classical music if mentioning the composers I listen to most will help. I primarily have been listening to Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, and Stravinsky. Thanks again!