I'm looking for good quality over-the-ear headphones for listening to classical music. Right now I'm totally lost between all the different choices. For now, here's what I already know:
1. There are headphones that emphasize either bass or treble, but I need ones that actually sound good in the whole range of frequencies, because I want to hear every tiny detail of every instrument (I like symphonical orchestra kind of music)
2. Some headphones require extra amp to operate properly... I am not sure I want to buy ones that do, because I don't have an amp and that would mean extra money to spend. However, if I understand correctly, those that require an amp have higher impedance and thus make the sound more natural and minimize dissortion. I really want the sound to be crisp clear and as natural as possible, without any dissortion. This is still a hard decision for me, though.
3. Gread headphones require great money - and I don't think that I can afford real studio grade headphones, but I want to squeeze out as much as possible from the money I do have.
And here's a rough list of features I want in my headphones (I may as well have forgotten something):
1. VERY clear and natural sound
2. Good sound quality in all the frequencies, not only bass or treble (that can be customized a tiny bit with a software equalizer, right?)
3. Affordable: my current budget is about 300 dollars, but I might add some more if I really think it's worth it...
4. Sound quality is a definite must-have for me and I give all the priority to it, but it would also be great to have some portability, like folding the earcups so they can lay on my neck, or even better, folding it all into a small space so it can fit in somewhat small pouch. However, this is optional, as the most important feature for me is great sound quality
5. Comfortability - this is not a priority requirement either, but it's definitely a must - it shouldn't press on my ears or make me feel uncomfortable in any other way. I can sit there listening to my FLAC collection for hours, and I would not like it to make my ears hurt because of some crappy earcups
My friend recommends me to buy Sennheizer, but I'm not sure their high-end models are affordable enough for my budget... And also, I have noticed massive discounts on Amazon right now specifically for this kind of headphones, so you can offer something from a higher price range as well and I will try to find a discount for it.
Thank you very much in advance
EDIT: Due to half of my things unexpectedly breaking (like always, the worst time possible!), I had to tighten the budget even more to $150-$200
So far, I have narrowed the choice to these:
Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X, ATH-AD700X, ATH-AD900X
Sennheiser HD555, HD558, HD598
And maybe something from the Grado line (SR60e, SR80e, SR125e)
Now I just need to figure out if it's worth getting the more expensive models, and Sennheiser vs. Audio-Technica. Again, what I want is very clear sound without any emphasize on bass, and no amp requirement (or a cheaper headphone, if you can find an amp for it with total price of the cans+amp being about $150)
EDIT 2: I already ordered the AD900x from Amazon, thank you for all the help you gave me, I really appreciate it!
Edited by pauliunas - 7/29/15 at 3:47am