Hey does anyone have any recommendations for a headphone that will do a great job of presenting classical music for under 200$ ? It seems a number of the popular headphones in that price range (eg. ATH-M50) are known for being less-than-ideal for classical music. Suggestions?
I have a pair of Grado SR125 that I think sound great - I don't use them primarily for classical music but I have listened to classical through them and think they sound very nice. They are well balanced and have a great sense of depth.
If there is a best piece of hardware for a certain task then it is known as such. If there isn't, then it could be a question of quality and personal taste. Me thinks in this case you should go to a store and try headphones.
Hi Hoontar! With classical music you want your headphones to have a wide and deep soundstage. It helps give you that sense of expansiveness that classical music does so well. Open backed headphones are best for this because it gives you more of that "being there" feeling.
My favorite open backed headphones under $200 is the Sennheiser HD518s. I love Sennheiser's soundstage.
There's also the Klipsch Image S4s earphones, which are just plain old awesome at everything they do.
hope this helps!