Top Ten Best Headphone Brands

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Meta Description: Classical music is one of the most soothing musical genres. But with cheap headphones, listening to it may not be as relaxing as it should be.

Classical music is unlike any other. Some of the things that need to be considered before purchasing the best headphones for classical music are neutrality, clarity, separation of instruments, and appropriate soundstage.

Other things to consider include budget, the comfort of use, and matches your listening preferences. Here are the top 10 best headphones for classical music. Read to the very end as I have reviewed each based on my personal experience.

10 V-MODA Crossfade LP

With exoskeleton design, the V-MODA headphones provide comfort for a great listening experience.

Classical music requires vivid sound frequency to let the instruments shine through. This headset also has an incredible soundstage that is so immersive.

It also has clear bass tones but not too obtrusive. Regarding durability, though, it may not be the best one for you, considering the price. The audio cables are particularly poorly made, but these are replaceable.

For me, you can never go wrong with the sound quality. It is just ironic how the cables can easily give up on you.

9 Bose QuietComfort 25

Price and quality ratio can be satisfactory with these headphones, but Bose provides great listening experience when used in Apple devices.

I had used this when I listened to classical music at my grandparents’ resthouse. It made me feel so relaxed. It provided great power and tonal balance.

It does have great bass volume, too. Plus a sound frequency that is precisely adjusted at first use. The rotating earcups guarantee a perfect fit and extreme comfort. Some reviewers complain about its short lifespan, though.

8 Sennheiser HD 650

The Sennheiser HD 650 is very expensive. It is an open-back type which is recommended for classical music listening. It has an incredible frequency response, which is at -10 dc for neutrality and transparency of sound.

I do not usually recommend high-priced gadgets, but this one has exceptional quality and durability. I would recommend this to someone who is not so careful about things.

Some brands need extra care when used, especially the less expensive ones. But this is heavy duty and is perfect for professional use.

7 Beyerdynamic DT-880

Balanced frequency levels vouch for less noise and distortions. The Beyerdynamic headphone is a semi-open type, so it guarantees comfort and classical sound.

Beyerdynamic does not produce distortions and obtrusive bass. Instead, it provides average neutrality of sound.

The drawback of this headset is that it does not come with amplifiers and that it is quite expensive for its class. It also has limited soundstage.

The semi-closed earcups are comfortable, though. Not too many semi-closed headphones available in the market are ideal for classical music listening – the Beyerdynamic is built for this kind of music, so it is still a good buy.

6 AKG Pro-Audio K702

This headset is crazy affordable, and the sound quality equals some expensive brands. It produces spacious sound that almost makes you feel like you are in a grand concert hall. This is perfect for classical piano listening.

The AKG Pro-Audio K702 boasts transparency and sound neutrality. And can also be used in recording studios. The main issue with the headset is its durability and longevity of use.

Once it gets overused, the other ear becomes silent. But this depends on how the user takes care of it before, during, and after use.

5 Sony MDR7506

I love the overall look and feel of this professional headset. The Sony MDR7506 is a bestseller in one of the largest online selling sites worldwide. What makes it stand out from the rest is that it has the capability to reduce external sound and eliminate noises.

This allows the listener to experience transparent and neutral listening experience with the orchestral elements shining through.

The Sony headset is fairly priced that already comes with an adapter for its gold-plated plug and a soft traveling case. I would say this will save you a lot of money.

4 Sony MDR-1A

Another Sony headset on my personal list. This is almost 300 bucks, but when you try it on, you will certainly feel its comfort and clarity. I love listening to my favorite classical songs with this headset.

Regarding the technical specifications, it has an amazing frequency response with high performing bass but not to the extent that it overwhelms the entire sound. I love how versatile it is because I can also use this when listening to pop and rock songs.

It came with ergonomic ear pads, too for additional comfort and added a highlight in the mids and lows.

3 Audio-Technica ATH-M50 X

The Audio Technica headset could be one of the best sounding headphones for classical music because of its broad soundstage and exceptional clarity. When you listen to an opera, the voice of the singer shines through clearly. Not to mention, this is affordable at less than 200 bucks.

It has all the features of an ideal classical music headset, so this is also a great buy. I would recommend extra care using it, though because some reviewers complain about how its cables quickly fall apart after repeated use.

But overall, it provides comfort and neutrality so you can never go wrong with this headset.

2 Sennheiser HD 598

Some Sennheiser models are expensive because this brand has a high reputation in the market. But I have found one model that fits the budget with a quality that does not go far from its more expensive counterparts.

I am a classical musician, so I do not only listen to it, but it is also somewhat my bread and butter. Thus, I need a good quality headset, but it does not mean I need an expensive one. I use this headset in my recordings and also have some of my musical study students listen through it.

I have had no problems so far. It has great voluminous bass and wide soundstage. This is perfect for when I am learning music and teaching it to my students.

1 Audio Technica ATH-AD900X

Quality, affordability, and durability all in one. I love this Audio Technical model, and I have been using this for over a year now.

Like my Sennheiser, it has all the requirements that make it perfect for classical music listening. But this has a wider soundstage and even better neutrality of sound.

It has the tendency to deliver bright, rich, and vivid sound, which highlights the orchestral elements. It is very relaxing to the ears and sort of transports you to a dimension of orchestral magic.

You may think I am exaggerating but go and try it for yourself to experience pure listening pleasure.

The Verdict

By now, it is probably obvious to you that price is a priority. Even so, it is important to test the quality of the headset to make sure you get the most out of it. The Audio Technica ATH-AD900X is in the top spot because it deserves to be.

It has an open back design, comfortable to use, provides neutrality, has a wide soundstage, separates the voice and the instruments efficiently, and guarantees clarity.

In other words, it has all the characteristics of the best headphones for classical music.

Note that these are just my personal preferences. What is your personal pick? Let me know by commenting below.


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