Best Headphones for Classical Music

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Best Headphones for Classical Music - Headphone Charts

One thing we have discussed multiple times now on Headphone Charts is that certain headphones are better at playing different styles of music than others, and classical music is no exception! Traditionally, those who are interested in listening to classical via headphones are looking for tonal accuracy, neutrality, and a large open soundstage. Brands that we love for bass, like V-MODA, need not apply when we're looking for headphones for classical! See our list below to discover our picks for the most neutral, accurate, reasonably priced headphones for classical music available!

# 10

Philips X2/27 Fidelio Premium Headphones

Philips X2/27 Fidelio Premium Headphones - Open-Back Headphones

Headphone Charts Score (?) : 79.2

Philips has been a trusted name in electronics for over 100 years, and you can virtually *hear* their experience and expertise whenever you put on a pair of X2/27 Fidelios!
  • Dedicated cable management clip for tangle-free ease
  • Deluxe memory foam ear pads for long-wearing comfort
  • Double-layered ear shells engineered for sound precision
  • Acoustic open-back architecture for pristine audio fidelity
  • Powerful 50mm neodymium drivers for wide yet precise range
  • Amplifier Suggested (?): No

Philips X2/27 Fidelio - Amazon

# 9

Grado Prestige Series SR325e Headphones

Grado Prestige Series SR325e Headphones - Open-Back Headphones

Headphone Charts Score (?) : 81.2

Hand Made in Brooklyn USA, the Grado SR325e is the top of the line headphone in Grado Prestige series.
  • Headphone weight: 11oz
  • Old-school look but up to date sound quality
  • Rich full bodied vocals and excellent dynamics
  • superb control and stability of the upper & lower frequency range
  • added mass from the metal housing minimizes transient distortions
  • Amplifier Suggested (?): No

Grado SR325e - Amazon

# 8

Sony MDR-V6 Studio Monitor Headphones

Sony MDR-V6 Studio Monitor Headphones - Over-Ear Headphones

Headphone Charts Score (?) : 84

A durable headset system designed for audio professionals. 40 mm drivers deliver accurate sound throughout the frequency range. Circumaural design keeps ears comfortable.
  • Neodymium magnets and 40mm drivers for powerful, detailed sound
  • Over-ear design provides comfort and reduction of external noises
  • 10-foot oxygen free copper cord ends in 3.5mm plug
  • Copper-clad aluminum voice coil wire
  • Wide frequency response of 5 Hz-30 kHz
  • Amplifier Suggested (?): Yes
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Sony MDR-V6 - Amazon

# 7

Sennheiser HD 598 Headphones

Sennheiser HD 598 Headphones - Open-Back Headphones

Headphone Charts Score (?) : 86

The HD 598 headphones combine impeccable sound quality with unrivaled comfort. This elegantly styled over-ear, open back headphone features ear cups with high-gloss burl wood detail complementing premium metal mesh
  • Delivers incredibly natural, detailed and balanced sound
  • Lightweight with luxurious velour ear pads for extreme comfort
  • Compatible with virtually every audio device
  • Detachable 3m cable (includes 3.5mm adapter plug)
  • Crafted with precision using premium materials
  • Amplifier Suggested (?): Yes
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Sennheiser HD 598 - Amazon

# 6

HIFIMAN HE400S Over Ear Full-Size Planar Magnetic Headphone

HIFIMAN HE400S Over Ear Full-Size Planar Magnetic Headphone - Over-Ear Headphones

Headphone Charts Score (?) : 86.2

HE400S delivers all the lifelike clarity, detail, extended bass and wide sound stage that audiophiles have come to expect from HIFIMAN.
  • Headphone Impedance : 22 Ohms
  • Planar lightweight headphone: 12.35 oz
  • Innovative headband & ear pads for remarkable comfort
  • Superb Hi-Fi Quality with lifelike clarity, detail & extended bass
  • Sounds terrific on your smartphone or most any portable audio device
  • Amplifier Suggested (?): No

HIFIMAN HE400S - Amazon

# 5

Shure SRH840 Professional Monitoring Headphones

Shure SRH840 Professional Monitoring Headphones - Closed-Back Headphones

Headphone Charts Score (?) : 86.8

Designed for professional audio engineers and musicians, the SRH840s are optimized for studio recording and critical listening. A precisely tailored frequency response and 40mm neodymium dynamic drivers combine with total comfort and durability to provide the ultimate listening experience.
  • 40mm neodymium dynamic drivers
  • Ergonomic, comfortable fit
  • Precisely tailored frequency response
  • Memory foam earpads provide increased sound isolation and comfort
  • Collapsible design for easy transport
  • Amplifier Suggested (?): No

Shure SRH840 - Amazon

# 4

AKG K712 Pro Over-Ear Mastering/Reference Headphones

AKG K712 Pro Over-Ear Mastering/Reference Headphones - Open-Back Headphones

Headphone Charts Score (?) : 88.2

AKG K7XXs have been a mainstay in recording studios for years, and the K712s are the latest and greatest in the AKG open-back reference class. Perfect for mixing and recording!
  • Maximum wearing comfort for long work sessions
  • Sophisticated open technology for spacious and airy sound
  • Improved low-end performance for more powerful sound imaging
  • Made in Vienna and hand-crafted with the highest attention to detail
  • Revolutionary flat wire voice coil for incredible treble response
  • Amplifier Suggested (?): Yes
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AKG K712 Pro - Amazon

# 3

Audio Technica ATH-AD900X Open-Back Audiophile Headphones

Audio Technica ATH-AD900X Open-Back Audiophile Headphones - Over-Ear Headphones

Headphone Charts Score (?) : 88.4

Designed to deliver extraordinary sound quality to satisfy the most discriminating listeners, the ATH-AD900x is ideal for music lovers who prefer the spacious quality of open-back headphones that combine involving sound with long-wearing comfort.
  • Clear, natural vocal and instrumental reproduction
  • Large-aperture 53mm drivers
  • CCAW voice coils for superior sound
  • No sense of pressure on the ears, very comfortable
  • 3D wing support offers a vibration-proof mechanism
  • Amplifier Suggested (?): No

Audio Technica ATH-AD900X - Amazon

# 2

Beyerdynamic DT-880 Pro Headphones

Beyerdynamic DT-880 Pro Headphones - Over-Ear Headphones

Headphone Charts Score (?) : 88.4

The higher frequencies of the DT-880 Pros are crystal clear with a very smooth sound. The precise balanced mid frequencies are analytical and supportive and the bass is voluminous without being too obtrusive.
  • Semi-open, diffuse-field studio headphone
  • Comfortable fit due to rugged, adjustable, soft padded headband
  • Robust, easy serviceable construction
  • Less bass-heavy than other Beyerdynamic headphones
  • All parts are replaceable
  • Amplifier Suggested (?): Yes
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Beyerdynamic DT-880 Pro - Amazon

# 1

Sennheiser HD 650 Headphones

Sennheiser HD 650 Professional Headphone - Open-Back Headphones

Headphone Charts Score (?) : 89.2

With the HD 650, audiophiles will experience truly unique natural sound. With sound this good, long concerts in the comfort of your home are a certainty, so the HD 650 also sets standards in comfort and convenience.
  • Hand-selected matched driver elements
  • Improved frequency response is 10 - 39,500 Hz (-10 dB)
  • Specially designed acoustic silk ensures precision damping
  • High power neodymium magnets deliver maximum efficiency
  • Lightweight aluminum voice coils for very fast transient response
  • Amplifier Suggested (?): Yes
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Sennheiser HD 650 - Amazon

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