Originally Posted by slayerming2
Do you think I'll need an amp if I use my laptop normally to listen to classical music?
You may need an amp if you're looking to use them on a portable device as they as they require a little more power than standard headphones - remember they are studiophile headphones so they aren't made to run on something like an iPod without an amp of some sort.
My production work is all carried out within the computer plus, I use both studio monitors (speakers) and headphones so I opted for an audio interface which is basically an external soundcard with lots of inputs and outputs for various things like microphones and instruments etc. Also, many laptop "line out" ports are not of great quality as they don't have dedicated sound cards. So if you do want a good sound to come from your laptop, audio interfaces are the way to go. You can buy audio interfaces fairly cheaply now and because you may only require it for headphones, I'm sure you don't need to go all out buying the extra bells and whistles. Nowadays, I think you can buy interfaces with only headphone outputs which is probably best in your case. They are fairly easy to connect too, usually require just one free USB or FireWire port. Remember, as with headphones, money usually buys quality.
The AKG's are good for what their intended use - critical analysis of music. My two main issues with the AKG's are sound leakage and fatiguing highs. I don't see why they shouldn't be good for classical but remember, they are analytical headphones, in which they don't make music sound "good", they are really for critical listening. This is the primary reason why many studio personnel and producers like these headphones, they highlight any possible flaws within a mix. Also, personally, I only ever use them for production because I just don't like their sterile sound signature - they don't make music sound nice to my ears, but that's not what they are intended to do. I much prefer warmer sounding headphones.