I'm with Matt on this one. I've tried alot of different rock/metal genres now and for me it really comes down to the quality of the recording and sound engineering. Some rock-recordings are just decent while some are outright amazing (i.e. "Muse - 2nd law"). In general i really like the HE-400's precise bass for most rock-recordings because it makes the soundstage seem less muddy and allows more emphasis on distortion guitars and vocals IF the recording allows it. So it...
Took a chance myself, but it went through nicely. Had HeadDirect label the package as low-cost/gift. They'll do it no problem if you let them know (If you ordered from there, that is, and they haven't shipped yet) :)
I'm pretty happy with the stock cable that comes with the HE-400, but it's too long (and a tad too stiff) for portable use for me. Can anyone recommend a decent, flexible, shorter cable for portable use?