Originally Posted by qusp
well it depends on how well produced the metal/rock is. mthe problem is that the W3 isnt very forgiving. if the recording is crap or over compressed (not MP3 compressed but studio compression) or badly mastered you will hear every bit of that. where as the SE530 are a bit more forgiving and a touch smoother. they can make a bad recording or overly compressed track sound good. this is also one of the SE530 bad points. if the rock/metal is well produced like hmmm tool, slipknot 0or anything that has a nice edge to it. it will sound fantastic. the W3 are very accurate and a little touchy. they really wont do bad music any favours. so if you listen to punk or bootleg metal and stuff like that then you will hate them or begin to hate your music.
Well, I've never listened to my music through anything but entry level IEMs, so I don't know what in my collection would be high level of production and what wouldn't.
I don't listen to almost any indie, though, so it sounds like there's probably going to be good production value. Probably more than half of the music I listen to at any one time is Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, System of a Down, or Alice in Chains. I listen to those five bands significantly more than any other, do you think those will sound good?
Again, I've never heard any high quality headphones, IEM or otherwise. I've been using CX-500s for a while now, and that's the best I've heard. Will the difference be noticeable to someone like me who doesn't have trained ears?