Originally Posted by suicidal_orange
What do you feel is wrong with them? I'm sure someone in this thread will know of a pair which will do your collection justice, would be good to know what you're listening to though as Metal is rather vague (though I'd guess you must have a bit of everything with that much!)
Hi S Orange and others ....
Oh man .... I literally DO have some of everything ! My favorite is probably Megadeth, A7X, Iron Maiden, etc ....
I have heard certain headphones do fairly well with one certain aspect of the music, but fail somewhere else. To properly reproduce Metal, speed and resolution is king. But most headphones that sound really fast and resolving have tonality issues as well. Guitars should have amazing "crunch", while also being separate from other guitars, and that is something I hardly ever hear headphones do accurately. The music is so fast and complex, resolution usually goes out the window. Bass and drums need to be VERY, VERY clear and with amazing impact. But the two biggest things that I feel is most important, is the ability to place vocals out front and discernable over the double kick and fast riff guitars. And the second thing is finding the right balance between the tonality being fatiguing, and not overly smooth at the same time.
Basically, to me headphones need to be able to be fast enough, and resolving enough to allow one to be able to hear all of the parts equally, while never becoming harsh and fatiguing.
I had Ultrasone Pro 900s, and enjoyed their speed, but they had a rather honky sounding midrange to them, which made guitars unbearable.
My T1s were resolution masters, but were a bit slow and warm sounding on Metal.
My M50s had AMAZING, AMAZING drums and bass ! But the soundstage was non existant, the mids were somewhat recessed, cymbals sounded harsh, and the sound was dry overall.
I guess I should also state that I was professionally involved with the original 80s Metal scene, and played in Metal bands all of my life. So my standards are pretty high.