So broken records, that is an issue I'm pretty paranoid about. I move every few years, and it's always moving companies doing the packing and shipping. There is always a possibility of me having to move overseas, . Opening a box full of broken vinyls that I spent hundreds of dollars on would, you know, make me really mad. Another thing is what suicidalorange pointed out... getting a $30 vinyl that is mastered the same as a $10 CD is a waste of cash, aside from bigger album art and the nifty-ness of having it on vinyl.
Agh, I hate headfi sometimes. I want to upgrade my HD600 with a pair of closed phones and buy a good amp/DAC, but whenever I seem to have my mind set on something, I read some stuff that destroys my intentions. For example, I felt dead set on a pair of TH600, but then read that hte mid range is recessed, and the other pair of phones I had with recessed mids SUCKED with metal. There aren't too many closed phones that appeal to me. I'll have $1,500 to spend in about six months. Anyway, I don't mean to derail the metal thread with my first world woes.
I am loving the TH600 with my metal music. I am using the Bryston BHA-1 amp and it's a phenomenal pairing. The BHA-1 so far makes all my phones sound good. Its the best amp I've owned to date. No the midrange isnt "sucked out" but the TH600 is not a midrange-centric phone either. The TH600 bass is incredible and as u know most metal recordings are a little thin on bass so this helps. Even poor recordings don't sound half bad on the TH600/BHA-1 combo. As we all know source components matter as well.
I also agree on the vinyl vs CD issue. I've found practically no metal albums that sound better than their CDcounterpart. Metal music by and large doesnt put a lot of engineering into the SQ of their recordings. So it's much more convenient to just pop in the CD. Fellas their are some great CD players out there. I love mine. But the Bryston BCD-1 is also very good. My point is good digital can sound as good as good vinyl nowadays. Vinyl rigs are much pricier and more finicky in my experience. I love my vinyl as well but just sayin...