Originally Posted by Sabrage
Well, it's not like my MS-1s are going anywhere, so I think that the D2000 are a good choice for a new all-around headphone, and I can always go back if I'm missing anything in metal or rock. Can anyone comment on the D2000 performance with doom metal specifically? I know they're bassy, but the consensus seems to be that they're more geared towards electronic music.
The only doom metal I have is Sleep. The D2000 does Sleep very very well. It's like wow!, this headphone was made for this.
You will find some hard rock, metal, and heavy metal that won't sound right on the D2000. At least I don't think it sounds right. It's mostly recording dependent. If the engineer puts a vocal or guitar squeezed right in the exact frequency range that the D2000 is most recessed then that vocal or guitar will just get lost or sound very distant (like too far from the mic or standing completely off the back of the stage).
It all depends and in some ways depends on your particular sonic preferences. For example I think that Helloween suffers a bit on the D2000 with the D2000 taking away drive from the guitars due to the recessed frequencies and general sound space characteristics of the D2000. But others will listen to the same and find it just fine or even excellent.
I'm in the boat of thinking about getting a Grado 325is to compliment my D2000. I already have an SR60 but SR60 just gets outclassed by my D2000 and HD600 so I'm looking a bit higher in the Grado line.
As long as you have your MS1 to fall back to if the D2000 doesn't rock it for a particular album or band then all is good. The D2000 will compliment and offer something different.
I generally feel the D2000 does better with jam rock and classic rock than the hard rock and heavy metal (old school heavy metal, I don't have much new school metal). But again a lot of that is personal preference.
And if you're willing to EQ and have a graphic EQ with fine enough divisions (a 6 band EQ won't do it) or a parametric EQ you can fix some of the recessed nature of the D2000 and make it sound more "proper" with music that I don't think it sounds "proper" with.