Hey guys, still trying to decide on what to buy. I've read so many threads and researched so many phones that I think I'm just going in circles. Here's where I stand:
I currently own:
SHR840 - I think they sound pretty decent actually, fairly neutral, but I'd probably prefer an open or semi-open phone. They're also pretty uncomfortable so they will almost certainly get returned once I picked a new pair.
AD700s - I ordered this on a whim and almost immediately regretted it. Not because they are bad, but because I got them originally as a choice for gaming and soon after realized I'd like to spend more to get better headphones for music (gaming as an after-thought). These are fairly comfortable (although the massive pads are annoying), and the bass isn't completely disappointing (it's weak, but I'm not a basshead so I don't need much more to be pleased).
Anyway, my music tastes:
1. Metal - First and foremost, with a major focus on Melodic Death Metal, Folk Medal, and a bit of Prog. Examples would be Kalmah, Archons, Amon Amarth, Dark Tranquillity, Quo Vadis, Insomnium, Zonaria, Equilibrium, Eternal Tears of Sorrow, Soul Vision.
2. Trance / Eurodance / Soundtracks - This is a group of second interest that I like but certainly isn't a focus. I like to listen to this type of stuff while studying, and it can range from movie soundtracks to various forms of electronic music. Again though, I'm not overly picky about this stuff sounding amazing.
I also game and watch movies, so I'm looking for an all-around headphone that can properly handle the metal genres I've listed. For a few reasons, I have ruled out Grado.
I've been considering:
I've heard the bottom three do great for immersion gaming and metal music, though I'm not sure if my specific genres of metal alter those conditions. I've always been attracted to the AKGs since I do enjoy classical music and I've seen posts talking about them working well for certain types of metal (mine?). The FA-003 is supposed to be like the SHR840, but improved in most areas. Is this true and will they match my tastes well? They are fairly appealing due to price. In terms of price, I believe the Denon and FA will be the least expensive for both the phones and the amps required to power them.
I'll pick up an amp for whatever I buy, so just assume I have something adequate to power any of these.
For people who have experienced some of these phones with the metal I listen to, can you give me some feedback on the direction you would go? Feel free to suggest phones not on the list as well. Comparisons between those on the list and the SHR840s (for metal) would also be helpful.
Edited by Wirbel - 10/22/10 at 2:40pm