I am looking for headphones for rock/metal with a budget of 180 euro. Some bands are Metallica, Iron Maiden and Megadeth. I am new in the audiophile world so it's hard to describe/decide what i want. On one hand, i think i'd like something aggressive (especially for Metallica, just listen to Master of Puppets). I know Grado is aggressive, but i want something comfortable for long sessions. I think i want something with good sound stage so i can follow every instrument and good mids for guitars and vocals. A punchy bass would be very nice too. My current setup is FLAC>Xonar DG>Sennheiser HD201 (lol). I have read up on this website and i have come to these headphones:
-Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro (Maybe too hard to drive? I'm planning to buy a Fiio E7 later on because i can't afford one for now)
-Sennheiser HD598 (Maybe too neutral for rock/metal? Too recessed mids? They look good though.)
-AKG K271 MKII (Removable cable, comfortable. I've heard the AKG design is kind of dated.)
Or maybe i shouldn't worry about my first buy because it'll be my first audiophile headphone and i probably will be happy with it. Later on, when i have more money, i'll try out the Fostex T50RP and some Grado. What do you think?
Some quotes from this website that i have to agree with:
"I think, cans for rock need to excell at midrange (since this is where the guitars and vocals reside), can be slightly mid-bass colored (bass guitar is mid-bass), have good bass extension (kick drums need to be felt), while the high frequencies might need to be recessed a little bit to avoid sounding overly harsh."
"There are essentially two camps on this issue. One believes that since metal/rock can tend to be harsh and aggressive anyway, you should get a smoother, warmer, maybe more neutral can to compensate for this. The other camp, which is the one I'm in, prefers cans that exploit the in-your-face sound to have their music sound even more powerful and intense."