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IEM for metal? Thinking maybe DBA-02 or Q-jays.

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

So I really want a pair of good headphones.  I just got a Clip+ and Rockboxed  it to listen to FLAC files.  I went with the Clip because FLAC and a ton of space.  Now I really need a decent pair of headphones.  I listen to mainly metal of sorts.  Well using metal to describe what I listen to is the easy way.

 

Here are some examples of what I listen to:

 

Opeth

Wolves in the Throne Room

Agalloch

Klabautamann

Angel Eyes (from Chicago)

Isis

Meshuggah

Gojira

A forest of Stars

Tool

 

The music generally has a really wide range from double bass drums, guitar, and screaming to acoustic guitar, violin, piano, and melodic singing.  There are a lot of long drawn out soundscapes as well with the musicians just jamming for 5 minutes or so.  I really like anything that shows creativity on the harder, darker end of the spectrum.

 

Any advice for an IEM for around $200USD?

 

 

Thanks

post #2 of 20

Well I'm fairly new to the forums(as a poster anyway, been reading for ages) Anyway I listen to plenty of metal, amongst other things. I'd say DBA-02 is a good choice but if you really want to near some nice doublebass kicks that doesn't sound like farts you can amp the DBA-02 for more bass or just get a cheaper Hippos VBs

post #3 of 20
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by spleenboy View Postdoublebass kicks that doesn't sound like farts


Ha ha.  Is that what they sound like?  I have never owned an IEM.

post #4 of 20

Nope, the dba-02s are great IEMs that produce very accurate sounds, fast enough for metal and definitely won't produce the bassfarts but they just won't give the nice thump that the VBs can produce. I particularly enjoy feeling the bass down in my chest when I'm listening to metal, though I'm no basshead. It just suits the music more, you'll know what I mean if you listened to the Slipknot Live albums haha. 

post #5 of 20
Thread Starter 

Any other suggestions?  So far Hippo VB and the DBA-02 will do fine with an amp.

post #6 of 20
Thread Starter 

No one listen to this type of music?

post #7 of 20

You can check out the Klipsch Custom 3 and the Panasonic HJE900 if you can find one.  I love my DBA w/ metal and just flip a switch on my Arrow amp to boost kick drums.

post #8 of 20
On that budget I suggested Westone UM3X used, the dryness and forward mid is perfect for guitar distortion and also the flat sound from deep bass drum is great for double pedal pattern :)
post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by miprasetya View Post

On that budget I suggested Westone UM3X used, the dryness and forward mid is perfect for guitar distortion and also the flat sound from deep bass drum is great for double pedal pattern :)


How's the treble on the UM3X though?  It's not too warm or dark is it?  I don't like metal w/o enough treble energy.  Monster Coppers also fit the bill for Bass, Treble and dry mids.

post #10 of 20

ive been asking this same exact question in a thread i made and some say the tripe fi 10s rock pretty good for metal and rock , still looking tho for more suggestions lol

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Originally Posted by bigdan89 View Post

ive been asking this same exact question in a thread i made and some say the tripe fi 10s rock pretty good for metal and rock , still looking tho for more suggestions lol

I'm personally not a fan of the TF10 for guitar-oriented music. The mids are, to me, too recessed.
 

post #12 of 20

try audeo pfe

post #13 of 20
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No one listen to this type of music?



http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/397407/lets-talk-metal/2610#post_7193852

post #14 of 20
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the info about that thread.  I surfed it for awhile.  Thanks for the other suggestions but I am trying to stay under $200 even used UM3X are going for about 300$ and so are the Monster Coppers.

post #15 of 20

Have you considered Radius DDM Dual Dynamic driver?

Priced under 200US.  Among best sounding Dynamic drivers in my opinion in under 200 price range.

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