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Originally Posted by daniel521 View Post

I haven't bought it yet, and I'm thinking about going for something cheaper than the HE-6 which doesn't require that much power. There's something I don't like about the HD-600 from what I've read, it is said to be the jack of all trades, master of none, meaning it's a good all-arounder but it doesn't excel in any particular genre. Do you think that's the case with the HD-600? I listen only to rock and metal, so I would want something which excels in it. This doesn't mean I'm not considering it though, I can't judge something I haven't heard. Do you think it would excel for my genres despite it's reputation as an all-arounder?

 

btw, I'm also considering the DT880, can anyone comment on how they perform forrock and metal?

 

I've heard some higher-end Beyer headphones inc the T1 and 880 and they sounded good and forthright with precise musical definition, but the Sennheiser HD 600 sounds great with everything I feed it. It's so musical and really hits the spot whatever I listen to with it. If I could have one headphone (apart from the Orpheus or R10) it would be the HD 600 and to me that says a lot!

 

With the HD 600 and a transparent source you can really just set it and forget it and let the music speak, meaning that it excels in getting out of the way and reveals the music, which is really the point of enjoying music with headphones for most people IMO. With my HD 600, the music speaks more than the headphone and I love that! To me that sure beats fussing over the sound of the headphone and not enjoying the music. If you have the chance to listen to some music with the HD 600 I'd say go for it. Sure, the HD 600 can have perceived faults like any other headphone, but if you ever branch out and listen to other genres, the HD 600 won't let you down!

 

I'm listening to Queens of the Stone Age now as I type this and I'm fully satisfied with the performance of my HD 600. Also, a few days ago I was editing my most recent drum video (as can be seen on my Youtube page - 'The Windsor Shuffle') and primarily used the HD 600 for editing purposes; when I switched to the more expensive HD 800 the sound was a bit tinny and going back to the HD 600 was bliss!

 

If you're in doubt and you just want a great headphone setup, I'd say the HD 600 and a decent DAC/Amp combo would be a good bet, leaving you with a few hundred dollars (in relation to your initially stated budget) to spend on more music or whatever you heart desires!

 

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Peace,

Windsor


Edited by Windsor - 11/6/12 at 8:35pm
post #92 of 109
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Originally Posted by daniel521 View Post

do you think the HE-500 is the best option for something that doesn't require as much power as the HE-6?

Yes, and no. Yes, unless you also factor in the Koss ESP/950 e-stats (selling for $685 on Amazon), which comes with its own (good quality) amp. For under $1200, they're the most balanced rock cans, and IMO the best. Either choice, however, is excellent.
post #93 of 109
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Yes, and no. Yes, unless you also factor in the Koss ESP/950 e-stats (selling for $685 on Amazon), which comes with its own (good quality) amp. For under $1200, they're the most balanced rock cans, and IMO the best. Either choice, however, is excellent.

Is the SA-5000 also good? I heard they were crazy fast, but are they a good choice for rock and metal?

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Don't know the SA-5000, but as for the Senn HD600, I definitely would not advise these for rock/metal, except maybe for some well recorded progressive rock. They're definitely not good for metal, not enough fast and impactful, always gave me the impression to be blurry

Sold them a few weeks ago, when I got the Beyer T1, which are better with metal, except with bad recordings (unfortunatly too many in Metal). Even the DT880 performed better

As for now, my favourite with Metal are Grado 325is 

post #95 of 109
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@Magick Man

 

Do you think the HRT MusicStreamer II will be good enough to use with the koss ESP-950, or is something better like a bifrost recommended?

post #96 of 109

Well if you want a simpler set up, I d recomme d the ultrasone pro headphones they dont require an amp to sound good.

post #97 of 109
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Is the SA-5000 also good? I heard they were crazy fast, but are they a good choice for rock and metal?

Not IMO, they're too bright for me.
post #98 of 109
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@Magick Man

Do you think the HRT MusicStreamer II will be good enough to use with the koss ESP-950, or is something better like a bifrost recommended?

It would be great, it's a solid DAC.
post #99 of 109

Woohoo! Just got some of these from the sales/trades forum (still a few weeks warranty left and sound like they are in minty condition too). Excellent!

post #100 of 109
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As a fellow metal head the problem with metal is recording and engineering. Much of it is poorly recorded and high end headphones tend to be too revealing for it. I like my Grado SR80 with metal.

I just saw this post. I heartily concur. I am a huge Deep Purple fan (not the current editions) and when i listen to their material through the LCD 2.2, the recording quality is indeed pathetic at times.

post #101 of 109
For metal and rock I honestly cant think of any headphone trumping the LCD2rev2 paired with the Schiit Mjolnir
post #102 of 109

Helpful thread. In the same boat. While I love my Grados325i and use them everyday, I cant help but be curious.

 

Will likely look into the RS1i's. Trying to find a local dealer to demo them first.

post #103 of 109

dude look and think about magnums 

post #104 of 109

My HE-500 gets the most workout for metal along with the Beyer T1 and FA-011LE. The Hifiman is my favorite though, those planar mids are very authoritative. The LCD2.2 lacks attack for me and the TH900 is not mid centric enough personally.

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Originally Posted by Saren View Post
 

My HE-500 gets the most workout for metal along with the Beyer T1 and FA-011LE. The Hifiman is my favorite though, those planar mids are very authoritative. The LCD2.2 lacks attack for me and the TH900 is not mid centric enough personally.

Plug the LCD2 into the Mjolnir and decide weather it still lacks attack or not.

 

The HE-500 are excellent phones, great all-rounders. But for rock and metal, the LCD2 will prove whos boss.

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