SmettMark, what are you using for a DAC?
Or do you just the LD MK IV straight into the motherboard's built in audio?
so much misinformation going on. I am still going to stand by my recommendation of the dt990 as the crowned king of all-rounders. They are certainly excellent for rock and metal. And have an accurate and huge soundstage to boot. If you think the treble is going to be a bad thing, it's not. Its a detail monster while being accentuated and smooth. The mids are incredibly transparent but recessed. and the lows are deep, controlled, and punchy. I can't think of any better all-rounder really.
I can - HD600, HD650, T50RP modded... If we are talking about real all rounders = neutral phones. The treble on Beyers is too much...
No matter how many people recommended me grado's for rock, I always felt that there was something about them which I wouldn't like, maybe lacking in soundstage and dynamics or that I would find the sound too abnoxious. there was just something I had against grado's. I never heard them though and I should at least give them a try. The he400 seems good though, I've heard many things about it and how it's great for rock, I was just wondering how the dt880 held up. Anyway, thanks for the help.
If your thinking of getting the Hifiman HE-400, then maybe you should ask on these threads about how well the 38-Ohm HE-400 works with the LD-MK-IV.
Also I really like the sound of my DT880 Premium 600-Ohm.
With rock, pretty much any headphone works. It's mostly in the high bass to low treble, with a little cymbal in the extreme highs and a some bass drum in the bass. If you can do detailed mids, you are fine. Most rock doesn't screw around with soundstage too much either.
The DT990 is the more entertaining headphone though.
Rock lives in the mids/lower treble, which are not the Beyers strength. I almost fell asleep listening to rock on the 990 and 880 because there was no engagement in the mids, not to mention cymbals on the 990 sound very artificial. I'm just not a Beyer fan. Just try them for yourself, because a lot of people like them. Just buy from a place with a good return policy and you can try the 880 and 990.