Originally Posted by kaneman890
as the title says im finally looking to upgrade my m50's with something in the 3-400 dollar range. i use a yulong u100 as my dac/amp. from the little reading that i did im more or less choosing between HD 600 or DT 880 (600ohm) although more recomendations are always welcome, shopping for all this is part of the fun . but back to the HD600 and DT880 how do they compare with metal, such as Parkway drive, texas in july, bring me the horizon and that sort, as well as instrumental stuff like boards of canada, el ten eleven, if trees could talk. there is much more but those 2 music types make up a big chunk of what i listen to. also i plan on getting a stand alone tube amp like a little dot MKiii in the next 2-3 months so im wondering how that (and my u100) would do at powering the 600omh dt880.
any and all input is welcome and very much appreciated
I would easily say the Hifiman HE-400 is your ideal headphone for what you're looking for. Will work great from your current gear.
The HD600 & DT880 are great for all genres. Neutral, with some warmth. The Beyer is slightly more analytical/dry sounding, slightly brighter, maybe a touch warmer too. The HD600 is a little smoother, fairly warm, but not bassy. Both have great mids for genres that revolves around guitar, vocals, cymbals, and blast beats, etc. What you want is speed. The Little Dot MKIII is good for high impedance headphones like the 300ohm/600ohm headphones, but not good for low impedance headphones (like an ortho). The MKIII is all tube, it will warm up the headphones you put it on and give it that tubey bloom (blurs the sound a touch, warms it up too, far from being "more accurate").
I would put you instead on the Hifiman HE-400 with a Little Dot I+. The I+ has big output at low impedance, so matches a low impedance high current demanding ortho very well. Orthos have the mids and speed you'll want for metal.