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post #16 of 57

I have heard, but don't know first hand, that Sennheiser HD25-1 II are very good closed cans for metal. They are fast and have up front mids from what I have read.

 

I own Grado 325is and can say that if you can afford them on top of whatever closed cans you get for travel, they are supreme for metal. I listen to lots of progressive and death metal, and they are amazing. 

post #17 of 57
What headphones sound like Grado's but with more laid back treble? They can get fatiguing with technical death metal when the drummer is playing blast beats at 300+ BPM.
post #18 of 57
More bass would also be nice.
Edited by HiFiGamer1995 - 5/4/13 at 2:19am
post #19 of 57
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Originally Posted by mcrdsd911 View Post

Hi Head-Fi,

 

I'm new here and I'm looking for some headphones. I've read some threads that have touched base on this topic,but I still need some answers. My budget is $350 . I listen to metal bands such as AUGUST BURNS RED,PERIPHERY,WHITECHAPEL and others alike. I also listen to pop punk music like YELLOWCARD,NEW FOUND GLORY and others. What i'm looking for are headphones that are fast and accurate and I want the instruments such as guitars and vocals in your face. Basically i just want a headphone that rocks for metal music and rock,but capable of some deep,low bass. kind of like a grado on bass steriods if that makes sense. Thanks guys !

 

I am amazed by my koss sportapro's. These are the fastest headphones I have ever heard. Transients and attacks are just absolutely incredible. Bass is fantastic, midrange is warm, and there is a bit of high frequency sparkle (not overwhelming). 

Dynamic range is astonishing. The level of realism is really fantastic. 

 

$20 bucks. Almost zero isolation.

 

Please don't listen too loudly. 

post #20 of 57
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Originally Posted by HiFiGamer1995 View Post

More bass would also be nice.

If it's just for home and you've got a decent/good amp, you could consider the vintage AKG K240 Sextett - a very grado'ish sound with more bass and smoother treble. They can be bought usually for around $50-70.

post #21 of 57

now i am a guy that has owned motorhead phones and beats and skull candies but up to now NOTHING has beaten the sound quality of gioteck ex-05 is a turtle beach for the xbox but rip off the mic and it looks good snd works on all phones, ipods etc and is amazing! best part...its about £30

post #22 of 57
I've always described the ES10 as the offspring of a Grado and Ultrasone, as well an HD25 on steroids. I think those are amazing for metal and rock in general. So my number one recommendation would be the ES10. Another great option is the Sennheiser Amperior. You can't go wrong with either.
post #23 of 57

I would recommend trying a Senn hd25 at guitar center. I've listened to lots of grados lots of times and the one time I tried these I thought they were better for the metal stuff.

post #24 of 57

I really like the KRK KNS 8400 for listening to metal / rock / punk etc when on the go, more so than the Sennheiser HD 25 II. If you have the cash open headphones are fantastic but very revealing and unfortunately a lot of metal and rock is not mixed or mastered that well and it can show.

post #25 of 57
Another vote for Sennheiser Amperior. The HE-400 is also a very good open can for rock and metal, if you can find it below list price, with extremely solid and tactile bass.
post #26 of 57

Now that thus dudes totally confused ha

 

Sennheiser HD25ii's or amperiours would be good also the Ultrasone HFI 580 or 780's but I don't think there as "up front"

 

Also look at the UE6000 and 9000's

post #27 of 57

I live in europe and it seems impossible to buy a pair of grados without spending an absurd amount of money. What alternatives are there?

post #28 of 57
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Originally Posted by CheeseWithWorms View Post

I live in europe and it seems impossible to buy a pair of grados without spending an absurd amount of money. What alternatives are there?

Depends which model you're looking at, or if you're just after a 'grado'ish' sound.

post #29 of 57
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Originally Posted by GREQ View Post

Depends which model you're looking at, or if you're just after a 'grado'ish' sound.

 

I was thinking about a sr225i or a 325is alternative.

 

The  sr325is in amazon.co.uk or .de or .fr (etc) can even cost close to 400 euro. :(

post #30 of 57

Living in Germany I know this problem very well.

There are not many headphones in the price range of sr225/325i that have a very close to Grado sound. 

 

In my limited experience the closest sound to Grado I found was in two vintage AKGs - K240 Sextett and K241.  The sextett has the flavour (and a little more bass), and the K241 has the speed but an airier soundstage, but both need decent amping.

Also vintage SFI orthodynamic drivers can be tuned to have a similar level of crunch and sparkle, and similar speed/attack, but they don't have the same overall flavour and also require a capable amplifier.

 

I found there were only incremental differences between most of the SR line of Grados apart from the 325i which seems to have a far more piercing treble presentation. 

Have you considered simply getting an SR80i? That's probably the closest sounding to the SR225i (and RS2i) but has a tiny bit less detail, air and bass control. 

It's probably the best value for money Grado there is. 

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