No. As someone who listens to metal predominantly, the VSD1S is most certainly NOT good for metal or hard rock. The VSD1 is, because it provides a slightly different sound signature than the VSD1S. It has slightly more forward highs and bass, and slightly better instrument separation and spatial ability, which helps it deal with the THICKNESS inherent in metal music. The VSD1S is meant for quieter, more intimate musical passages like jazz and classical. Metal on the VSD1S sounds claustrophobic, and at higher volumes distorted. It struggles mightily with metal and hard rock. VSD1 is a much wiser choice for heavy music.,
Well, "struggles mightily" with metal and rock is quite the statement given that the the difference between the two is not that big. VSD1 has slightly more mid-bass and the lower mids are a touch more laid back and that gives the impression of a tad higher soundstage. It's not like they have different note thickness or that one has actually better separation. The other difference is in the treble but the VSD1S is actually better in this area coz while it's a touch less pronounced in certain areas it is a bit smoother and sweeter while the VSD1 is a bit grainy and a tad more prone to sibilance.
I've said it many times, the difference is not that big to be able to say that the VSD1 is good for this or that type of music while the VSD1S is good for completely different genres.
Edited by kova4a - 12/15/13 at 2:06pm