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Need help choosing headphones for rock/metal and hiphop

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

I have the following headphones:

 

DT 990 32 ohms

A700X

HD598

 

 

I want to listen to some rock/metal and also some rap/hiphop.

 

Would you recommend the Grado 225i for rock/metal ? does it sound different from the headphones that i already have ?

 

 

Would you recommend ATH M50s for rap/hiphop ? does it sound different from the headphones that i already have ?

post #2 of 6

The Grado is the most different sounding headphone with VERY forward mids and treble - for some genres this just comes off as grating, harsh and just annoying - but for pretty much all rock/metal it just brings out guitar riffs to toneful, aggressive perfection. It sounds very much like you'd expect a live amped guitar to sound.

It's an acquired taste, so if you're looking for variety (which is fine by me) but don't have a DAC and amp you should do your wallet a favour and have a look at the SR80i - without a half decent source you won't hear much difference between the two.

 

ATH M50 is a pretty good all-rounder headphone. It does a lot of things very well, but nothing perfectly - but should have a better bass presentation and slam for energetic hip-hop than your current headphone line-up.

Also doubles up as a pretty good outdoor/portable headphone.

 

 

But if you're open to suggestions for home-use only, a professionally modified Fostex T50RP MKII will do both rock and hip/hop and almost everything else nearly perfectly - the only catch is you'll need to get at least a basic amplifier and DAC for the investment worth the while.

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thank you for your reply.

 

 

"It's an acquired taste, so if you're looking for variety (which is fine by me) but don't have a DAC and amp you should do your wallet a favour and have a look at the SR80i - without a half decent source you won't hear much difference between the two."

 

 

I have the Alpen E17 DAC/AMP. would that suffice ?

 

" but should have a better bass presentation and slam for energetic hip-hop than your current headphone line-up."

 

I find the bass in DT990 very beautiful. But it doesn't have strength. How Does M50 perform bass-wise ?

post #4 of 6

E17 is enough to get near to the most out of most headphones ever - no need to upgrade for now.

 

The difference between DT990 and M50 in the bass is mostly due to DT990 being open-back which allows for a full, airy, textured sounding bass, and the M50 being closed-back allowing for more slam and 'boom' due to sound reflections and increased sound pressure. The M50 has a little bit more bass because of this, but the DT990's bass is technically superior.

 

If you're just listening at home, you'll probably enjoy the DT990 with the E17's bass boost feature more than the M50, which may turn out to be a downgrade rather than a side-grade. 

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Originally Posted by GREQ View Post

The Grado is the most different sounding headphone with VERY forward mids and treble - for some genres this just comes off as grating, harsh and just annoying - but for pretty much all rock/metal it just brings out guitar riffs to toneful, aggressive perfection. It sounds very much like you'd expect a live amped guitar to sound.

Agreed. If I could only have one pair of headphones, I would get rid of everything else and keep my SR225i. Nothing quite like them for rock biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by GREQ View Post

It's an acquired taste, so if you're looking for variety (which is fine by me) but don't have a DAC and amp you should do your wallet a favour and have a look at the SR80i - without a half decent source you won't hear much difference between the two.

And yet, it's pretty cheap to get a good source. A Sansa Clip+ can easily drive Grados, and the differences between the SR80i and SR225i are pretty obvious with the Clip+.

Also, if purchasing the SR225i would be a burden, you can get 80% of the way to the SR225i sound with the SR80i by purchasing the L-cush pads used on the SR225i.
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Originally Posted by Sam21 View Post

Would you recommend ATH M50s for rap/hiphop ? does it sound different from the headphones that i already have ?

If you want something fun and bassy for rap and hip hop, get the Ultrasone HFI-580. smily_headphones1.gif
http://www.head-fi.org/t/534029/fight-the-beats-hype-ultrasone-hfi-580-hfi-580-appreciation-thread
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

Also, if purchasing the SR225i would be a burden, you can get 80% of the way to the SR225i sound with the SR80i by purchasing the L-cush pads used on the SR225i.
 

Very true.

 

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