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Recommendations for best headphones for Metal/Rock (Besides Grados)

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Evening everyone,

 

New to the headphone scene, and I am looking for some advice on a good pair of headphones for metal/rock.  I've done a lot of research and I definitely want something closed as I will be using these a lot in public (or else I would seriously consider the Grados). Something with some good sharp bass punch, not the lingering vibrating bass like a lot of rap has, good treble so you can hear the clear vocals and crack of the guitar. A lot of headphones or ear buds just don't seem to bring out rock and metal like they should, too flat. 

 

 I listen to a lot of 80's rock/metal (Pantera, Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Megadeth, Overkill, Van Halen, Motley Crue, some glam rock) and also more recent metal like Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God, Shadows Fall.  I've narrowed it down to the pairs below.  I would love any feedback or advice anyone can give, thank again!

 

Also, if any of these you recommend, you think a portable amp would also help PLEASE tell me your ideas.  I will be using these with my iPhone 5s mostly.

 

Sennheiser Momentums (the over the ear model) -  I have seem people also recommend the HD25 model, but I'm just not a fan of the design

 

Beyerdynamic DT-770 PRO 80ohms (seems like the consensus online is the 80ohms are the best and don't need an amp)

 

V-Moda Crossfade M-80 - Someone online said these are kind of a dark horse for good sounding headphones for metal

 

Ultrasone HFI-780 - I've heard some metal fans love these, and some said they did not go well with metal


Edited by Damageinc78 - 12/16/13 at 7:36pm
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i would def compare the V-Moda with Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro (they are pretty much made for portable Use).

 

DT 770 Pro... well, great ones for sure, but i personally would go crazy with a 3 meter long cable. even 1,62m from my Shure SE 215 in-ears was way too long.

If that doesnt bother you (alternative dt 770 Pro 250 Ohm, they have a spiral cable, so its not thaaat long). Tbh, if 80 Ohm or 250 Ohm.. wont make much of a difference. 80 Ohm would just be a bit louder. Depends on your mobile device (which is it?), if its loud enough for you, or not.

But like i said, for portable Use i would prefer the Custom one Pro over the dt 770 due to its removable cable, and only 1.2m.

 

You thought about in-ears? The mentioned Shure SE 215 would do very great for such kind of Music. Strong and punchy bass, nice Mids, and lay back highs. Dark sounding, but i liked them for metal/rock

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Originally Posted by Darkseth View Post
 

i would def compare the V-Moda with Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro (they are pretty much made for portable Use).

 

DT 770 Pro... well, great ones for sure, but i personally would go crazy with a 3 meter long cable. even 1,62m from my Shure SE 215 in-ears was way too long.

If that doesnt bother you (alternative dt 770 Pro 250 Ohm, they have a spiral cable, so its not thaaat long). Tbh, if 80 Ohm or 250 Ohm.. wont make much of a difference. 80 Ohm would just be a bit louder. Depends on your mobile device (which is it?), if its loud enough for you, or not.

But like i said, for portable Use i would prefer the Custom one Pro over the dt 770 due to its removable cable, and only 1.2m.

 

You thought about in-ears? The mentioned Shure SE 215 would do very great for such kind of Music. Strong and punchy bass, nice Mids, and lay back highs. Dark sounding, but i liked them for metal/rock

 

I have a pair of in ears currently, the Klipsch IMage s4i for my iphone5s and I do like them, but they do get uncomfortable after a while as I'm not a big fan of the in ears and I can never find a bud that fits my inner ear correctly.  I normally use these when I go running or working out.

 

What about the Sennheiser Momentums?  Yes?  No?  I haven't looked into the Custom One Pro, so I'll read up on that.  

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HD25-1 II and its variant, Amperior, are very isolating on ear models. You'd probably have to stretch them over something for a few days to make them more comfortable. They are suitable for metal because they have aggressive enough treble and decent bass. They're also relatively open sounding. Very durable too. You can't go wrong with them. Momentum is not a good choice for metal. It's somewhat dark and won't pick up the treble enough.

 

I consider V-Modas too bassy for metal, which is why they're popular for EDM. It's true some metalheads like Ultrasones, but others have called them both bright and bass-heavy. I haven't heard them. The Beyers have received similarly polarizing responses, but they have pleasant treble.

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I may be in the minority in this one, but I hate the grados (I use my modded woody SR60i) for metal. It could be just the metal I listen to but they lack too much mid-range detail. Not sure if you are taking other suggestions nor do I know your budget. The Mr.Speakers Mad Dogs despite being flat have been my favorite headphones for metal by far. They have amazing mid-range detail with a quick punch for the bass petals in newer metal. The mad dogs will need a nice powerful amp though. I do use mine as portable, albeit they are not very flattering fashion wise. For a budget amp I would use the E12 on the go. 

 

The Vmoda M80s like stated above have too much bloated bass to excel on metal. Along with anything with the similar sound sig like the ATH-M50s, UE6000, and a few others to be disappointing for metal.

 

I do not have experience with the other headphones to comment.

 

I also just wanted to bring up I do not really have entirely the same metal tastes as you. I really do not listen to anything earlier than 1995. I mostly listen to- In Flames, Black Dahlia Murder (Trevor Strnads alternating scream and growl makes them my fave metal band), Children of Bodom, Impending doom, As I lay Dying, Lamb of God, Nekrogoblikon (just started listening to them), and more. 

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Thanks for all the feedback, still undecided which way I want to go.  I just don't like the style of the HD-25, can't get around that, but it seems like that is the general consensus for metal music listeners.  So we shall see.  Any others people might like to recommend? 

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