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Good headphones for rock music, $200-$300 ?

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I've been reading a lot of the reviews and articles on here and am considering the V-Moda M-80 or maybe Audio Technica ATH-M50, or Sennheiser Momentum, but I'm open to anything. I primarily listen to pop-rock, rock and metal.

 

I've been using Sony MDR-NC6 on-ear headphones. They're awful. Last night I was listening to AFI's new album through my tv's speakers and upon realizing that even that sounded better than my headphones, I've finally had enough. I need new headphones asap!

 

My budget is about $300. I'll be using the headphones at home, for 4+ hours a day, I'd prefer minimal sound leakage, and I don't have a preference for over-ear or on-ear but I'm pretty sensitive to headphones that grip tightly so comfort is a big concern. I've heard the ATH-M50s are quite tight so they may not be a good pick for me. I'd prefer no Sony recommendations as my current headphones are not the first I've tried from them (though they are the worst and cheapest) and I'm not a fan.

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Hi,

 

I've read only good things about Yamaha Hph Pro 500 for rock. I find my open back Yamaha Hph-200 to be great for rock and metal. And I also liked Yamaha's Ns-777 loudspekers sound for rock. Most Yamaha audio products tend to be really warm and forgiving but also pretty detailed and not dark sounding like Philips Fidelios. I haven't heard Yamaha Hph Pro 500, but you should probably read about them.

 

Best Luck!

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I've been reading a lot of the reviews and articles on here and am considering the V-Moda M-80 or maybe Audio Technica ATH-M50, or Sennheiser Momentum, but I'm open to anything. I primarily listen to pop-rock, rock and metal.

 

I've been using Sony MDR-NC6 on-ear headphones. They're awful. Last night I was listening to AFI's new album through my tv's speakers and upon realizing that even that sounded better than my headphones, I've finally had enough. I need new headphones asap!

 

My budget is about $300. I'll be using the headphones at home, for 4+ hours a day, I'd prefer minimal sound leakage, and I don't have a preference for over-ear or on-ear but I'm pretty sensitive to headphones that grip tightly so comfort is a big concern. I've heard the ATH-M50s are quite tight so they may not be a good pick for me. I'd prefer no Sony recommendations as my current headphones are not the first I've tried from them (though they are the worst and cheapest) and I'm not a fan.

Audio Technica ATH-A900X closed headphones, used $150 (eBay).

Have a light grip.

post #4 of 4

The closed model I've liked most for rock so far is HD25-1 II. It's on ear, but very isolating. You will need to leave it stretched over something for several days to get the fit you want; remember to check daily so it doesn't over-stretch. It's one of the most durable headphones and you can mod in a mic for gaming.

 

Momentum is the opposite sound of HD25-1. Where HD25 is straightforward and direct, Momentum is all-encompassing. I think Momentum is Sennheiser's attempt to copy the HD650 sound in a closed model. Although the headband is very light, comfort is an issue if you have larger ears. They're both good, and it's a matter of preference.

 

I don't recommend ATH-M50 because the treble sounds small and thin. Comfort too is an issue: the shallow earcups are hot and distracting. I find V-Modas to have too much bass for rock, which is why they're popular for EDM.

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