Originally Posted by ag8908
Nikki Minaj Super Bass is one I use to test sound systems (I don't really like that music, but it has a ton of stuff going on in the background that can only be picked up on a good headphone).
I've found, though, that heavy metal or other guitar riff heavy songs don't sound that much better on a good headphone.
If for example "better" means a car sponsored by Audiobahn or a set of Beats then definitely Nikki Minaj's Super Bass sounds better. Dream Theater sounds like crap on most stock earbuds and on a lot of bass-enhanced cheap earphones - bass drum sounds hollow, guitars sound like some kid played with the knobs on the amps, cymbals are ear-piercing "pzzzzshshhhhhTTT!!!" that you can barely locate where they're coming from....
Even if your definition of "metal" is vastly different, meaning mostly "I'm noisier than you!!!" types trying to outdo each other ripping their vocal chords out and any normal singing is looked down upon (like how people ripped on Mudvayne's "The End Of All Things To Come"), some bands that fall under that category to some degree still do better with better headphones or speakers, properly driven. Pantera's guitars sound hollow on a lot of cheap earbuds and Metallica's a mess of cymbals on similar earbuds.
Edited by ProtegeManiac - 1/24/14 at 12:18am