Hey guys, just thought I'd kinda share my thanks to these forums. I've been looking into getting a pair of higher end headphones and thought I only wanted noise isolating headphones which I THOUGHT would make my music sound better. Boy did I figure out how complicated choosing a set of headphones can actually be.
I first started on ebay looking for cheap noise isolating headphones, and from some of the reviews, I started out with the Audio Technica ATH M50x. After reading some reviews on ebay and on some other headphones, I though my search was over. But in an effort to do my due diligence, I typed in a google search "best headphones for rock and metal." And one of the first links that popped up was a thread to this website.
The more I read, the more I found that the clarity of sound of the headphone was much different than the quality of sound - and even those two words are sometimes coterminous. The more I researched, the more confused I became. So I started gathering popular opinion, desciptions of each headphones and I came to the conclusion that what I really wanted was a quality of a particular sound, but with as much clarity as I could afford - all on a $200 budget, give or take. My primary choice in music is metal. Don't care a whole lot for bass, but it's important. But most important to me is the mids and highs. I love a good solo with solid but not overbearing bass. Bands I really like - Trivium, Metallica, Mutiny Within, In Flames, Pantera and so on and so forth. With that in mind, I researched headphones to fit this need.
Long story short, I narrowed it down to about 4 headphones - Sennheiser HD25-1, Beyerdynamic 770, Ultrasone HFI 580, and the Grado SR225i. I resolved to go audition these headphones, but there really isn't anywhere in the Indianapolis area to audition all these headphones and it would require substantial traveling to really get an accurate profile of each, which was not an option. My next best option and what I ended up doing was to come back to these forums and sort through everyone else's opinons and compile data.
After doing the best homework I could, I resolved to purchase the Grado SR225i. I am awaiting these cans to show up on my doorstep, which they should next week. And whether or not these headphones are everything I hoped they would be, I still appreciate all the info on these boards.
I'd appreciate any feedback and options. Who knows, I may buy another pair one of these days.
Edited by OffensivelyPC - 3/27/14 at 9:02pm