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G'day, gentlemen... been a little while since I've been on here. 2010, in fact, when I was looking for advice on headphones for metal. I ended up with a pair of Grados SR225i's, and they were absolutely superb. They've just given up the ghost, and I'd buy another pair in a flash, but my situation has changed, and I need a pair of robust headphones (which the Grados were not) that don't leak sound (which the Grados definitely did...)

 

I've been looking at Beyerdynamic DT-770s 80OHM for starters, which would be ideal, but I need something I can drive off anything, and one of the recurring comments I've been seeing about these is: "you need a good amp"

 

So, I need something quite specific...

- £200 max. I feel like spending too much would be a waste when I won't be using an amp. These are for remote use only, I have a rather lovely pair of Audioengine A5's at home which get used for most home listening.

- closed back, robust

- comparable sound to Grados SR225i's if possible.

- can drive them off a brick.

- mostly used for metal and rock, a bit of gaming.

 

Recommendations? Thank you :beerchug: 

 

EDIT: Currently leaning towards Audio Technica ATH-A900x's.


Edited by Fenrix - 4/19/14 at 1:22am
post #2 of 11
Thread Starter 

OK, so, here's my list so far, in order of preference...

 

1) ATH A900X (I honestly can't find see any flaws with these apart from potential comfort. but I used Grados for 4 years, so...)

2) Beyerdynamic DT1350 (on ear... that's the only real fault I have with these)

3) Beyerdynamic DT770 80Ohm (from what I gather, if I can't drive them properly they underperform)

4) Shure SRH840 (I've had BAD experiences with Shure in the past, but I can't count these out completely. They do look close to ideal)

 

Any of the above stand out, whether as exceptional or terrible?

post #3 of 11

Well, I can't help you much because I haven't heard SR225i.

 

In my experience, bright headphones tend to sound very good with well recorded music, while warm and forgiving headphones tend to make average recordings sound nice.

I have a pair of Yamaha HPH-200 that are said to be quite similar to SR225i but with more bass. (In fact this are the bassiest open-back headphones I've tried so far)

Metal always sound warm and powerful through my Yamahas at the expense some transparency in the midrange. I've heard some people liking Yamaha HPH-Pro500 and HPH-Pro400 for metal. If you like getting a powerful sound, this could be your cup of tea.
If you prefer getting the ultimate detail on electric guitars, and crystal clear highs then Shure SRH-840 are a good compromise between punchy mid bass and quite revealing presentation. This are quite easy to drive; come with extra pads and detachable cable.

 

I can't talk for the A900x.

 

Best Luck!

post #4 of 11

If you want something aggressive and closed there is:

Donscorpion dolphin

Ultrasone hfi 780

post #5 of 11

A lot of people also like the shure srh 940

http://www.head-fi.org/products/shure-srh-940

post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by zunehdrocks View Post
 

A lot of people also like the shure srh 940

http://www.head-fi.org/products/shure-srh-940


SRH-940 seem to be very good headphones. Something like the neutral and even more revealing version of SRH-840.

I think the right choice between this headphones is down to preference.


Edited by Me x3 - 4/19/14 at 4:49pm
post #7 of 11
I think you'll have a problem finding something like the SR225i (I love mine) in a closed headphone. I've been looking . . . and I'm still looking smily_headphones1.gif

You mention "remote use?" I would not recommend the A900X for portable use. I'd be afraid of damaging the wings carrying them around in a backpack or something.

DT1350s I would recommend to a Grado fan for portable, sealed headphones. They do sound very good, although not exactly Gradoish.
post #8 of 11
I preferred 840 to 940 by a lot. 940 has some painfully bright highs, and this is coming from someone who uses Grados for metal. The only problem with 840 is that the headband is heavy, but you can mod it.

If you're willing to try an on ear model, Mikros 90 has many of the characteristics of Grados, more than the Shures or Beyers.
Edited by Claritas - 4/19/14 at 8:59pm
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post #10 of 11
Good thought. But it's not really closed.
post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 

Those are gorgeous, but sadly also out of my price range... and I doubt they're very durable, either. :(

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