Hi! This is my first post on Head-Fi! I've been reading threads around here for recommendations and reviews for a long time. After I bought some ATH-M50 headphones from Amazon, I've increasingly begun to appreciate audio. These days hearing muddy or fatiguing sounds really bothers me, although I'm sure I'll become even more sensitive to details in sounds as time goes on.
After my ATH-M50's broke (I cut the cable in half!), I decided to try something new instead of upgrading. I had heard some of my friend's Beyerdynamic DT-990's and realized how much I was missing. I bought some Grado SR-60's to give open back headphones a try. I immediately fell in love with them! I prefer to listen to rock and metal music, and Grado hit the spot. The high end can be very beautiful on the more symphonic metal songs, and the mid-range is up front but not fatiguing. I think that the low end could use some work, but I've really gotten accustomed to it and it's really become part of my preference.
To satisfy my newfound love for Grado I decided to try something new. I wanted to add some isolation so I could listen to portable music, so I gave the GR-10's a try. After giving them some time to burn in, I really enjoy their sound. However, these were my first IEM's that I really took seriously, and I had some bad expectations. IEM's simply can't provide the impact for which I am looking, and my equipment simply wasn't prepared for the high SNR that IEM's require.
So now I am deciding where to go next. I am considering trading my Grado GR-10's with someone on the forums. Does anyone have a recommendation for what I could try to listen to next? I am really into metal music, but I know that many metal albums have serious mixing and quality problems. I'm really looking to have fun listening to music, but I appreciate a sound that is balanced and not fatiguing. I really love the Grado sound, but I want to explore a sound signature that further emphasizes the bass. I was considering checking out the AKG K-550's based on a recommendation I found on this forum, but they're still closed back headphones and that concerns me.
Sorry if I used the wrong word for something; my audiophile vocabulary is still a work in progress. While I love hearing the details in my music, I am not yet the best at expressing them.