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$100 headphones for hard rock/metal?

post #1 of 8
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Hello all,

 

I am looking for a good pair of headphones (or earphones) anywhere in the price range of $50-$100 that would be good for hard rock and heavy metal. I also listen to other genres but that's mainly what's on my phone.

 

Isolation is very very important. I will be using them in a workplace and I don't want nearby coworkers to be bothered by my music. They should also be comfortable as I'm likely to use them for hours on end.

 

I am not an expert on this, so any suggestions would be very appreciated. Also, feel free to recommend options beyond the $100 mark (but not too much). If it's worth the extra money I will consider it.

 

Thanks in advance!

post #2 of 8

Have you checked the buying guide?

 

http://www.head-fi.org/a/headphone-buying-guide

 

Generally speaking, it's very hard to beat the UE 6000, which is in in your price range and being offered at closeout pricing.  See:

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/surprisingly-good-logitec-ue6000-and-ue9000

post #3 of 8

I was going to recommend the UE 6000's too.  They isolate well, don't leak much sound, and are comfortable for long listening sessions.  NCIXus.com is offering them for $105 right now.

http://www.ncixus.com/products/?sku=92142&vpn=982-000079&manufacture=Logitech


Edited by ZMan2k2 - 6/29/14 at 1:42pm
post #4 of 8
In addition to the UE6000, also look into the Fischer FA-003 and Brainwavz HM5

http://www.head-fi.org/t/491632/review-fischer-audio-fa-003-a-neutral-champ
http://www.head-fi.org/t/585281/review-brainwavz-hm5-a-new-neutral-champ

These use the same cups and drivers (one manufacturer makes them and rebrands them). While those generally sell for $125 or more, now there is the NVX XPT100 version of those headphones for $80: http://www.amazon.com/NVX-Over-Ear-Headphones-ComfortMax-Cushions/dp/B0093PVTPS/

To me, the UE6000 have a better soundstage, more bass impact, and are more portable (smaller); the XPT100 are closer to neutral sound with better comfort.
post #5 of 8

My Fischer is very large (think Princess Leia) and while not bad sounding, seems to suck the soul out of music.  It came with a nice kit though.

post #6 of 8
Philips CitiScape Downtown ( SHL5605 ) is a excellent choise both for the intended genre of music and isolation. On ear but very comfortable still. Innerfidelity has a review on them and they are on his wof.

Have one of these myself and im quite fond of death metal among many other genres. Performs very well with Dark Tranquillity for example. As for isolation, i've used them during one of my many 8 hour flights to China with great result. I wasnt bothered nor my copassangers with my "scream your head off music" wink.gif

The uptowns may be better but unsure if they are over your budget.

Oh, if these phones, dont get the white ones. Looks a bit um....not fresh after heavy use but then again i used to be a smoker wich probably explains that.

Best Regards
post #7 of 8
Philips CitiScape Downtown ( SHL5605 ) is a excellent choise both for the intended genre of music and isolation. On ear but very comfortable still. Innerfidelity has a review on them and they are on his wof.

Have one of these myself and im quite fond of death metal among many other genres. Performs very well with Dark Tranquillity for example. As for isolation, i've used them during one of my many 8 hour flights to China with great result. I wasnt bothered nor my copassangers with my "scream your head off music" wink.gif

The uptowns may be better but unsure if they are over your budget.

Oh, if these phones, dont get the white ones. Looks a bit um....not fresh after heavy use but then again i used to be a smoker wich probably explains that.

Best Regards
post #8 of 8

Ultrasone HFI-450 
Rolled off treble , grain free ....perfect for those genres 

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