- Nov 25, 2013
Black metal is so lo-fi, any real treble emphasis is a no go. You want something flattish with a good soundstage and instrument separation for the Emperor and Absu type bands. Open headphones will present them much more clearly.
If you don't already have a DAC+amp, a receiver, or good soundcard that will eat into your budget too if you don't want to be stuck with choosing between say the Sennheiser HD 558/598, Oppo PM-3, Philips X2, HE 400S, or closed headphones that you can use out of your phone or laptop's headphone jack. Some of them are not worth their price in many places, eg The Oppo PM-3 is almost 600 euros on Amazon.de
You should actually try the 400S before making your purchase. It has issues with the pads sealing and pair to pair variance that can make some sound very veiled including the pair I tried. If you have to buy the Focus pads to get the 400S to seal, you might as well just get a real HD 600 and a cheap dac+amp for that price. The 400i doesn't have these functionality problems which is why everyone went nuts when it was priced below the 400s for a bit last year.
For a 300 euro limit setup I would go used: a working HD 580 or 600 (200 or below), a cheap sound card or combo unit like the Monoprice Desktop Amp or Fiio FiiO E09K, and a new set of Sennheiser brand replacement ear pads (40-50ish). If new, I would just get an HD 598 (only 20-30 euros more than the 558), plug it into my laptop, and save up to get something better. I hated the X2 and AKG K7XX has a hole in the staging that separates the guitar note/string from the distortion which I find to be completely unacceptable for listening to metal. Try before you buy of course.
How's it going, buddy?!?
It's been too long.