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Looking for a pair of Headphones for Metal

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by arda7an, Jan 17, 2013.
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  1. arda7an
    Hey wassup guys!
    as you can see in the Title, I am looking for a pair of headphones mainly for listening to metal.
    Budget: $400 (Well $450 max)
    And here are the bands that I usually listen to:
    Amon Amarth , Wintersun , Dark Funeral , Dimmu Borgir , Immortal , Dark Tranquility , Arch Enemy , Burzum , Mayhem , Behemoth
    and some Celldweller and Blue Stahli.

    Ah. I also forgot to mention that I want to use these headphones with my mobile so are these headphones that you recommended good for using on the bus and in the metro?
    I just want them to be comfortable. Isolation is also a must.

    Any Suggestions?
     
  2. BillsonChang007
    Grado makes headphone great for those kind of genres :)
     
  3. arda7an
    I'll check them out. Any other brands or models?
    I know I might sound like an idiot but how about Beats Pro :D (I just want to know why they are not good for my music)?
     
  4. MadMolly
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    Save some money and get the SR60i or 80i.  It will give you a good idea of what the "grado sound" is like.  If you like em, upgrade to one of the higher grade grado's like the SR225i, 335i.
     
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  5. BillsonChang007

    Beats Pro is never in the list here because it is horribly overpriced just because of that "b" logo on it. For $400, you can get something that sound thousand times better. :)
     
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  6. obobskivich
    Beats Pro are probably a bad candidate for rock/metal because they're relatively v-shaped; I don't think it'd be overall a good match. Value is another consideration with them.

    The Grados are a good suggestion. You might also look at the Ultrasone open-back models, or maybe the AT A900X if you need some isolation.
     
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  7. arda7an
    Ah ok... So any alts to Grado? Since I am living in India, finding them would be hard.
     
  8. asdfghjkzxcvbnm
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    What's wrong with v-shaped for rock/metal? I never understood what shape is good for what genres.
     
  9. obobskivich

    The Beats Pro are *very* v-shaped which IMO doesn't work well with acoustic music (but my understanding is that's not what they're voiced for - so it makes sense). Basically the bass and treble boost can make them less forgiving/tolerant with some recordings because they'll either put too much top end or too much bottom end. That said, Beats Pro are really clean for what they are (it's kind of uncanny), so they might actually hold up fairly well. I haven't spent enough time with them to say that definitively though.

    As far as the broader question, there's no absolute right or wrong answer - I'm sure there's someone out there who likes their Beats Pro for metal or rock, but IMO I don't think it's likely the best combination. I'm guessing they'd be a lot more "fun" with something like EDM or hip-hop.

    As far as alternates to the Grado cans - Ultrasone HFI-2400 would be worth a look, as well as the AT A900X;
     
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  10. arda7an
    Ah. I also forgot to mention that I want to use these headphones with my mobile so are these headphones that you recommended good for using on the bus and in the metro?
    I just want them to be comfortable. Isolation is also a must. My choice so far is AT A900X. While searching on the forum I saw that people have some problem with the Grados comfort.

    Any other suggestions?
     
  11. obobskivich

    The Grados and Ultrasones are out based on that, and imho the A900X are too large for mobile use. The Koss DJ100/TBSE/DJ200 (more or less the same thing) are a very good candidate here; you might also try going over to the IEM subforum and asking there - I'm sure someone will have a suggestion of a good IEM (which would isolate better and be more portable).
     
  12. Redcarmoose
    It's so true that the Grado line has had a long and broad following here at Head-Fi. I have tried to get into them but it never seemed to work out. The SR60i is maybe a great value but I ended up returning them in a couple hours. Also the 225i was not what I was looking for. They have great PRaT but I don't know, I just could not ever get into em?
     
     
    For myself anyway, the most important part in metal is the lower guitar sound. The rhythm I think needs to have pace and a special tone. I ended up getting my Denon AH-D7000 headphones for $450 usd used and they fit for metal. They are liked by a small group around here for metal. There could be many more headphones for metal, I have really not heard all that many. The best thing is to find a meet near where you live and walk in with a stack of CDs. You will be surprised how many members would love for you to play your music in their systems.
     
    Great list! My favorite bands!
    Amon Amarth , Wintersun , Dark Funeral , Dimmu Borgir , Immortal , Dark Tranquility , Arch Enemy , Burzum , Mayhem , Behemoth[​IMG]
     
     
    Good Luck!
     
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  13. arda7an
    No I like bigger headphones. When I checked the Beats Pro size today (tested in store) It was comfortable for me. Size doesn't matter. The bigger the better. I just don't want the cables to get in the way.
     
  14. disaster8tio
    Sweet band list!
     
    I got the AT ATH-M50 with a DAC/USB combo and listen to the same genre as you. I like the sound in them but.. i am in search for new headphones to upgrade. I am kinda into the Beyerdynamic dt 770 pro limited edition and Ultrasone HFI-580, thats no 400$ but some like to take it slow. :)
     
    I'll follow this thread and see what gives.
     
  15. obobskivich

    A900X is much larger. :xf_eek:

    Anyways, I'll leave you with the Koss headphones, and Redcarmoose's good advice to demo equipment before you buy. If you really like the Beats Pro, I'd say just go for it; it sounds like you're pretty well decided on them, and if it's what you like, it's what you like. :)
     
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