Best headphones & amp for metal

Discussion in 'Full Size Headphones' started by metalfan247, Sep 6, 2014.

  1. metalfan247

    metalfan247 New Member

    Sep 5, 2014
    Dear Headphone audiophiles,

    I want to buy the best headphones for listening to metal music. I recently purchased sE electronics The EGG speakers with amplifier and have concluded that they have way too much bass. I was disappointed when I placed a AKG K240 headphone in my Focusrite Forte usb soundcard and heard tons of details in my favorite records that I had not previously heard. I love hearing all the tiny details the artists intended us to hear. From what I have researched, any speakers/headphones that are fantastic for classical music will likely be great for metal as well (clear highs, good mids, little bass). Basically, I need headphones that make me hear everything you can possibly hear in the following albums listed below. I do not need something that 'forgives' bad recording quality. I want to hear everything the artist recorded. Do not limit your advice based on price, I'm flexible about this.
    I am aware of the huge thread on metal but can't make much sense of it and nearly none of the albums I listen to were used in his extensive test...
    I'm leaning towards: HD 800 or LCD-3 with a Grave M903 amp. Suggestions?

    Metal subgenres: folk, progressive, death, neoclassical, thrash, orchestral.
    Albums that I use to test quality:

    Angra - Temple of shadows

    Animals as leaders - The joy of motion

    Annihilator - Criteria for a black widow
    Arch enemy - Wages of sin
    Arch enemy - Doomsday machine

    Arcturus - The sham mirrors

    At the gates - Slaughter of the soul

    Behemoth - Demigod

    Cacophony - Go off!

    Carach angren - Lammendam

    Catamenia - Winternight tragedies

    Children of Bodom - Hatebreeder (reloaded)

    Children of Bodom - Follow the reaper (reloaded)

    Carcass - Swansong (remastered)

    Darkane - Rusted angel (remastered)

    Darkane - Insanity

    Death - Human (remastered 2011)

    Death - Individual thought patterns (remastered 2008)

    Death - Symbolic (remastered)
    Death - The sound of perseverance

    Decapitated - The negation

    Dimmu borgir - Puritanical euphoric misanthropia
    Dimmu borgir - Death cult armaggedon
    Dream Theater - Black clouds and silver linings

    Equilibrium - Erdentempel

    Freak kitchen - Move

    Gojira - The way of all flesh

    Gojira - L'enfant sauvage

    In flames - Colony

    Jason Becker - Perpetual burn

    Keep of kalessin - Armada

    Lamb of God - As the palaces burn (remastered)
    Lamb of God - Ashes of the wake

    Lost soul - Chaostream

    Marty Friedman - Dragon's kiss

    Marty Friedman - Scenes

    Marty Friedman - Introduction
    Marty Friedman - Inferno

    Megadeth - Rust in peace (remastered)

    Megadeth - Countdown to extinction (remastered)

    Meshuggah - Destroy erase improve (reloaded)
    Meshuggah - Nothing (2006 re-recorded)

    Moonsorrow - Voimasta ja kunniasta

    Necrophagist - Epitaph

    Neuraxis - Trilateral progression
    Nevermore - This Godless endeavor

    Nile - Annihilation of the wicked
    Old man's child - In defiance of existence

    Opeth - Blackwater park

    Opeth - Deliverance

    Opeth - Ghost reveries

    Pantera - Cowboys from hell (remastered)

    Pantera - Vulgar display of power (remastered)

    Pantera - Far beyond driven (remastered)

    Psycroptic - The scepter of the ancients

    Ram-zet - Escape

    Rhapsody of fire - Dawn of victory
    Scarve - Irradiant

    Septicflesh - Communion

    Slayer - Seasons in the abyss

    Stratovarius - Visions

    Stratovarius - Destiny
    Symphony X - V the new mythology suite

    Symphony X - The odyssey

    The faceless - Planetary duality

    The forsaken - Arts of desolation

    The haunted - Made me do it

    Tony MacAlpine - Maximum security

    Trivium - Shogun

    Unleashed - Hammer Battalion

    Vader - The art of war

    Wintersun - Time 1

    Yngwie Malmsteen - Magnum opus

    Yngwie Malmsteen - Concerto suite in E flat minor op. 1

    Yngwie Malmsteen - Facing the animal

    Yngwie Malmsteen - Attack!!
  2. dalethorn

    dalethorn Active Member

    Jul 3, 2011
    Charleston South Carolina
    Some of the dark metal I have such as Amon Amarth will play very well with the brighter more detailed headphones. Other metal I have such as Enslaved (Sleeping Gods EP) will burn most ears with the brighter headphones. So unless you have a good equalizer, you might want to be very specific about the brightness level you want, as the HD-800 for example is fairly bright compared to a lot of other flagships, especially the planars.

  3. metalfan247

    metalfan247 New Member

    Sep 5, 2014

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