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I've been searching and researching for hours now, and I get very different opinions on headphones for metal. Some are great, some are useless. But let me just start out by saying that I want to upgrade my current headphones since they kind of annoy me now. I own a pair of iFrogz Earpollution. The sound is alright, but I begin listening to the flaws, and they tend to get uncomfortable in the long run.

I primarily use the headphones for when I travel somewhere, when I bike/walk to places, and work out. I really want some which I comfortable and have great sound, but not too bassy.

The music I listen to is metal. I do not like to put a specific genre since I believe it's utter bullsh*it. But here are some of the bands I listen to mostly:

01. Type O Negative
02. Acid Bath
03. Baroness
04. Anthrax
05. Exodus
06. Overkill
07. Slayer
08. Amon Amarth
09. 3 Inches Of Blood
10. Pantera
11. Ozzy Osbourne
12. Black Sabbath
13. Black Label Society
14. Austrian Death Machine
15. AC/DC
16. Airbourne
17. Metallica (mostly up untill Black Album)
18. Primus
19. Powerwolf
20. Tool
21. A Perfect Circle

I've already been looking at several headphones, but I'm very much confused as to which I should go for. Some of them, I can't really find any actual useful information on, and other places don't even describe which kind of music they're good for. But here goes the ones, I've been looking into:

01. Marshall Major
02. Grado Rs60i
03. Grado Rs80i
04. Pioneer SE-MJ751
05. AKG K618
06. Pioneer HDJ-500-K
07. Philips Citiscape

I mostly lean towards the Marshall Majors and Grados, but I simply don't know which to choose.

If you have any comments, or any suggestions, advice or anything, please do reply!

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Thanks in advance!
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Don't know if you can, but going to a audio store that can audition head phones for you would be where I would start.
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Don't know if you can, but going to a audio store that can audition head phones for you would be where I would start.

I thought about it, but where I might be able to do it, would probably only let me try out specific audio systems, not headphones. And if they had headphones to try out, they'd only have Marshall Majors and Denons (the Denons are pretty bad quality in the lower price ranges, and you have to pay a helluva lot of mone for Denons, which are rich in quality).
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I bought a pair of Grado GR-8 ear buds after auditioning them.
The store has a bunch of over ear and ear buds for audition.

Just call and ask.
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The only place, where I can try headphones out only has Marshall Majors and Denons, and because reviews of the Denons, in my price range and lower, say they are bad quality, I don't want them. I can only buy Grados online, so I cannot compare the two by trying them.

But right now it's either Grado Rs60i/80i or Marshall Major. A friend of mine recommends Marshall Majors, and he has the same taste in music as me. The Marshalls are cheaper too. But Grados tend to be recommended often.
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SR-60 and 80s are both excellent headphones. Grados particularly shine in metal and rock music. Your inclusion that you don't want headphones that are too bassy makes them pretty much perfect for you as that is the real complaint of the lower level Grados without an amp is a lack of powerful bass. Grados are also very easy headphones to drive so they mate well with portable players. I would definitely recommend that you get some bowl style pads to go with them if you plan on wearing them for long periods of time as the stockers on the 60 and 80 are not very comfortable in most people's opinion. You'll be blown away by the difference over some Ear Pollution earbuds to them as those are pretty low fidelity to put it nicely.
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SR-60 and 80s are both excellent headphones. Grados particularly shine in metal and rock music. Your inclusion that you don't want headphones that are too bassy makes them pretty much perfect for you as that is the real complaint of the lower level Grados without an amp is a lack of powerful bass. Grados are also very easy headphones to drive so they mate well with portable players. I would definitely recommend that you get some bowl style pads to go with them if you plan on wearing them for long periods of time as the stockers on the 60 and 80 are not very comfortable in most people's opinion. You'll be blown away by the difference over some Ear Pollution earbuds to them as those are pretty low fidelity to put it nicely.

Yeah, I know the Earpollutions are basically cr*p, but I didn't have much money, and I was sick and tired of my baaaaad JVC earbuds. Wanted ear cups, and cheap ones. iFrogz it was. But getting very tired of them now, and I just want something more quality. I also strongly believe the Grados will do me nicely, but I'll probably pay the extra for the Rs80i. Unless something cheaper/better comes along, which is highly unlikely.

Don't get me wrong. The headphones can have bass, but I don't like it if it's too dominant. I hate gangster rap and techno/trance/hardstyle. and so on. Only metal, classic rock (50's/60's), and occasional 80's pop/synth.
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I don't see them recommended often, and maybe that's because of availability of other brands, but Shure's SRH-440s through to the SRH-1840s are all very good, and well balanced headphones. Being in Canada my options were very limited when looking for headphones. Grados weren't available to my location from online retailers, nor were they available in stores. The only other option in my area was Sennheiser, but after listening to them I was swayed more towards the Shure sound.

Considering your taste in music is similar to mine, I can happily recommend the budget SRH-440s (sub-$100). Ideally I'm aiming on getting the SRH-940s but they also carry a large premium in my area. Canadian problems.
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I don't see them recommended often, and maybe that's because of availability of other brands, but Shure's SRH-440s through to the SRH-1840s are all very good, and well balanced headphones. Being in Canada my options were very limited when looking for headphones. Grados weren't available to my location from online retailers, nor were they available in stores. The only other option in my area was Sennheiser, but after listening to them I was swayed more towards the Shure sound.

Considering your taste in music is similar to mine, I can happily recommend the budget SRH-440s (sub-$100). Ideally I'm aiming on getting the SRH-940s but they also carry a large premium in my area. Canadian problems.

Great advice! It's funny, I just found a new shop in my town! And they sell both Marshall Majors, Grado Rs60i/Rs80i and Shure's! When I get some time off, I might check them all out. Also, the owner of the shop was an intern before me, where I'm doing an internship right now. That's funny biggrin.gif

So now I look at either Marshall Majors, Grado Rs60i/Rs80i and Shure SRH440/SRH840. The Shure SRH440 is actually cheaper than the Marshall Majors, but the SRH840's are the most expensive ones.

I lean more towards the Shure's right now.

They have none of them in stock at the shop in my city frown.gif
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I do not have experience with the shure 440s but I do have the 1840s and couldn't recommend them enough but they seem to be out of your price range slightly. I'd say to maybe go with the Grado's as they seem to be a little more forward in the treble. I had the sr150s and enjoyed them a lot, I have heard nothing but great things about the sr80s. Also, Grado is an American company where they make their headphones in Brooklyn. Doesn't really say much for you if you aren't from the states, but they have been known to have an amazing customer service. I'd say go with the sr80s, I'm sure if you don't like them you can return them to where ever you buy them but after burning them in I think you'll be very happy.
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4770k asus maximus hero evga 780 6 gb sc acx evga 780 6 gb sc acx 
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kingston hyperx fury 16gb samsung 840 250gb western digital black h100i 
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Windows 7 x64 PB278Q S27C750P Lots of them 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
4770k asus maximus hero evga 780 6 gb sc acx evga 780 6 gb sc acx 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
kingston hyperx fury 16gb samsung 840 250gb western digital black h100i 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 x64 PB278Q S27C750P Lots of them 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
evga supernova 1000 p2 corsair 540 Too many audioengine d1  
AudioAudioAudio
Schiit Magni/Modi combo audioengine grado sr325is 
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