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After a lot of researching, I think that the Grado SR225i would be my best bet..

I listen to a lot of progressive/technical metal, with very fast paced down-tuned guitars, as well as a ton of drumming. Such as Nile, the faceless, obscura, meshuggah etc.
I also listen to jazz fusion and prog rock, such as Allan Holdsworth and Gordian Knot..

What are your thoughts on this? My budget is around $200 or so, and I also have been wondering if I should get a good sound card for my computer. Like earlier, I listen to music and I play some games too.

Suggestions?
Edited by Electric - 3/5/11 at 9:02pm
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ATH-AD700 might be good too. one advantage is they have very low impedance so you don't need a sound card w/ a dedicated amp for them to sound good.

I would rec not buying from beachcamera though, I bought some from Guitar Center and a friend bought them from BC and they do not sound the same for some reason. Also mine came w/ a longer warranty & a tag inside that said "import edition". no idea what the diff is it should be exactly the same but they weren't. Amazon also sells them, for $91 right now is an awesome price.

They aren't bass heavy, but they are very accurate & a steal at $100.

Plus, if you play games; they have incredible positional audio, so it helps hearing footsteps or direction of enemies. Even though it's stereo many games simulate surround very well w/ 2 channels.
    
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ATH-AD700 might be good too. one advantage is they have very low impedance so you don't need a sound card w/ a dedicated amp for them to sound good.

I would rec not buying from beachcamera though, I bought some from Guitar Center and a friend bought them from BC and they do not sound the same for some reason. Also mine came w/ a longer warranty & a tag inside that said "import edition". no idea what the diff is it should be exactly the same but they weren't. Amazon also sells them, for $91 right now is an awesome price.

They aren't bass heavy, but they are very accurate & a steal at $100.

Plus, if you play games; they have incredible positional audio, so it helps hearing footsteps or direction of enemies. Even though it's stereo many games simulate surround very well w/ 2 channels.
Thanks for the recommendation! Is this the model you're talking about?



Seems great for the price.
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Thanks for the recommendation! Is this the model you're talking about?

Amazon.com: Audio Technica ATH-AD700 Open-air Dynamic Audiophile Headphones: Electronics

Or this one?

Amazon.com: Audio Technica ATH-A700 Headphones: Electronics

Seems great for the price.
No, I think he means these (you left the D out):http://www.buy.com/prod/audio-techni...202093918.html

IOW, the first one.
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Are there any good closed headphone options too?
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Are there any good closed headphone options too?
yes. The M50S are good closed that also have a low impedance. Some people complain that they're a tight fit though so if you have a larger than normal head they might not be the phones for you, and the mids tend to get a little less pronounced after a few years. not much but they fade over time a little more than the highs. THe A700s are good too, but have a higher impedance, so you'd prob need a sound card like a xonar w/ an amp.

The ATH-AD700 however are probably some of the most comfortable ever made, they're just really big.

unless you really dont want other people hearing what youre listening too, or you need something smaller & tighter (say if you were wearing them out & about as opposed to at home), then the AD700 is what i would recc.

If you want something more neutral, Sennheisers or BeyerDynamic are great choices as well. But for the kind of music youre looking for, and for overall value the ATs are the best.
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You want Grado SR225is.

However, if you can find them used. I would jump for the Sennheiser HD600s.

The Grados really shine for metal and rock, while the HD600s are great for classical, jazz and do metal pretty well.

I would not suggest closed headphones for this type of music. That's why I'm gonna' tell you to stay away from the M50s. They're great headphones, but not for this type of music.

Oh, you'll want a nice soundcard with a headphone amp too btw. Throw out a price range for your sound card and we'll hook you up.
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You want Grado SR225is.

However, if you can find them used. I would jump for the Sennheiser HD600s.

The Grados really shine for metal and rock, while the HD600s are great for classical, jazz and do metal pretty well.

I would not suggest closed headphones for this type of music. That's why I'm gonna' tell you to stay away from the M50s. They're great headphones, but not for this type of music.

Oh, you'll want a nice soundcard with a headphone amp too btw. Throw out a price range for your sound card and we'll hook you up.
The HD600 begs for an amp though, which I'm pretty sure is out of his budget.
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The HD600 begs for an amp though, which I'm pretty sure is out of his budget.
Exactly right, which is why I added he'll want a sound card with headphone amp.

Depends how much money the guy has. Sometimes people say they only have 200 for headphones, but then have another 200 for a sound card.

Sometimes though, they just have 200 to spend period.

That said, if he only have 200 for headphones and a sound card I would get Allesandro M1s and a Xonar DX.
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