Not all headphones are great for listening to metal music. You don’t need the super deep bass you would want from hip-hop style headphones such as Beats. If you listen to metal, you are looking for clarity of sound and a full frequency range to hear all the instruments in their full glory.
We put together this list of our four favorite headphones for metal, and why we think they are worth your purchase. Let’s take a look at what makes them great.
- If you are looking for the most robust and durable headphones on the market, you have to check out the V-MODA Crossfade LP2. These bad boys are made entirely out of metal, and that is just too ironic. Metal headphones to listen to your metal music.
- Perhaps you enjoy a bit of extra bass, and plan on using these for more than just your metal library. In that case, we recommend the Sony MDR-V55/BR. They have plenty of bass, but it is complemented by a nice range of sound across the board.
- If you value comfort as much as sound quality, the Sennheiser HD 598 Cs have a ton of both. They are extremely large and comfortable to wear, and the sound quality is out of this world.
- If you are looking for high-quality Bluetooth wireless headphones, the Audio-Technica M50xBT are some of the best around. They give you that beautiful Audio-Technica sound, just without the wires.
Who Should Buy This?
If you are a fan of metal music, whether from the 80s all the way to present day, these headphones are for you. They have exactly what any metalhead could want, clarity and a ton of volume! They will keep you headbanging for hours at a time.
These headphones are also great for listening to any type of music. So don’t limit yourself just to metal with them. Expand your musical horizons, and enjoy the sounds of some other genres as well. No matter what you are listening to, they will all perform very well.
Best Headphones for Metal: What to Consider
No one wants to wear headphones that squeeze their head too tightly and end up giving them a migraine after only a few minutes. Finding a comfortable pair of headphones is extremely important, especially if you plan on wearing them for extended periods of time.
If you want to jam out to your latest metal tracks, you want to make sure you are doing it in style. No one wants to be seen with extremely ugly headphones on their ears, so finding a style that is pleasing to your eye is almost as important as the comfort.
If you find a pair of comfortable headphones that look great, the last step is to make sure they sound good as well. This is a combination of driver size, frequency response, and overall sound design of the headphones. If all of that is in place, you will have your perfect pair of metal headphones.
Best Headphones for Metal: Our Picks
Strong, durable construction is the main thing that sets the V-MODA Crossfade LP2 apart from the other headsets on this list. While they are all great, and rather durable, the metal construction on these make them extremely rugged, and you won’t have to worry about them getting damaged from an extreme head-banging session.
Inside here you get extremely large 50mm drivers. This will give you plenty of volume to crank out your favorite tunes. When you combine that with the extremely wide frequency response range, you get an extremely high performing set of headphones.
- Driver Size: 50mm
- Frequency Response: 5 Hz – 30 KHz
Sony has been making fantastic headphones for years, and the MDR-V55/BR is another in that long line of excellence. While these are marketed as “DJ headphones,” they are so much more than that. They do deliver quite a bit of bass, with the frequency response dipping all the way down to 5 Hz, but the mids and highs sound great as well.
40mm drivers are inside the ear cups here, and they give you plenty of volume to go with the previously mentioned frequency response. The overall build quality isn’t quite as robust as others on the list, but the comfort makes up for that. They feel great on the head, and you can easily wear these for hours on end.
- Driver Size: 40mm
- Frequency Response: 5 Hz – 25 KHz
No name is more synonymous with high-end headphones than Sennheiser. The HD 598 series is some of their most beloved headphones, and the Cs (closed-back model) are absolutely fantastic. They have the same sound quality that you know and love from Sennheiser, but the closed-back design allows you to focus on the music without any outside noise leaking in.
These feature 40mm drives and a nice wide range frequency response from 10 Hz all the way up to 28 KHz. This means you are going to get decent bass and clear highs, with a nice even midrange that will make your metal music sound phenomenal. Overall, these are some of the most high-quality headphones on the market.
- Driver Size: 40mm
- Frequency Response: 10 Hz – 28 KHz
What if you want to listen to your tunes on the go, but don’t want to sacrifice great sound quality? Enter the Audio-Technica M50xBT. They are Bluetooth wireless versions of Audio-Technicas fabled M50x headphones. This allows you to get the same great audio quality no matter where you are, from the bus to the doctors office.
Inside the ear cups, they have 45mm drivers pushing out a ton of sound. The frequency response is nice and wide from 15 Hz up to 28 KHz. While the low end is a bit lacking compared to the others on this list, that is not as big of a deal when listening to metal. In the mids and highs, you will be hard pressed to find a more robust sound than what these produce.
- Driver Size: 45mm
- Frequency Response: 15 Hz – 28 KHz
Useful Tips and Resources
If you are getting serious about your sound fidelity, and looking to upgrade your listening experience beyond the simple headphones, we suggest picking up a headphone amplifier. This will allow you to get the most out of your new high-quality headphones, and up your listening enjoyment a bit as well.
If you are spending a lot on high quality, beautifully designed headphones, you are going to want to show them off. Buying a nice headphone stand will allow you to do just that, and it will also keep you from leaving your headphones where they don’t belong and getting lost.
You could just run out to your local big box store and buy an overpriced pair of headphones that will work okay. But if you really want to get the most out of your music, you need a good set that will allow you to hear every part of the song as it was meant to be heard. The four headphones listed above can give you that, and no matter which you choose, your ears will be thanking you.
Do you listen to other music, or always stick to metal? Let us know in the comments below!
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