Finding the best headphones for metal music is dependant entirely on which type of music you listen to!
This is because there are so many subgenres which can easily complicate things. It’s actually a fact that this genre is one that regularly falls victim to some hasty assumptions.
While we can agree that this music can be quite intense, it doesn’t mean that the listener enjoys screaming and worships death! This is exactly what most people believe.
This genre of music is actually incredibly beautiful and you can only realise that through the skill, technique and intensity used to operate some of the equipment used.
Due to a wide number of influences like jazz and rock, lots of subgenres have developed and they all sound very different from each other. This is exactly the factor which makes it so difficult to choose the right pair of earphones!
Generally, when you go out to buy a top product, we’re advised to buy a particular set for “listening to metal”. Clearly not enough time has been dedicated to carry out the research as we’re still not sure which subgenre this set is best suited towards!
Well, this is what we found while trying to find the best set. The lack of useful information regarding this spurred us on to create an ultimate guide on this subject.
This will hopefully provide you with an ultimate resource to use during the product selection process!
What are the best headphones for metal music?
However, we anticipated that these would only be ideal for very serious listeners who’d be willing to spend quite a bit!
This would definitely disappoint those whose budget was restricted to a couple of hundred bucks! In order to satisfy this group, we also tested more affordable sets which were also associated with superb overall quality.
In addition to the testing of separate products, we also read a huge volume of past customer reviews which would enable us to provide accurate information. In consequence, the list of the top 3 expensive and top 3 affordable earphones was created.
All of these 6 pairs are reviewed below and we also provide information as to what subgenres these cans perfectly performed with.
Have a quick read below to find out…
Top Premium Sets 2020
Fantastic for death metal
- Accessories: tone leather pouch
- Type: Sealed dynamic type
- Impedance: 25Ω
- Plug: φ6.3mm gold-plated stereo standard plug
Fostex is a name that has been in the shadows in the music industry.
This is due to the fact that they used to make headphones for more well-known brands like Denon.
However, their own TH610 is the set we were most impressed with when it came to this type of music across a huge range of subgenres.
It really excelled in pretty much any form of metal with a particularly impressive performance with the death subgenre.
The TH610s have been created in a closed-back style so they will be lacking in air-flow which obviously has an impact on the sound. Due to this, it’s highly important that you’re aware of what a pair of closed cans are supposed to sound.
Nice over ear headphones for death metal
As you’d expect from a fairly costly set, the sound quality will be superb for listening heavy metal music. In fact, there is a perfect blend of qualities which would take your music to an entirely different level.
The extent of detail is just mesmerising while the bass has just the right amount of power and is very clean.
The soundstage is another impressive characteristic associated with the TH610s and everything hits literally perfectly!
- Performance overall
- Not as detailed in the midrange, pushed back in the aural space.
- Isolation/Leakage is not quite closed-back level.
Great for Heavy Metal
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- 30% lighter than comparable headphones
- Newly-designed headband with an improved pressure pattern
- The FocusPad, new beveled hybrid ear pads made of pleather and velour
- Intended for high performance listening in the home or studio
Another pair of Audiophile cans but let not the HE-400I fool you.
The truth about this premium set is that it’ll be the most likely pair to get you a value for your money when it comes to the high-end stuff.
The truth is that this is another incredible product which is associated with great flexibility when it comes to music genres. In fact, for the type of music we’re interested in, it performed admirably with pretty much every subgenre heavy metal probably being the most impressive.
The clarity with which the sound is produced is the most pleasing and you’ll be able to hear all the guitars, drums, etc with perfect detail and accuracy. After all, this is exactly what Rammstein metal fans want – to relive the concert in the comfort of their room!
What more can I say? The immersive qualities of these earphones will make you feel like you can’t get any more closer to the sound!
Moving past the sound quality, the rest of the product also gives off a feeling of perfection with superb comfort and an equally eye-catching design!
- The headphone comes with Planar magnetic drivers
- The sound from the headphone is so vivid
- They produce a detailed bass
- This headphone is very musical
- The design is comfortable and made of light materials
- You may need to amplifier it for portable use
- The cables are short; you will need to get a longer alternative
Best for Goth
- Connectivity Technology: Wired
- Weight (without cable): approx. 330 g
- Sound pressure level at 1 kHz: 102 dB (1 Vrms)
- Nominal impedance: 300 Ohms
- Frequency Response: 6–51,000 Hz (-10 dB); 14–44,100 Hz (-3 dB)
The HD800 is one of the best sets created by Sennheiser and it’s certainly one of the best headphones for heavy metal music
music around at this moment in time.
It looks great and feels great. Everything looks and feels like premium quality – and it should if you consider the hi price tag.
Because of this, the right way of examining the true potential of this set is by way of the sound quality.
Good gothic bass headphones
An area where the HD800s particularly excel is the wide soundstage. In combination with pinpoint accuracy and an amazingly detailed sound signature, we’re looking at a product which is ideal to listen to a form of music which has so many instruments playing at the same time.
This means that your wish to hear the unique sound and detail coming from these instruments can be possible through the Sennheiser HD800s.
The only problem is the price. You’re not exactly looking at an affordable product. Despite this, if you’re serious about your music, it should be worth knowing that this is a reasonable price considering what you’re getting!
- Incredible breadth to sound
- Excellent build quality
- The look… not subtle is it?
- SRH840 Professional Monitoring Headphones feature a precisely tailored frequency response that delivers rich bass, clear mid-range and extended highs
- Optimized for studio recording and critical listening
- Closed-back, circumaural collapsible design
- Detachable, coiled cable
- Includes SRH840, threaded 1/4" gold-plated adapter, carrying bag, replacement ear pads, and user guide
Shure SRH840 are great headphones that can be recommended to everyone who values a clear representation of music and high build quality.
Although they do not produce a distinctly mainstream sound like many other popular headphones in this price range, they know exactly who is their targeted listener and they deliver on all fronts.
If you keep in mind that these are studio headphones and are not meant to be taken with you everywhere you go, then you will not be disappointed.
Their weight can definitely be a problem when you first put them on your head, but it takes just a few weeks before you get completely used to it.
- Folds easily and neatly into a compact bundle.
- Durable materials, a set that is built to last.
- Comes with extra set of ear-pads, a carrying bag, a 1/4″ adapter, and a removable coiled cable.
- Flexible headband design, able to bend in anyway and it sort of springs back.
- Amazing sound isolation, good for office environments as well.
- Well balanced mid-range (their bread and butter).
- Coiled cable can be a pain, and tug at the ear cups.
- A little on the heavy side, not really a portable set as far as running/jogging or lifting weights. They are a bit bulky. Really only meant for the studio.
- They don’t do as well with faster genres of rock music or otherwise.
Doom: Sobriety and a lot of bass are better than just sobriety )) Smooth sound with slightly elevated highs, moderately rumbling bass. I expected on general technical assumptions that M50 should be better on Doom. But having parity at bass, 840 have more rich timbre, great midrange of 840 leaves no chance of M50.
Power: Speed, air. Well measured, evil drive. Deep bass. At their level – just fine
Symphonic: A little strange – but very good (for its level of course). Reasonable doses of openness (for closed cans) and lots of emotions.
Progressive: And again, great for the level (and closed cans) result. Wide soundstage, rich timbres, bass – all the way through.
Death: Bust of bright colors does not look serious.
Grindcore: Needlessly hysterically. Not prohibitive, but very, very unpleasant.
Industrial: Too lightweight for this genre. Balloons look inappropriate on the steel mills.
Thrash: Too hysterical, something more dark and easy (e.g. M50) seems more appropriate.
Top 3 Inexpensive Sets
Amazing for Death and Doom Metal
- Wireless, Noise Cancelling, Over Ear Headphone that offer the latest Bluetooth, Advanced Audio Coding (AAC)
- Features Denon's proprietary active noise cancelling system that can reduce or eliminate ambient noise
- Dual microphones on each ear cup help deliver remarkable voice clarity when making and receiving phone calls
- Includes a 3.5mm ¼" standard headphone plug adaptor for connection to home and studio audio gear, as well as an airplane adapter plug
- Enjoy up to a full 20 hours of wireless listening and recharges in only 3 hours
Moving on to our list of the top 3 products which are bound to provide good value decent value, we first come across the AHGC20 made by Denon.
Firstly, when you carry out the unboxing of these Denons, you’ll notice how luxurious they are in terms of the appearance.
The comfort is fantastic too due to the soft earcups. However, they do seem a little bulky so be aware of that if you’re looking to buy something like this.
Perfect for doom metal
When it comes to the sound, we’re looking at another set that provides an incredibly wide soundstage. The imaging is pin-point accurate while everything seems reasonably balanced. Even the bass is ideal if you want to listen to different music genres, like Rammstein and similar bands!
Overall, I’d say that this is one of the best headphones for listening to metal irrelevant of the subgenres.
It certainly provides great value and at around 400 bucks; it should be an easy decision to get a pair of intermediate level audiophile earphones!
- Strong bass
- Comfortable fit
- Sturdy build
- Bass can be overpowering
- General cord complaints
Excellent for Goth and Heavy Metal
- With P7, we have created a headphone driver that works more like the drive unit in a hi-fi speaker, with a diaphragm focused purely on the job it's supposed to do: generate sound. Which means a drive unit with a more precise, controlled movement. Connectivity Technology: Wired
- P7's ear pads feature a dual cavity cushion design that helps the pads mold to the contours of the wearer's head. This design maintains a consistent volume of air between the drive unit and the surface of the ear at both sides of the head.
- Not only is stereo imaging enhanced, but the sound is optimized for every listener. Frequency range-10Hz to 20kHz
The P7s made by Bowers & Wilkins are perhaps one of the most stylish pairs around in 2020!
Featuring a highly classy and glossy look, the P7s certainly look the part. When you take them out, you’ll notice the incredible quality of the leather material hugging the ear cups! This will be sure to provide the ultimate comfort while wearing these over long periods of time.
But we all know that the appearance doesn’t make a good pair of headphones!
The one aspect of these headphones which is particularly great is the bass.
Extra bass headphones
This is greatly refined when compared to most other sets within this price range and is certainly delivered with great detail! The high frequencies are heard pretty much perfectly while the lows are delivered nicely.
We get a total immersive experience which is a huge advantage of these P7s!
- Made out of premium materials
- Nice design
- Pleasant, balanced soud
- Good passive noise isolation
- Plastic buttons
- On the heavy side
Top-notch for Grindcore and Thrash
- Closed over-ear headphones for professional mixing in the studio
- Perfect for studio recordings thanks to their pure and high-resolution sound
- The soft, circumaural and repalceable velour ear pads ensure high wearing comfort
- Hard-wearing, durable and robust workmanship Made in Germany
- Practical single-sided cable (3.0m coiled cable)
The DT-770 Pros perform admirably for pretty much every genre of music and this is one of their features which impressed me the most.
This model has actually been discontinued for the past few years. However, it was probably the best pair in the closed-back style within this price level.
There were a few features of the DT-770s which I experienced to be great.
The level of noise reduction achieved by this set is unbelievable. This can provide a huge advantage to some people!
Furthermore, the bass was another characteristic which was highly appealing as the DT-770 Pros will reach a huge range of frequencies which you may never have heard of when listening to the same song with different earphones.
The comfort is fantastic at this price-point and this combines very well with the rest of the characteristics of these popular Beyerdynamics. In consequence, the DT-770 Pros definitely get my thumbs up!
The sound quality is of these headphones is great and fun, especially on the lower frequency sounds where they deliver the biggest impact. They made me want to experience every single one of my favourite songs anew on them. Also if you’ve never really experienced using headphones with awesome soundstage, these headphones will forever change the way you view closed back headphones.
Comfort is a big deal for me and the velour pads used here are ingenious, they provide some of the best comfort levels you will ever find in headphones and were it not for the bulky nature of the headphones themselves, you could probably sleep in them.
The fact that they’re made for studio and stage applications is the biggest let down if you’re looking to use them for everyday purposes as they will most likely be consigned to your house or desk at work (read; annoying long non-detachable cable).
- Versatile. Can handle a wide variety of genre.
- Very comfortable. They engulf your ears and some say they feel like pillows.
- Good isolation. While not noise cancelling, they do a phenomenal job of blocking out incoming sound as well as remaining quiet to those around you.
- Strong like ox. They can take quite a bit of abuse.
- Bass. It is punchy and has impact, while still remaining tight and controlled. It never feels muddy or overblown.
- High end can become very harsh and sibilant, leading to fatigue. Without EQ, they are particularly bright and can become annoying.
- Mid-range is virtually non-existent. Many call it recessed. Because of this, female vocals and vocals in general may suffer quite a bit.
- Sub-bass is lacking. While the bass is tight, the sub-bass leaves something to be desired.
Doom: Perfect. One of the best Doom presentations ever. Thick, dense, viscous bass and overall coherent sound – very base matching genre interpretation.
Thrash: Rollicking, cheerful. Texture and speed of bass – direct hit for the genre.
Industrial: Very convincing. More technical and cool interpretation would be more traditional. But not so comfortable as on 770.
Black: Ohhh. Anaal Nathrakh – brain if seeping out of the ears and warm pleasant streams flow down the cheeks from the headphone cups.
Alternative: Driving, delicious, powerful. What more could you want?
Symphonic: Lack of width of soundstage and lack of air are painfully present.
Sludge, Stoner: Too “coherent”, more details are wanted here. A bit of brightness would be appropriate here.
Progressive: Mediocre. Wide spacious soundstage is must have here.
Power: Too narrow and rather flat.
Death: A little something is missing to make 770 Death presentation perfect. May be a bit of brightness or may be a bit of darkness.
Superior in-ear “metal” headphones
- Betron BS10 ergonomic in wired in ear headphones with 12mm dynamic earphone drivers, 1.2 metre cord, tangle-free wire, lightweight, 3.5mm head phone jack are designed for audio (no mic)
- Treble is crystal clear but not harsh, mid-range is full-bodied, vocals sound natural but not too full, the bass has a solid sound that is not bloated or over amplified to oblivion
- Betron earphones are compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod, Samsung Galaxy, Sony Xperia, tablet, laptop, MP3 player, radio, cd player and other devices with a standard 3.5 mm jack (some devices may require adapter)
- An ergonomic passive noise cancelling design with 3 different sizes of silicone ear buds including small, medium and large, ensures the optimum fit for your ears
- BS10 wired earphones are lightweight and provide long lasting comfort during a variety of sport activities and can be used for workout, running, gym or other active sports
Enjoy your favorite metal music singles and albums with the Betron Extra Bass Earbud that are designed for a perfect fit. The entire set comes with a set of additional ear pads such that you can experience a custom and comfortable fit for long-term entertainment.
Extra deep bass
More so, these headphones are also available with nine vivid fashion color options and matching cords for added choice. The ample sized 9mm neodymium drivers with the wide frequency response and customized ergonomic fit deliver optimal sound quality.
- Sound is great
- Balanced bass and treble
- Good earphones value for money
- Working well and up to the expectation
- The cable gets tangled very easily causing irritation
Headphones for Rock and Metal Music Buying Guide
Rock and metal music are best enjoyed on live shows, concerts, and festivals. Since these are relatively “rare”, give or take a few local gigs, the second-best way to enjoy your heavy music is on headphones – PCs and sound systems might provide you with volume, but not with the depth needed to appreciate every little detail.
Balanced soundstage: Rock and metal musicians are the highest rate of virtuosos compared to other music genres. What affirms this declaration is the actual fact that a lot of popular rock and metal music tend to leap from and between frequencies.
You’ll need headphones with a well-balanced soundstage if you would like to understand every little your favorite monitors – the bass won’t be noticed properly if the lows are bad, the percussions will appear murky with indecent mids, and all the best enjoying the vocals with bad highs.
Natural sound signature: A lot of people believe “rock” and “metallic” are synonyms, and the same complements “rock” and “hard rock”. Apart from the experimental, obscure genres (drone metal, indie rock and roll, etc), most rock and roll and metal sub-genres are actually characterized with pinpoint accuracy and accuracy.
Which means that running a set of earphones with a natural sound signature will help you to hear the music in the way the music group (or a performer) intended it to be. Bass-heavy earphones will snuff out all of those other frequencies, crispy accentuated highs will drown the lows, etc.
Amount and quality of audio: The very first thing people notice about rock and roll and metal tracks when they use an effective headphone collection is that there have been parts that they never heard before. Basic, subtle passages are generally slipped in to the blend by professional audio engineers, if you desire to explore the real depths of rock and roll and metallic, you’ll need proper earphones.
The “quantity” of sound identifies these “plain side passages” which you’ll only hear if the headphones are good – sometimes it’s in the tiniest of details, like a single eighth of an email strummed within an octave. The “quality” of sound, on the other hands, is quite self-explanatory.
On the other hand, there are but a handful of brands that you can trust – we’ve included them in our review of the best headphones for rock and metal music, so just kick back, grab a cold one, and take your pick.
Wireless vs. Wired Headphones: Which Is Better for Metal?
The wired vs. wireless headphones debate is ongoing and shows no signs of ending any time soon. Clearly, wired and wireless headphones deliver a wide range of benefits. Both types of headphones provide proven results, making it simple for you to connect to your audio devices. Also, dozens of wired and wireless headphones are available, providing you with lots of headphone options to explore.
Deciding between wired and wireless headphones can be challenging, and the final decision is entirely up to you. If you consider your lifestyle needs, you will be able to determine how you’ll use your headphones. Then you can narrow your search for the right headphones based on your budget, style preferences, and other criteria.
Which are better, headphones or earphones?
Headphones offer far better and superior sound quality than earphones. Headphones rest on your outer ear and do not seal the auditory surface while earphones are meant to be entered inside the ear. … You can wear earphones while walking, running or even at the gym but headphones can get all sweaty and make your earshot.
What are the ideal headphones for listening to metal?
As you can see from the above list, there are some incredible products on display. However, the one that I would specifically get would have to be the Shure SRH840.
This is simply due to the overall excellence matched up with the excellent value as this set could compete against products that are much more expensive.
This would definitely be one of the ideal headphones for heavy metal music!
Before I say goodbye, I’d like to stress the importance of amplification to drive the sets we’ve just talked about.
While some of these products may be able to deliver top sound quality when plugged into your iPhone, it’s worth advising you to use a good quality amp in order to achieve the true potential of these audiophile-grade headphones!