Hi everyone, just looking for a little advice, but mostly discussion!
TL;DR Any advice or comments for someone interested in getting into higher end audio, that listens primarily to modern aggressive music, that is not always well recorded? What direction should I go?
I am someone who has just started to develop a strong interest in the world of Hi-Fi/Audiophiles, but has yet to really go "high-end". However, one thing I have noticed is that the vast majority of people in this hobby/industry listen to and evaluate different gear with primarily soft, easy listening music e.g jazz, classical, acoustic etc. Now, I have nothing against these genres of music at all, but as someone who listens to mostly metal, hardcore, rock; subjective reviews and opinions on gear are often not relevant to me.
So basically, what I'm asking is, does anyone have any advice on what direction I should go in order to find a great headphones (or speakers) for modern metal music? Sound signature wise, I want speakers/headphones that have hard hitting bass, that make bass drum kicks sound like a jackhammer, incredible mid range that makes guitars scream and decent treble that is fast and detailed without being sibilant or splashy/tizzy sounding. When I'm listening to metal music, I want to have my teeth kicked in, I want to feel the bass in my bones and be blown away, I certainly don't want to be completely relaxed or lulled to sleep with something that is too smooth, neutral or laid-back sounding.
Currently, I almost exclusively use a fairly budget headphone-based setup. With a Fostex TH-600, a Schiit Modi 2 DAC, and an Objective 2 Amplifier. But looking for a stereo speaker setup and/or a higher-end headphone setup in the not too distant future. I just joined the SMSL SU-8 drop and I'm also looking to join the next THX AAA 789 drop as well.
Metal-heads! Let's talk audio gear!