Originally Posted by cybrsage
The best music requires the best speakers:
B&W 605 Diamond
They run about $5,000 a pair...and another $700 a pair for the stands.
Kinda blows the $500 budget though, eh?
Serious question. How specialized to you have to get for Heavy Metal or high-gain music and specific sub-genres? Animals as Leaders and bands like Isis, not to mention bands like Opeth, can go from pretty clean to pretty high-gain, Black Sabbath has a sludgy sort of sound that seems to be not as clean or defined in the guitar sounds yet not as overdriven as others, and bands like Meshuggah seem to be crazily distorted. I know the OP narrowed it down to Thrash/Death/Djent Metal, however there is quite a range there. Thrash can be 80's metal like Metallica or Megadeth, still Metal but not really all that high-gain. Death Metal can be Napalm Deth or Carcass or Melodic Death Metal like In Flames. Djent, depending on who you ask, encompases everything from AaL, sort of a moderate-gain Jazz-influenced Prog-Rock, to Meshuggah, a highly digitalized progressive metal band.
I guess what I'm asking is, even for "metal" how important would it be to just look for a "metal" speaker versus certain traits that tend to pop out in the OP's favorite bands or usual listening (e.g. more bass-heavy vs. more cutting/articulate, high-gain vs. more melodic and moderately-overdriven, Metallica vs. Slayer vs. Slipknot vs. Death), or does it matter all that much? I know it's not Yo-Yo Ma or Beethoven's 5th Symphony, and maybe once you start adding gobs of gain it makes much less difference than orchestral or folk, however there is still more diversity than the blanket term "Heavy Metal" would necessarily indicate.