I've been playing drums for about 6 years and the entire time I was playing on fairly low end cymbals. I recently got into recording live drums and the sound of those cheap cymbals was very overwhelming and didn't sound good at all.
I have researched a ton of cymbals suited for rock/metal recording and it basically came down to AAXes vs A Customs.
ENTER ZULTAN ROCK BEATS
Holy crap are these ever good. Just before I found out about these, I was testing a whole bunch of high end cymbals at my local music store and I am SO GLAD I bought these instead. They are absolutely amazing!
The Hihat is fairly loud, sounds very crisp but it doesn't have nasty overtones and there is a good amount of smooth stick definition!
The crashes are really nice. They have a sublime and elegant wash/sustain, the decay is just perfect.
The ride is veeery heavy. It's probably my least favorite from the set, but it's still mind blowingly good. The wash on it is particularly loud, so in some cases it can overwhelm the stick definition, but it's not that difficult to work around. The bell is the real kicker as its loud and cuts trough amazingly!
Overall, this set is a no brainer. If you're looking for your 1st studio set of cymbals, or just something that will sound amazing for a touring drummer, this is it!