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I own the HE-500 (x2 and the HE-6) and had the opportunity to listen to the Alpha Dogs for a while at the Austin Head-Fi meet early this year. The AD's are certainly in the same general neighborhood as the 500.  You have to factor in that they are closed vs. the open 500, but the AD's are surprisingly good.  They would be a good good closed can choice for someone who likes the HE-500.  While the HE-500 is clearly better is almost all ways, the AD's do amazing...
Factory refurbed UE 6000 from dealfisher for $60 shipped:   http://www.dealfisher.com/product/logitech-ue-6000-headphones-black.html
A good place to start looking for headphones is the buying guide:   http://www.head-fi.org/a/headphone-buying-guide   You need to tell us if you are looking for a portable or desktop amp and what equipment it will be amping.   Headphone comfort is a very individual thing.  Sizing and sensitivities are unique to each person.  We can point you to headphones that are generally considered to be comfortable and mention others that have garnered complaints for being...
The Sennheiser Amperior can still be had and is excellent.  See:   http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/most-excellent-sennheiser-amperior-and-hd-25-1-ii
The $200 price point is somewhat of a dead zone--at least in the U.S.  Check out the Audio Technica ATHESW9A and UE 6000 (which is closeout priced at under $100).
If in the U.S., the current closeout prices for the UE 6000 at under $100 is difficult to beat.
The Noontec MF3114-B ZORO from Buydig for $45 shipped with coupon code: EMK20   http://www.buydig.com/shop/product.aspx?sku=NOONZOROBLK
"Very good" Sennheiser HD 580 from Amazon third party seller for $180:   http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B00005S8KM
I don't think that anyone can give you much more.
You need to be be interacting with other HD 800 owners on a thread in the Summit Fi section of the forum.
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