Originally Posted by grndslm
I haven't listened to any AKG 'phones, but I know the Sony MDR-V6 is an awesome portable, durable, & comfortable closed can....and can be had for $70~80 from eBay stores.
I like 'em, but I actually like the sound quality of my $15 Koss KSC75 better for some reason -- think I'm more of a open can kinda person! The mids of the MDR seem kinda recessed, but the bass from V6 seems slightly more acurate. They both have their places for listening...can't wait 'til I get an amp to crank up that bass!
The V600 does not have recessed mids -- it's actually a rather good-sounding closed can, contrary to what some peeps think.
I use the V6 and V600 when I listen just using the headphone jack on my Panasonic portables. (When I just don't feel like "amping" sometimes for a short listen).
With amps I can use my Darth's or D2000. Out of your mentioned price range, of course, but the V6 and V600 give quite good sound for a fraction of the cost.