Note: English isnt my first language so sorry if i get some confusing wording going on! Im happy to clarify if needs be.
Currently have a pair of Audio Technica ATH-A500s, but they are starting to die (cable busted, pads coming off, lots of sound bleeding in and out). I would like some new closed cans to replace them, but the problem is im completely ignorant of whats up or down when it comes to headphones. Sound quality is pretty good, head and shoulders above what i had before, although I was a bit let down by the lack of which can drown out other sounds sometimes. Comfortwise they are really nice, although id prefer a normal headrest bit than their weird wing things which are just a giant space waster. I have never even got sore ears or head weraing these things, I can wear em all day wiht no problem.
I use them for music with my mp3player mainly walking around or studying or on the bus etc so isolating incoming noise is pretty hihg on my priority list. I listen to heavy metal** pretty much exclusively and i enjoy bass so the other key feature it needs is solid bass that isnt too...'fuzzy' (dont know any technical terms sorry haha) while still having a nice kick to it and not masking the rest of the music (mids and highs i guess?).
Portability is not a factor, i dont care they sit around my neck 75% of the time in not at home anyway. Preferably a straight cable, and dont look too ugly. Better than the A500s anyway.
Have had a look around and in this thread:
And got the feeling that the Audio Technica M50s might fit the bill which i can get delivered her to NZ at ~$180-200 US which is about my limit of my budget. Im not loyal to any brand, ill get whatever is the best for my needs.
Cheers for your time and help in advance :)
**If it helps some of the bands i thrash ill list below this so you might get an idea of the sounds i play