So, for awhile now, I've been looking around for a pair of well-balanced, sub-$200 headphones, and it seems it comes down really to either the Audio-Technica ATH-M50's or the Sennheiser HD 598's (though I am definitely open to suggestions :D). Each have their pro's and cons, which I've compiled below, but I thought I'd get some input from people who really know their equipment. Primarily, my usage would be centered around rock / metal, but also ranges into pop, electronic, etc. - which is why I'm aiming for a good all-rounder set. I realise that there's another thread comparing these two headphones, but that user was centering his comparison around techno, and it wasn't really resolved, anyway. So, if I may have your time, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this?
Pros + Cons:
Audio-Technica ATH-M50 - Cons
Very tight sound-stage, a lot of the sounds are grouped quite tightly.
Uncomfortable for long usage (2 hours+).
Audio-Technica ATH-M50 - Pros
Don't leak very much audio (a relatively large factor for me)
Great all-rounder set, which produce both midrange and high-end audio quite well, with strong, but not overpowering bass.
Sennheiser HD 598 - Cons
Leak a lot of sound.
Aren't strong on bass.
Sennheiser HD 598 - Pros
Produce all ranges with a fair bit more balance than the ATH-M50's.
Thanks for your time,