Yeah, I like kind of like manual labor too actually. It's much more entertaining to do than sitting at a desk for 8 hours while your soul rots. Also, a lot of people have to work for an entire week to maybe get a $200 paycheck.
So yesterday me and my friend were in Guitar Center and he wanted to get some headphones for max $50. He ended up buying some AKG K44's. I listened to them, and I have to say, they seemed surprisingly good. They had way too much treble and also a lot of upper mids emphasis which made things thin and honky, but the quality of the sound was very nice, and the sub bass was actually audible. With EQ, I think by memory :\ I'd take the sound of these over the SRH440. I'd definitely take them over the MDR-V6, TMA-1, and possibly the HM5. Maybe I'm just crazy or an idiot, but it was weird. The pads suck though, but suspension headband for the win :)
You can make the wackiest headphones sound awesome with EQ. Ask me, I've done it Question is how complex an EQ we're talking about