If you have the patience to watch prices, the Creative Aurvana Live! is a good headphone for a <$100 ones. I got mine for $80 but there are some reports here (somewhat frequently) that they go down as low as $60. They work pretty well for rock, although clarity is a little bit short. Bass is okay, but can be controlled more with a few reversible mods. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) I can't comment on any other headphones as the CAL! are my first.
I was hoping the Aurvanas were going to be the answer I was looking for, but unfortunately their clamping force is too high for my ears. I was quite happy with their sq given their $100 or less price tag.
I will look into them. I wonder what the mod does to their sq?
Yes, they do work well with fast rock.
You can get the HD598 for $180 from some retailers I believe, but their bass is not quick enough for fast rock.
I don't know why Rey told you to pass on the HD25. It matches your requirement quite well IMO. Quick bass, very comfort, nice SQ, and superb isolation as well. But I think the $199 price tag might make you consider.
Yeah the $199 is what's keeping me from already picking them up.
Where have you seen the HD598 for under $200?
They do look very comfortable indeed...can you compare them comfort wise to some other cans?
I wonder if they would be more comfortable than the HD25-1 SPII