I have a pair of SoundMAGIC ES18 which is great for quite a few of my genres of music, but find that it performs poorly with Power and Progressive Metal. I'm looking for full-sized, circumaural headphones, preferably open ones that are fast so they don't get overwhelmed by faster, and busier tracks, that emphasize the mids and lower highs (think "punchy", where you can FEEL the impact of a snare drum, or FEEL the crunch of a palm mute), light on the lower bass (Due to contrary belief, bass-heavy cans are ******* terrible for metal. They congest the sound, and it drowns out the string instruments. A palm mute has no business sounding boomy unless it's sludge, or funeral doom.)
At the moment I'm looking at:
Audio Technica ATH-AD500
Audio Technica ATH-AD700
For those of you who notice the lack of Grado: They aren't circumaural, and I don't want to have to spend extra to make them so. I also want a more airy presentation, with better stereo imaging, and instrument separation.
Another thing: i REFUSE to go above about $115 AFTER shipping and tax. You MUST take in to account shipping and tax, and the fact that I will NOT go above my price range. Also, I prefer used, factory refurbished, or open box. If you suggest the market place, please provide a link of a currently OPEN classified that falls within my price range.