Technical Pro HPT990 (Takstar Hi2050), come with decent Velour ear pads.
They are semi-open headphones and cost $44.99 at J&R.
Yep, hard to beat the Panasonics 600's or Monoprice for less than $50.
well beats do sound pretty much like the how the atomics were described, unfortunately dr dre does not approve of your under 50 budget
and also please take the posts here with some salt (including this one)
well you have only gone as far as a few skull candies so im not surprised of your remark,
so it appears you like through the roof bass i would guess?
The Technical Pro HPT990 are over ear headphones.
I think you may have misunderstood. He said that they were semi-open, meaning that the ear cups are not fully closed. It's still a full sized headphone, it just leaks a fair bit of sound and has a wider soundstage compared to a closed backed headphone.
These articles may help you if you are unfamiliar with terms regarding audio.
That aside, I would recommend the Panasonics as well. The Sony XB500 isn't a bad choice either.
Semi-open (&open) headphones are not designed for isolation, but semi-open & open usually gives better audio quality (but there are some good sounded closed headphones).
So the only reason you would really buy closed headphones is to block your headphones noise from others around you or to block outside noise from bothering you.