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If you don't mind buying an open box/refurbed, check out the Sony ZX701P
I just bought a refurbed pair of these that arrived few days ago and so far I've been very impressed with them. I own a pair of HD419s/428s/Creative Aurvana Lives/and Denon D2000's and have tried out the M50's exclusively so I have a little experience with various closed headphones.
The 419's sounds pretty nice overall, but I would say that the ZX701p has considerably better build quality (and MUCH better cable), while sounding more refined as well. The M50's are a little better than the Sony's, but asides from having slightly more bass, I doubt think that it warrants 2.5X the price.
The Creative Aurvana Lives had been my previous favorite closed headphones at its pricepoint (around 70 dollars), but after having received my Sony's, I think that it definitely trumped the CAL esp on the pricepoint.
I strongly recommend getting the Sonys if you don't mind buying an open boxed, if not, you can't really go wrong with the 419's either for 30 bucks on Amazon
If you're looking at that headphone, also search for the ZX700, which is identical except it doesn't have a mic and controls. There were some deals posted for the mic'd version earlier, but I'm not sure which one is cheaper now.