Totally agree for the most part.
However i went into bestbuy and had a nice long listening session with AKG K550's, Denon D600's, ATH ESW9's, Senn HD598's, ATH A900x's etc
I concluded that the K550's are way too anemic in bass and that I just cant justify 200 dollars in such an uninvolving sound. The A900x's had a fantastic midrange but sharp treble that had a good amount of sibilance on alot of non sibilant tracks.
Now, When i joined head-fi it was only because i always saw past the stupid Beats hype and always knew that Bose was overrated crap; but that is about it. The FOTM at the time was the M50 and the previous one was the CAL. I ended up buying my CAL for 55 bucks shipped and i seriously have not found a worthy replacement. The sound of most of those headphones had one specific flaw that detracted from each.
Anemic bass was one, not balanced; anemic. The new description of balanced is incredibly bass weak uncolored sound. But i think this is artificial now. The K550 had annoying spikes in very high midrange and to me; a really whiny no weight midrange. It was like listening to a 3 way speaker with the 3rd woofer not connected. I just cant stand it!
My CAL has this great dynamic sound that is indeed weighted on the bass but the midrange and highs are just so pleasant as well! People are going in over their heads in my opinion. The Mids and highs are more important than the bass, but this extremely 'uncolored' sound is just not pleasant to listen to.
Oh, and now balanced highs are sibilant~riiiiighhhtt