I am looking to buy my first real pair of headphones. Originally I was planning to buy a pair of the M50's but from reading countless reviews I have found myself second guessing and am not sure if they are the headphones for me. My budget is between $100-200 and I am looking for a balanced pair of closed back headphones with sound quality being the most important factor. I would prefer if they had some noise cancellation but it is by no means a big factor in my decision. I mainly listen to a wide variety of rock basically anything from red hot chilli peppers to coldplay with a bit of hiphop and electronic thrown in as well. I don't want anything over bassy but I would like them to be able to provide enough bass for odd rap track or daft punk song. My main questions are what are the best headphones in the $100-200 range. I have heard good things about the Sennheser HD449's, K501 and the AD700's and was curious how these stack up to the M50's or if there is something better suited to my needs that I havent mentioned. Also I have been hearing a lot about the Gemini HSR -1000's and Koss DJ 100 for decent headphones on a budget and wanted to know what would the best headphone under $100 be for my needs and if there is a big difference in sound quality. Any suggestions would be really appreciated as I am having a really tough time choosing.
Best Closed back headphones $100-200 (noise cancellation optional) and under $100
Balanced sound for rock and hiphop