Hello. Newbie to the forums here, but not the site. I've been around the net for the past few weeks doing research on a new pair of headphones, and head-fi has consistently been a great source of info :D
Anyway, I've tried my damnedest, but I've been overwhelmed in my research. I've found it difficult to find the right pair due to the fact that how a headphone "sounds" is completely subjective, and if you're buying online like myself, you can't try before you buy. Anyway, I'll do my best to describe the kinds of things I'm seeking, and literally any and all suggestions I'll value greatly.
What I listen to:
I listen primarily to bass-focused electronic music like Jungle, DnB, and Dubstep. Keep in mind when I say dubstep I mean traditional, actual dubstep (with a focus on deep, powerful, rumbling lows, that comprise a good majority of the track). Not modern "dubstep" that most kids listen to that sounds like a dying electronic pig or decepticon rape, that focuses almost entirely on mid-bass and screeching electronic sounds.
Now, as I'm sure you gathered from the title, my primary focus is on subbass and extreme low freqs. At the same time, while I'm not a hardcore audiophile, I don't enjoy ****ty sounding common headphones that muddy the sound too much, or completely overpower the mids/highs with bass. Again, though, primary focus is bass, specifically subbass (<20Hz).
I'm a university student, as such I'm out of the house 80% of the time, and usually get around via bus. Therefore, noise cancellation is the 2nd biggest priority, both cancelling outside noise from getting in, and not annoying those around me with my music. I'd prefer non-active noise cancelling, but either's fine. As well, they've gotta be over ear cans, preferably with good padding (this kinda goes hand in hand with noise cancellation).
Pricewise, seeing as this is my first buy, I'd prefer something between $100-$200.
A few candidates I've looked up already were the Ultrasone HFI-580s, Vmoda M80s, and AKG K181s, based on dozens of threads I've been reading up on here, and video reviews.
tl;dr priorities list:
1. Over ear
2. Lots of bass (particularly subbass)
3. Good noise cancellation (preferably non-active)
Again, thanks if you take a few moments to pop off a few suggestions, folks.