My budget is around $200 but less is preferred. I've had the monster turbine pro coppers before and I loved the sound, I listen mostly to metal, classic rock and some electronic.
Thanks for your recommendations
Would you be more partial to the Copper's sound signature, or would you be up for trying something new that still manages to be good with those genres? Anything you'd be looking for in terms of how you'd like those genres to be reproduced - i.e. timbral qualities, tonal qualities, quantity/balancing of bass, mids, treble, spacing, presentation, etc?
Genres are a nice stepping stone in narrowing down preferences, but it's even more subjective than listing out sound descriptors, since everyone likes them rendered a different way.
How about the physical qualities? As in build (would you want them to last long? Any thoughts on them being lighter or heavier than the Coppers - I'll be referring to that as the baseline - or any preference in that matter?), comfort (straight-barrel or over-the-ears wearing style? Are you partial to cable weight/flexibility, any thoughts on that), the likes....
Mid-bass, smooth treble, comfy, under $200 - I actually just managed to get the Philips S2 in house a few days ago and I've ripped them out of packaging, and while it's pretty linear down below, there's a decent balance of bass, and a slight mid-bass boost to these ears (ample enough for me, might not be for others). What strikes me as nice is how the smooth treble and the comfort makes for a nice smooth listen through and through. Pretty decent build actually, not very weighty.
Of course the conventional recommendations for that sort of smooth signature - the BA200 (might be a bit crisp next to the Coppers but smooth in the grand scheme of things), GR07 (okay, even more crisp, might be more against this, especially since I've not heard the Bass Editions) apply. Actually this isn't recommended as much anymore, but the X10s has nice midbass, nice quantity throughout, but in line with the mids which are also pretty forward, smooth, slightly rolled-off treble. The gel tips stock are amazingly comfortable, and make the deep-ish insertion pretty nice, tbh. Only thing is that the nozzles are a bit thin, and while I've not had it broken myself...
Most of these choices won't have a stand-out presentation - the BA200s have a bit more width and instrument distinction, but it's really too close to say much about the others. The S2 is the most open out of the lot.
I would have also said the KEF M200 because of the nice, tactile midbass qualities, but I've not much time with those to definitively say much about the sound - and of course the big kicker - these things are enormous, and will be a PITA to fit for 70% of the populace. So would not look out for these.
That's a pretty decent price - although the value train has caught up and a lot of the newer offerings will sort of make tiering moot - that is to say, something like the S2 can now sound just as nice as the coppers, and be less pricey than the Copper's reduced price.
There's not a lot of love for the Coppers, at least in the eyes of the general populace, so prices usually steep that low - keeping that in mind...
(not to say old things sound bad simply because they're old...)