This is going to be somewhat of a repost. I posted here a few months ago, looking for a pair of cans to fit some of the music I listen to. Some of you fired off some suggestions, one of which is the M-audio Q40. However, those cans have been discontinued and I wasn't able to find a pair for a decent price. I've done a little bit of research into this, but I find that most online "star" reviews are rather scant.
A description of what I want these cans to do:
What I listen to
I listen primarily to bass-focused and electronic music like Jungle, DnB, Dub, 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, and the Q40s 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.