Hello Head-Fi community! I am in the market for a good pair of headphones and I was just about to buy the beats (the price dropped since they came out with a newer line of headphones) until one of my friends stopped me. He showed me his pair of headphones that he said he bought for only 120 dollars and they sounded better than the beats. Upon some research I found the headphones he showed me to be the ATH-M50. I was thankful that he saved me from buying them. Now I want a pair of headphones for myself that will sound better than the beats with the same amount of bass but better clarity throughout the spectrum. The best headphones I have owned was an old pair of Brainwavs M2 IEMs that was given to me. They unfortunately broke after only three weeks. Since then the only headphones I have listened too are my Senn 419 and SkullCandy hesh 2.
That being said, I am a poor college student and my absolute max budget is $200. I am looking for over the ear headphones with decent isolation because I am an athlete and I will be wearing these to travel on the bus. I also want them to be portable and have a removable cable.
My list of factors from most important to least important
1. Isolation (would like to block out the loud bus noises and frequent conversation around me)
2. Portability (folding up is a must)
3. Build quality (just enough to take a drop or two)
4. Removable cable (not necessary but I have been known to tug on cables a lot)
I listen to mainly hard rock, metal, and dubstep but I have tracks from all genres. I want the emphasis on the bass and decent bass extension but not to where it drowns out the mids too much. The treble should at least be acceptable. I will also be using only my Iphone 5 as a source, so I will not be using an amp unless someone can recommend headphones and an amp under $200. Sound stage is a plus but not really needed.
The headphones I am considering
ATH M50 (M50x)
HD 280 Pro
AKG K 240
Thanks for helping!