I'd like some help picking some headphones within my budget. I have been doing research on Google, and each time this site has had the best information I have found, so I thought I would ask you directly.
I'm looking for headphones in the $50 USD ballpark. I can go a little higher or--preferably--lower. I'm a metalhead, I need something that can put out some nice bass but still have clear sound. I'm not too familiar with audio and the workings of headphones, though I'd love to learn more.
I recently owned a pair of Sennheiser HD202s, which were my first real effort to get some good-quality headphones, and I just loved them--they were the best value headphones I have ever seen, sound quality better than any of my friends' showoffy Skullcandy or Beats and for only $25 on Amazon. They gave up on me after less than a year, though--one ear failed, I have been trying to cut and splice the wire back together but it hasn't worked so far. I need something with extremely good build quality--I am a college student, and I like to take them wherever I go, which means being lost in a messy dorm and beaten around in a backpack. The Senns weren't up to that. Also, I'm willing to spend a little more this time, maybe for something a small step better.
Here's a list of some headphones I have found in my research that seem okay--I'd love more information or personal experience, and recommendations.
Sennheiser HD 203 (It's much pricier than the 202 so I assume it must be better? or is it just marketing?)
AKG K511 (looks great value but other sources say the build quality sucks, is it true?)
AKG K512 (again, it's much more expensive for only one number higher within its series, is it worth it?)
Audio-Technica ATH-T300 (not much info out on this one. Leery of the Japanese company if a German pair failed on me, is build quality ok?)
Anything else I haven't heard of in that price range? Again, good sound for metal music (specifically melodic death mostly, if it matters) and build quality are very important.
Thanks for the help.