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ATH-M50 for me......
I've tried NUMEROUS Professional Studio headphones over the years, and even some more "commercial" brands.....
My findings and comparisons are as follows:
My all-time fav in the $200 and under range are the Audio Technica ATH-M50.
These sound BETTER to me than the Sennheiser HD-280 (popular with musicians), far better than those stupid Sony MDR7506 or whatever those are, they KILL the classic AKG-240M, and are superior to a much older Fav, the Fostex T-20.
I've heard the Grado 60 - nice, but, a bit "colored" to my ears (looking for "neutral" sound, I am.) I also had a couple pairs of Beyer-Dynamics, but definitely favor the ATH-M50s over those.
One brand I am excited about for more "casual" listening is "MEElectronics". I have a set of their wooden earbuds (which they no longer make, sadly) and I LOVE the way they sound!
Another "casual" light stand-by is the Koss "Porta-Pro" (though those lack comfort) and the more comfortable Koss "Sporta-Pro".
I will also mention what I use for headphone monitoring on my computers, as I do professional music & Mastering. The Focusrite USB & S/PDIF "VRM" Box (Virtual Reference Monitoring.) You can hear the headphones straight, or, engage the "processing", where you select the room type, and specific reference monitors. A VERY cool and helpful device for audio professionals.
That's all, folks.....
Outlaw Audio Model 970 Pre/Proc (All cabling is exclusively "Simply Physics")
3 Yamaha M-series Power Amplifiers to power fronts and rears
Center Back Rears are AudioEngine A2 powered speakers
Oppo BDP-83 disc player (plays EVERYTHING!)
Aperion Audio Center (5C?) speaker, Aperion Audio 4B for Rear speakers
Front L & R are DIY from North Creek Music Systems, Subwoofer - Prodipe Pro10S