I would recommend the ATH-M50 but those aren't really looker headphones that you require. I really like the Mk2 better than the M50 because it's not as dark sounding as the M50 and still offers plenty of bass, plus it looks way better (comes in red and black). Mind you the M50 also comes in white for $130
, so that's also another option. There is also another version which is the ATH-PRO500
that is only $90 but I've never really listened to them. I would suggest you try to find a place that offers a chance to listen to the headphones before you buy anything. That's what i did and ended up buying the MK2 (in red), it just sounded better when I compared it to the following headphones (I was trying to find some headphones with bass since I already have some Senns):
1. ATH-M50 (I tried both white and black - the black sounded better because it was already burned in) - highs and mids are recessed while the bass is forward. Dark sounding and sound stage not all that wide.
2. ATH-Pro500 MK2 - Sounded not as dark as the ATH-M50, highs were definitely clearer but still provided a nice low end punch. Sound stage is wider than the M50 but not like a Senn.
3. V-Moda Crossfade - The bass sounded muddy / muddled to me and highs weren't to my liking. Very little sound stage here as well.
4. Marshall Major Black
- Didn't provide the bass I was looking for and was more mid forward with clear highs, I liked the sound but not as much as the MK2, also has a very narrow sound stage. - $135
I also tried a lot of other headphones but none of them offered the bass of the 4 above (well the Marshall is borderline)
As for the V-Moda, I personally would only buy this if there was no MK2 then M50 then Marshall available. For the price, I feel like they're way too expensive though they look good but sound ok compared to the Audio Technica's.
Edit: I tried out all the headphones using .flac files with my Ipod Video 5.5 rockboxed using the LOD via my fiio E11 set to flat or zero so I would hear the music as is. I took some Rap, R&B, Trance, House via Dr. Dre, Snoop, LL Cool J and some Infected Mushroom and other house trance music.
Another plus for the MK2 is the fact that in comes with 2 cables a coiled and a straight cable which is awesome! I prefer the coiled when lugging it around and use the straight at home.Edited by mark_thaddeus - 2/13/13 at 10:43am