Audio Technica ATH-M45 Studio Headphones were designed specifically for professional studio monitoring, with a flat, extended frequency response.
I've been buying these headphones over the past 15-18 years. the model type changed slightly however sometimes they list for $99.00 and I've seen them on sale for as low as $69.00
been using these (producing) for a long time; they are within that price rangehttp://www.amazon.com/Beyerdynamic-770-
funny you should post those. I hated those. those were the one of the two types of headphones I tried to upgrade to only to be completely disappointed. I've used audio-technica for years. I tried to annie up a few years ago, and even was willing to pay double to get a "better" headphones. Typically you cant ever return headphones, and as luck was on my side, as I ended up returning two pairs. - audio-technica ATH-M50x currently list List for $169.00 & the DT 770 PRO list for $229.99
With the DT 770, it was super soft material/fabric which has it's marketing appeal, however dj mixes that I listen to at about half way on the DT 770 would be completely distorted, and heavy bass tones would make the speaks muffled and the terrible "farting"/sound overload noise just listening to regular music. strange, as previously i'd listen to the same mix on my audio-technica and I never head this overload muffled bass tone. I thought perhaps they were damaged, as I headed back to the store to try again.
Next I then decided to go for the upgrade to the Audio-technia ATH-M50x, only to be completely disappointed a second time
. I didn't' like those due to the fact they didn't cover the ear. they weren't the closed ear as the style I was so comfortable with for nearly two decades. Paying nearly double, I also didn't notice better sound clarity either. Personally I think they made an upgrade version to compete for the sony silver folding headphones. another high priced / hyped up head phone that was mediocre at best.
Needless to say after two very willing attempts to pay even double for "better" headphones, I've come right back to the original ones I've always bought. Audio Technica ATH-M45. Personally for me anything over $200 a hugh majority is completely just marketing. the value isn't going per dollar at a certain point. Sure they have bell's and whistles and/or so you think, however there are also Dr dre's headphones going close to $450, which I just read cost about $15 to make. So be careful and choose wisely. $100 is exactly the price I can pay, and also not be so worried about headphones if something happens to them either.
with the same amount of money you could go buy two pair.
let us know what you decide.