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ATH headphones ~150$ for rock music

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Hello everyone!

I'm looking for headphones for rock music for around 150$. I'll plug them to my Xonar DX on PC. I really wanted to try Audio-Technica as I read a lot of good stuff about this brand and wanted to test it myself. I don't really have any music shop in my city that will allow me to test various headphones, so I just need to find one that is good "on paper". I was almost convinced to buy Audio-Technica ATH-M50x but then I found a lot of negative reviews complaining about bumping bass and statements that previous model (ATH-M40x) is much better (also 50$ cheaper). What do you guys think? I was also thinking about MSR7 going little above on budget (around 200$ in my country) but then I read that they need good source or they will be too bright (whatever that means, I don't really get audio slang yet). Also I read that they are so precise in sound extraction they can play really bad when recording is sloppy. I use only Spotify so will they sound bad? 

Should I really stick with ATH for rock music? 

Thanks for your suggestions in advance.

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@judasz - hopefully, you'll find someone who's heard the cans you're considering.  have you been over to www.head-fi.org?  head-fi is a large site that's dedicated to headphones and headphone amps -- you should have good luck there.

source:  intel nuc8i5 (audiolinux, roon core) > intel nuc6i5 (win10, ao, fidelizer pro, dirac live, roon) > schiit yggdrasil (gen 5, analog 2)
headphone rig:  bryston bha-1 > senn hd600
two-channel rig:  bryston bha-1 > parasound a21 > monitor audio gx100

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