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  With a budget of $200 why not step up to SRH840 or UE6000?  Without active noise cancellation most headphones will sound hopeless on an airplane, if you'll fly a lot UE6000 are hard to beat.
  Just tried my Edition 8s on a  plane- they worked surprisingly well.  But I put them back in their fuzzy bag after not too long, I'm always afraid of damaging them.  Went back to SE535, my out & about earphone.  Monster coppers are my beaters if I'm being chased by dogs/raccoons.
  UE6000 have active noise cancellation and sound pretty good if you don't mind the strong bass.  Q15 have even more bass and lots of treble which makes them sound a little shouty.  SRH840, DT770 & M25 have ok isolation but the latter two don't sound very good imo.  Good iems can give you near-perfect sound and isolation.
  HE500 all the way.  I've owned or heard all the headphones on your list except for Grado ps500 and HE500 are a league above, the other ones aren't even close.  O2 is a capable little amp, it'll do great.
Sensory processing is inductive and pragmatic in nature.  It's inductive in the sense that inputs to sensory cortex from within the brain outnumber inputs from sense organs (cochlea, skin, eyes, olfactory epithelium) 10 to 1 and the brain constructs experience by the integration of information from multiple senses and internal feedback from memories & expectations (pdf).  It's pragmatic in the sense that sensory distinctions are about survival and organized by behavioral...
  Most Beyerdynamics are terribly shrill and bright in the 5-15kHz range where most people experience tinnitus, I'd avoid those.  As a general rule, spend more on the headphone than the amp for the best sound quality.  HD600 have a wonderful, gentle non-fatiguing sound that is unmatched by any other headphone under $500 imo.  A simple, neutral solid state amp will do nicely (e.g. O2), avoid a tube amp, it will make their sound too soft & syrupy.
  My impressions exactly (hi again tdogzthmn).  This also describes the newest Mad Dogs.   Bluemonkeyflyer, would you be able to advise what parts of your DBV mods remedy (decrease) the midbass and increase the mids & treble?  Thank you for your efforts and advice..
  That's a tough one.  Many good closed headphones with decent bass lack soundstage and sound closed-in.  Denon D5000 have both and are extremely good headphones, very close to D7000 imo (D7000 have *slightly* more forward mids and tighter bass but worse/sharper treble).  You might also consider D2000 if you can find them.  K550 also do both pretty well, but are a bit less refined to my ears.  DT770 also have both but the bass is excessive, sloppy and one-toned unless you...
  Good closed headphones with emphasized bass, in order of quality imo (and cost) are D5000 > D2000 > K550 > UE6000 > SRH840 > M50 > M100 > DT770
  imo there are three headphones plateaus above the SRH840.  $250: SR225/DT880  $400: HD600  $700: HE500  They really tower over other headphones in their price range.  Beyond HE500 your price/quality graph flattens pretty steeply..   edit: oops, KG Jag said the same thing a couple of pages back.  Looks like we're in agreement. 
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