Very helpful, my ears are actually pretty accustomed to simulated surround sound (I use Astro's Pro Mixamp while gaming), so I wouldnt really notice it, I just know from looking at gaming headphones that a lot of people dont like surround for music, but then again, if its an audio company doing it, it's probably accustomed to music xD. The reason I want them cheaper is because I'm picking up a pair of IEMs aswell, and want to keep it under $200 as much as possible. My source is going to be an iPod touch for the record, and preferably something that doesnt need an amp. I might just drop my IEM budget a little, but I'd rather not.
What do you think about V-Moda Crossfade LP's? I know a lot of people like the M-80s.
As do I with the Mix-amp, I love that thing!! I owned the LP's for a few weeks and that was long enough for me. Some like them and give them rave reviews but not I. People call them bass monsters but not I. The overall sound I would give a 6.5 out of 10 which of course isn't bad but not as touted as some reviewers out there. I was thinking about listening to them again just to be sure but I wasn't really a fan. It felt like they couldn't keep up with the music they promoted they were made for. Now I will say that the style is pretty nice and the presentation is amazing. The build quality is very good and the case the cable and all the accessories that they give you are really really nice but (always a but) the sound is average and the speakers start to fade and distort at volumes that they should be able to handle. Personally I think they are way over priced but if you can get them for around $100 or under than thats ok because they are very portable and are very cool looking and do what they need to but are clearly not audiophile quality. I guess it really just depends on how much you spend on them you know??