Bixby, thank you also for your input. I agree with you that KG is steering me in the right direction, but, damn, I REALLY like the look of the AKGs. I'll just have to get over it, I suppose - looks aren't really much once you get down to brass tacks.
So, I seem to be zeroing in on the Brainwavz HM5. I like the detachable cables, extra earpads (and they look lush!), and overall basic design. Anyone have any input about long(er) term build quality? And, possibly, how they'd stack up against my old JVC HARX900s? I assume much better.
If I get the HM5s, it looks like I can drive them through my on-board audio on my PC, so I can hold off finding a good old receiver for the time being, until i find the right one, right?