Hey guys. I'm new here. I've been browsing around a little bit, but figured this was the best place for me to get started. I'm in the market for a nice set of headphones (nicer than what I've been using at least). I've been using an older, cheaper set of Philips noise canceling headphones for a while, and it is time for something newer and better.
About me: I will mainly be using this set of headphones while sitting at a desk, with a little movement. I'll be listening to music from both an iPod (iPhone 4) and from a PC. I would not consider myself an "audiophile" at all. I enjoy music and am definitely looking to get to the next level of listening to music, but I don't have experience with Hi-Fi and won't be able to pick up too many detailed differences in sound like a lot of people here. I listen to a large variety of music and I am not looking for anything with specific "strengths" (bass for example).
Budget: I had a $0 - $350 budget in mind. If an amp comes into play, this obviously changes.
After trying out a few sets in a few stores, I've come to really like the look and sound of a few AKG models. Specifically the K701's, K171's, K271's, and K272's. This list is primarily based on a few test runs in store and looks. These are the "style" of headphone I am definitely interested in. Any opinions on those models would be great.
My main question: Which of the above models need an amp, if any? Which models are just fine without an amp, if any? I was close to purchasing a few days ago and then I read something about needing amps (which I knew nothing about) and it stopped me.
Forgive me for anything dumb that may be in this message or if I am way out of my league here. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!