I'd be very grateful if someone could recommend a headphone for me to buy. I'll make it brief:
Music I listen to: Mainly classical music - usually solo piano and chamber music, sometimes piano concerti and symphonies. I also listen to soft rock and jazz occasionally.
Audio source: I do not own a headphone amp, and will be plugging the headphone into my laptop. This laptop does not have a dedicated sound card - it uses onboard audio components (Intel HD Audio). I would like to listen on my mobile phone occasionally, but it is not a requirement that this should be possible.
I use original audio CD's, or lossless rips of the same. I'm not above the occasional youtube-spree, but it's not a requirement that low-bitrate audio should sound good.
Budget and cans I'm looking at: I can't really afford to spend more than $150. Also, headphones are more expensive in my country than in the US, and not all models are available. I'm presently considering the -
1. Sennheiser HD555 (~$134)
2. Sennheiser HD558 (~$178)
(exceeds my budget, so I'd prefer to go with the HD555 unless the benefits of upgrading are truly staggering)
3. Audio Technica ATH-AD500 (~$123)
(the AD700 doesn't seem to be available and would probably exceed my budget if I had it imported)
4. Alessandro-Grado MS-1 (~$112)
Taking all this into account, which of the above headphones / some other headphone would you advise me to purchase? I like my sound to be natural and airy, and without excessive color or exaggeration in any department.