After a few weeks of lurking around the forums and reading as much as I can, I thought it's finally time to step up to the plate and ask around for advice on some cans. It all is very confusing and without many options to try on a set around my location ( nearest place being 2 hours away). I'd like help picking up my first pair of cans and without much on hands experience aside from trying on a few of my friends I'm a bit lost.
I'm going to be up in college soon and I would be using them around the dorm primarily and a just a tad bit in the library. My budget is a bit tight and the highest I would most likely go is around $150.
I mostly listen to Alternative/Pop/Rock/Indie/Folk/Classical and the other 10% of the time is dubstep/hip-hop, so bass is not a strong concern of mine
A few things I've seen in the forum that caught my eye are:
Grado/Alessandro - I heard these can be quite noisy to third parties? But the highs/mids should be what I'm looking for my music tastes.
Fotex t50rp - also came up on one of my reads, but with the 1/4 inch jack, it wouldn't work for me as I'll probably be running the cans out of my ipod/laptop
HD448 - has a good mid.
In conclusion, I want a "gateway" headphone into the world of audiophilia. Ideally i'd like a really balanced headphone but that seems like wishful thinking. So settling on a set that can play the music i like better and i could get a set for bass later down the line and hopefully an amp.