I am new here but have long worked in home and larger studios producing music of many varieties. These days I have paired down my studio to a small workstation of which I mostly use to record my own projects ranging from Indie-Rock to Indie-Dance and Underground House/Techno music. I have recently moved into a building that doesn't allow me to use my monitors late into the night which is when I do most of my work. This means I need headphones to work with. I plan to buy two pairs. Both of which I am looking to be quite uncolored and neutral so I can use them to do premixes and accurately evaluate the music so when I have the opportunity to do final mixes on my Adams', I know I won't be too far off.
The first pair I would like to be a durable, closed back pair for $250 or under that I can use both at home in the studio as well as when I'm traveling by plane, train or automobile. These would mostly be used just plugged into my laptop's headphone out jack.
The second pair I am looking for would be a nice open backed pair solely for use at home in the studio. The budget is higher here and I'd like to stay below $750. These would mostly be used plugged into my audio interface (M Audio Firewire Solo). I'm also very open to moving into a headphone amp set up, or upgrading my audio I/O as long as I stay within the budget.
I know this is a tall order, but I've done a ton of research (much of which here on Head-Fi) and am still completely undecided. Any advice or help will be greatly appreciated!
Edited by scottysound - 12/15/11 at 11:56pm