First time posting. Gonna put what I'm looking for at the top, with the "why" to follow: Just getting started on audio equipment, looking for headphones that will be decent for music, movies, or games, under $150. Some isolation is necessary, my computer and TV are in the same room and are both frequently in use at the same time, and I prefer lots of bass. Based on reviews and other suggestion threads, I'm looking at Audio Technica A700s or Panasonic HTF600s (Yeah, big price swing there), but I'm open to suggestions since I'm pretty new to this. Would also consider IEMs, an in-line mic would be fantastic, I have an iPhone.
And now, the long version:
I've been lurking around here for a few weeks, thinking about making the jump to listening to quality headphones from crappy, wal-mart bought headphones I've used in the past.
My first step was a decent pair of IEMs, after reading reviews and researching I figured out that the Brainwavz Beta is pretty well regarded for it's really low price range, so I figured I'd pick it up, see how it stacks up against a pair of $20 Skullcandies I picked up months ago. Luckily enough, Amazon was selling a package deal, Betas with a Fiio E6 for $35, so I was able to pick up a portable amp too. First test was comparing the Skullcandies to the Betas, and I was surprised. I didn't think they'd be as much better as they were. Then I plugged the betas into the E6, and being able to up the bass on them made me like them even more.
So I assessed my thoughts, and decided the next step on my journey should be some headphones, or possibly a higher end IEM. After shopping around, reading thoughts and reviews, I settled on Audio Technica A700s as my target. Then I read about the Panasonic HTF600s, and started thinking, if I went cheaper, it frees up money for other things: Specifically, a sound card that supports Dolby Headphone, probably the Asus Xonar DG.
So help me out...Should I go for broke, and spend my whole $150 budget on headphones, or should I get a budget headphone, and pick up some accessories that will help any headphone I buy in the future?