Hello all, total newbie here looking for advice on a good pair of headphones under $500. My music library is a real mix of files, but most of what I currently listen to are 256 kbps MP3s downloaded from iTunes. I'll probably be switching over to Google Music as they offer 320. I prefer downloading music to purchasing CDs because a lot of what I listen to is old and hard to find in CD form, and I prefer to get my music instantly and without the extra costs for shipping ect.
I mostly listen to electronic music, specifically Psytrance. I will be using these headphones solely with the computer while gaming. The computer has a Creative SB X-Fi sound card. I've owned a pair of Ultrasone HFI-780's for many years and am mainly looking at the Pro 900 based on the reviews that they are great for electronic music. The other one I'm looking at are the new Shure SRH1440's. headphone.com mentioned these are good for lower bitrate files in their review. I also own a Shure SE530 for the iPod and would be happy to stick with Shure for computer use. I'm also a bit confused as to what kind of headphone amp I should be looking at. Would Headroom's Total BitHead be sufficient? I'm not looking to spend a ridiculous amount.
Thanks for the help! :)