I have combed through the past 5+years of Head-fi posts and have found some great suggestions, of course that leads to more questions. I went to the closest Guitar Center to try out a few phones and wanted to elicit opinions and what might be the best option for me since some of the headphones are hard to locate in my area thanks to a scarcity of dealers or lack of inventory.
My budget is $300 (ideally $250) and I have a guitar running through a Line 6 HD500 multi-effects pedal that has decent amplification, but could consider a setup like ArcticTaco w/ a Fiio amp post-effects pedal to give some of the headphones a chance. His setup also sounds like one way to definitely go! Also, I play a variety of stuff from Pearl Jam to 311 to Weezer to Allman Brother and Foghat so I think something with good Mids/Highs & sound tight using distortion (versus fuzzy, broken-up) or other effects would be preferable over some of the bassier headphones out there.
Headphones I have been considering:
KRK KNS 8400
AKG K240 MkII
AKG K271 Mk II
Gemini HSR-1000 (anyone know anything about these? they were a rec from a local shop)
Others I have tried:
Audio Technica ATH-M50s - (too bassy for my needs, but great otherwise and very comfy)
Beye DT770 - (needs proper amp, but most comfortable yet)
Shure 840 - (best sound so far, but a little heavy for extended use...although I could get used to it)
UE Super.fi 5 pro - (first set, loved them till the plastic housing broke..)
UE Triple.fi 10 - (current set...simply amazing, but short chord makes them not worthwhile for Guitar)
Monster iBeats - (came w/ my current phone, not bad and fairly balanced even if a tad bassy)
Any other headphones I have missed? I realize that everyone will have an opinion on every headphone I have listed above but hopefully the type of music I play will help guide your advice appropriately as there is no jazz, classical, or pop really being played.
Thanks for all your wisdom :)