So I have never really listened to many headphones, I have always used earbuds (skullcandy, sony) and currently using the klipsch is4. My friend has some souls and he kept raving that they "are WAY better than beats!" so I tried them and they seemed alright, but for $300 bucks? Hell no... so I decided I could find better, and I came across this site.
I am a noob to all this audiophile stuff, but I have read a little bit in the forums for a week or so, then just decided to sign up. I am thinking about the audio technica ath-m50 and they are the most expensive I can go (170 on amazon for the white ones, really like the look of them with white) 170 is literally as high as I can go cause I dont even have that much and I asked my mom and she agreed to help me out a little bit.
But then I am reading more on this, and I find I might need an amp because I am using my droid razr as my main music device, also my pc sometimes which has a cheap 20 dollar siig pci sound card. I also saw something that cyanogenmod can support a usb dac?... and I have cm9 (mainly for the dsp manager) so I suppose getting one of those could be a possibility in the future..
I listen to rock (metalcore, post-grunge, punk, funk, reggae) dubstep (excision-ish) and a little hip-hop/rap
For my rock I like to hear the bass, like a really good thump in the kick drums n such, and really crisp highs. generally on my cm9 dsp manager the eq is a v shape and bass boost is set to slight (this will most likely need to be adjusted with new phones but that is the sound I like with my klipschs)
What I am looking for:
$170 or lower (my mom barely agreed on that price)
Isolation (I dont wanna hear people around me and I dont want them hearing my music)
Easy to drive (even though a portable dac/amp could be possible in the future, maybe? needs to work good without one though)
Preferably circum-aural (maybe supra-aural if they have good comfort/isolation)
Some style (I dont wanna look too goofy but in the end I would choose sound over looks)
Comfort (as I will be using them a LOT but I can sacrifice a little if they have great sound for the price)