Alright so I'm new to both this site, and the audio world, so please be aware that my knowledge and familiarity with headphones and audio equipment is very limited.
I have not until recently gotten into listening to music. I'm a 21 year old college student, who for most of my life has just listened to top 40 music and whatever is on the radio. When I started college however I became much more enthusiastic about music and broadening my horizons to different genres of music. The only types of headphones I have ever owned are ear buds, and they just aren't cutting it for me anymore. I have a pair of JVC HA-FXC51, which I would be pretty happy with, aside from the fact that I have gone through 3 pairs of these in 6 months. I'm tired of dealing with sending these back and forth to the manufacturer. I don't know why these keep failing on me, but I think it may have something to do with the pressure that is created in the buds by pulling them in and out of my abnormally shaped ear canal (weird I know, but sound goes in and out of my current pair when I put it in and then pull it out). Anyway, I am getting much more involved in my music listening, and I would really like to get a pair of solid over the ear headphones, with decent portability, so I can really appreciate the sound of my music. I typically listen to music on my laptop, or on my phone, which I use to stream pandora and have started putting some MP3's from my growing collection on there (I don't actually own a dedicated MP3 player). I'm looking for a pair of headphones <$200, with a good balance of bass and mid to high ranges. Again I'm no audiophile, but I would like to experience a better quality in my listening than I am now. Decent portability would be nice, but I plan to primarily use these for at home listening, not walking around campus. If need be I can always buy another pair of ear buds for when I'm on the go.
As I mentioned in my title, I am also looking for something I can use to listen to my gaming on my PS3. I'm a pretty avid casual gamer, but the only audio output I have is straight through my TV, and I feel like I am missing out on a lot of the sounds games have to offer. I was originally only looking for headphones for my music, but then I started thinking, why not try and get a pair of headphones that can do it all. So is there a good pair of headphones I can use to both play music from my devices, and connect to my PS3 to listen to games?
This may be a lot to ask for in a single pair of headphones, but I would really like to get as much functionality out of my purchase as possible. Again I am looking to spend in the $100-$150 range, but I would be willing to spend around $200 if I feel it would be justified. I am open to any suggestions or recommendations, so please feel free to educate me a little, and tell me your thoughts on this. I would really appreciate any thoughts or advice you could give me.