If this is in the wrong place, please feel free to move it. I'm brand new here, so I don't know how things work.
Hey guys! As you can probably see, this is my first post. This is also going to be my first major $50+ Headphone purchase. I was looking for some advice.
First, some background about me, so you guys kinda have an idea of who you're talking to.
I was born and raised in Ohio, and have just recently gotten interested in purchasing some expensive, nice headphones.
I'm 20 years old and getting my Associate's Degree in Computer Networking (I finish late this year.)
So I'm decent with technology, I just know pretty close to nothing when it comes to headphones and their quality, or how much they actually affect the music coming from them.
My whole life, I have used pretty much the cheapest earbuds I could get.
Okay, my (kinda) setup:
I just got a job at a software development company, and they allow their employees to listen to music at their workstations, as long as you use headphones and are respectful of those around you.
-I am going to be using an iPod (They don't allow you to put music on their PCs or connect an external hard drive.) or my Android, Droid 3 phone. (Almost always going to be my iPod classic [3rd or 4th Gen if that matters] 160GB)
-I listen primarily to deathcore music (Suicide Silence, White Chapel, Chelsea Grin, stuff like that.), though I sometimes listen to dubstep and electro-y stuff (The Glitch Mob kind of music)
-It is also notable that I have a pretty large head. I wear Size 8 fitted hats, for reference. My Turtle Beach X11's fit my head perfectly when on the largest (setting?...) size, if that helps at all.
I was wondering if the Audio Technica ATH-M50 is a good choice for headphones around the $200 area? I've heard some pretty good things so far. The only thing that I'm not liking about the M50's is....the straight cord. This can be a HUGE hassle for me as I roll around my cubicle. Is there any way to get a coiled, old-telephone-like cord with them? Also, the cable being attached isn't too admirable, either. In the past, I've had 2 pairs of decent, over-the-ear pairs of headphones, and countless pairs of earbuds turn into garbage because the cord would start messing up by the 3.5mm connector. I don't have the skills or equipment to fix this issue, so the headphones are just sitting in a tote container somewhere, unusable.
I'm also interested in purchasing an amp to use at my desk at work. Would it be worth it to buy one? I've seen mixed reviews on having an amp with the M50's.
I'm a complete noob to the audiof(ph)ile community and don't know any of the lingo or acronyms associated with a lot of the stuff or equipment.
To be honest, before I read any reviews, my heart was SET on a pair of red Beats Studios. Then I kinda got off the idea when I read that all the Beats have is bass and everything else is pretty much garbage.
So any help or advice is GREATLY appreciated. Thanks guys. :D