A couple of years ago I used this forum to great effect in settling on the Shure SRH 240 headphones and I have loved them, but sadly the cord started to give up yesterday and I am now in the market for a new set of headphones for use listening to music on my laptop at home as well as around town with my iPhone on public transport and the like. I found the SRH 240s to be perfect as they seemed to have good, balanced sound with decent mids/highs and bass that was solid but not overpowering.
My price range might be a little difficult to define, as I'm in New Zealand and I'm not sure how prices and their variations carry overseas. For some possible guidance, I'm wanting to spend NZD$150 (give or take a small amount), and for example I can get the Sennheiser HD449s for NZD$143.75 whereas the Sennheiser HD518s are NZD$169. Those are just two random examples - I'm not set on Sennheisers, or necessarily spending right up to or beyod my budget limit!
As far as brands and models go, I seem to find Sennheiser headphones to be overpoweringly bassy. I listen to a good variety of music, but certainly at the moment most of my listening is trance/similar electronic music. I'd like something with a good, balanced sound range. I'm not really an audiophile so I don't know much about the terminology or how well I can explain things, but hopefully that helps describe what I'm after somewhat :)
As I said, I will be playing from my iPhone and my laptop at home with no amplifier, so something that suits those applications and doesn't need extra power to really shine. Any advice is much appreciated, thank you!