I'm quite new to the headphone world and just decided to start looking for a good quality headphone after listening with my friend's Grado SR60i back in July of this year. I know for sure that I will get an open can sooner or later, but as of now, I've been looking for a good closed can because my roommate can get quite loud while playing Left 4 Dead 2, so I'm looking for something with good sound and good isolation while keeping it around $100 and maxing at $130.
I mainly use my laptop as the music player (foobar 2000) and I usually listen to rock, pop, classical/orchestral, game/movie soundtracks, and occasionally a mix bag of other genres on my playlist.
So far on my search, I've narrowed my choices down to Sennheiser HD428, Audio-Technica ATHM50, Jaycar Pro (from what I've heard, it's basically rebranded HM5?), and a semi-open Superlux HD668B.
So the question is: is it worth it to spend the extra bucks on ATHM50, or go with one of the cheaper ones? how does HD668B (the cheapest of the 4) stack up to the rest if I want to tighten my budget? Will my laptop setup benefit from using a DAC?
I apologies if I missed out on any details I should've provided to facilitate this process.
Thanks in advance