I'm looking to get into audiophile level sound. I mostly listen to post rock (Do Make Say Think, GSY!BE, Mogwai, etc.), warm-sounding folky stuff (Jose Gonzalez, Elliot Smith), and ambient and low-key electronica (Beef Terminal, Hint, Helios). Basically anything low-key and not distracting since I am a student.
From what I have read Grados would be good with this kind of music, but I think the open design would be a problem for studying in a library. I have heard that ATH M50 would be a great all-rounder and is closed, but that it maybe underperforms for the kind of music I listen to?
Basically I'm lost, and the more I read the more confused I get.
My price range would be under $200, and for the near future I would be mostly listening from an unamped iPod. Ideally this would be something sturdy and portable enough to fit into a bag.
Thanks so much for any help!