Hey everyone! First off, I'd like to introduce myself; I'm new here and my name is Zac. I'm new to the world of audiophiles, but I've been a serious computer enthusiast for several years. The two go hand in hand on a frequent basis if you ask me.
Anyway, enough about me. I'm looking to make my debut into the wonderful world of high-end audio products. My maximum budget is ~$250ish. I will be using these headphones for listening to a lot rap and hip hop, a little dubstep, some other music, play a LOT of video games (PC, of course ;) ), and perhaps the occasional movie. We'll say 40% music, 40% games, and 10% movies, but that's simply a rough estimate. Anyway, after some research, I've found a few ideal headphones with great critical reception that are seemingly recommended often.
But before you ask, yes, I will be using a nice soundcard - it will either be Creative's new ZxR or their current Titanium X-Fi HD. As far as amps go, I haven't really put much thought into it, but from what I've heard from other audiophiles, you don't necessarily need one (even for high-end headphones). Keep in mind that while I'd be using these phones mainly for my PC, I'd also probably be using them with a mobile device some on the go - say a smartphone or ipod.
Thanks in advance!