$300 is pretty much my max. I'd prefer around $250 but if there's a big enough benefit I'm willing to pay.
I'll be using these for everyday wear. So, walking to classes, studying, plane rides, and just relaxing. I'd like full ear headphones as they're the most comfortable on my ears. Sadly, they need to be closed since I'm around other people quite a bit. I'll also be using these to do some gaming. I wouldn't mind a nice degree of noise-cancelling but it's secondary to quality sound. It would also be a HUGE benefit for them to be sturdy and have a case since I'll be carrying them around in a bookbag all day. Stylish doesn't hurt either
I listen to almost everything but what I really want these to do well at is prog rock/metal: bands like Symphony X, Dream Theater, Opeth, Genesis, etc. And Orchestral, mainly Yanni, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Bach, etc. I like rock, and some pop/rap but I'd really like to have a pair that will excel with the prog and classical.
I know that these are 2 different styles and I may be better off from a technical standpoint getting 2 different pairs. Realistically though, I change what I'm listening to several times throughout the day so that's not practical at the moment.
Thanks for any help you can give!