So, I've never owned anything fancy audio-wise, and I basically have no clue about any of this. But I do listen to a lot of music, so I've tentatively decided that it's worth shelling out for a relatively nice set of headphones. I'll listen to nearly any genre of music, some of the time, but my main interest is in classical, so that's what I'm looking to optimize. I'm hoping to spend no more than $300-350, and I'd be happy to spend less.
I've found tons of recommendations in my price range, but right now the problem for me is this: although I'd be happy to eventually become an audiophile, I don't really have time at the moment to figure out things like headphone amps, sound cards, equalization, and all the other stuff I keep hearing that I'm supposed to figure out.
So my question is this: Am I wasting my money, above a certain point, if I don't figure some or all of those things out (e.g. buy a headphone amp, upgrade my sound card), or can I get something good that can be relatively low-effort, at least at the outset, until whenever I'm able to invest the time in becoming more audiophilic? What I'd really like is a pair of headphones that I can just take out of the box, plug into the headphone jack of my very ordinary desktop computer, burn in for a while (that's the one thing I think I can grasp right now), and then listen to and not have to worry *too* much about what I'm missing out on. I also travel pretty frequently, so I'd like something that I can play directly from my present laptop, without having to lug anything extra around with me. From what I've seen, there's significant variation in that regard, even among higher-end headphones, so guidance would be useful.
If all this makes me sound like a philistine, I'll just point out in my defense that that's exactly what I am. I doubt that I have the capacity, at the moment, to notice or appreciate subtle differences in audio quality, so what I'd like is to own something nice enough that I can start to pay attention to those things, without a prohibitively steep learning curve.
Apart from that, I should say that I'm probably looking for over-the-ear/circumaural headphones, and for open rather than closed (which I understand gives better audio quality, at the expense of leakage, which is not a major concern for me atm). I'd also obvious like something durable enough to last a few years.
Anyway, that's the situation, and any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!