Sorry for the repost, but I didn't get too many responses in the recommendations thread...
I've been a silent reader on these forums and am looking for some help as I'm far too confused at this point!
I'm looking for a set of headphones within the $300-400 range. I have a marantz pm5003, which I'm pretty sure I can use as an amp at home, but I'd need something portable that hopefully would be included in that budget that would work well with my iPod/iPhone.
In terms of how/where I'd be using the headphones, I will use them more on-the-go while on the train, walking to class etc, etc. That being said I'll also want something great for home listening, particularly for vinyl through my pm5003.
I've had Bose QC3s, QC15s, and a set of Beats Studios, hated the Beats liked the Bose stuff, but still haven't found "the set". I still have my klipsch s4is which I like, but looking for some full sized headphones. I listen to a pretty diverse set of music from The Beatles, to Metallica, to Radiohead, to Bhangra music, to Daft Punk, to acoustic John Mayer, etc. Definitely more rock orientated, but I'd like a set that can handle a wide variety of music...this was the main problem with the headphones I've previously owned. A good soundstage is also important.
Thus far, I've gone to some local stores here and got some advice. I was told a closed pair of headphones would be better if I'm not listening at my house. Of the headphones I've tried so far (B&W P5, PSB M4U2, Grado 2/325i) I liked the Denon AH-D1100, but wasn't completely sold because they felt a little flimsy to me. It should also be noted that I tried the Grado headphones without an amp and I felt they needed to be driven, so perhaps I should try them again? The guy at the store I went to said he'd only recommend them for home listening.
Clearly, I still have a lot to learn and try...I've read great things about the Mad Dog headphones and am considering those combined with a DAC and Amp (I've heard the Schiit ones pair well), but alas I can't test any of that stuff before I buy it. Others I've read good things about are the V-Moda M-100 and Sennheiser HD 598..but I'm really open to anything, any thoughts? Would really appreciate some suggestions, thanks guys!