So--possibly pertinent (or not) stuff about me: I'm a high school English teacher who loves music in many of its iterations (though I played bagpipes in my high-school band, and I know some might question the musicality of that particular instrument ;)).
I grew up borrowing my parents' Koss headphones. No idea whatsoever what model they were, but they were circumaural and had greenish-gold shells (if I'm remembering correctly) with a single coiled cable. Anyway, those were my first. Since then I've used a variety of devices (remember the Sony Sport Walkman? Whatever made us think those headphones/buds things were comfortable?!?!) and am currently using LG HBS-730s (bluetooth) with my phone.
But listening to music on those is like saying you've had dinner at a fast-food restaurant: it might technically meet the definition, but not by much. I'm ready to do better. I do have a pair of UE super.fi 3s that I got a few years back for a good price, but I think I'd like to dip my toe into the full-sized pool.
Right now, I'm mostly using my iPhone 4s as my source, but I'd like a headphone that can grow with me. I listen to a variety of music (from classical, oldies, folk, pop, some rock, etc.) but am not a basshead. I'd like to get back to circumaurals eventually, but figure on-ear 'phones are probably more practical for me right now, because I'd like to use them at school during study hall and after-school planning, and I figure they'll be more portable (and possibly more affordable).
I have been reading the forums and know some of the lingo but don't feel confident enough to be very accurate in describing what I hear, so I'm asking for help with some good starter headphones that will be good for the above uses. I'd like to keep it $100-$150, though would go up a bit if I found the right "fit." And I wouldn't say no to something that looks nice--street cred with the kids, you know--but I draw the line at choosing a brand with them in mind. I want something that sounds great; it would just be nice if it didn't look incredibly clunky (so I'm a little superficial, I guess).
I came here months ago to research, then came back recently looking for reviews on the Skullcandy Aviators (which, I've discovered, are pretty polarizing).
So--thoughts? Used is fine, by the way, if someone wants to recommend something that's for sale in the marketplace here; I actually finally joined to ask about a set of V-MODA Crossfade M-80s that I'd read about.
Sorry if this is disjointed; I started writing this on my iPad, and the forum ate my post before I could finish, so I'm trying to remember what I said the first time....