I'm new to head-fi but I've been getting more into hi fidelity stereo systems in the past two years. Now I'm on the hunt after getting my backpack with the only two good pairs of headphones I've ever owned stolen. I currently do not own headphones and am borrowing a pair of Beats Solo HD where are boomy, muddy, and has the bass bleeding into the mids to my ear.
I'm looking to get a pair of headphones that'll be mostly for home use. I would like something that isn't ostentatiously large as sometimes I'd like to bring it with me on my NYC subway commute. Soon, I plan on practicing music through my headphones as I live with three roommates.
My main genres of music listening are punk rock, rock, country, and R&B. Sometimes I'll listen to classical and hip hop. While some of my music collection is superbly mixed, a lot of it is old vinyl, or low bit-rate media. Headphones that are truly transparent would reveal the flaws in either compressed media such as 128kbps mp3 or worn mediums like old vinyl. Some coloring might be of benefit. I like a tight focused bass response. I don't need heavy bass, because most 'bass heavy' headphones I've tried just sound plain muddy.
I have my PC hooked up through a digital analogue converter to my Onkyo stereo receiver. My portable listening devices are my Samsung Galaxy S4 and my HP chromebook 11. I currently practice music through my amps but I'll be purchasing either a Korg Pandora PDX5 or Cafe Walter practice headphone amp around January.
I do plan on purchasing a portable headphone amp as well, so I don't always have to crank the volume to hear the bass or nuances.
My budget is around $250 on the high side.