Threads about the 7506's have been posted in the millions on the internet, but I still have questions about my first set up. I'll say what I need and for what purposes.
1) I bought the MDR-7506 on December 22nd, and so far they have been spectacular, at least to my standards, considering the highest quality phones I have had were the stock Samsung ear-buds that came with androids and cheap noise canceling over-ears, I'll say these are a step forward. I intentionally want studio headphones because:
2) I have filming and editing classes in my school, which require top notch production. We compete in competitions all over Connecticut and need accurate sound to perform well in competition. All editing is done on Macs in Final Cut Pro X. These phones so far sound good.
3) I also do want to have portable amps. I do need enlightenment since all the information out there is confusing. Does it make a difference? Do I need it for these phones? How loud can I play with decent quality, and how low? Does it provide a large improvement in the representation of my music, and is it just in certain frequencies?
4) Lastly, I want to ask about competition. As compared so many times all over the internet, I'm tempted to return the 7506's and get the ATH-50. It didn't hurt to see http://www.youtube.com/user/marquesbrownlee fantasize about it in every video, and for a modest price increase it isn't out of my reach. Oh, and my budget. Returning the 7506's would fetch me $80 - shipping: $70. Right now it's looking at around $100 but I'm willing to save to get some higher quality monitor headphones. Closed ones, I forgot to mention. I'm open to pretty much all the suggestions anyone is willing to throw at me.
5) Oh, and the music I usually listen to would be alternative metal and rock, electronic, and a little bit of pop and rap, if that helps at all. Accurate sound reproduction is still by far first priority as opposed to making music sound good, and I would rather enjoy listening and figuring out if tracks are recorded well or not. Again, reason #2 on the list is the most important function for my headphones.
Thanks for all the future feedback!