Just want to start off saying I did read the headphone buying guide, but I'm still not really sure what I want.
What I do know is this:
-I listen to mostly Punk Rock, Ska, Rock, etc
-It will be used on an iPod Classic 160gb 7th gen and iMac
-I do plan on getting an amp eventually (possibly with the headphones if I can find a good inexpensive one)
-Will mostly be used in a quiet office setting, I would rather not have anyone else hear my music... I also tend to crank it sometimes
-I do like a good bass, but I don't listen to Hip Hop or anything like that.. for a few songs I do use Bass Boost in my car (I know, it's probably crappy)
-I would love to use the amp for my iMac as well, so I think DAC and and Amp would be good.
As for budget.. I don't want to break the bank, but I'd like a very good first step into audiophile..
I would like to not spend over $200 if possible, but I will consider any options!
I also heard about someone managing to get the digital feed from iPod Classics and being able to use their own DAC? I will worry about that stuff way down the line.
A lot of my music in in Lossless format, or 320kbps mp3s.. although most older bands have some pretty bad recordings.. let's just assume I have mostly Lossless source material!
As far as headphone style.. I really love the look of this: http://substrata.ca/files/studio/portable_rig/_CJE3140.jpg
Something about that sort of retro metal mesh material, although it's not important.
I will take function over form any day, but if I had the option of choosing a look it would be maybe something like that, except it'd probably completely cover my ear/
Anyway.. sorry to ramble on, hopefully this will help you guys help me!