I'm looking for headphones that are ~200$ (maybe 200 max). I can't ask for particular things like "sound stage", "clarity", and "sparkly mids" and what-not, since I've been wearing 17$ headphones and buds all of my life and wouldn't know a cent about it. I'm just asking for generally all around good quality. I listen to many genres, not quite limited to any particular range of music.
My particular situation requires that I find headphones that are pretty "reference" or "imaging" utility. I'm not looking for "big bass", since I figure I'm not a "bass head". People say mixing is best done with speakers, but I'm working with music technology at school in a classroom of about 30 people, so I'm gonna be tinkering with audio with headphones on and prefer some comfortably significant accuracy. Simultaneously, I want headphones I can wear around my neck on the go. I wear them between classes in addition to my recording courses, so portability is definitely a plus.
I can't afford an amplifier at the moment, so there's that. I may be able to in the future, so please keep that in mind.
Anyway, as for my little excursion in this headphones world:
At first I looked into the first thing that Amazon threw at my face and advertised shamelessly, which was the M50 and M50x. Upon further research, I've heard from many people that despite the price, they're sound simply isn't good enough to compare to other headphones available in the same price range.
I've looked into the Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro-80 and the Sennheiser HD 598. While they apparently have better sound than the M50s, their portability leaves much to be desired just because they're a little bulky looking, so I'm not gazing at those quite as much as I would, despite their many positives. Beyer's is pretty bass centric, and I've heard similar things about the HD598, it usually being recommended for "movies and games", which I'm not exactly looking for. I've also seen recommendations for the AKG Q701 and the AKG K550, but know next to nothing about them.
I recently read a review about the Beyerdynamic Tesla DT 1350 and the Sennheiser HD25-1. The DT 1350 sounds like it's for me, and it seems to be going for a pretty good price right now, as well as the Sennheiser HD25-1. I'm not at the liberty of "buying several headphones and returning what I don't want" or "trying them at my nearby retail store" as those options aren't available to me.
Sorry for the wall of text... you have my greatest appreciation if you read through it all.
I heard the DT1350 has a pretty "bad" "sound stage". Of course, I'd have no clue what exactly that sounds like, but it doesn't sound like a good thing, obviously. Again, I can't get an amp any time near the future, though I'd like a portable one. Recommendations on that would be nice, too, but I need headphones that don't need one but could use one.
Any recommendations would be very appreciated! I hope this gets through! I tried my best to read and search ahead of time, so I'm sorry if I break any rules...
Thanks in advance!