I've been roaming through the threads for about a week trying to decide on a pair of headphones and possibly associated equipment. This forum seems to be one of the biggest knowledge-bases filled with helpful enthusiasts, which is why I am here.
Here is the story -
Fiancee is buying me headphones - 200$ budget. I am able to kick in money in case something is going to be "totally" worth it for another 75 MAYBE 100 bucks.
I've never owned anything but iPhone earbuds and am curious if I am missing out on something, a big secret perhaps. They definitely do not sound like my floor speakers, so I think it is likely better sound can get straight to my ears.
After thinking about what I want/"need", I've come to the conclusion it is versatility. I want a pair of headphones that I can listen to at home, work, and commuting. I've come to understand that there are specific headphones for each of these purposes, but I am hoping there could be something I have overlooked. I am a sweaty person - So I was thinking open ears, but apparently this doesn't mesh well with commuting or being at work. Just how much does the sound leak? If the music isn't blasting, will it be that much louder for people around me than if I am blasting my in ears?
For music - I listen to rock from 50's to 00's, alternative/post-hardcore, folk, punk, psychedelic, experimental, lo-fi, classic, and all that noise. I also listen to quite a bit of jazz, all forms from swing to free. Then there is blues, soul/funk, indie, and a variety of vocalists. Classical music has been growing on me and would like to explore it further as well. Again this might not be possible on my budget, but again versatility is key.
I will be mostly listening out of iPhone and Mac, though sometimes out of my receiver.
Also, if an amp/DAC is required for optimum listening, so be it.
I'm not really set on any type of headphone, though I have primarily been looking at over ear. Maybe this will not be compatible with my desires, so I am open to any ideas. A chord that is not stuck in the headphones would be ideal I think.
Thanks for any and all help!