I'm a newbie when it comes to hi-fi, that's why I may be asking some stupid questions. Well, I guess you're used to those, try to hang on.
So, I've been looking for a sub 200€ headphones for a while now. My friend has Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro's (250ohm version) and a Schiit dac and amp for those.
In my opinion the set sounded quite good, best headphones I've ever used for sure. However the sound without amp was quite 'overly' warm / not so precise - not a surprise because 250ohm version (if I've learned right, those must have amp to sound good). I must say that I enjoyed keeping those in my head more than any other headphones with velour pads, they were really comfortable, but they also leak the sound out when listening at moderate volume.
The situation is that I like to use headphones sometimes with laptop and also rarely with mobile phone. I mean, on-the-go when travelling long distances or when staying in one place other than my own living room. I'd like to enjoy electronic music (house, dnb, trance, some dubstep - also alt.rock) through on-ear headphones everywhere I go for a while. That can't be done if the pair of headphones always needs a dac/amp next to it and I'm not really that excited about pocket amps, though I could try those one day if they bring huge improvement.
Now I've read about Audio-Technica ATH-M50's - and only thing negative I've heard was that pleather can get sweaty. I tried Superlux HD699's with pleather pads for a moment and it got sweaty right away. But I think there's a solution: velvet pads available on amazon. So if I were to order Audio-Technica ATH-M50, I would go for the M50x's because removable cables (and not so much pressure on the ears? Just wondering because nobody has complained about it when it comes to x version) and buy the velvet pads for an "insurance" too.
Update: Just now I realized that they won't deliver velvet pads through amazon for some reason. ATH-M50 only costs $169 = 125 euros, with headphones + velvet pads through the sound professionals (because of shipping) $215 = 155 euros, would those velvet pads be worth the trouble?
Are there any other headphones I should really consider over these in this price range for this kind of use?
Also because my internal sound card broke on my PC etc, I've been considering buying of external DAC.
I've been looking some of those and come to conclusion that Maverick Audio Tubemagic D1 Plus would be one good choice. Mainly because it's variety of connections - I'd like this kind of setup to work out somehow controlled from DAC/amp:
TV in = through optical (idk what these TVs nowadays have, going to buy a new one soon enough)
PC in = through USB
Laptop? in = through coaxial? / usb if needed. I'd really like if I hadn't have to change cords in back of DAC all the time. Just the audio source through button in front.
Headphones out = through headphone socket in front = amped, right?
Genelecs out = from back, analog out. I have pair of Genelec 6010A's and Genelec 5040A subwoofer to go with them. I have them now in my computer just through one 3.5mm cord, but it works out with two RCAs too. Though only stereo, so if I'm going to upgrade to 5.1 system I'll have to buy some new stuff. Not going to happen anytime soon.
Would Maverick Audio Tubemagic D1 Plus be the way to go? It'd cost $240 (175€) with shipping and go over the budget a little bit.
Hope this wasn't too much text to handle, I seem to really like writing things thorough on the first time. Hope someone will answer even some of the questions, need just a little push off the cliff to click the purchase button. ;)