A little background:
I'm reasonably new to higher-end audio equipment and looking for some suggestions. My cheap, $20 pair of ear buds died a week ago and I've decided I'm overdue for a nice pair of headphones. I did purchase a reasonably good quality pair of Sony over-ear headphones a few years back but found that they leaked tons of sound and caused my ears to sweat. The pads started peeling, and now I rarely use them. After a few hours of reading the forums here yesterday I did use them to compare lossless clips to compressed mp3s and was able to distinguish them successfully using fubar2000 and the ABX plugin. I took a few sound production courses back in college, experimented with mixing in the studio, etc., so I have a fundamental understanding of sound.
-I'm a digital artist and spend 8-10 hours a day in front of a computer listening to tunes while working.
-My musical tastes are eclectic: rock, indie, top 40, r&b, classic, acoustic, etc.
-I work in a shared environment so they shouldn't noticeably leak.
-I always appreciate high quality, however I am not an audiophile (...yet).
-I stream a lot of music through Songza on a PC, but I also like to throw on high quality compressed mp3's on my phone (samsung galaxy 2). I'm interested in lossless formats too.
-It would be great to use them for gaming, but it's not a priority.
With those factors in mind I'm considering the COP and P7's. Both are in different price ranges. I'd justify the increased cost of the P7s not only for their big sound scape and isolation, but also for the fact that the pads are made of leather and won't flake and ruin like my last pair. However, I'm also new to higher end equipment and it's a big jump in price. The COPs allow me to figure out how flat of a response I prefer and still have been well rated for comfort. Both feature removable cables, and neither requires an amp.
If I'm considering the P7's, are there other competitors in that price range that would suite me better?
The opinion on the COPs seems to be that they're flexible, fun and a good fit for a newb, but do you think they're a good fit for me?