I'm sure this question has been asked a hundred times already but I'm sure many don't remind responding once again.
This fall I will be heading off to Texas A&M as a member of the Corps. As such, I will have limited space and limited privacy. With that said it seems to me there could be no more useful graduation gift than a nice set of headphones.
I'm rather new to the industry and really have not a clue as to where to begin looking in choosing a product so what better place to start than here.
My criterion are as follows:
-Circumaural or Supra-aural
-operates without need of headphone amplifier and with various portable audio devices.
-handle a wide range of music (anything from Contre Qui, Rose by Morten Lauridsen to Ladies and Gentlemen We're Floating by Spiritualized to Psycho by System of a Down)
-fall within the price range of $0-$250
Any capabilities in simulating surround sound are a plus as long as its done well and without compromise to the stereo quality.
I will likely have my Creative Audio Sound Blaster X-Fi audio card including the front panel i/o interface as a means for driving the headphones while in my dorm room/closet.
Thanks a bunch for any and all input/suggestions.