Jon- IMO, you are going to be disappointed with any full size cans without a headphone amp, unless its just background music. For details on all things headphone, try head-fi.org.
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Believe me, I won't be getting the Bose; they sound horrible, so much so that I would gladly suffer my ears to the B&Os for a while longer.
Anybody know anything about the Simpl amp? All this seems so...very...personal. In fact, the more I think about it the more I want to sell my iPod and just enjoy my home HiFi. Nah....
If you must have big ol' headphones and you are pretty much going to only use them at your desk then get a headphone amp too. Unless, were you thinking of going on bike rides with the earmuff type phones? If I were going for a cheap portable headphone amp it would be the
Ray Samuels Hornet. Look at Headroom for more choices too.
Seems like your choices are pretty limited if it's a large over the ear style that you want and sealed (Lots of choices in open ear) The Grado's and there is the a set of noise cancelling Sennheiser (PXC 450). Personally I think the top Shure in ears (SE530) are the way to go. They sound really good without an amp and will be much more versatile then a big pair. If you get them and want the Push to Hear option, don't buy it, I have one and you can have it.