I am hoping to get some headphones this Christmas. At the moment, I am using some all-purpose Sony over-ear things which cost about £10 from Tesco. They are actually alright - certainly a lot better than nothing. But I would like to get something better, especially as circumstances (a new home, new family around) now make it more difficult me to play music out loud.
My budget is about £100 - possibly a bit more, if I am really convinced. From reading around here and there, I think I would like some "open backed" ones. I don't intend to listen to them outside and am not worried about leakage (though some insulation from external noise might be an occasional benefit.......). I would also much prefer a "neutral" or "flat" sound or at least something close - no pumped up bass or any nonsense of that sort.
My concerns: reading reviews on the internet, I keep coming across people who recommend a certain set of phones provided you have the right amplifier etc. ("Excellent, but hard to drive.......") This leads into the whole world of dedicated headphone amps, DACs etc My understanding of these is pretty limited. I will probably do the bulk of my listening from a laptop (no external DAC, though I am certainly open to getting one). When able, I will sometimes plug into my "system" - a Denon UD-M30 - as a special treat.
Anyway, I would be grateful for any recommendations - either of a specific set of phones, or a set of phones plus other necessary devices. As long as the price is somewhere around £100, and not more than £150. Getting out to try anything is absolutely out of the question at the moment. Thanks in advance. Apologies if this has already been covered somewhere else.