I'm looking into getting a new pair of headphones. I'm not looking for anything expensive nor am I going to be doing anything in terms of studio work/making my own music. My price range is hovering around the 150 dollar mark so I'm looking for a more bang of the buck type of headphones. My headphone history is rather short. Grew up with the classic iPod headphones, switched over to the original in-ear headphones Apple had, then during high school I made the now regrettable mistake of getting Beats (hey I was young). ATM I'm switching between the BoseQC15 (parents) and my Beats Studio. The headphones that I've been hearing about are the SR60i, SR80i, and the ATH-M50 Currently my friend has been kind enough to let me use their ATH-M50 and holy cow! They are nice! It's clean and crisp and neutral nothing seems to be overpowering each other. However, they sound flat and since they are "studio" headphones I would assume that this is natural and that an AMP of some sort would be required to further enhance the experience. I don't mind getting an AMP but I again am just doing this for a listening experience so ATM I am not looking toward having to get an AMP. The QC15 outright sound horrible compared to these after using the M50 for an extended period of time. The Beats while not as muddy sounding as the QC15 is just overpowered by the bass. I've been hearing debates that the SR60i are no different for the SR80i so I was thinking of getting a pair of them. But I'm not really informed on the difference between the "open ear" that the SRs are compared to a closed that the M50s are.