Thank you for the +ve backup.
When the new MBP arrives they will be my next purchase. Would they be better with a DAC/amp out of usb-c or not?
For openback, the Massdrop Sennheiser Jubilee HD58x is a steal for US$160. That's about half the price of Sennheiser's cheapest of the current HD6xx line. Pleasant sound and easy to drive.
For closed backs, lots of people like the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x. But they are too bass heavy for me, so I prefer the ATH-M70x. Same fit, but less hyped in both bass and treble.
If you're on a budget, the usual suspects for over ear closedbacks are the Sony MDR-7506, Sennheiser HD-280Pro. Both are just under US$100, and should be available in Scotland. While they are not the ultimate in high fidelity, they are workhorses in the music industry. Sound is good enough to take home for casual listening. Passive isolation is good on the Sony, and very good on the Sennheiser. Impedance is low enough (both in the mid-60 ohms) to dispense with a headphone amp. Earpads (which usually wear out and peel in a year or so) are user-replaceable, and freely available from Amazon.
I'm also a fan of Bowers & Wilkins; the P7, and P9 are both superb, while I use the excellent P5 when traveling.
I suppose main test will be my TEAC setup with Digital radio (once I cure the mains hum) but having just listened to a live concert (classical) with my old Sony on ear travel headphones I am really looking forward to down the wire stuff via MBP. The sound values are almost the ones I searched for in my youth. Now while audiophiles want warmth etc. I still crave that clean clarity you could never get off an LP. Oddd isn't it how tastes change. Simply love the cold heartless CD & digital stuff - nothing but the sound - brilliant.
Musical tastes - everything except free jazz, english folk, scottish/irish diddly diddly stuff. Not averse to using a DAC/amp if worth it.