I realized this is a vague question, but I have only ever used Apple's budged EarPods and old earphones. I listen to a lot of orchestral music (Many Kingdom Hearts and Legend of Zelda albums and spin offs). Anyway, I am considering getting a pair of over-the-head headphones for myself for Christmas. I don't mind spending up to $200. I've been browsing this forum for a while looking at the hardware other people were using. What has caught my eye has been several Sennheiser and some Audio-Technica models as they appear to be reasonably priced with great reviews. My question is this: will there be a noticeable increase in sound quality moving from Apple's EarPods to a pair of $100-$200 headphones assuming the same listening habits (iTunes on a Mac, iPhone, and iPod)? I've seen several forums members say that you need to get an external amp and other hardware to really tell a difference. I just want to know if a nice pair of headphones would improve the listening experience even if I'm just using iTunes. -------- Also, though this is just a secondary question, some of the models I've been considering are: Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Sennheiser HD 598 Sennheiser Momentum Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Does anyone have any suggestion on these or another brand.