#1
down to a shortlist of 2:

Sennheiser HD25 and AKG K271 Studio, will be using the phones to output from my POD....which would you recommend? The AKGs are selling for £80, the HDs are going for £125...
#2
The main things for this type of usage are comfort and a fairly neutral sound.

Check out this site-

www.head-fi.org

Not only will you be able to snag a good pair from the For sale section, you will also develop a healthy headphone addiction.

Sorry about your wallet.

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