My question is somewhat limited to my work situation. I am pretty much restriced to earbuds and IEMs. I will also be using only one ear. There are times where I will have both ears plugged but the majority of the time I will need to hear the enviroment out of the other ear. I would like to keep the source around $500 or less but I could be pushed up or down in the price point. My main concern is simply if I even need to get something like the hifiman or S:flo if I will only be listening in one ear? At some point I was even thinking of converting my files to mono and not even bothering with the data for stereo.
Any thoughts on a player that can fit in my pocket that will be playing iems?