Ok so I gave my last iPod away a while back can kind of been putting off looking for something else. After researching here I quickly bought an s:flo2 16gb, which I haven't listened to yet, and got a good deal on an iBasso T3D. I got the 6" Cardas 3.5 mini-to-mini interconnect coming from HeadRoom. I also found a great deal on an open box set of Jays q-Jays but they were open box because the left side was DOA, so I promptly returned then for a refund (free return shipping).
Now I happen to be in the market for a great pair of IEMs. I have a pair of Bose in-ears whatevertheyarecalled, and they pretty much sound like *insert expletive here*. I will say my first (and only) venture into good headphones was when I bought my Denon D2000s and I love'em. I want something that sounds as good or better. Really I want something that I think is impossible. I want to hear the the lows, mids, and highs equally well (balanced?), but I dearly, dearly need to hear (not feel) the bass drum hit and the lowest bass guitar vibrations.
I have wide tastes in music excluding classical and modern country. I really like northern European electronica with vocals, like the Norwegians Royksopp and Erland Oye. Its all very, very clean. However, my reference CD is Portishead - Roseland NYC Live with beautiful vocals, with a DJ, live band all backed-up by none other than the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Specifically the song Glory Box. The better that song sounds the better the headphones or IEMs, in this case.
Anyway, I'm taking all suggestions as I know from reading these forums for awhile it will be anything but unanimous. I don't really want to go more than $300 but less than $200 would be great.