Here is an interesting thing I came across. I was trying to decide a new MP3 player as my old iPod(classic 5th generation) just died.
I consider sound quality is most important part of an mp3 player as I have a smartphone for everything else. After reading a lot of reviews i had almost decided on the Cowon S9 when a curious thought struck me.
I am a normal music listener (I used the stock apple earbud for 2 yrs before switching to Bose IEMs which according to reviews is no better.) Havent really ever listened to the really high quality stuff though I want to start now. I dont plan to use a pre-amp or use the equalizer funtionality. Only part I will use is the volume control.
Though I am switching to a better IEM (still undecided which one though, my budget is upto $150), i was wondering whether it would really make a difference which player i choose.