I'm glad I can also inspire you. Why can't you use your CIEM's?
I read an old post of Charles' about the natural and essential progression of upgrades and such that he seemed to feel necessary to being able to understand all the Tera Player has to offer. I think my AS-2's helped skip a few leaps. I think when people also get their hands on them they will find the same things I have, which is that low quality mp3's or other files of low quality sound like putting 96kbps mp3's through a multi thousand dollar speaker system and the file just being torn apart it as its not giving enough information to the drivers to reproduce the sound like it should. I pretty much go for lossless only, and while I have downloaded albums off the web in the past, I rather buy the CD or from a site with extremely high quality as I feel I can hear the difference between what others say is high quality on the web and what I get from as original and quality fueled source (CD or online stores) as possible. I've bought a few albums at least 5 times because of my venture for higher and higher quality.
When I eventually get the Tera Player, I plan on enjoying it to its fullest, and after a month or two, will start my review. I like being very familiar with a device before I review or attempt to review it. I currently have only started writing reviews, so I am working on reviewing the gear I have and getting my process figured out before I review gear for companies where I have a limited amount of time with the item. my 240gb diyMod should be shipping to me today, very excited to hear that next bump in audio quality. Got a burn in station ready to go for it to be burnt in to the extreme. Testing it out right now as I burn in a new LOD. I can't wait till I have saved up enough to be able to sell some of my extra gear I dont need that will put me over the edge financially to purchase the Tera Player. I figure once i am set with the diyMod rig anything I dont need can be sold and used to finance such a large purchase. Kinda wish the Stealth model didn't cost so much more, would be cool.
I have a few DIY ideas for my Tera Player when I get it. Through all my audiophile adventures in the past year I have met some amazing people and I am pretty sure I am able to produce myself or get help from people in the community with advice and help in order to make some nifty things for the player. One idea is make a clip on attachment for the device that makes it into a watch with a thin Digital display to protect the front of the tera player. It actually might be a cheap watch in total, if you consider what else is out there in terms of watches.
Some medical condition. Right ear is OK with dry earwax, but for some reason, I get moist earwax in my left ear. So if I use IEMs, it pushes the wax down and eventually gets very solid. So have to have a doctor vacuum it out or use special medicine. Not worth the maintenance.
Do you rockbox your diyMod? Not sure if people still Rockbox, that was years ago when I rockboxed my first iPod. And of course, the iRiver H1X0 was made to be Rockboxed.
It would be nice if the Stealth model was pure black. No word etchings at all.
I was thinking how great it would be to connect a iRiver remote to the Tera Player. But WAV does not embed metadata. And I think the remote is brainless without the iRiver player.
Here is a photo of the remote:
I plan to just use mine in my shirt pocket if I am fortunate enough to get one.
But I have seen some mods here where they attach a DAP to the HP, then shorten the cable so much, that makes it look wireless.