i see... i did "waste" a bit of money on lower end gears and didnt really just go straight to upgrading. but i wonder how much money we have spent... if you were using bose ie2s with fuze, thats probably better than what i was using. i was using ipod shuffle/nano or android phone (128kbps or 256kbps mp3 files btw) with 10 dollars sony earbuds or ipod earbuds or the 5 dollars coby jammerz (my first iem ever). looking back, i probably have spent 1000 to 1500 bucks for just messing around when i can spend it on high end gears... im not sure if i regret my purchases though... its nice to play around with different stuff but at the end of the day, like what my parents always say to tell me to stop buying audio gears, i only have one pair of ears. so how about you? ever kept track of how much you spent?