@eron, actually as much as I'd like to get the M8, I've just started a new family (baby's almost 5 weeks old) and my audio spending will be curbed ;-). I sorta managed to squeeze in my last minute purchases before he was born but now that he's out...so's the budget ;-). Which is a pity 'cos the new balanced CLAS is also out.
RPG/gelocks, actually despite having the 1Rs for 2 weeks, I've actually not given it a proper listen (and will need to do so soon 'cos gotta return them back to Sony month end). Post listening, I'll be giving a proper review of them. I'd rather save preliminary thoughts for the review though. Sorry about that.
You probably have said something about your new child elsewhere, and this might come in a bit late, but congratulations!
Oh and looking forward for your impressions on the Sony whatsit.