I'm sorry to start a new thread and I did try and do some research before diving in. I've been around head-fi for a while but know way more about iem's/headphones than I do about sources. I currently have a pair of custom iem's on the way and have been debating keeping/using what I have or upgrading. My current sources are an iPhone 4S, iPod Nano 6g (gym only) and Sony A865. I originally got the Sony as my dedicated music player but I rarely use it because there's enough that I don't like about it.
Likes: Sound quality with EQ - not a huge fan without, Screen/Ease of use, buttons on the side for volume, pause/play, hold.
Dislikes: wish it had a screen lock instead of waiting for it to turn itself off, it generally feels like it's a bit fragile/slippery for my taste and accessories are hard to find
I'd originally gotten the Sony for 2 reasons: sound quality (wanted to try something other than Apple) and blue-tooth connectivity since I run and it's got great sound quality but isn't what currently works for me. My budget is around $200 - 250 or so and I need at least16-32G. With a dedicated source I'd be more likely to upgrade my bit-rate but it takes up way too much space on my phone and I've never been able to tell a huge difference - that's just being honest. Thank you in advance for your help!!
Edited by vocalist - 2/24/13 at 7:30pm