Thanks for the responses so far, they help alot.
With regards to these players how much does each player vary on how they recreate the sound?
When I was buying headphones a couple years back I did alot of shopping around, tried out higher end Beyerdynamic, Grado, and went with AKG 702's which TBH impressed me greatly with their very clean and detailed sound recreation without any distortion or added base. They seem to create a very divided response in people as alot of people tend to find them "flat" and with weak base but I myself see them as flat out more realistic in what a single beat from a dampened base drum is actually supposed to sound like when the kicker hits it.
Do some players have a more "reference" type of sound aiming for detailed and balanced recreation of the source material while others tend to tweak the output to "create" a certain sound that might not be true to the original recording?
I ask this mainly due to the AK100 and the RWAK100, what exactly changed here? Did the RWAK100 alterations bring the units into a more true sound presentation or does it enhance things in the other direction?
With regards to someone who liked very clean very precise sound reproduction such as the 702's create which player is the best to look into (and FLAC is essential, I do not want to mess around with WAV despite the fact I really kind like the minimalist appraoch the TERA actually took with that player)
One song that I find myself using more and more to test various audio is Duran Duran's "Hungry Like a Wolf", that song has a very distinct part of that track which is "popping" that bounces around in the background of the entire song. On most cheap sources and speakers it gets muddied up and largely disappears into the background of the music but when I first listened to that song on my 702's that portion of that song is VERY apparent and becomes quite an important aspect of the complete song. I want to make sure that whatever player I get it is very detailed at all the levels and does not masks any individual portions of a song such as often happens on that particular track. "Enola Gay" by OMD is another song where the music can quickly get very muddled and it is one of my favorite tunes and I really don't want that happening.