After a few months on hiatus, I'm back, but still as clueless as ever. Mostly starting this thread as a way to try to consolidate the information from threads I've made in the past. I'll be updating the received recommendations section with any recommendations that I find interesting.
Without further ado, here's what I'm looking for:
In-Ear buds for the gym (Currently Using: New Balance 439 buds)
Not much behind this one: I'm just looking for some good, flexible in-ears that have good sound quality and are at home in a training environment, and could just as easily be used outside. I bought the New Balance buds from Best Buy a couple years ago, but I have a feeling like there's new, better stuff on the market that I'm not aware of.
Budget: < $70
Over-the-Ear cans for travel (Currently Using: Skullcandy Aviators [~2012 Model])
Still looking for a new pair of cans after the Aviators mentioned developed a cable problem (which could not be repaired). They'll be out for warranty replacement, but I don't quite know if I should invest in a new pair of SCs with the half-off coupon, or look into something better (at around the same price). What I'm looking for here is good range, some kicky bass, and if possible, some sort of noise isolation or canceling for travel.
Budget: < $200-$175
Portable Music Player (Currently Using: Samsung Infuse and Eclipse Replay-SL)
Got the Eclipse for Christmas from a friend, so I plan on using that in lieu of my phone (since the battery life turns to crap when playing tunes). This one's on here as I know that there are apparently some high-end portable music players outside the ballpark of iPods and rare Zunes. My big thing with this one is memory, since I would prefer to fill the device with lossless quality stuff that tends to eat through memory like Jabba the Hutt at an all-you-can eat buffet. I do not plan on using an amp with the player, as I would be using it to complement both of the above pairs of headphones, mostly the topmost.
Recommendations Received: iPod, Zune, FiiO X3
Budget: < $250
Thank you all, friends, for taking the time to read through this and offer suggestions :)