So, I've decided I may as well save up and not just get something to tide me over. I want a good solidly built mp3 player that will not break on me anytime soon. I have about 2,000 songs, however they are all in mp3 or wma format of varying quality. I only own the cd's for about half my music and have paid for the downloads of about half of the music I don't have cd's for. So I only have control over the quality of the file for about half the music I listen to. So I'm basically looking for a solidly build mp3 player that has great SQ, hopefully one that doesn't destroy low quality audio but can still bring out the best in a lossless file, I'm not sure how possible that is. As far as which IEM's I will be using, I'm not sure yet as I need some new ones and I've been out of the loop. The bands I listen to range from Paul Simon to Cradle of Filth and I've come to the conclusion that I prefer mids slightly out above the rest. I'm not too sure how much of this really applies to an mp3 player search, but I figured I give it to help as much as possible. As far as budget goes, I want to look realistically, I'm not looking to drop $500 on an mp3 player along with the cost of new IEM's and possibly an amp. But for the most part I'm looking with an open budget. Any help is greatly appreciated. I'm still trying to learn to do all this on my own, but I don't know the first place to look for up and coming players, most current players, and what I'm looking for as far as specs go.