From what I've read, the Shure's are considered to be overpriced. So I'm not sure if that's a proper comparison. Anyways this argument is moot because we have to take into account whether or not price is accurately matched with the product that is being sold and even then if "sound quality" can be quantified.
Sigh. I have to pay freight costs both ways back if I want to be able to replace the defective unit. There isn't even a list of authorized resellers stated by VSonic that I can find... Kind of ridiculous that I'm paying money for something that isn't my fault.