IMO it takes some time to get accustomed to a new sound signature. When I got my altec lansing im716 I thought they were terrible compared to my old sonys ex71s. So maybe the OP should listen to the Apple IEM some more before returning them.
Yeah you have a point there. I remember about 7 years ago I bought a pair of Sony EX in ear phones and at first I didn't like the sound of them until I wore them out and they sounded better.
I cannot understand the hostile replies I have been getting here and another guy being totally rude. The reason I used Apple Fanboy is because I thought maybe they were part of the cult where if someone says something bad about Apple products then they get all defensive and exchange abuse. I myself love Apple products as I own a MacBook Pro, MacBook, iMac and iPod Touch but I wouldn't get all defensive and abusive back if someone mention in their opinion that they weren't that great. Maybe the posters here a bit too touchy aswell because I used words like horrible and duped but I didn't mean it to that extreme.