We have some family visiting the US from Sweden and they are doing some shopping here. My cousin decided to spend around $30 from a store and pick up some Skullcandy earbuds, which are this model: http://www.amazon.com/Skullcandy-Titan-S2TTDZ-116-Black-Blue/dp/B004MWI5TA/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1324774489&sr=8-13
Anyway, I warned him to avoid Skullcandy but he went with them anyway. I listened to a part of a song with the IEM's and they were even worse than I expected. There was absolutely no bass response and the midrange was very muddy and flat. The midrange during a Synth riff sounded like there was a piece of plastic stuck in the IEM blocking the driver. It was extremely muddy. The treble was completely unbalanced and not sharp or crisp at all. They sounded like something you would get out of Apple earbuds.
Anyway, I need some help talking some sense into this guy, because that $30 was wasted. My $10 pair of Meelectronics earbuds kicks the crap out of the Skullcandy Titan. If you wouldn't mind I would appreciate some people explaining why Skullcandy earbuds are not great (poor build quality and marketed towards hipsters which know nothing about audio) and recommend some better earbuds in the $30 range. I will be showing him the responses. As long as the IEM's are under $40 it should be good. He mainly listens to bassier music (electronic, dubstep, etc).
I was going to recommend these, but lets hear your suggestions: http://www.amazon.com/MEElectronics-M21-BK-Headphones-iPhone-Players/dp/B004OBZ2TA/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1324774980&sr=1-2