Well of course. But after learning what his last pair of cans were (and knowing something about his new pair of cans), I find it unlikely that he will be happy with said purchase. Pretty sure the only reason OP is upset by this is because he cares his friend and wants something better (however subjective that may be) for him.
That is worrying, it seem she must have bought them solely on looks.
I wasnt criticising the OP :)
I have a friend who uses $3(nzd, $2.36usd) ear buds... probably should surprise him for his birthday by 'splashing out' on some $40 brainwavz.