First of all, I stumbled across Head-Fi yesterday while browsing reviews on headphones and whatnot, and I am really appreciative of all the time and effort you guys put into your reviews and recommendations to other Head-Fiers. I think it's absolutely fantastic.
Now, to my original reason for posting.
I am looking to purchase a pair of IEMs as a gift for my girlfriend. Right now she has these terrible plastic IEMs that basically wash all the lows, mids, and highs together to create this wish-wash of disgust. It pains me, really. She doesn't notice it (and really doesn't care, haha) but I think that she will appreciate the music she listens to much more with a higher-quality pair.
She listens to a bunch of different music, ranging from quiet acoustic to some post-hardcore and metal-ish music. Her bread and butter is the quieter acoustic stuff, so I'd really like to get a pair that fit that style and genre of music, but that are suited for other styles of music also.
My budget is $40, give or take five. I'm a university student right now, so I don't have the money to spend that I'd really like to on her. I live in Canada, so I know that makes a pricing difference...but still post recommendations anyways.
PS. If you want bands and songs she listens to, just let me know.