Well they used to be $99, but even at that price they were an absolute steal. $79 is crazy.
They have an extremely neutral, crisp, detailed sound that matches will with any genre. They just let the music shine through. I traded them for a pair of Triple-Fi.10's (MSRP $185) and really didn't feel like it was an upgrade... maybe a sidegrade.
That said, towards the top of your budget, the
are a good choice. They have a much more "fun" (V-shaped) sound with deeper bass and more extended treble. More 3D sort of sound too. I didn't really care for the midrange tho. They'll work quite well right out of an iPod and get much better with a good amp.
These are both IEMs... I can find a few suggestions if you're specifically looking for earbuds, the kind that don't go in your ear.Edited by LingLing1337 - 6/12/11 at 11:11am