And my attention turns to Applle. I recently bought some new earbuds for my ipod. The other ones died very dramatically and so I decided to buy new ones. In the past I have always defended the somewhat higher price for Apple earbuds because they were quite good. The sound is quite good for earbuds in their price range, and they are comfortable (quite important!).
BUT these new ones have terrible sound. They are the ones that also have the microphone built in, and just... no. The bass response is poor, forcing me to up the bass on the EQ. The only reason you should ever use EQ on a stereo is to compensate for poor speakers. It's the reason why I have to do so for these earbuds. Ugh. I'm probably going to forget I have EQ on and when I plug my Sennheisers and wonder why the sound on the album is so dark. grr.