You can spend less—much less, in many cases—on other earbuds and earphones. (You can spend more, too, although the $199 price is at the very top of my personal price range.) But if you want to be amazed at the sound coming out of your MP3 player, drop the bucks on Shure's E3c. Not only will you never want to go back to your old earbuds again, you'll be amazed at how much better your music sounds and wonder how you ever listened through anything else. Just be sure to spend the time getting them to fit properly. If these earphones don't sound good to you, chances are you're not wearing them correctly.
Shure E3c Sound Isolating Earphones