i bought 2 pairs of shok buds from diyma's firesale........
1 pair was crackly and the skullcandy ink'd was way louder, better. my son said he'd rather keep his ink'd pair over the shok's.
plus they kinda hurt my ears afterwhile, cause i had to push them in pretty good to get a good sound out of it
the 2nd pair is still on the shelf, wifey never opened it yet (xmas gift)