Entry-level headphones typically leave you holding a broken tangle of junk if you buy cheap enough. The real tragedy is that it doesn't always take all that much more to get a set of headphones that will keep you satisfied—and the Sol Republic JAX in-ears are exemplary of this: They're great for the price. Keep in mind, you will not be seeing in the package, however.
Honestly, it'd be tough to find a pair of in-ears that work as well as the Sol Republic JAX for a similar price. Not only is the sound pretty decent, but the convenience of a smartphone headset is a huge plus. It's a bonus that they're also very affordable.
For the same price as Apple's EarPods, you can buy yourself a pair of SOL Republic JAX in-ear headphones. Apple's new EarPods sound great, but most will find that the JAX sound better. JAX also fit better as they actually go in-ear. With that said,...