I have own several brands of in ear buds and these are light years ahead of the rest.
On a more serious note - OP, you should try out some balanced armature in-earphones - especially the multi-driver varieties. Or even custom fits. Depending on your budget of course.
A taste thing? Ironically the opposite: I was kidding when I mentioned the Store - Apple does actually carry better gear, both on and in ear, but Bose is almost exactly the Apple of the headphone world - design/usability-led items backed up by excellent consumer marketing and decent consumer support, which delivers performance attuned for those who more often than not don't know what they're buying. As a result, their sound is tuned to appeal to the non-'audiophile' - i.e. the broadest taste possible.
Sometimes, they present non-core but nevertheless still important features (superior comfort, more socially acceptable styling, etc) which aren't present in better-performing products and you might well pick the product for a balance of those compromises as I have done at times. But in most cases in terms of the core function itself they represent a 'neither here nor there' mediocrity.
You don't need to spend a lot more to get far more incisive sound - the Etymotic hf5's for example delivers, despite its radically different tone.
These are comparable:
not as sweaty for long periods of talk radio
and most of all, in the station I work at, they supply earphones that every one uses so its very un-hygienic.
Overall not as clumsy