Not necessarily true, the iBuds can't compare to the ear buds of the 80's and 90's by Sony and AIWA; now those are hifi. IBuds have a nice presentation but don't come even close. Today's earbuds are overpriced and don't seem to come close to the quality of some of those old earbuds. The old Sony's and AIWA's are so rare that there current cost is just as bad as the cost on yuin's and the like though, hec there usually bloated to the point of being much more expensive.
I'm talking modern day earbuds, but I get what you mean. You can say the same thing for headphones. When where the Sony MDR-R10's made, like the 1980-90's right? Those (even though I have never heard them) sound like top class extremely high end headphones when compared to even the likes of the Audez'e LCD-2 and the HD800 today.