That's what I was originally trying to get at too. I think sometimes this thread tries to make their own self-fulfilling prophecies and goes just a bit too far into the absurd when everyone gets kind of excited. The truth probably is that half of these earbuds aren't even significantly/authoritatively better than the new apple earpods if they are better at all *gasp* (dreams shattered).
When the HD650s were mentioned I had a good chuckle.
With that said, some of these buds do sound extraordinarily nice like the M760, and you know it's probably true when its unanimous praise.
And on the other hand, some of these $15 earbuds sound [almost] as good as $150 earbuds such as Sennheiser MX980/Blox TM7. I've received my pairs of Baldoor E100 and G.K. KZ OMX2 and both sound great. The OMX2 are a bit darker sounding than the E100, but with a bit of treble boost they open up. I'd say that these two earbuds plus Tingo TC100 and Dasetn MX1/M1 have cured me of my desire to pay hundreds of dollars to buy vintage Sony and Aiwa earbuds. Those oldies often sound amazing, better than just about anything made between around 1995-2010 (including Yuin PK2 & PK3), but these low price earbuds come very close to both the old top end Sony and Aiwa earbuds and also the current top end earbuds.
Heck, the Hisoundaudio Living that I bought for $99 (originally retailed at $149) aren't as good as the four cheap earbuds that I mentioned. The Yuin PK2 is also beat by them, at least when it comes to soundstage depth.
I also bought the Awei ES10 and they sound great for the price, but not as good as the E100/OMX2/TC100/M(X)1...