Originally Posted by bhd812
looks like somebody is sneaking some out the back door and selling them on ebay...lol j/k or not
Mr. Mark Levinson of "Mark Levinson" fame was accused of rebranding some Chinese amps, Korsuns I believe, and selling them for 10-20 times markup under his new brand Rose Audio a few years ago. He later admitted that it was the Korsun amp, and tried to justified his price by saying that he had "added value" to it by tweaking it. Yeah, that must have been a major tweak. It was identical inside out, he didn't even bother to change the casing, just stuck a Rose Audio badge to the casing.
There has also been talks about the similarity of Shelter 501 cartridges from Japan (US$800). Apparently some shrewed business man had once packaged it under another name, Crown Jewel, and sold it in the US for US$2000.
A friend of mine had been telling me about good tube gears coming out of China for years. I didn't believe him until few years ago when I saw a show report on a Hong Kong Audio magazine covering the Hi-Fi shows in China, and my two Chinese headphone amps had me raising my eyebrows too!
Audio Products from China has just recently begun to be marketed and distributed overseas under their own brands. Prior to that, many opportunists just rebadged these good value equipment under some other names and sold them for high markups.