Originally Posted by feigeibomber
The problem is, im not even sure if its worth fixing (these were given to me for free) because i can't tell if they're real or fake, they sure sound nice though.
Any details as to how i can tell they're real/fake ?
I had copied this from earlier in this thread. I forget who wrote it:
My "real" MDs came from J&R as well and the back of the earphones are defiantly plastic... which look just like the fake ones I bought from a seller on Amazon. The fake set 1.) Came with tiny clear films over the Miles Davis signature directly on the earphone. 2.) The hard case they came with had a black ribbon with Miles signature on the inside top portion of the case. 3.) The metal around the grill on the earphones are thicker than any on the Pro line or authentic MDs. 4.) The Miles CDs were not inside the box as the originals had. 5.) None of the tips that came with the fakes had super tips written on the packaging. 6.) the fakes had a very crude sticker on the inside of the hard case with a serial number. 7.) The sound on the fakes were recessed in the mids and highs with a incredibly distorted and bloated low end, quite nasty in every aspect. So why did I buy the fakes? To check out the difference, and share it. I was confident Amazon would go to bat for me if I had trouble with the return, which I did not, they even payed the return shipping. As before, they look and feel identical in the hand EXCEPT the metal thickness around the grill.
also, to add to your observations, the gold plating is way too...rich in color, right near the strain reliefs, there is a vertical mold line that was just plated with gold making it very noticeable. the nozzle/filter is depressed instead of bulging out a little. also, though the body is a very rich gold, the gold tipping/decor near the far end of the strain relief is slightly less rich in color and thus contrasts with the body. anywho, the clip's design is also different from the real ones, they have a swivel joint instead of a simple alligator teeth.Though I doubt anybody could tell these differences if they have never used or had in there possession the real one for more than a bit of time. Honestly, they didn't sound that bad to my ears, but it's the thought that you got ripped off that makes you want to smash them.