I'm relatively new here. Since early this year I've been following discussions on this forum.
With a past background in consumer audio retail and manufacturing (DUSON and Driade from the Netherlands) and wholesale (distributor of STAX in the Netherlands) I'm wondering what has happened to the classic brands. In particular when it comes to earphones and IEM.
80% of what I read on this forum is about Chinese brands or brands that have no background in electro-acoustics and are just 'labeling' Chinese designs. And what's even more remarkable, most of the raving reviews are about stuff from brands that I've never heard of.
So, I wonder, are the followers now becoming the leaders? Are the students improving on their teachers, or even more, outclassing them? Is the same happening to portable audio equipment as happened to car manufacturing in the seventies/eighties? Who will be the 'Toyota' of earphones then?