Originally Posted by Suntory_Times
There is no reason to apologize for this (assuming you expressed your view in a mature manner). I think the general population (at least where I live) would not argue against the point in bold. I have friends who come from china and some who still live in china, and thye fill the same way and even make jokes about it. Poor quality control is poor quality control, you should be free to point out such things, just like if you don't like a headphone it i sbest to say why you don't rather then blindly say how great it is.
Well, your Chinese friends are wrong. Just because SOME Chinese factories have poor quality control does not mean ALL Chinese factories have poor quality control. That should be obvious to anybody over five years of age. It's popular to bash Chinese products out of misguided ignorance, fear, elitism, or all three. Just remember in the 1960s and 1970s most Americans thought everything made in Japan was junk. In the 1990s most Americans thought Korean cars were the absolute bottom of the barrel. Look how those views changed.
A less obvious point to those who know nothing about the world is that many Chinese factories build products sold under Western luxury brands with extremely good build quality. Perhaps the biggest example of this is "luxury" apparel. It's almost always made in China, Vietnam, or Malaysia. These factories produce clothes for American and European luxury labels, and also produce clothes for moderate-priced Western brands, and also their own domestic brands. There are many Chinese domestic clothing brands with equal or greater quality to western brands. Compare Li-Ning or Anta to Nike and Adidas. Or MetersBonwe to American Eagle. The quality is the same or better for the Chinese product. Why? Because the same skilled labor pool makes both products. I guess I could use another example and ask if you have a computer? Where do you think those parts were made? Yes, there are a lot of factories making crappy products in China, but there are a lot of factories making great products too.
Unfortunately I see this bias against Chinese products a lot of places on Head-Fi, even from posters who are very smart in one area of their life. I think it's beginning to change though, as more and more Chinese audio companies are emerging. Some of those companies make cheap knock-offs of Western designs, but a lot make their own designs, and a few of these designs are very good.