Originally Posted by Claritas
That sounds reasonable, but I'm also quite sure that the labor laws and other aspects of the country of origin effect the quality.
Not as much as you might expect.
When manufacturing plants are outsourced by companies with existing manufacturing knowhow, they know how to set up manufacturing processes, establish training/skill requirements, etc. Labor laws affect a bunch of other things, but not manufacturing quality as much. Esp. when a lot of final electronic component manufacturing is (a) mostly automated and (b) primarily sub-component assembly.
Problems arise when people with no manufacturing knowhow suddenly decide to outsource their design to an inexpensive manufacturing house, which may or may not have the expertise initially. Those problems rarely arise when established manufacturers move their factories to developing countries.
I used to consult in this field a while back, so I have some passing knowledge of this. That being said, I cannot speak for headphone manufacturing, but I'd be very, very surprised if a company like AKG messed up their outsourcing this badly.