Originally Posted by billybob_jcv
I think that's hard for someone outside China (like me) to understand: the widespread willingness by businesses to deceive the consumer, and the acceptance of the consumer to being deceived by nearly all businesses.
One comment about China and then back to the headfi:
Most, or nearly all, of what westerners, Americans, etal, consider to be 'Communist social behaviour' is in fact already existing social trends in Russia and China. The Russians still demand you have travel papers. Plan a vacation to Russia and see. The Chinese were making copies of objects 2,500 years ago.
There were always like this, centuries before Smith and Friedman were born.
In any event, I have done my work on the low end of the Chinese market and I am now buying the $100 tier of phones. Aviator, TMA-1, MS1i, etc. I often want to chuck this experiment and just order a pair of HD-800's, but I must admit I am learning a great deal about the sounds of cans. Many of the mid-fi and lo-fi manufacturers actually do TRY to get something good. You can hear which higher level can they are attempting to reach, in many cases. In most cases they begin with their baseline, terrible, muffled, bass and lower midrange over emphasis, and then attempt to improve that sound moving up the line from $10 to $80. They don't move beyond that because their market is so price sensitive that their segment wouldn't buy anything pricier.
Doing what Skullcrusher is attempting is not easy at all. You lose your existing customers who perceive you to be too expensive. TMA-1 is the only product from that manufacturer. And so on.
Chinese buyers look at the difference between $9/60RMB and $14/85RMB and think that the $5 is 'far too much more to pay'. $100/600RMB is out of reach in most of their minds and that level is where headfi begins to most of us here. Some *can* afford that level and above, but very few. Looking at sales figures there are only a few, sometimes just one or two, sellers of higher level cans for each model and they have sold perhaps 30 or 60 pairs of the AKG 240 or the HD 600. Compare this to 1200 sales for a set of $7 cans.
Anyways, will let you guys know what the TMA-1 and Skullcrushers sound like compared to the 668 and CAL.Edited by marone - 8/22/13 at 9:40pm