Originally Posted by kova4a
Sorry but that example with XDA is a pretty bad one. MIUI is not some random Android mod that Xiaomi uses - Xiaomi developed MIUI. But anyway, this discussion is kinda ridiculous - first people claim the ibuyugo ones are 100% legit and recommend people to buy from them and praise the pistons to the sky. Then someone else finds another version few months later and starts claiming it's the real one and the other ones are probably fakes despite all the hype and claims of the very same people couple of months ago that those Pistons, which they now claim are "supposed fakes", were the next best thing since sliced bread. IMO it's highly possible xiaomi updated the pistons without announcing it just like several companies in the past have released updates on their models and created frustration and confusion - vsonic for example, which tended to change stuff like L, R markings, cable plugs, colors and packaginf.
Now people start to worry what version they have and considering buying the pistons again and that completely beats the purpose of those $20-25 iems coz IMO once you buy 2-3 pairs to see if there is a "better one" of the bunch to call the "real one", you will spend more money than the actual performance is worth.
Google developed Android. MIUI is a highly modified Android Rom created by Xiaomi. This does not mean anything when it comes to retail. Ibuygou may be an MIUIAndroid sponsor, but that does not mean they are an authorized seller of the Xiaomi Pistons. Maybe, maybe not. A moderator at an MIUI forum is not an official Xiaomi representative like people are claiming.
Yes, this multiple version thing sucks, and this is one of the caveats of purchasing directly from China. Without any official confirmation, everything is speculation. It could be different versions, it could be fakes. No one knows for sure.
As of right now, It seems that Penon Audio and Xiaomi themselves are the only ones confirmed to carry the "new version" or actual legit version. All I know is, they sound different, and the packaging changes are noticeable.
People like me buy these and compare so other people don't have to. I would have liked to have known the differences myself and saved the money, but that info wasn't available. Now it is, and for everyone else too.
The ibuygou ones actually sound good, but not the same. No one is holding a gun to your head to purchase any of them.
Edited by bhazard - 3/3/14 at 9:42am