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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Look at chinese "amazon" before buying on eBay/online! FAKE HEADPHONES

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

As my first post, I figured I'd make a PSA and warn about fake headphones, which can be confusing especially when buying online...

 

 

I was about to shell out $399 for an IE800 and I thought this was GREAT deal (on ebay). Even though the seller was from China (had 290 feedback 100%), I never thought anyone would knock off such a high end model as an IE800.

 

...Then I searched the chinese "ebay/amazon": taobao.com

 

 

My point is -- even if you think it's a high end brand/headphone that can't be faked, search the chinese site first. Doesn't matter if you can't read chinese, just type in the model name in english and hit search. If you find something in chinese yuan (again, remember the 6:1 exchange rate) that's WAY TOO CHEAP, be careful about buying similar headphones on a site like ebay for a cheap price. Especially if the seller is in Asia (not to be racist or anything).

 

 

 

*also a note about IE80's on ebay -- half of them are fake. stay away.


Edited by gradofan1 - 5/29/14 at 11:02pm
post #2 of 13
Thread Starter 

Just out of curiosity though -- has anyone ever heard a pair of fake IE800's?


Edited by gradofan1 - 5/29/14 at 11:03pm
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 

bump.. let's make this thread into the "commonly faked" headphones list, since there's no such thread on head-fi yet. Here's a start:

 

All Bose 

All Dre Beats (not that we care about those two)

 

Monster Turbine Pro, both gold and copper

Monster Miles Davis Tribute (but not Trumpet for some reason, idk)

Sennheiser IE8i

Sennheiser IE80

Sennheiser IE800


Audio Technica 50th anniversary IEM's (2500 limited model)


Edited by gradofan1 - 5/29/14 at 11:03pm
post #4 of 13
This might be a dumb question but is everything on that website fake? I saw some beyers on there. This might explain why my eBay bought headphones (dt770 pro 80) have been having issues. How would I know I got fakes?
post #5 of 13
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Never heard of fake beyers, but it's a possibility. IEM's are more likely to be ripped off b/c they're easier to build. 

 

However, the Sennheiser HD598 should be added to the list. 

post #6 of 13

Most of the popular DJ/studio cans have been copied. Sony and Pioneer especially...

Sony: V6, V700

Pioneer HDJ-1000/2000

post #7 of 13
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Of course, how'd I forget Sony..

 

MDR-EX1000 (and the entire line of IEM's)

Most of the monitors as mentioned above, including the popular MDR7506

post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by v65vzfe View Post

This might be a dumb question but is everything on that website fake? I saw some beyers on there. This might explain why my eBay bought headphones (dt770 pro 80) have been having issues. How would I know I got fakes?

Not everything on that website is fake, but the "suspicious" cheap headphones definitely are. They sell legit HifiMan's, for instance, albeit for much higher than market price.

post #9 of 13

They sell Sony MDR-SA5000 for 2000 yuans (330usd) which is pretty cheap if its the real thing.

 

Audeze LCD-2 for 6200 yuans (1020usd) so about the same price.

 

 

Makes me wonder which are fake/real.

post #10 of 13

There are HD600/650s there as well. I've never heard of fake HD6X0s. 

post #11 of 13

The Beat fakes and Senns are amazing in detail. I live in Japan and the problem with fakes are so bad it's infiltrating the consumer chain at the retail outlet level. Edion had a notice of potential non authentic goods being packaged as authentic "homono"

. This is one of the largest chains in Japan and they are having their stock injected with fakes. 

 

Even buying from reputable vendors is not without risk. The vendor chain has been breached. The tensions between China and Japan are having effects and causing little economic skirmishes. Some folks who bought cans from a very very reputable electronics stores may have fakes. Audiophiles can pick em out by ear or by eye but the average consumer??

 

Good PSA.

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post #13 of 13

Lotta V-Moda.

http://www.alibaba.com/trade/search?fsb=y&IndexArea=product_en&CatId=&SearchText=v-moda+crossfade

You can pretty much expect whatever is popular is going to fall victim. The brands at the Japan chain Edion were AT ,Senn, A.K.G. Sony and Pioneer Pioneer apparently is a Japanese brand almost entirely made in China as are Sony increasingly . My student actually has a brother who works for Sony....in China. 

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