Originally Posted by shockdoc
I don't think I would necessarily trust one being a "real" unit simply by a red box or even a box that was a spot on match. If you've been in this game any length of time you will know that knockoffs are common (though usually not on such a cheap item) and ubiquitous. There was a debate 2 or 3 years ago about some very cleaver knock offs of some FiiO gear. It finally came down to a few small typos in the instructions and actually opening the units and some slightly different internal architecture. FWIW
You have a very good point. If there are blatant fakes of a product, there are sure to be grade A fakes of that product. I mena, look at the Pistons -- there were also some grade A fakes of the product, albeit of the 1.0 only as the manufacturing methods of the 2.0 give them a leap higher in quality.
Originally Posted by hockey_magnet
Maybe it's just me but I can't see anybody bothering to knock off an $8 or so item that is also very small volume - what's the point? Knock off something where you can actually make some money. My guess is that given the price point, these are just being fired out and they don't care about product consistency, reliability or packaging, so you "pays your money and you take your chances"
Dude. We're talking about China -- the homeland of fakers. You can't just expect the Chinese to not fake anything -- they fake everything, and I mean everything. I'm guessing you haven't been in this game for really long. They knock this off because it actually does make some money. The Chinese fakers fake where they can, when they can. It's because they simply can. They don't care about how much money they will make off of it -- with the constant demand for everything in China, there are bound to be the gullible that buy fakes because "hey, at least it works."
Judge the mentality of (some) Chinese if you will, but it's their choice. They do whatever they want because they can. And who are we to stop them?
Originally Posted by 1clearhead
The point I'm just trying to make is the professional headphone shops I've been walking into only carry the red box versions. I've even ask several shops of the other boxed versions and they have no recollection on those. they advised me just stick to red boxed versions, whether in their shop or online.
.....I did check around, you know, as others on this thread wanted some answers, and I did so, so that I can shed some light on this issue. .....just providing some practical and useful information.
Well, we still don't have that information. Whatever information you're providing us right now is either already known, too vague to understand, or not really necessary.
Right now, a hype train on this isn't possible. Of course, they may still be burning in, but I don't think I'm writing a review on this anytime soon. I will have to wait until we get all this cleared up, and until the IEMs reach 100 hours. I'm also going to have to make sure 1clearhead's opinion agrees with mine -- speaking of which, did you ever encounter a lot of sibilance out of the box with these, 1clearhead?
Edited by thatBeatsguy - 7/20/14 at 8:48am