- Mar 21, 2006
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- Mar 21, 2006
I've broken the plugs on a couple of pairs while using them in the gym. Probably my fault but the metal did seem fairly fragile in comparison to the other IEMs I use in the gym.
I was looking at the Piston 3 Colorful yesterday. I'm just so scared of fakes, as I just purchased my first Piston 3 fake this week. I have spent enough time with learning about fakes that it should not have happened. It's just that the fakes are getting really good. Perfect looking control wands, and all the small microscopic burnished lines in the aluminum, just like the real ones.
Still the leaning comes from the sound. If you have originals and know the sound of the originals then there is simply no comparison in sound. Also the fakes are light weight and don't have exactly the same build.
Still confusion was started by the company in a way. There are so many sub models that it's hard to keep track of everything.
Thanks for the replies!
After assessing my options, I've come to the conclusion that the prevalence of fakes is too big of a risk, so I'm going to buy a different product. If I were still living in the US, I'd probably take the chance. However, the markup on pretty much any headphone here in Brazil is at least 200% over the exchange rate, consumer protections are weaker and shipping usually takes longer. I don't want to be still looking for another set of headphones in a month, at the same time I'm trying to get my money back from a vendor who may not even know he's selling counterfeits.
It's really a shame, but I wonder what Xiaomi could really do. They have a reputation for providing awesome performance at unheard of prices, but in this case, that reputation has made their product so popular that it's unusually attractive for counterfeiters. A less popular product likely doesn't have enough demand to reward counterfeiters, and customers of more expensive products aren't likely to buy through the same channels as customers of Xiaomi products, where sellers aren't always easy to vet. It's an interesting case.