Will China become the poor man’s dealer for high end audio?

With the insane prices now being asked for audio equipment from manufacturers around the globe is china going to fill in the gap between the haves and have-nots.? We are already seeing some signs of this with manufacturers like Jays Audio and Denafrips offering product-performance prices below global market value. The only thing I see holding them back is they will always be one leg behind the rest of the world since they copy most of the technology they use and world wide acceptance.


Chinese history aside, I think that we can agree that most manufacturers will purchase parts and assemble components based upon price. The better companies will carefully verify that all is per spec and that the end product is of high quality. Audio equipment is not the tip of the technological spear. As long as consumers have money to spend, someone, somewhere will figure out how to relieve you of your money. There will always be a value segment of consumer electronics. Currently, the manufacturing base for such products is diversifying and in the future countries like Vietnam, India and others will assemble these value component. China, with increasing labor costs and intrusive government control, is no longer the up and coming manufacturing hub of the world. Times are changing.

WOW! Just check this thread and the responses are a mixture of ones relating to the original question and political statements. There’s no denying what China is and their atrocities towards their own people but putting aside all that they still are part of the global economy and their role in High End audio is slowly getting bigger. 


this thread was destined to be a dumpster fire from the get go

let's just enjoy the music and be thankful for lots of choices for excellent gear from all over the world, ok?


Witnessing all this yelling and screaming back and forth gives me a headache.

Perhaps the moderators should consider creating a dedicated "combat zone". 

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