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When will made in China be as respected as made in Japan or made in Korea?

The thing is made in China encompasses such a diverse array of products. IPhones and MacBooks are made in China, but those are often thought of as high quality products. Most people associate made in China products with cheap knock off products on Walmart and Amazon, and that’s true, there is a lot of Chinese companies making cheap knockoff products, but there’s also some Chinese companies making good products as well. Let me introduce a few.

DJI/drones

DJI is the market leader in drone technology. Their drones are really good. I owned the Phantom 4 and Mavic Air before as well as the Osmo+. They are so good in fact, that they are pushing GoPro out of the market – imagine that a Chinese company out innovating an American one!

Lenovo/computers

I admit, I’m a big ThinkPad fan. I own about 4 of them (P70, TP25, X240, X61) Lenovo is the largest PC vendor in the world, and ThinkPads are world renowned for their durability. They are just quality made laptops and are better built than even MacBooks in my estimation. Don’t underestimate Lenovo they are one of the best Chinese brands. Let’s not forget that they own Motorola as well.

Huawei/smartphones

The world’s #2 phone maker. Ok so they may not be the most original company (yeah that P20 looks like an iPhone X) but they do make quality stuff! I bought a Huawei phone for my parents. They produce solid phones at great prices. And let’s mention the other ‘good’ Chinese brands here: XiaomiZTEMeizuOppo which all make great phones for their price point.

Hifiman/Audio

Guess how much these headphones cost? $300? $400? Nope. $6000. Yes these are Hifiman’s top of the line planar magnetic headphones, the Hifiman Susvaras. And yes they are a Chinese company. Bet you didn’t think a Chinese company could make products that expensive right? Actually there are many solid Chinese audio companies making products that compete with the likes of Shure, Sennheiser, and boutique Western companies. In addition to Hifiman (Well respected amongst audiophiles) there’s also FiiO, Shanling, Caiyin, iBasso etc

Oppo/home electronics

Oppo not only makes smartphones under the OnePlus brand name, you may or may not be surprised to know that Oppo also makes highly regarded hoe electronics like Blu-ray and CD players. Yes, this particular model the UDP-205 costs $3600 on Amazon right now. It’s not a cheapo player. It competes with the best of Sony, Marantz, Denon, Onkyo etc.

So there you have it, I just listed a few Chinese companies with products made in China that are really good quality and in some cases like DJI/ThinkPads/Hifiman they are even class leading. So the answer is… I think China already makes products that compete with the best from Korea/Japan you just have to look for certain brands not the no name cheapo ones on Walmart/Target/Amazon/Aliexpress.

Audio Brands ranking

Here’s my ranking of audio brands

Entry level ($50-$300)

Audio-Technica

Beats Audio/SMS Audio/SOUL by Ludacris/House of Marley/etc other artist sponsored brands (please avoid these)

Skullcandy (please avoid)

Apple/Google/Dell/Microsoft/Lenovo/Amazon/etc tech brands getting into audio

Logitech/Razer/Corsair/Roccat/Steelseries/etc gaming brands (Logitech is ok, the others are usually way overpriced)

Creative Labs

Bose (entry level is better value than their high end)

Cambridge Audio

Monster Cables (their non-cable stuff is actually decent value)

JBL

Etymotic

Samsung

LG

Altec Lansing

Vizio

Pioneer

JVC

Ultimate Ears

Boston Acoustics

JAMO

Yamaha

Libratone

Edifier

Fluance

Fender

Marshall

Philips

Audioengine

Peachtree Audio

Koss

V-Moda

Cowon

Oppo/FiiO/Xiaomi/iBasso/Shanling/Cayin/good quality Chinese brands

Midrange ($300-$1000)

Klipsch

Polk Audio

Harman Kardon

Beyerdynamic

Definitive Technology

Shure

Westone

Sony

Sonos

Acoustic Research

Grado

AKG

Lexicon

Master&Dynamic

Bowers and Wilkins

B&O Play

Infinity

Denon

Onkyo

Marantz

Sennheiser (actually they are good at every range but I like their midrange the best)

High end ($1000+)

Linn Audio

Hifiman

Woo Audio

KEF

Audeze

Bang and Olufsen

Astell&Kern

Jerry Harvey Audio (i.e the ‘new’ Ultimate Ears since UE got acquired by Logitech)

Ultimate Ears Pro (custom monitors)

Noble Audio

Revel

Wharfdale

Focal

Fostex

Stax

Naim Audio

Devialet

Meridian Audio

Audioquest

Burmeister

Dynaudio

Mark Levinson

MartinLogan

Magnepan

Wilson Audio

Quad Electroacoustics

Eminent Technology

Comparison of Luxury watches

I’ve always thought a classic mechanical watch is better a smartwatch; it lasts longer, has more sentimental value and if its automatic, will probably never need charging. Plus they look unique. There’s hundreds of thousands of styles compared to just one black AMOLED screen for the smartwatch. I have the same complaint about modern smartphones these days too. I miss the days when phones came in all different sizes and forms, slider phones, candy bar, flip, clamshell, etc now there’s just one type: big black slab.

Anyways here’s a comparison of all the luxury watch makers I found. Is it worth it? questionable, but these brands all have a lot of cachet.

Audemars Piguet
Founded: 1875
Headquarters: Le Brassus, Switzerland

Vacheron Constantin
Founded: 1755
Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland

Patek Phillipe
Founded: 1851
Headquarters: Plan-les-Ouates, GE, Switzerland

A. Lange & Söhne
Founded: 1845
Headquarters: Glashütte, Germany

Breguet
Founded: 1775
Headquarters: Vallée de Joux, Switzerland

Blancpain
Founded: 1735
Headquarters: Paudex, Switzerland

Longines
Founded: 1832
Headquarters: Saint-Imier, Switzerland

Chopard
Founded: 1860
Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland

IWC
Founded: 1868
Headquarters: Schaffhausen, Switzerland

Girard-Perregaux
Founded: 1791
Headquarters: La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland

Ulysse Nardin
Founded: 1846
Headquarters: Le Locle Switzerland

Tissot
Founded: 1853
Headquarters: Le Locle, Switzerland

Panerai
Founded: 1860
Headquarters: Milan, Italy

Piaget
Founded: 1874
Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland

Cartier
Founded: 1847
Headquarters: Paris, France

Breitling
Founded: 1884
Headquarters: Grenchen, Switzerland

Rolex
Founded: 1905
Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland

Jaeger-LeCoultre
Founded: 1833
Headquarters: Le Sentier, Vaud, Switzerland

Omega
Founded: 1903
Headquarters: Biel/Bienne, Switzerland

Tag Heur
Founded: 1860
Headquarters: La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland

Baume et Mercier
Founded: 1830
Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland

Gallet
Founded: 1466
Headquarters: Zollikon-Zürich, Switzerland

Universal Genève
Founded: 1894
Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland

Franck Muller
Founded: 1991
Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland

Charriol
Founded: 1983
Headquarters: Le Locle, Switzerland

Zodiac Watches
Founded: 1882
Headquarters: Le Locle, Switzerland

Zenith
Founded: 1865
Headquarters: Le Locle, Switzerland

Montblanc
Founded: 1906
Headquarters: Hamburg, Germany

Corum
Founded: 1955
Headquarters: La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland

Ebel
Founded: 1911
Headquarters: La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland

Eberhard
Founded: 1887
Headquarters: La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland

Invicta
Founded: 1837
Headquarters: La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland

Rotary Watches
Founded: 1895
Headquarters: La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland

Movado
Founded: 1881
Headquarters: La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland

Bulova
Founded: 1881
Headquarters: New York City, USA

Seiko
Founded: 1875
Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan

Solvil et Titus
Founded: 1887
Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland

Mido
Founded: 1918
Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland

Raymond Weil
Founded: 1976
Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland

Frederique Constant
Founded: 1988
Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland

Bell & Ross
Founded: 1992
Headquarters: Paris, France

Bremont
Founded: 2002
Headquarters: Henley-on-Thames, England