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In Reply to: RE: howabout $50 or so? posted by hifitommy on June 29, 2022 at 18:21:23
thanks for the suggestion, but after checking a few of many options, decided to simplify my buying process by eliminating Chinese products and any possibility of slave labor used in any part of creating my simple enjoyment.
I purchased an English set, made of non toxic biocompatible polymer, 3d printed by robot warm pheasant , assisted by human tom c. , $300 bucks.
they work well, exploiting an acoustic labyrinth that goes deeper into the ear than usual, driven by a single driver .
all my previous earphones were mass market jvc of Panasonic in the twenty dollar range, that I liked pretty well, so I really have no comparable high price point merchandise from which to form a comparison, but they do sound very "hi fi" and allow me to investigate the sonic limits of the C crane pocket radio I often use, along with an apple laptop. I require an adaptor to use in my main set up, which is in a misplaced box of unused small parts I haven't seen for awhile. this purchase was never intended for primary listening, but I will check them out from a better source, once I find the adaptor, I think I have a least two, and although not costly, it would be wasteful to buy more.
Slave Labour note.
I lived in Wenzhou, China for a year. This city is a manufacturing one. I get the idea of avoiding slave labour (or the Communist government) but please not that while the wages are very low compared to the US - the cost of living is also very low compared to the US. So they may actually live better on their wage than people in the US making $7.25 which is the Minimum wage in the US (and has been since 2009).
I could buy a tummy-filling breakfast of 2 large Pork and Cabbage BAO for $0.50. Chinese Minimum wage is around $2-$2.50 US depending on the region.
Moreover, not buying from China generally only hurts the working poor over there. $2 sucks but it's better than being out of work because they have fewer safety nets than western countries.
It's tough because I don't want to support businesses that exploit workers - but then I also avoid plenty of American companies for the same reasons as well as companies that go against my ethical and political values.
I'll never buy from The Home Depot for example.
> I'll never buy from The Home Depot for example.
I'm curious what's wrong with The Home Depot. I haven't shopped there in many years because Lowe's is closer to my home, but I didn't know there was a problem with The Home Depot.
I hope there's not a problem with Lowe's. They always give me a 10% military discount. ;-)
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