Originally Posted by fugueness
One thing I noticed, and I don't know if this is a problem or not, is that the Klipsches are made in China while the Atlantics are USA. I always feel better buying American, having seen factories and sweatshops in China firsthand.
Question for you. You say you've seen this first hand, I never have, so that's interesting. Lets see, what exactly is the population of China now? Is is 1.4 BILLION or something like that? What exactly do you know about these sweatshops. Are the people working in there slaves? Or, are they making (in their terms and their country) enough money to support their family? If we didn't buy these speakers, and these factories would shut down, would these people now be able to feed themselves and their familes, or would they starve to death?
Hey, I'm not flaming, or trying to turn this into a political thread. I've seen too many "It's made in China" comments (btw - just about EVERYTHING is made in China just about nowadays, and most of the software you use is written in India) but until now I've not read here that they've been there and seen it first hand. I really don't know myself, but the way I see it, you can just send money to the country so that millions don't starve, or you can allow them to make their own living by working and just buying the products they make. Furthermore, you can invest in the companies that are using them as it is the American (and Canadian, and European, and South Amercian, but you get it now) Investor that is driving this practice anyway. It's the way of the world.
As to which to buy - buy the one you think will fit YOU best, and don't get hung up on where it is made. Last I checked around here, everyone is looking for bargains, you don't get many 'bargains' from US made (or Canadian made for that matter) products. For some reason, our labour force wants to earn too much money.
Just my take
edit: One final point - I only brought this up as your reason for not buying in China is "sweatshops". There are people that won't buy products made in China due to quality. That to me is a valid argument. For instance, I won't buy an American or Candian made car - has to be made in Japan or Germanyf or me, otherwise, I'm not interested. I don't like the quality of the product. If you don't want to buy the Klipsch because you think the quality will be lacking, then by all means don't.