So I have to deliver this unsettling news and its quite disturbing but people deserve to know what they are buying...........What does this mean ? A few things but some are more concerning than others.
......It was shown that Chinese wood products can be deadly.. Off gassing of horrid chemicals and toxins that can cause nasty diseases and sickness. The problem in China is that there are no controls or Osha or anything stopping them from using cheap glues and bonding chemicals and wood that may be saturated with formaldehyde and other lethal toxins.
When I met Michael Kelly many years ago and decided to Represent his speakers he was so proud to show me the Cabinet designs and the amazing bracing that went into them and more important he stressed how he was so unique because all his cabinets were made in Denmark in amazing wood shops with amazing quality and safety. The wood veneers were all hand selected and book matched and the Danish people would complete these cabinets with incredible accuracy and quality. It was always this way with Mike Kelly and Aerial until one day when he got the bug to goto Asia for his production.
I never understand people who have something great and why instead of bettering the product they have to make it cheaper to build and reduce quality but yet raise the price.. Greed is all I can think of but its disgraceful.
Let's talk legality - The FTC has some nice documentation about labelling items MADE IN USA.. Here is a paragraph -
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is charged with preventing deception and unfairness in the marketplace. The FTC Act gives the Commission the power to bring law enforcement actions against false or misleading claims that a product is of U.S. origin. Traditionally, the Commission has required that a product advertised as Made in USA be "all or virtually all" made in the U.S.
After a comprehensive review of Made in USA and other U.S. origin claims in product advertising and labeling, the Commission announced in December 1997 that it would retain the "all or virtually all" standard. The Commission also issued an Enforcement Policy Statement on U.S. Origin Claims to provide guidance to marketers who want to make an unqualified Made in USA claim under the "all or virtually all" standard and those who want to make a qualified Made in USA claim.
As I read this it says clearly that All or Virtually all of the item must be made here in the USA to say this.. His Entire Cabinet which is 99% of the speaker is made in China, Painted in China and finished in China.. Now yes he then takes Drivers from other countries like Scan Speak for instance another foreign company and stuffs them in the cabinet in Wilmington and stamps a MADE in USA on the back.. Is this worth 10,000.00 Dollars ??
Maybe the back binding post plate is made here but 99% of his speakers are made from Chinese and Foreign Parts. Aerial Acoustics and Michael kelly are breaking a federal law and the only reason he isn't in jail or fined for this is no one has called the FTC yet..
Here is the link to the FTC made in USA page.. Read it and you decide..https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/busi...e-usa-standard
The Audiophile of today is well read as the Internet offers amazing amounts of information on products we are interested in.. The Problem is when a manufacturer doesn't disclose where his items are made and blatenly lies about where they are made. This is why I am writing this.
I hope to open a lot of peoples minds about buying audio today and asking the right questions to the companies and dealers you work with. We all know that great British, American, French and a few other countries can build amazing audio but only when its in the hands of the actual manufacturer which is what makes all the difference. When you start to farm your products out to China they won't be great or even good for long.
Imagine buying a new BMW car and you open the hood and the engine says made by toyota, would you be okay with this ? Ask your speaker company who makes the drivers in your speaker and you will be very surprised. Only a select few speaker companies actually make the entire speaker and the drivers.
A few Exceptions -
There are quite a few speakers from some great companies that are made in china and made under strict guidance because they own the factory and run it with american managers or british managers for instance and for speakers that cost 999 a pair they almost have to be made there.. If you have people overseeing the process and control and you own the factory and the people work for the manufacturer you can control the whole process including the chemicals used and glues etc. There are some mid priced speakers that are great coming out of situations like this but they don't say Made in USA on them....
Aerials don't cost 999 or 2999 or 4999 they are 7K-30K speakers that are made in China and they are telling everyone they are MADE IN USA. Labelling the cabinet MADE IN USA for a 99% made in CHINA product is a crime and if someone calls the FTC its going to be the end of Aerial. Lies and deception always come out and I hope you all find this of use.
A picture of the back plate of the 7T is shown below. Notice the Made in USA on the bottom..
Feel free to post your Made in USA Aerial pictures for everyone to see.. Maybe someone will take action.
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