REMEMBER THIS BEFORE YOU READ ON I found out where the sellers buy them from and they buy them for about 10% of the genuine B&O retail price AS LITTLE AS $15 (£10) -Google B&O A8 wholesale and see for yourself - so they are sure to be genuine aren't they??? No of course not !!AND TREAT YOURSELF TO THE REAL DEAL THEY WILL LAST YEARS - THE FAKES WON'T!!
I could buy and sell these at a handsome profit but I don't and I won't because peopel deserve what they pay for and theses are just a con
I bought some Bang & Olufsen A8's from Ebay they weren't cheap and a good job too - they turned out to be genuine - I have learned my lesson now ASK YOURSELF IF YOU SEE ANYONE SELLING THEM FOR SILLY PRICES LIKE £29.99 HOW THEY DO IT WHEN THE RETAIL PRICE IS AROUND £100 MORE THAN THIS - THEY ARE NOT GENUINE AND CERTAINLY WON'T BE A BARGAIN!!
I have bought another pair recently and checked all the signs before buying
What to look for
Biggest giveaway is the leather case - look at a genuine one - it is perfectly eliptical and looks well made and is top quality, the copy is a a poor copy sometimes a ragbag that looks like a very poorly crafted item indeed
The speaker itself is a silver colour whereas the fakes are not
The earphone glides on the damped adjuster a fake will not work at all or will be rough in use
Sound quality is poorer than you would expect on a premium pair of earphones (the real ones sound fantastic)
If in doubt buy from a B&O dealer
Just look at all the info available especially with the A8's - I've just looked on Ebay and can honestly say I can't see ANY that have some proof they are genuine - some indicate they are definite fakes - there are signs eg the wrong box,a very poorly made case - the original is a half circle and is sewn so that it looks padded, the fakes are poor and obvious copies.and they sold for £48 more than half the price of genuine earphones- it's madness
REMEBER I found out where the sellers buy then from and they buy them for about 10% of the genuine B&O retail price so they are sure to be genuine aren't they??? No of course not !!
Look or other signs. in the main. price - a genuine seller can't sell good earphones for a fraction of retail price and an individual who has the genuine article has paid the real price and will want to recoup as much as possible so unless the seller can provide proof of purchase from an authorised B&O seller or they are an authorised seller (unlikely) beware.Ask lots of searching questions beforehand if they're genuine the seller will answer without hesitation
The main brands affected are Bang & Olufsen, Shure, Sennheiser, Audio Technica and I believe Bose though better known brands eg Sony can be faked as well
This review has been written to help you keep away from sharks that sell fakes and take your hard earned cash for very little - report any suspected fakes to Ebay and the manufacturer it may help
Based on my own experience and research in the hope it will help someone- be careful someone is after your cash without providing pukka goods