Why anyone thinks this thread is about the quality of Chinese manufacturing is beyond me. The point was, and still is, the contention that the reason why Emo is able to price so low is because the gear is made in China, and not because the level of audio design and sound quality is at the lower end of the scale. It occurred to me that if that was true then why is Audio GD priced higher, since they are a pure Chinese company. Based on responses, it appears that Audio GD uses better parts, and the circuit designs result in better sound. Hence the higher price.
While I expected that to be the reason, it is nice to read responses from people who have the gear. However, it also confirms the premise that Emo gear is good, solid, entry level gear, and not a replacement for better gear at higher prices.