Originally Posted by 91Z28
So let me get this straight, most of the whole unit is supplied by a Chinese manufacturer, you piece it together, you install a legalized copy of IGO8, tweak the UI, add a "JEEP" logo on the start-up screen, call it "yours" and slap a 1250 dollar price tag on it ? The only benefit i see here is the warranty, only because you'll have to replace these things instead of repair them, as it's unlikely you'll repair something you didn't build in house, (i imagine you'll send the broken units back to the company you purchased from for some kind of reimbursement.) Explain to me why id want to buy the same unit manufactured by the same people in china for 850 dollars more ? Updated Maps are readily available on the internet if you know where to look, which would be the same maps you'd be offering. I'm sorry to be a jerk, but i don't see it being a value at all over the 300-450 dollar eBay units, which is "virtually" the same radio.
We invested a LOT of dollars in R&D to build the TJ1001. These units were designed by us. We sent our specs to different factories for some key parts and per my earlier post, we had some serious quality issues. In addition, our early designs appear as if they are now being built. All of the units out there that aren't Insane Audio units are made by a different factory -- and they have the following issues (among others):
1). They WILL overheat.
2). They will NOT work with the upgraded premium 7 speaker sound system that was an option on most TJ's due to an internal amp wiring issue.
3). They may claim television support, but since we add the ATSC chip here, I know for a fact that none of them will support US digital TV. (this may seem minor, but it's the easiest way to identify where the unit came from)
4). There are many, many other quality issues from the DVD laser down to the actual knobs themselves.
Again - understand that what you are seeing is part of globalization at its finest. China is still the wild, wild west. When a design leaks out of a factory.. there are dozens of different factories out there that try to reproduce it. In addition, they don't license ANY of the software (including the operating system) so you are basically buying pirated kit. The advent of sites like Ali Express allow factories to try and sell wholesale units directly to the public, but again -- you get what you pay for. This is no different then buying a fake watch off the street. It is absolutely not the same unit.
And for the record, we aren't arbitrarily "marking stuff up" hundreds of dollars -- we are paying the legal license fees and recovering the r&d effort that has taken us a year.
It isn't easy to bring a new product to market but we are doing it the right way and stand by our quality 100%.