This came up in another forum a while back (or another thread in this forum?). Either way...
Short answer -- cheap knock off with major quality issues running pirated software. Nowhere near the same thing. It's like buying a fake Rolex off the street. Insane Audio is the real deal.
Long answer --
While we do some assembly here in Southern California, we source some products overseas. It's taken us over a year and a half in R&D to build the TJ1001 and do it right. A while back, we were working with different factories in China to build key hardware components. In our first prototype we were working with one factory in particular but continued to have major quality problems so we ended up switching factories altogether. (We are now working with an ISO9001 certified factory). Despite the fact that we have a non disclosure agreement with the first factory, we learned the hard way that these things are virtually impossible to enforce in China. It appears as if they are now trying to sell something very similar to our design and even had the balls to ship them using pirated versions of our software. The operating system, the user interface and the GPS software are all illegal copies. While these pirated versions will never legally be sold here in the states (but you can find 'em on Chinese web sites), that's ultimately our problem to deal with.
Here is what matters from a consumer’s perspective – These units have MAJOR quality issues. The biggest one being that they have a tendency to overheat. Due to an internal amp wiring issue, they won’t work with any of the Jeep upgraded stereo systems (a factory option on a large number of vehicles). They failed our shock testing and have various other quality issues from the CD player down to the knobs themselves. The TV tuner won’t work here in the US. In addition, they are running pirated software that is several versions old (no 3d topography), the maps will be outdated right out of the gate and users will NEVER be able to download map updates (ever). Again – these are knock-offs taken from an early prototype of our designs and are being manufactured by a factory that was unable to meet our quality standards.
The bottom line is that the Insane Audio units are top quality and we are backing them with a 12 month / 12,000 mile warranty. In addition, our GPS software comes with the guaranteed latest maps with full support -- users can go online and update them anytime they want.
Sorry for the long winded response and I certainly am not attempting to be all "salesy" in this forum... really, I wanted to show off some cool pictures of my Jeep with the unit in the dash showing an offroad trail go into the sierra nevada mountains.