As to the ongoing conversation regarding the manufacturers identity and pedigree--if these speakers actually were designed and produced in Germany as alluded to, they sure as hell wouldn't be selling on MD for $180!
Next point: it's pretty much a given these days that if some product "X" wasn't specifically manufactured in some country "Y", then it most likely follows that product was probably built or assembled in CHINA--so get over it. Further, if these speakers were built in somewhere in South America, using components sourced from somewhere in Asia what difference would that make to the product's function? Again, especially at the price offered?
Now to the important issue: does anyone actually own a pair of these (with the proper plug for their country), and can anyone attest to the operability and the sound-quality of these things? I wouldn't expect them to be JBL beaters, but it would be nice if they actually worked, and sounded acceptable.