1- OK , Designed in U.S.A but made in CHINA! You can see it was built in CHINA for their cheap connectors &
ON/OFF switch. For the rest they are looking good & solid.
2- the Cubes are doing an excellent job to reveal all mistakes in your mix. Mid frequencies Range are in your face.
Very useful and a must in any recording studio.
DON'T BUY the CUBES to have a good sound, you buy them to add a tool in your studio. Read more
increase the quality of your mix.
If everything sound well balance on the Cubes then it's a very good start for a mix that will sound nice on big - medium - small sound system & TV- Phone or anything in Mono and that's what you want. That is why & should be the main reason you want to buy the CUBES.
Yes they are better than the original cheap & crappy Auratones