For those who like to buy 'cheaper than normal' parts on online auction sites, here is a good reason not to . . . nothing new to me, but felt it was a good article for you guys . . . You think you are saving money, until they fail and you have to buy another one . . . or worse, they damage your other stuff as they fail . . .http://sound.westhost.com/counterfeit.htm
The best way to avoid the problem is only purchase from the original chipmaker and their approved distributors.