Interesting rebuttal by Broncolor to Elvs claims they are made in/by Chinese on FlashHavoc. I think Elv got spanked.
There is also a great feature on Bron's site showing their manufacturing facilities.
Reposting Bron's rebuttal:
2 hours ago
I see that you have been posting incorrect information about broncolor and their relationship with Godox, as is evidenced above – both here and on other forums.
As an authorized broncolor distributor, I would like to correct your misinformation, as much as I can.
RFS2.2 and X1 appear very similar, but are in fact very different internally. The biggest difference is that they are NOT cross compatible – RFS2.2 will not trigger X1 and vice versa. This is in part due to the 99 channels/studio addresses. RFS2.2 is backwards compatible with RFS2.1 and RFS2. Godox transmitters are not compatible in any way with RFS from broncolor. This is Swiss technology and will remain that way. As a side note, RFS2.1 was available as receiver (for use with older bron packs) or transceiver. They did not get that from Godox.
broncolor wanted to enable HS on their strobes but not in the haphazard way that other companies did with triggers that weren’t reliable and wanted to support Canon, Nikon and Sony camera systems from the start without timely delays. Godox triggering was deemed to be reliable enough for broncolor’s purposes and broncolor licensed Godox for some components and technology for RFS2.2 to enable HS timing. Ultimately, broncolor was able to release solid triggers that worked.
broncolor has always used IGBT circuitry in Move, Siros and Scoro, along with other proprietary technology, to manipulate the flash curve to offer the most reliable colour, power and temperature output, among other things. HS is indeed an optimized flash curve (not pulsed), that can be further manipulated from the trigger using manual adjustments.
John – to your point about the studio channels/ID – broncolor has used that terminology since the original RFS. It isn’t automatically set – you set the studio address on your strobes, and then a lamp address (unique for each light or lamp output) and then set the RFS 2.2 (Press ST, scroll to the studio number of your lights and press ST to lock it in).
I’d also like to squash some other speculation that Elvis has posted on other sites, such as photography-on-the-net: all broncolor strobes, lamps and packs are made in Switzerland. While some components may come from China, many components are sourced from Europe and all design, manufacturing, assembly and testing is done at the company in Allschwil.
broncolor recently released a great blog post with pictures from inside the factory: http://news.broncolor.swiss/about-products/__trashed-2/
I trust this clears things up and hope that, in the future, you do your homework before presenting false or misleading information. That helps nobody.