Originally Posted by ajs800
Not even close to being true... A $40-$75 pair of generic D1S xenon bulbs(or any type for that matter) does not compare to an OEM or phillips/Osram Bulb. I've tried a bunch of different bulbs in a vehicle with projector lenses and the difference was night and day compared to the orig Osram bulb. There might be ballasts that match the oem given it's basically a power supply, but totally not true with the bulbs, hence the vast difference in price.
I'm not disagreeing with this, the top manufacturers are definitely better than the Chinese junk. But to get that stuff, you have to buy them from OEM sources, and pay OEM prices.
What I'm saying is that when you compare aftermarket kits amongst themselves, they're all the same, with different branding on them. I've been around a LOT of these kits, and they're all made with the same stuff, the only minor differences is in packaging and then eventually resellers.
FWIW - the cheaper HID kits I've had have outperformed and outlasted the more expensive ones I and my friends have used. Compare a DDM kit to a XenonDepot one and you'll find it's the same damn thing.
Personally, I'd get a cheap kit, and then splurge on nicer projectors and/or an OEM bulb.