I found it interesting that the backbone of my system is American made & the sources are foreign.
California-speakers & pre
Cables-most were made (not DIY) 5 miles from here (Virginia), one from Texas, other DIY parts from Texas & Wisconsin.
The international entries are:
Japanese cassette & tuner
I hadn't thought about this idea before, which reflects the same international manufacturing diversity as new cars (which have parts from everywhere). My own system breaks down:
Turntable and cartridge: U.S.
Tonearm: Great Britain
Phono preamp: Germany
DVD/CD player: Japan
CD dual-tray player/recorder: Japan
S-VHS video tape deck: Japan
Pre/pro and power amps: Canada
All speakers: U.S.
Speaker cables and interconnects: U.S.
Hmmm...decidely USA/Japan in both systems.
CD Player: USA
CD-R recorder: USA
ICs/cables: USA/Japan (DIY...but raw materials from Japan)
DAT deck: Japan
DVD player: Japan
S-VHS VCR: Japan
CD player: Japan
CD Player: Danish
It's the UN of sound!
Maybe I should fly the Union Jack in front of my property since all my major components are from Scotland. I just dubed this setup HMS (His/Her Majesties Stereo).
CD - Norway
Tuner - Japan
Amp (Int.) - USA
Speakers - England (Soon to be France)
IC's - USA
Speaker cables - Japan
Jond: The UN of sound, indeed! Well put!
Lugnut: all Linn?
Everything, even all the tweaky stuff is NA. I thought because of the spelling Music Metre was UK, but no, its CA. Shouldn't it be Muzik Meterre?
cables: U.S, Britain, Holland
My system is-
Made in the USA:
Speakers-Carolina Audio-North Carolina
Cables-Carolina Audio-North Carolina
cdp and integrated- French
ics and cables- usa
power conditioning- usa
racks,stands, tweaks- usa
Yeah, it is. Don't tell anybody.
TT and CD player - Scotland
Arm - England
Cart. - Denmark
Step-Up Tranny - England
Cassette Deck - Japan
Preamp/Tuner/Power Amp/Speakers/Cables - good ol' USA
CDP- Classe (canadian)
preamp- DR6 (canadian)
turntable- Rega (English)
cartridge- Dynavector (Japanese)
speakers- Paradigm (canadian)
Racks- CWD (american)
power amp- B&K (American)
Turntable and integrated amp: Britain
Line Conditioners: Canadian
DVD Player: Japan or Taiwan I'm guessing!
I can't tell who made ANY of my gear or where it was made. All of the name tags and serial numbers have been removed. That must be the reason why i keep getting such good deals from the guy down at the local Pawn Shop... : ) Sean
Well, quite varied!! I'm showing my Scottish birth by distinguishing Scotland from rest of UK. Looks like USA and Japan got the lion's share of the market, but an impressive array, nonetheless
OK, Lugnut, mum's the word!
CD Player: Dutch
SACD Player: Dutch I think (Phillips)
DVD-A Player: Japan
mercury, venus, earth, mars, jupiter, saturn, neptune, uranus & pluto, not counting on the minor bits from various moons.
Turntable - UK
Tonearm - UK
Cart. - Japan
Pre - Virginia
Amp - Virginia
Cables - Michigan
Tuner - Ontario, Canada
Speakers - France
is my system politically correct? hardly, origin countries sound suspiciously like a coalition force! nevertheless, I love how it sounds...
American-Speakers & Cable
Cartridge - Germany
Turntable - Germany (Under Swiss license)
CD Player - USA
Tuner - Japan
Tapedeck - Japan
PreAmp - USA
Amp - USA
Speakers - UK
Cables - USA & UK
Receiver (2nd system) - Japan
CD Player - (2nd system) - USA
Speakers - (2nd system) - Canada
Hey Sean- What's the phone number at your local pawn shop?
Interesting post and responses. Mine are
1. Japan (Cartridge; SACD player)
2. Sweden (CD transport)
3. France (preamp)
4. UK (upsampler, tape deck, some tubes)
5. US (turntable, arm, phono stage, DAC, mods to SACD player, tuner, amps, speakers, most cables, power conditioning, isolation tweaks)
6. Netherlands (Siltech cables, some tubes)
7. Germany (tubes)
Decidedly European with international flavour added to taste...
Turntable - mothballed : (
CD Transport - French
DAC - French
Universal Player - Japanese (tweaked by a Californian)
PreAmp - English
PowerAmp - English
Speakers - English
All Cables - American
Tweaks - American
Rack - Danish
Granite Slabs - Indian
Software - from all over the world
Room - currently in Singapore !
Wierd, everything BUT the electronics is U.S.: (cables, 5 speakers, stands, tweaks, cones, shelves, power conditioning, power cords, etc.).
ALL the electronics, however, are from abroad:
CDPs: UK and Japan a la Dutch
Pre: New Zealand
DVD and HT Receiver: Japan
I guess, in honesty, I must confess a US headphone amp and two "backup" preamps (really aught to sell those) -- so there's 'Merkin made electronics about, just not seeing active duty.
Here goes ... using "country" as country of manufacture ...
System #1: Amp (UK); SACD (Japan); Speakers (USA); Tuner/Vintage Receiver (Japan); Cables (USA).
System #2: Amp (China); CDP (Japan); Tuner (China); DVD (Japan); TV (Indonesia); Speakers (USA); Cables (USA).
System #3: Vintage Receiver (Japan); CDP (China); Speakers (USA); Cables (USA).
Amazing how much equipment is coming out of China.
Phono Step-up Transformer
AC Cords - American
IC's - American
Conditioner - American
Int. Amp - American
CDP - China/Canada
Tuner - Japan
Drivers - Scandinavian
X-Overs - American
Where is MDF Grown?
Stands - 'Mercan Steel + Sand
Rack - 'Mercan Steel/Canadian Maple
Tweeks - American/Japanese/American
Speakers - Austria
Subwoofers - Denmark
Preamplifier - Denmark
CDP - USA
Amplfiers - USA
Cables - DIY from components made in USA
In my first post, I forgot to include my office system, which has a rather different flavor than the home system. Here's the office system:
Source: Japan (TEAC Reference CD player)
Amplification: Norway (Tandberg Troll integrated)
Speakers: Australia (Krix Equinox)
Tuner: Japan (Sansui analog)
Interconnects and speaker cable: U.S.
Picking up on what someone above said about cars, it seems that audio gear is much more "international" than just about any other consumer products. Of course, if we looked at the "Made In..." fine print, we might come to a different conclusion.
cdp - Netherlands/Japan, UK
amplifier - UK and New Zealand
Turntable - UK
Cartridge - Denmark and UK
Speakers - Canadian and UK
Cables - US, UK, Germany
DVD - Netherlands
TV - Netherlands
Preamp - UK
Headphones - Germany and Netherlands
Tape Deck - Japan
Looks like for former Commonwealth is doing pretty well here!
Interesting..I thought the best speakers are British. I better pay some attention the the French. Hey folks, what French speakers do you own....balanced opinions are welcome.
Okay, lets see.......
Amp: american (McIntosh)
CD Player: Fench (Audio Aero)
Speakers: Originally (I think) american, but lots of Italien Referances (Acoustat)
DVD Player:Japanese...I think(Marantz)
Home Theatre Projector...American(?) Dukane
Satellite Receiver...I dunno:Dishnetwork sent it to me.....
Cabasse speakers are French
How about :
Japan CEC TL2
UK Meridien 566DAC
Singapore Diva Pre/power amp
US Vandersteen 2CE Sig & Herron Audio VTPH1mc
Slovenia Kuzma Stabi
Germany Schroeder model 2
NZ Dynavector Te Kaitora
Runs that gamut, doesn't it?!
power amp: American
Me : Polish :)
Amp: Canadian (Blue Circle CS Integrated)
CD Player: British (Roksan Kandy)
Cables: American (Straightwire Stage and MAS Grey)
Stands: Canadian (Energy)
Speakers: Canadian (Axiom M3ti)
All American except:
Cartridge - Japan
CDP - British
Tuner - British
Headphone Amp - British
Headphones - German
Isolation Devices: American
CD player: Japan
It is fascinating that we all seem to have one or another bias.
My bias is not not a "conscious" factor in selection of gear but appears to lean heavily towards (North) American and English speaking with counterpoint from Germany and Japan.
If we started checking the countries of assembly of components and of origin of individual electronic parts, inside of our gear, I bet we would see heavy representation of Taiwan, China, Mexico.
Amps: Great Britain
Phono preamp: USA
FM Tuner: USA
CD Player: Japan
Turntable - Italy
Tonearm - Britain
Cartridge - Switzerland
Phono & Pre - USA
Amps - Germany
Speakers - USA
Cables - USA & Germany
CDP - USA
I don't know where the receiver was made, but it seems to be third world!
Cloudgif... yes, I'm sure you're right! It's like the so-called European Airbus airliners that are actually composed of parts, including US engines, from all over the world (Korean fuselage, so I'm told). Same with our cars, I'm sure.
Amp: Taiwan, English design (or so they say.....)
Phono-pre: see above
Cartridge: Denmark (guess what?)
And then there are some various bits and pieces from all over the world. Considering the state of the world today it's some sort of miracle that it produces music at all.....