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The changing nationality of a system.

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James83

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Never conscientiously thought about Nationality of any of my kit. That said, most of my early kit was Japanese (Pioneer, Marantz, Hitachi, JVC....). I've had a lot of British stuff... or were they British?

Wharfedale were British but taken over by Rank Organization, which is American. I think they're owned now by IAG, which is Chinese.

Even though I've owned Arcams and now Leemas, Exposure I wonder if any of the components made in the far east? I know Arcam starting producing stuff in China and now the USA IIRC.

I've only ever purchased based on budget and sound and never given much thought to what part of the globe they come from.
You'll always find the odd component from around the world. Leema however, seem to be one of the better ones.

Wharfedale, basically chinese. Even the token stuff made here is probably full to the brim of chinese stuff. Afterall, that's what the chinese do.
B&W, half n half.
Arcam, Cambridge- Ah, just call them chinese for ease!! Alright, British designed chinese stuff. So the norm.
 

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When I stated all my stuff was second hand and cheep. The most expensive thing I owned was probably £230. Now I own a CD player which I brought brand new for £700 and I still can not believe I spent that much on a disc spinner in the 21st century. I'm probably a Rega person for the rest of my life now as I can easily see me staying with Rega for my future amps and and speakers upgrades.
 

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Mine has become increasingly British, having begun with a Japanese Pioneer turntable, a US Shure cartridge, a Tandberg receiver (can’t even recall if Scandinavian or German), and US-made Acoustic Research speakers. Later came a Dual turntable and a US/Japanese Harman/kardon receiver.
I later owned Meridian, Musical Fidelity and Celestion before going Italian and USA with Sonus faber and Krell. Now I’m almost all UK, save for Grado headphones, Shure cartridge, and Marantz CD player (as my Primare is doing duties elsewhere).
 
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Of all our equipment only the record player was made in Europe by Pro-Ject and we have a pair of Mission speakers in the kitchen. Our main speakers were made in the US by Infinity.

There has been a huge move away from European producers in my lifetime. I remember that almost everyone here in NL had stereo equipment made by brands like Philips, Grundig, Dual, Braun and Bang & Olufsen. After the UK entered the EEC we started to see more British speaker brands on the market. Then came the Japanese wave in the late 1970s with brands like Sony, Yamaha, Pioneer, Aiwa, Akai etc. At the same time we saw the shift from DIN-connectors to cinch.

The demise of the Philips brand for audio inventions is a shame. Philips engineers invented the compact cassette and the compact disc. They also invented an incredible system for active speakers: motional feedback.
 
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Al ears

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Mine has become increasingly British, having begun with a Japanese Pioneer turntable, a US Shure cartridge, a Tandberg receiver (can’t even recall if Scandinavian or German), and US-made Acoustic Research speakers. Later came a Dual turntable and a US/Japanese Harman/kardon receiver.
I later owned Meridian, Musical Fidelity and Celestion before going Italian and USA with Sonus faber and Krell. Now I’m almost all UK, save for Grado headphones, Shure cartridge, and Marantz CD player (as my Primare is doing duties elsewhere).
I see a Nord power amp has appeared in your signature, or has it been there a while?
 

nopiano

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I see a Nord power amp has appeared in your signature, or has it been there a while?
Bought used, this year from another forum member. Made in Cheltenham as you know, but I’m unsure where all the Hypex bits are made!

Here’s a pic of it in the centre, accompanied by some new Revel Concerta2 M16. “How good a speaker can you buy for under £500 that isn’t a KEF LS50?” is the working title, if I can be bothered to write it up!

View: https://i.imgur.com/KbEHfvV.jpg
 
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Bought used, this year from another forum member. Made in Cheltenham as you know, but I’m unsure where all the Hypex bits are made!

Here’s a pic of it in the centre, accompanied by some new Revel Concerta2 M16. “How good a speaker can you buy for under £500 that isn’t a KEF LS50?” is the working title, if I can be bothered to write it up!

View: https://i.imgur.com/KbEHfvV.jpg
Very nice. Agree about those Revel speakers
 
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James83

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Bought used, this year from another forum member. Made in Cheltenham as you know, but I’m unsure where all the Hypex bits are made!
Hypex have a factory in Malaysia. So whether the internals are made there or not, pass!
The Nord cases are either Italy or Japan by the looks of it.

I'm probably very wrong, but Nord strike me as a company that just put a load of outside components together, without even designing any of them.
I have no doubt Nord are much better, but I came a cropper with a company like that before, when looking for a new laptop.

A company based in Sheffield. Your own custom made laptop.
First of all, whilst claiming to be designing my laptop, they sent me generic pictures which I could find on the internet.
Then when the laptop turned up, it looked like they had gone to the cheapest chassis maker in china. Needless to say it went straight back.

Anyway, i digress. Nord don't look to be anything like that.
 

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