You will find that many products are built in China to a manufacture’s spec, design and QC, often ones you thought were of British, U.S. or other origin.
Our Volvo car is built in China and trimmed in Norway, for example.
Regarding Acoustic Energy, when we lived in rural Gloucestershire a few years ago, I drove past their head office every day. But most of their speakers are assembled overseas.
If you want British designed and built it narrows the field dramatically, but the likes of ATC and Harbeth are built in England even if a few components might be from overseas.
Leema. Actually you could have a streamer, amp and speakers from the UK.
Here it is from the horse’s mouth...Mentioning this to my car loving, Volvo owning friend, it sparked the question-
What model do you have?
His Volvo is made in Sweden.
I had an interesting chat with one of Primare’s senior folk. Most of their assembly is in PRC. Every item comes to Sweden after build and is checked by their Chief Engineer before shipping. Understandably, perhaps, they stress that the working relationship is very close, and QC strong, down to the number of twists of a particular internal wire.What is more annoying though, is these companies that get chinese 3rd parties to do the work. I argue that these have very little to do with the brand who stick their name all over it. So when I am being picky, they are the first lot off my list.
Here it is from the horse’s mouth...
We had a V90 for over two years and now have a V60. I’m not fickle, but I lease these days! I think the V60 is Belgian. They all have Swedish flags sewn into the seats.
Well maybe mine wasn’t Chinese after all?!
Yes, I've been thinking sealed box may work better.Do you still have the same positioning requirements, e.g., close proximity to a wall/on a self? RX1 and SX3 are both rear ported so not ideal. Front ported would be better, sealed box better still.
Harbeth have marmite looks with exposed screw heads, personally I find them very appealing, but £2.5K is not so appealing; grilles are meant to stay on. PMC could also work, I've previously owned DB1's, apparently the TB2's are a step-up; not sure about the newer models as I've not heard any.
Wot Al said, plus there's about a grand difference in price between them. You would really need to hear them together to see if you thought the extra expense is worth it... some say it is, others say it's not.In the case of the Harbeth P3 speakers.
Anyone know what the difference is between:
ESR and ESR XD?
Ie what is the XD?
RRP difference is indeed £500 but there are some deals around where you can get the P3ESR for £1495, as long as you don't want a custom colour.Again, ta muchly.
The fact some say it isn't worth it, makes me think it may be difficult to tell the difference. We shall see.
The price difference between them is £550.
£1945 for the cheapo, £2495 for the XD.
And then there are these....
Indeed I did purchase a pair from HiFi Corner via their eBay store, however, mine were not listed as "graded". As far as I can gather "graded" appears to cover many bases, from refurbished to a returned item.Looking at another thread from earlier last year, looks like we have both been looking at the same deal for these P3ESRs.
You purchased a pair?
In which case, can you explain what they mean by 'graded'? Certainly that's what it says next to them when I look.