cafe latte wrote:
Thought this may stimulate interesting discussion.. What country has the best hifi?? UK, US, Japan maybe.. What are your thoughs, which country has made the best stuff, or has the best stuff?
US or Germany/Switzerland by such a stretch as to suggest any others is very nearly laughable.
Discounting the exotics:
Acoustic Research Dual
Lafayette And many, many others.
And many more.
Point being that the above companies put more audio in more hands at more price points than very likely the rest of the world combined. And much of what they did/do holds up well to this day.
Japan makers were excellent copiers, very seldom coming up with anything *new* (in audio) - but often refining and packaging existing technology in new and more flashy ways and often with very high production values. China makers with very few exceptions even to this day are a bad joke.
I have been accused of being 'anti-British' not hardly. They made/make great stuff *when it works*. I put most British goods in the same category as NAD - good design, excellent sound, but with a unacceptably high failure rate. Lest the Brits think I am painting them all the same, I put Tandberg in exactly the same category. Great stuff when it works - but when one of their reps stated that my 10XD tape-deck failed (for the 6th time in 6 months) because their factory workers were working in cold conditions - he lost me. I traded it in for a Revox that day. No kidding.
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