Speakers,,British lots of them and American (The AR acoustic suspension)..
Turntables Britain/Switzerland,,,with a respectful nod to the US (Edgar Villchur)
Never owned a direct drive so I can't judge,,only heard them in passing or for DJ use..Never had money for expensive or heard
Amplification,, Britain and the USA again...And NAD 3020 series Norwegian/Canadian/American/British Made in Japan and China and various other places...Can't deny the 3020 series success at sound per pound though..
Tonearms,,The ones I can afford seem to be British..The two real landmarks seem to be the 3009 and the Rega...Yes there are others I know,I love my Hadcock GH220ss and think it blows the SME series 2 and 3 into the weeds..,but 3009 and Rega are very successful and in their era changed the game..
Cartridges...American and Japanese..AT and Shure...Don't like any Ortofon's,Nagaoka's or Goldring's I have owned...Never had money for Hi end Moving Coils from Japan..
Just in my experience mind..Hope it doesn't start people bitching at each other..