Originally Posted by kbarnes701
That's kind of my point, Mick. Look for the quality, not where it's made. If the best quality/performance/price ratio is from a unit made in <wherever> then that is the one to buy. It might be made in the US or in England or in Asia. Where it's made just isn't a factor in my decision-making process now that manufacturing is globalised. The Chinese make some brilliant gear - often it is designed in the US (eg Apple) and made in China, which is perhaps the best of both worlds since the consumer gets a well-made product but at a better price.
Completely agree with this. And when i was a teenager, evrerything was made in japan, and was considered bad quality, today we wish electronics were made in japan and not in china..
However, th chinese makes excellent products,and if quality control is good,they are todays japan.. Granted,they also make really cheap crap,but they are getting very good at what they do.
Just take Onkyo, i have had a lot of that brands items from early 80s up until 2 years ago, when i finally had enough when their avr-s kept frying the hdmi board, this company had an awesome "bang for your buck" reputation in late 80s all through the 90s,some of my bet gear has been made in japan onkyo,but because they chose to move production to china, and save on quality control and components, their reputation is now a brand to be avoided,and i am certain this will have an effect on onkyo in the coming years.
Now, everything EU made is bloated price wise,as this is also made in china or taiwan,but they still charge prices like it was made in EU, and this is just not a viable business model these days.
The stuff i have bought in USA i have been very pleasently surprised and happy with, be it clothes or electronics even though most of it was still made in china,the components or materials used are just that much better than EU,which nowadays is really cheap crap for 3 times the price.
I would not hesistate a moment to buy another Emotiva or ATI, and i already own SVS which is also very good quality for the price compared to the crap they peddle in EU unless you take out a second mortgage on your house.
I really dont care where stuff is made,as long as it lives up to the advertising and promises from the company,and is working as intended..
Like i mentioned earlier, my english designed speakers REALLY opened up when they got the power from the emotivas, and i am so happy with the sound my system now produces.
Emotiva and SVS are the best purchases i have done in a long time,and i would not hesitate to import again as i saved 50-60% compared to EU prices would i have bought similar items here, and this is including customs and shipping.
also, i have been very happy with the US customer service, be it from SVS or Emotiva, as they have been promt,kind and professional during the course of my purchases..