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For mainstream products--
France: Verdier La Platine + arm (TT)/ Audio-aero OR Audiomecca (digital)/ Jadis OR YBA (all electronics)/Cabasse La Sphere (spkrs) OR diy Supravox/Allion.
Switzerland: used Goldmund Ref OR refurbished Lenco75 (arm?)/ Goldmund Mimesis dac+ multi-transport / FM Acoustics (all electronics)/ FM Acoustics design (spkrs)
Germany: Gabriel + Schoeder Ref (TT) + Symphonic Line cartridge/ Burmester 969-970/061? Lindemann modded? mbl?/ riaa: asr/ amps: symphonic line 250 class A (stereo) OR Octave (tube)/ German Physics "Gaudi" OR Acapella Sphaeron Excalibur (spkrs).
Actually, I worked for CIBC (a large Canadian bank) for many years. I really just liked typing in Canadian (eh?) again and didn't read the initiator's thread too carefully.
PS I own an Oracle/Verity/Sonic Frontiers/Cary (A Yank in the woodpile) system. I do prefer vinyl as a source, but EMM ain't too shabby if you must do digital.
Damned........ Hit the wrong button....
As I was saying, I was putting together the best system to come out of the USA.
And that system will consist of:
Speaker System -- Wilson Watt/Puppy 7
Amplification -- Mark Levinson No. 33H (Power) and No. 32 (Control)
CD Playback -- Sony SCD-1 (SACD Playback) and Wadia 270se CD Transport + 27ix Decoding Computer (Redbook Playback)
LP Playback -- VPI HRX Belt-Drive Turntable w/JMW 12.6 Tone Arm and SDS System + Aesthetix/Rhea Phono Stage + Grado Labs Statement Cartridge
Cables -- MIT Oracle
Power Conditioning -- Couldn't find any worth owning made in the USA (unless I am completely off base here).
Or, if I am going to pick the BEST one country female vocal artist, I would love to have Faith Hill's voice oozing out of THIS system. The system is as beautiful and as American as Faith Hill herself.
Charles -- Sony is japanese. But, methinks there are SO many choices for a TOP US system that filtering it down to ONE is very tricky, to say the least.
For example, alternative TT could be the big Rockport or TNT;
Riaa filter / pre could be Vendetta, Blowtorch, the old JC designed Levinsons, the Pass Aleph, Boulder...
Speakers are too numerous to mention -- but I think you can do (even/much) better than Wilson 7 (some are, Wilson MAxx, big Genesis, older Avalon... I'm missing many). What about legendary designs: Klipsch for example...
Amps: wyetech, Levinson (the models you list), Wolcott, Boulder... very many others.
As for power "conditioning" there's always the technician down the road to wind you a 60amp 1:1 tranny -- or similar. It's heavy but it works for most things!
OK, too many choices so I am sure other people would not agree with everything, but if I got to pick just what I wanted from Germany it would be:
- Transrotor Gravita Record Player
- Lindemann 820 CD/SACD
- Tidal Preos Preamp, Impact power amp
- Tidal Contriva Diacera (the Sunray is just too big)
- Racks from Finite Elemente or Copulare
- Burmester Power Conditioner
- Cables by HMS
Thinking about it, there would also be the small company "Horch" for a transport/DAC and pre/monoblock set.
Of course there are many other contenders, like Brinkmann for Record Player and amps etc...spoiled for choices really!
From the Simaudio website:
"Simaudio Ltd., a Canadian audio and video equipment manufacturer, has been in business for over 25 years, designing and building high quality electronics for home entertainment use."
Like many Canadian corporations, actors, sports figures etc, they tend to migrate down to the USA undercover.
Japan, still plenty and not forgetting cartridges and arms.
Kondo- amps, cables, turntable
Fal - speakers
Final Audio - speakers
Esoteric - Digital, amps
TAD - speakers
Acoustic Revive, Acrolink, Furutech - cables
Sony - speakers
Mactone - amps
Accuphase - amps, Digital
Technics - amps, turntables
TechDas - turntables
Luxman - amps, turntables, Digital
Yamaha - speakers
Marantz - Digital