What country builds the best audio equipment?

I remember not so long ago when audio equipment was mainly a home grown product with the exception of Japan here in the U.S. Today it’s a global market with competition from every corner of the world. I use to think here in the U.S was were the best equipment was being built, but now I’m not sure.
Built quality and performance seems to be lacking a little here in the states with few exceptions compared to what’s being produced over seas and up to the north. So what country is the best equipment coming from? Maybe it’s still the U.S, but if pure aesthetics says anything I would say not.
As for Sonics tough to call, maybe still here in the U.S? 
I know this is an ancient thread but I have to agree with desktopguy about a dozen posts up. The Violectric V281 that I purchased pre-owned here on the forum has been a game changer for me. I was looking for a top-notch preamp for my stereo room and a top-notch headphone amp also. Now one box does both. As far as what country builds the best, I know there are trends but in the end greatness or crap can come from anywhere. Just depends oh well things are designed and how well they are built. Also the quality of the sourced parts. The components in my chain are from the UK, USA, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Serbia (I think). My version of the great melting pot

Japan made the best transistors back in the 70s and 80s. I don’t know about now days. And I could be wrong. It’s just my opinion based on something I heard one time and a few experiences I had with NEC transistors. So who knows but that’s my 2 cents. You can’t buy much with it but you can have it. :)

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