Who owns speakers which are NOT British?

Problem is many of the so called British speakers are made from parts from overseas,   SEAS, Scanspeak, Audax etc,  & same with capacitors & other parts.    My own speakers are very brit, being my own design & "voiced" by me to be correct in my room,  but the important parts are Swedish & French & I expect a few far east other parts as well.

Mike-B posted:

Problem is many of the so called British speakers are made from parts from overseas,   SEAS, Scanspeak, Audax etc,  & same with capacitors & other parts.    My own speakers are very brit, being my own design & "voiced" by me to be correct in my room,  but the important parts are Swedish & French & I expect a few far east other parts as well.

I expect the question is more about design than component sourcing. Speakers designed in the UK for, what may or may not correctly be called a British sound.

I once read a US hi-fi article that describe British made speakers as the audio equivelent of just four walls and a roof and nothing else. It wasn't meant as an insult. I think it was a review of some Harbeth's and the sentiment was the Brits get down to the meat and potatoes of speaker design sparing no thought at all for making expensive speakers actually look expensive - just sound expensive.

feeling_zen posted:

I expect the question is more about design than component sourcing. Speakers designed in the UK for, what may or may not correctly be called a British sound.

Yes I understood that as the same,  but I thought I might just poke it in that in reality there are very few all component british speaker makers. That said I think there are probably more british speaker brands that any other when compared to other countries & populations.

British for me.

Apart from the specific "British" sound, the dominance of British speakers is also due to the fact that Britain still has a strong hifi industry, which means extensive choice (and many connoisseurs). France has quite a few speaker manufacturers, most of whom are almost unknown outside France (Mulidine, JM Reynaud, PM Léon, etc.).

When is a British company no longer British? Given that B & W are now, strictly speaking, an American company, should they be excluded from the list? In this ever mutating global economy I personally believe the question would have to be limited to British design, rather than any elements of manufacture or components.

The Strat (Fender) posted:
dayjay posted:

Focal, so French and before that Guru Juniors from Sweden.  The last British speakers I owned were Heybrook HB1s

Weren't the HB1s giant killers?!

They were excellent speakers and I loved them.  Not sure if they were giant killers, at the time I had limited resources and researched a fair bit and auditioned them before I bought but they were very good with the kit I had and more than capable of keeping up as I upgraded.

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