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Hey guys! I'm currently taking a business class as I work on my EE degree (hoping to start up an amp business later on), and I have to do some market research. I'm hoping you all here can chime in with some knowledge on the industry. 

 

How many american designers/manufacturers of car audio amplifiers are still around? I know of Zed, D'amore, Mmats (rockford I think as well) and a few others, but I'm curious as to how many are out there. Do most companies source their manufacturing overseas with their own american designs? Are there folks still designing and manufacturing here in the US? 

As for the consumers, do most of you on this board (or folks you know) try to buy American whenever possible? Is it even an important factor in your purchases? Does the country of origin even sway your purchases? I was hoping this could be an open discussion on the topic. 

Also, if you'd like (it'd be a huge help with the class) I made a 10 question yes/no survey on the topic. It's really quick to finish. You don't have to take it if you don't want, but TIA if you do! 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8PBWZPG

 

Thanks for your guys input! 

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Pretty sure McIntosh is US made and shitty Lanzar is RE Audio.

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Took your survey, #10 says to pick 2, but it only allows one choice.

When it comes down to it for me, reliability in tandem with price gets my money 99% of the time.

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Right now Korean amplifiers are some of the best , pretty sure sure my America Bass is designed in the US but made overseas . I pay more for quality and for reliability. 

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1 hour ago, ChevyBoy95 said:

Took your survey, #10 says to pick 2, but it only allows one choice.

When it comes down to it for me, reliability in tandem with price gets my money 99% of the time.

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For me american made doesnt play a big part in my buying decisions.

If its quality its quality, it matters not who makes it or where it is made.

And in one way or another even if you are buying am amp designed and manufatured in korea but sold through a us company such as say sundown audio you are still supporting and american company.

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I prefer to buy older made american amps, for the simple fact they were built to last, and have proven themselves to continue to work even after 25+ years of service.

That is not to say i do not buy any other products made else where, i have some old school Nakamichi home products made in the 80's as well that have also stood the test of time.

Old school quality was made with off the shelf parts that are not even made any more and/or are considered military grade that gets used rarely as the cost compared to lesser expensive pieces get used.

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whoops, ill fix that asap. thanks guys! Changed it to just single answer. I appreciate all the input on this! 

 

Now, of all the companies out there in the enthusiast scene (american made or not), what draws you to a specific company over another? For me I've always felt that if the product isn't vastly overrated/lying about output, customer service is #1 on my list.

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Customer service is a huge factor for me. As well as cost. Do I prefer a product that is made in the US? For sure. But when the price is substantially more than a product that is very similar, I tend to go the cheaper route. 

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