PS Audio GCPH- Country of Origin

soundman -- Wed, 02/02/2011 - 20:56

I just received my new GCPH.  I had read every mag & online review(Stereophile, TAS, etc) and the company's website info.  NO MENTION ANYWHERE of the country in which this item is manufactured.  How VERY disappointing to find a, " MADE  in CHINA" sticker on the box.  Had this been exposed via ANY one of the SUPPOSEDLY informative sites or articles; I would not have even considered purchasing the unit.   I'm just posting this as FYI, as no one else seems to feel full disclosure necessary.

SundayNiagara -- Thu, 02/03/2011 - 10:52

Why not try listening to it first?

Steven Stone -- Thu, 02/03/2011 - 11:09

 If NOT buying "made in China" products is high on your lists of "the right thing to do" you might want to read my Blog on the subject 

Steven Stone
Contributor to The Absolute Sound,, Vintage Guitar Magazine, and other fine publications

soundman -- Thu, 02/03/2011 - 16:33

Steven- Interesting point you make.  I don't purchase American exclusively.  However, I try to buy only from countries that produce items of QUALITY.  Thus far; it's been my experience that nothing from Southeast Asia, China or Taiwan possess that attribute(exception-Japan is absolutely OCD per quality control).  That would be according to my 62 years on this planet, minus the years that their junk was not being so heavily imported.  The vast majority of manufacturers' websites, articles and reviews on/of audio gear, include info as to who designed the component, and where it was manufactured.   Like I said, I posted this FYI, as I would have appreciated a heads-up and thought others might appreciate one as well.

rossop -- Thu, 02/03/2011 - 22:37

You will recall that in the 60s anything made in Japan was considered crap. Its the same now with most of Southeast Asia. However quality control has come a long way in this area. I use a number of PSA products. Some made in China, some in the US. I dont really care where they are made as long as they work, and they do.

Most US (and European) companies manufacture off shore in order to reduce costs to the consumer. I think this is a good thing as long as the quality control measures are in place. Where does your TV come from?

My first stand alone phono stage was the GCPH. It was a very good unit that represented excellent value. I updated after a while to a Herron Audio VTPH-2. Its a better unit and one thats made in the US. It costs a bit more, though, but is still good value.

soundman -- Fri, 02/04/2011 - 22:55

TV = Vizio E551VL, DVD = OPPO BDP-83

Steven Stone -- Thu, 02/03/2011 - 16:40

 If quality is your primary reason for not buying products assembled in China, my experience was the same as yours up to about four years ago. Since then I've seen the quality of China-made products improve by leaps and bounds. I wouldn't be surprised if we see some serious audio jewelry coming from China in the very near future.

Steven Stone
Contributor to The Absolute Sound,, Vintage Guitar Magazine, and other fine publications

soundman -- Thu, 02/03/2011 - 16:40

Sunday-  It is my intention to find the optimum gain and impedence match for my cartridge, via the unit(experimentation), then sell it.  I'm hoping the Simaudio LP5.3 or Benz Lukaschek will have the required parameters for my, very low output, MC cart.

SundayNiagara -- Thu, 02/03/2011 - 18:09

What happens if you "like" it?

soundman -- Fri, 02/04/2011 - 23:11

IF I could somehow overcome my revulsion; I suppose I would install IXYS Fast Recovery Epitaxial Diodes and either BlackGate FKs or Sanyo OS-CONs in the power supply, then see if I could find any better OP amps and/or resistors than what's in circuit. The unit's physical size does not really lend itself to easy integration in my system/listening room, so- I seriously doubt the process will ever get that far.

SundayNiagara -- Sat, 02/05/2011 - 10:13

You can send that one in and get the mods done. I see ads for it all the time.

soundman -- Sat, 02/05/2011 - 10:38

Why would I pay someone else to do what I have been performing/enjoying for over 30 years(building/modding/tweaking)? It's much more gratifying to do such things for myself. Thanks for the tip though!

paskinn -- Tue, 02/15/2011 - 20:09

   The point is surely that people should have the choice of which country of origin they favour. Here in Europe it can be genuinely difficult to work out where goods came from...they don't usually have the country of origin on them. I think they should.. Buyers might be irrationally prejudiced...but it is their money and they can be as prejudiced as they like!  I have taken to buying mainly 'home grown ' stuff..which for me means made in the United Kingdom. But Chinese based firms such as Quad (the shame of it!) have addresses inscribed on them giving the office location as in the United Kingdom. To me, that is just wrong...and it is hard not to see it as an attempt to mislead. Unfair as it might be, I just do not wish to buy Chinese made stuff (but I love high-end Japanese stuff. We all have our quirks.)

ANLGSD -- Sat, 07/28/2012 - 01:10

I know I'll never leave Luxman nor Accuphase, nor Esoteric.  Their innovation has always been phenomenal.

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