This HP-2 headphone was designed by Joe Grado, and hand-built by his nephew John Grado in the 1980s. John now owns the company and designs all of the current headphones and phono cartridges. Nearly all Grado products, with prices starting around $79, are made in Brooklyn, NY.
The Viola Labs Crescendo sounds as good as it looks. Japanese audiophiles are among the world's most demanding perfectionists, and they account for a healthy percentage of Viola's customers. The electronics are assembled in New Haven, Conn., and the machined metal chassis parts are sourced from a firm in Colorado.
The Devialet D-Premier integrated amplifier is fashioned from a single aluminum casting, polished to a high shine. It can be positioned horizontally on a shelf or mounted on a wall. The D-Premier is made in France.