Why are there so few headphones from the UK?

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The UK have a long and impressive history in electronics and speakers, but I can think of only two British headphones manufacturers:  KEF and Quad (and the Quad ERA-1 is a new product).

Why are there so few headphones from the UK?

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It’ll be due to many reasons.

Main one is British manufacturing and industry was killed in the 80s under Thatcher. British economy became focused on a service economy and IT. A few hifi company’s such as Linn embraced this and heavily invested into digital which has paid off.

Also seeing how small the u.k is, it’s a surprise we have any such notoriety¬†in the hifi world.

Also audiophiles in the u.k started off from DIY electronics, which where generally a bit dodgy and doubt many where brave enough to strap some homemade speakers to their ears

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