What folks seem to conveniently forget is that the VAST MAJORITY of electronic equipment - including the computers, tablets and smartphones we're collectively using right now - are made in China. It may say Apple, Hewlett-Packard or Dell on the outside, but odds are very good that it was made in Asia. I believe the same is true of most audio equipment. That said, the QC for most "American" branded products tends to be very, very good. What's referred to as ChiFi is the stuff that one typically finds only on the internet. The quality and reliability can be a crap shoot. There are exceptions. I really like my Line Magnetic amp; it's built like a tank. Cayin and Audio GD also come to mind as quality brands. Of course, the good stuff ain't cheap. Then again, it holds its value.