Last week, I wrote a review about Tweaked Audio earbuds. They were quality buds, and it made me curious where they were made. I discovered they are made in China according to the box they arrived in. No surprise there. Most small electronic items are made in China these days. It made me curious if there were any headphones or earbuds made in the U.S.A. anymore. I set out on a journey to research this topic. It wasn’t easy, but to my surprise, I found a few options for headphones made in the U.S.A.
The first company I found was Grado Labs, a family owned company that’s been making headphones since 1982. Most of the products that carry the Grado name are made in Brooklyn, NY by a small and friendly staff. The only earphone products of theirs that aren’t made in the United States are the iGrado product and all in-ear products.
Thanks to a comment by William Wilbur, I was turned onto Audeze. Audeze makes very high-end over-ear headphones. Their products consistently achieve high results in reviews, and all products are designed and made in the United States.
Since Grado and Audeze didn’t have any American made in-ear solutions, I became curious if there were any of those made in the U.S.A. To my surprise, I found one. Westone makes the UM1, UM2, and UM3X models of earbuds at their lab in Colorado. The company claims to be the only earbuds that are made in the U.S.A. Be prepared before shopping though. At over $100 each, these buds are pricey! According to many reviews though, they may be worth it.
So Grado Labs and Westone seem to be the only companies that make headphones in the United States. Do you know of any others? Please leave a comment below.