China 2006

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Wes Phillips Posted: Dec 05, 2006 0 comments
ETKG is located in what used to be a farming village near GuangZhou. Now it's considered to be in GuangZhou, although, as you can see, the streets retain their rural feel.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Dec 02, 2006 0 comments
The Classic Radio JR-455 from the other side. Kids, this is how they used to make 'em back when radios were built like cathedrals.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Dec 07, 2006 0 comments
The inside view of a Dussun X-500 power conditioner.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Dec 01, 2006 1 comments
The $2000 (USD) Prestige ST-200 super-tweeter has a vapor-deposited gold 25mm dome driver that has a -6dB downpoint at 54kHz (and only -18dB@100kHz). The two drop-in connectors on top establish crossover (14kHz, 16kHz, abd 18kHz) and sensitivity (89.5dB, 90.5dB, 92dB, 93.5dB, and 95dB). It integrated so seamlessly with the Glenair that I was initially convinced I was hearing only the concentric driver.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Nov 30, 2006 0 comments
China really likes Christmas. It makes for some odd bedfellows.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Dec 06, 2006 0 comments
Original's listening room is extraordinary. The reference system when I was there was Thiel CS 2.2s, a pair of Mark Levinson No. 29s, an XLH preamp, and an Original A9.2 CD player.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Dec 01, 2006 0 comments
Amazing how changing scale changes perception. The sound I found small and forced became far bigger and more open when I discovered the speakers cost one-twentieth of what I initially had thought.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Dec 06, 2006 1 comments
XLH's M-2000 monoblock power amplifier $25,000/pair).
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Wes Phillips Posted: Dec 02, 2006 0 comments
I bought the Classic Radio R601P on the spot. Beautiful walnut cabinet, warm tube sound, and that lovely magic tuning tube below the dial—all for under $500.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Dec 02, 2006 0 comments
Classic Radio's JR-455 was giving me goosebumps. Tube warmth and precise analog tuning pulled in some of the most satisfying sound of the show. I didn't get the list price on this baby, but I did get a look at its naughty bits.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Dec 06, 2006 0 comments
Mr. Hou's Marshall and Strat.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Dec 06, 2006 0 comments
This is Hou Ying Zhong, of XLH.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Dec 01, 2006 Published: Dec 02, 2006 0 comments
While I was drooling over the Classic No. 16.0, its equally charming designer, Mr. Jimmy Yu introduced himself to me. He seemed pleased that other people appreciated his work—and from the size of the crowd ooowing and ahhhing in the Classic room, I was far from the only one who did.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Dec 07, 2006 0 comments
This is the µ3i with its top off. MC, MM, and lots of flexibility.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Dec 06, 2006 3 comments
I spotted this box of money by the door. "What's that?" I asked, "The tea fund?"

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