China 2006

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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 06, 2006 1 comments
XLH's M-2000 monoblock power amplifier $25,000/pair).
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Wes Phillips Posted: Dec 06, 2006 0 comments
This is York Du of Original, which makes "CD players and only CD players."
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Wes Phillips Posted: Dec 06, 2006 0 comments
Mr. Hou's loft is stuffed with fun goodies, such as a drum set, keyboard rack—even a disco ball.
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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 06, 2006 0 comments
Some tools are universal.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Dec 06, 2006 0 comments
"Essentially, we build everything by hand. Some Chinese companies think almost think this approach is primitive, but it gives us a lot of quality control."
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Wes Phillips Posted: Dec 06, 2006 2 comments
XLH's SL-INS preamplifier ($5000). No, I didn't get a chance to hear them—Mr. Hou is still building his second AEF-1812, having sold his previous sets.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Dec 06, 2006 0 comments
Original employs four full-time design engineers.
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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
Just the speaker.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Dec 06, 2006 0 comments
This is not the fastest way to heatshrink trannie leads, but this guy obviously takes his job seriously.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Dec 06, 2006 10 comments
'Nuff said.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Dec 05, 2006 0 comments
And here's the finished product.
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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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