China 2006

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Wes Phillips Posted: Dec 02, 2006 1 comments
These behemoths from Jungson have no English name, although they do have a US price: $49,000/pair. The bottom cabinet sports a 13" woofer and the top pod has a 4" ribbon tweeter. The midrange and midrange/woofer drivers are ceramic drivers from the German manufacturer Thiel, but nobody knew their sizes.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Dec 02, 2006 0 comments
Original was getting great sound with its $3000 Leonardo CD-A9II CD player and AF 2008 preamp and AF-2008 monoblock power amps ($4500 for all three), played through Dynaudio Contour S 1.4s. But off to one side was a smaller CD player that caught my attention, the $800 CD-A6T. That's "T" as in tubes—you can see the little suckers up in the upper right hand corner of the PCB.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Dec 01, 2006 Published: Dec 02, 2006 0 comments
Show organizer Matthew Zhou is what we call an audio lifer. He wrote for hi-fi magazines for three years, penned a newspaper column on the high end for three years, has put on this show for 13 years, and has hosted a three-hour Sunday radio show on music, hi-fi, and sound for 16 years.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Dec 02, 2006 3 comments
I was listening to Barque & Consonance's Opera Audio Consonance M-15 loudspeakers when Lino Faragi introduced himself. "I'm that crazy European guy who opened up a hi-fi shop in China—the first non-Asian to do high-end here," he said, handing me a card for Sound & Vision in Shanghai. "We do things a little differently. Come see us."
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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 02, 2006 0 comments
Here's a better look at the tubes from the Original CD-A6T—they're miniature 6C7B, a military tube.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Dec 01, 2006 Published: Dec 02, 2006 0 comments
"This is Classic, one of the best Chinese audio manufacturers" said Original's Linda Ling. "Everything is so well-engineered."
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Wes Phillips Posted: Dec 02, 2006 0 comments
Barque & Consonance's Opera Consonance M15 mates a 15" woofer with a unique multicell horn tweeter. Sensitivity is 98dB (!) and frequency range is rate at 30Hz–20kHz. The tweeter handles everything above 500Hz. Price would be around $10,000/pair USD, not including distribution costs.
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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 02, 2006 1 comments
Ming Da's MC66E headphone amp really juiced my lizard. It boasts a 15Hz–50kHz frequency response and put out 42Wpc (92dB), using two 6N6 and one 12AX7 tubes. Not available in the US, it sells for 1760RMB, or about $210 USD.
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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 01, 2006 0 comments
I walked into Usher's room, where the $8000 (USD) Dancer II Beryllium held pride of place. I thought the sound was a little small and every so slightly forced, but I loved the rhythmic tautness and drive. "Not the best sound I've heard today," I thought, "but not too shabby."
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Wes Phillips Posted: Dec 01, 2006 1 comments
"Tannoy is updating its line without abandoning its strengths," the suave Tannoy rep explained to me. "Listen to this recording of Salvatore Accardo. It's an old analog recording and it may be a tad too warm, but you could listen to it for hours."
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Wes Phillips Posted: Dec 01, 2006 0 comments
Denon definitely "gets" vinyl—just not necessarily LPs.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Nov 30, 2006 Published: Dec 01, 2006 0 comments
For the 40th anniversary, B&W is introducing the limited edition Signature Diamond, a $20,000 floorstanding two-way featuring the Diamond tweeter and B&W's kevlar 7" mid/bass driver. The flared port is tucked into that wedge-shaped cut-away on the bottom. Only 500 pairs will be made.

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