China 2006

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Wes Phillips Posted: Dec 01, 2006 0 comments
My hotel keeps cases of Going Home Barbie (ie Barbie holding an obviously Asian baby Krissy) by the hospitality desk on each floor as departure gifts for new families with young girls.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Dec 01, 2006 1 comments
When I checked in late last night, I noticed the cribs lined up along the halls of my corridor, but all I thought was, "What a child friendly country." Nor did I think much about all the Caucasian couples I saw carrying Asian infants amidst all the audiophiles thronging the halls.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Nov 30, 2006 Published: Dec 01, 2006 0 comments
Not exactly old blighty.
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Antony Yim, marketing & product manager for B&W Group Asia Limited, used the 40th anniversary of B&W to give a history lesson that includes classic B&W products and a memorial wall.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Dec 01, 2006 0 comments
K. E. Lee's $8000/pair Calix Academy Jr. Phoenix loudspeakers are far smaller than the Phoenix Grand Signatures Paul Bolin reviewed, but tiny they ain't. Still, they looked a lot more manageable than those behemoths, which I helped JA wrestle into their shipping crates.
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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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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 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
GuangZhou Hi-Fi 2006 was opened by the mayor of GuangZhou and other dignitaries, and included a pulchritudinous ribbon-cutting ceremony.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Nov 30, 2006 0 comments
The view outside my window. "What river is that?" I asked Ping Gong.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Nov 30, 2006 1 comments
This one's for Stephen Mejias. GuangZhou Hi-Fi 2006 is seriously into booth babes. I could almost do a series on that subject alone. You may talk among yourselves.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Nov 30, 2006 0 comments
This is Ping Gong, one of my hosts and my fellow traveler. At breakfast this morning, he explained to me how he became an audiophile. "It was the Cultural Revolution," he said. "We weren't allowed to study, so we played music and talked. I had a big Russian turntable—mono! And one speaker, of course.

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