China 2006

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Wes Phillips Posted: Dec 01, 2006 2 comments
What do you expect from me after 20 hours of travel and only four of sleep? I'm going to bed before dinner and promise I'll actually blog about hi-fi tomorrow.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Nov 30, 2006 Published: Dec 01, 2006 1 comments
Cayin was showing the stunningly retro SP 105i table radio, which had me drooling. Nobody here knew what US importer Sze Leung was going to sell them for, but having seen the show sample, it's not what I thought I remembered, obviously. Importer VAS is still trying to determine a price, I've now been told.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Nov 30, 2006 Published: Dec 01, 2006 1 comments
Over 10,000 products; seven floors of audio; "every manufacturer who matters from the US, Canada, Europe, China, Korea, Japan, and Kowloon;" and more than 30,000 people over four days.
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China 2006 Posted: Dec 01, 2006 0 comments
I'm a lummox of an American and I have to admit I get confused when dealing with multiple currencies. On this trip, I've been juggling USD, HK dollars, and RMB—and that really makes the going rough. So when I asked Peter Chang how much this Audio Art Jasmine Model 3A integrated amplifier (9Wpc) would cost in the US, I was sure he'd gotten confused too, when he said $42,000.
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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: Nov 30, 2006 1 comments
McIntosh was showing a "true 1080p high-def" projector. I said, "I didn't see this at CEDIA."
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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: Nov 30, 2006 0 comments
Somehow the gods of travel, who usually enjoy watching me suffer, had one of their rare bouts of whimsey and decided to ruin future journeys by upgrading me to first class.
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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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