China 2006
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China 2006
Wes Phillips Dec 01, 2006 0 comments
Not exactly old blighty.
China 2006
Wes Phillips Dec 01, 2006 0 comments
Denon definitely "gets" vinyl—just not necessarily LPs.
China 2006
Wes Phillips 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.
China 2006
Wes Phillips 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.
China 2006
Wes Phillips 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."
China 2006
Wes Phillips 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.
China 2006
Wes Phillips 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.
China 2006
Wes Phillips 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."
China 2006
Wes Phillips 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.
China 2006
China 2006 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.
China 2006
Wes Phillips 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.
China 2006
Wes Phillips 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.
China 2006
Wes Phillips Nov 30, 2006 0 comments
The view outside my window. "What river is that?" I asked Ping Gong.
China 2006
Wes Phillips 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.
China 2006
Wes Phillips Nov 30, 2006 0 comments
China really likes Christmas. It makes for some odd bedfellows.
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