China 2006

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Wes Phillips  |  Dec 06, 2006  |  0 comments
Since high-end audio isn't how Mr. Hou makes his living, he has his real factory elsewhere in the building. This is just his audio playground.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 06, 2006  |  0 comments
Just the speaker.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 06, 2006  |  0 comments
This is Hou Ying Zhong, of XLH.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 06, 2006  |  3 comments
I spotted this box of money by the door. "What's that?" I asked, "The tea fund?"
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 06, 2006  |  0 comments
This is not the fastest way to heatshrink trannie leads, but this guy obviously takes his job seriously.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 06, 2006  |  0 comments
Some tools are universal.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 06, 2006  |  0 comments
Everything gets cooked before packing, as a final quality assurance measure.
Wes Phillips  |  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."
Wes Phillips  |  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.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 06, 2006  |  0 comments
Du calls this conference room, "the battleground, because we argue about designs all the time. It gets pretty heated."
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 06, 2006  |  0 comments
Original employs four full-time design engineers.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 06, 2006  |  0 comments
This is York Du of Original, which makes "CD players and only CD players."
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 05, 2006  |  0 comments
And here's the finished product.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 05, 2006  |  0 comments
This CNC machine is fluting a side panel.

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