China 2006

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Wes Phillips  |  Dec 01, 2006  |  0 comments
Denon definitely "gets" vinyl—just not necessarily LPs.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 06, 2006  |  0 comments
Original employs four full-time design engineers.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 07, 2006  |  1 comments
Modules awaiting attachment to the chassis. "It looks like kits."
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 05, 2006  |  0 comments
And here's the finished product.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 03, 2006  |  0 comments
Dussun was showing a line of power conditioners (500W, 800W, and 1200W) that offered waveform shaping, regulation, isolation, and DC suppression. Oh yeah, and they offer 85% efficiency. The X-1200 retails for $2500.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 03, 2006  |  3 comments
After my first few days wandering through the show, I began to wonder where all the Chinese speakers were—the relatively normal ones, I mean.
Wes Phillips  |  Nov 30, 2006  |  First 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.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 04, 2006  |  1 comments
Down the street, we found a store running an active demo that had these strange devices flanking the loudspeakers. Seated on their own speaker stands, they had thin wires connecting on the positive inputs of both loudpseaker and super tweeter.
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.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 07, 2006  |  0 comments
"We only do final assembly," Zou said. "I can't afford a larger staff, given Shanghai salaries, so we purchase the component parts from all over—the resistors are European, the circuit boards are the best, and we buy chassis parts from David Zheng at EKTG."
Wes Phillips  |  Nov 30, 2006  |  First Published: Dec 01, 2006  |  0 comments
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.
Wes Phillips  |  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.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 07, 2006  |  0 comments
Heatsinks waiting to be attached to their output devices—or is it the other way around?
Wes Phillips  |  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.
Wes Phillips  |  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."